ARTIS­TIC GOALS WELL IN SIGHT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

HOW do you ex­press emo­tion when you have never seen what an emo­tion looks like?

Co3 artis­tic di­rec­tor Raewyn Hill aims to ex­plore this and more dur­ing a two-year cross-arts part­ner­ship be­tween WA’s new­est con­tem­po­rary dance com­pany and the Art Gallery of WA (AGWA).

Hill and her dancers will spend one week ev­ery month dur­ing the next two years cre­at­ing a con­tem­po­rary dance piece at AGWA in re­sponse to the gallery’s ar­chi­tec­tural spa­ces and art­works.

Vis­i­tors will have the op­por­tu­nity to watch the cre­ative process dur­ing the week, with a fi­nal per­for­mance com­plet­ing each work in de­vel­op­ment.

“A lot of my works start from a vis­ual arts base, so it’s al­ways been a real dream of mine to cre­ate in a gallery space,” Hill said.

“With Co3 be­ing a new com­pany, we’re al­ways look­ing at ways to cre­ate; this suited that phi­los­o­phy of meet­ing con­tem­po­rary dance in un­ex­pected places. I’m very pas­sion­ate about break­ing down the mys­tery for our au­di­ence of how we cre­ate work and wanted to ex­per­i­ment with be­ing re­ally trans­par­ent about our process.”

The part­ner­ship de­vel­oped over sev­eral con­ver­sa­tions with AGWA di­rec­tor Ste­fano Carboni. The launch work, Rea­son for Be­ing, will be de­vel­oped this week in the gallery’s con­course as part of the 2016 Perth In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val.

“Be­cause this is the first one, I wanted to ac­knowl­edge the space cre­ated by Pol­ish ar­chi­tect Charles Sier­akowski,” Hill said.

“He was in­spired by the Bauhaus philoso- phy of form fol­lows func­tion and wanted to cre­ate a space with rest­ing spa­ces be­tween the gal­leries to stop vis­i­tors ex­pe­ri­enc­ing gallery fa­tigue.

“So I wanted to start play­ing around with the idea of form fol­lows func­tion in terms of the struc­ture of the work.”

Hill then took in­spi­ra­tion from the ex­pe­ri­ence of help­ing a vi­sion-im­paired man at a train sta­tion and her five-year-old niece Sadie who has Ru­bin­stein-Taybi syn­drome. She does not speak but com­mu­ni­cates through sound and her own move­ment lan­guage.

“If you are blind from birth and have never seen anger or strug­gle or joy in the way sighted peo­ple see it, how do you ar­tic­u­late it?” Hill said.

“I have three vi­sion-im­paired peo­ple com­ing to the gallery dur­ing the week to work with the six dancers and my­self to ex­plore that ques­tion. Work­ing out in the open where ev­ery­one can watch in­stead of a closed stu­dio will be a pretty re­veal­ing process.

“There’s a real process in ex­plor­ing and un­rav­el­ling an idea to get to the core of it.”

Work in de­vel­op­ment is 10am-4pm (break 12.30-1.30pm) Fe­bru­ary 17 to 20, fi­nal re­hearsal 10am-1pm, Fe­bru­ary 21 and per­for­mance and Q and A, 3pm, Fe­bru­ary 21.

Tanya MacNaughton

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d449638

Co3 artis­tic di­rec­tor Raewyn Hill.

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