Performers seek to improve Status
CHANGING WAAPA courses was the best move Daisy Sanders could have made.
Originally from Canberra, she moved to Perth to study ballet at the acclaimed arts training institution but experienced doubts during first year and adjusted her studies to focus on contemporary dance and choreography.
After graduating last November, Sanders is embarking on her first full- length work, Status Room, as co- devisor and performer with fellow graduate Shuling Wong, of Floreat.
“It’s been a rollercoaster and I’m glad I strapped myself in and went on the ride,” Sanders said.
“I did a choreography piece in third year, which was my one opportunity to be the director and creative leader of a project during WAAPA, and I really relished that opportunity. So after graduating, I had that drive to create the opportunity for myself again.”
Sanders said working on the project had enabled her to build a new relationship with Jo Pollitt as her mentor and director of Status Room.
“She was an improvisation teacher at WAAPA and I thought I’d like to work with her beyond the institution,” Sanders said.
“We asked her to work with us where we could be the creators but have an external director, so we devise ideas and she helps us shape them.”
StatusRoom is the only dance theatre performance for The Blue Room Theatre’s August-November season. It includes movement, dancing, talking, singing, music and silence.
“It’s about exposure and shar- ing, human generosity and how much of yourself you choose to share or expose both in human interactions with people and in our online personas because a lot of us have another version of ourselves that’s electronic,” Sanders said.
“There’s also a little warning the audience is invited to be part of the conversation. It’s immersive, which is why there’s a lot of mirrors in the room.”
The Blue Room Theatre
October 14 to November 1
Daisy Sanders and Shuling Wong appear in the Status Room.