Time to tick off on pro­duc­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Dance - Tanya MacNaughton

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.”

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson

Chore­og­ra­pher Isabella Stone with dancers Jenni Large, Storm Helmore and Ella-Rose Trew.

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