Per­form­ers seek to im­prove Sta­tus

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Dance - Tanya Macnaughton

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 1­room.-

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson

Daisy San­ders and Shul­ing Wong ap­pear in the Sta­tus Room.

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