HOW do you learn to 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 twoyear cross-arts partnership between WA’s newest contemporary dance company and Art Gallery of WA (AGWA).
Hill and her dancers will spend one week every month over 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, and launch work, Reason for Being, will be devel- oped 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 take the time to acknowledge the space created by Polish architect Charles Sierakowski,” Hill said.
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.
Co3 artistic director Raewyn Hill.