Time to tick off on production
THREE consecutive years of WAAPA graduates have collaborated to produce new dance work Mouseprint.
In her first full-length production, choreographer Isabella Stone teamed with Ella-Rose Trew, Jenni Large and Storm Helmore for a piece that explores the unspoken agreements people enter into during their social interactions and possible repercussions when they are broken.
“It came from a conversation I had with Ella-Rose,” Stone said.
“I’d just noticed a behaviour in ticking the ‘I Agree’ box in contracts and not once have I ever, and even still now after making the work, read the details or fine print of what’s in the terms and conditions of a contract.
“It was a conversation in passing that turned into a bigger conversation. And then as a dancer, it was about how you represent that in movement.”
Stone said she was proud of the work and effort everyone had made since starting on Mouseprint.
“It’s been a collaborative process and the first day of working on it in 2012 was the first day any of us had been on a project that was directed by our peers,” the 26-year-old said.
“We didn’t have a mentor or senior artist in the studio with us. It was a beautiful moment and everyone is just as invested in the performance and having it as show-ready as I am.”
The dance production will be performed outside on a central stage with seating along two sides.
There will be a post-show talk after the April 16 performance.
“It’s traverse seating, so the dancer’s perspective flips the whole time and the audience will sit facing each other, which is really fascinating: watching someone watch something,” Stone said.
“I’m interested in alternative spaces but not site-specific dance work, which is quite different.”
Choreographer Isabella Stone with dancers Jenni Large, Storm Helmore and Ella-Rose Trew.