Dance Bites is FORM Dance Projects’ curated signature program of contemporary dance works produced by some of the most innovative and exciting independent choreographers and companies. Learn the Repertoire, See the Show offers dance students a unique opportunity to learn repertoire from each of the Dance Bites works in a workshop led by the artists followed by a matinee performance and a post-show Q&A.
Workshop: 60 mins (no break)
Shows: 50-90 minutes (plus 20 mins Q&A)
(Note Radical Transparency is 50-60mins, Double Beat is 60mins, Bat Lake is 90mins.)
Show and Workshop Package $29 per student and additional teachers
Show and Q&A only $23 per student and additional teachers
Double Beat Digital package $200 ($100 show only)
RADICAL TRANSPARENCY FRIDAY 18 MARCH
WE ARE HERE directed by EMMA SAUNDERS
RADICAL TRANSPARENCY is a new rollicking one of a kind work by the WE ARE HERE Company exploring the intersection between honesty and artifice, wild and tame, light and dark, process and performance, raw and manufactured, and how on earth in this day and age we are going to present new dance work that is sustainable, wild, buoyant and afloat while it feels like everything is sinking.
This 1-hour workshop will reflect the working style of how the company works in the studio including warm ups, reworked Year-8 drama games turned into tricky dancing scores, improvisational and choreographic tasks that help develop and broaden dancing processes, followed by a series of performative tasks.
Suitable for Years 8 – 12
Show and Q&A at 10.30am
Workshop at 12.30pm
Image: Dom O’Donnell
DOUBLE BEAT FRIDAY 6 MAY
SARA BLACK – LIVE AND DIGITAL
With an exceptional all female Australian cast and creative team directed by Helpmann Award winner Sara Black, Double Beat explores the aural and physical responses the heart and pulse present in differing emotional and physical states. Three weeks after conception we have a beat, our bodies are far from fully formed, yet a beat has begun. We can often be disconnected to this life force and sensation that we carry within us. Here we find space to connect to those rhythms and observe the wonder of the human body.
Sara Black and her team will introduce students to the process of making Double Beat, an exploration of our constant heartbeat and pulse in a close partnership of sound and movement. The workshop will begin with a high energy contemporary warm up. Students will then have the opportunity to engage in an introduction to Heart Rhythm Meditation practice. This experience will be used to guide an open exploration into improvisation tasks operating from internal and external connections to the rhythm of the pulse and heart.
In conjunction with the live offer of this Learn The Repertoire-See the Show, FORM will offer a digital extension including a workshop led by Sara Black via Zoom prior to the season packaged with the live streaming of the matinee performance.
Suitable for Years 9 – 12
Workshop at 10am
Show and Q&A at 12.30pm (live and livestreamed)
“The project has been supported through a City of Parramatta Creative Economy Grant”
Image: Tania Lambert
BAT LAKE FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER
Bat Lake by Eliza Cooper is a dance work celebrating the dark, theatrical world of bats. From pollination to echolocation, the work exposes their nocturnal escapades usually hidden in the shadows. Bat Lake transforms the performance space as elegant beasts glide swiftly across a twilight stage. The work aims to bare these misunderstood creatures, bring their complex characters to life and reveal what lies beneath their mystique.
The workshop will be led by Eliza Cooper and will begin with a stretch and warm up followed by learning repertoire from the work. Students can expect to learn and explore animalistic movements and phrases that involve basic floor work used in Bat Lake.
Suitable for Years 9 – 12
Workshop at 10am
Show and Q&A at 12pm (including interval)
Image: Artists – Maxine Carlisle, Photographer – Clare Hawley
fLiNG PHYSICAL THEATRE FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER
BODY AND ENVIRONMENT
DIRECTED BY ROB McCREDIE
Set within a unique transforming set installation, Body and Environment features the FLING company, made up of 11 young performers from the Bega Valley aged 14-18.
A suspended web of 64 interconnected shirts is manipulated by the performers to create a series of spaces; from architectural structures to natural environments, public and private spaces, to the subconscious internal landscapes of the mind. Following the cancelled 2020 touring of the work due to COVID, the work has been developed into a film version.
The workshop offers a unique opportunity for students to play with ideas around dance, interactivity and design guided by artists dedicated to promote healthy attitudes to physical activity, body image and self-belief.
2018 Australian Dance Awards winner for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance
Suitable Yrs 7-12
Workshop at 10.30am
Film and Q&A at 12.30pm
(the film will also be presented at 7.30pm)
Film and Workshop Package $18 per student and additional teachers (free for supervising teacher)
Film only $12 per student and additional teachers (free for supervising teacher)
Photo credit: Andrew Norman
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