Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Wheels Begin to Turn in Community Dance Project.

The Wheel of Fortunes Workshops held in July elicited this response from Choreographer Aimee Smith:


“It was another whirlwind, action packed and inspiring visit to town in July for the Wheel of Fortunes taster dance workshops and writing sessions. Every time I come to this community I'm blown away by the generosity I'm shown and the unbelievable Duracell battery energy that seems to run the creative community in this town.

The writing that emerged during the community writing sessions really moved me and brought some incredible stories of hardship, endurance, and joy to the surface. These stories are really helping me understand this community more and more and, with Nicola's experienced guidance, are really shaping the final performance of Wheel of Fortunes.

I had a blast in the dance workshops and met some fantastic performers who I very much hope might find the time to be part of the final performance at the Jerdacuttup Wheat Bin (hint hint!). Speaking of the Bin, what an incredible space! I cannot wait to bring in the performers, lighting and sound into that epic space to transform this local icon into perhaps one of the most incredible performance spaces WA has ever seen.”


Save the date: The performance will be held at a community celebration on Saturday the 12th of October at the Jerdacuttup Wheat Bin. Anyone interested in being involved in the project in any capacity please contact Project coordinator Ainsley Foulds 0427 383 078.


The Wheel of Fortunes Project is a collaboration between Ausdance WA and Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council. The project is part of Ausdance WA’s Future Landings 2013 and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its Arts Funding and Advisory Body and the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and The Arts in Association with Lotterywest.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Farm Gate Art Trail 2013

The first welding workshops for the Farm Gate Art Trail were successfully held on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th August.  Artists Tania Spencer and Jodie Ditchburn are back again this year to assist people with skills and ideas in making a sculptural piece to install on their property as part of the ever growing Farm Gate Art Trail.

Another workshop will held on the weekend of August 10th and 11th.  Inquiries to Ainsley on 0427 383 078.

Nola Peterson at the welding workshop.


Monday, August 5, 2013

The Wheels Begin to Turn in Community Dance Project

On Friday 26th July a small but enthusiastic group of people from across the Shire....Hopetoun, Jerdacuttup and Ravensthorpe, braved the wet and cold weather and met at the Ravensthorpe Town Hall to participate in a movement session with Wheel of Fortunes choreographer Aimee Smith. 
After a brief session with Aimee the group then moved on down to the Dunnart Studio Gallery (where some thoughtful soul had already turned on the heaters) to work with the project's writing facilitator Nicola Jane le Breton.  Here, in the cosy warmth they let their thoughts flow free as part of a plan to "capture" as many local voices as possible to develop a script for Aimee to work with for the community dance later in the year.
Meanwhile, back at the hall, Aimee was working with more brave souls in a more intensive dance workshop, filmed by Amber Perryman.
Aimee and Nicola, along with Amber, spent the remainder of the weekend in Hopetoun, Jerdacuttup and Ravensthorpe gathering the community's thoughts on paper or providing taster workshops in dance and us an idea of what is to come later in this exciting and innovative community arts event!
Watch this space!

Cosy and snug and ready to write!
Contemplating our "Wheel of Fortunes"

Enjoying listening to someone (else!) read their thoughts aloud.
...more writing...

...and more writing...

Back at the hall, the dancers begin with some warm ups.

Aimee leads the dancers whilst film maker Amber is caught on film.

After warming up, the dancing gains momentum.

Meanwhile, back at the Dunnart Gallery, the writers try their luck spinning the Wheel of Fortunes.