Research Program

Kirk Page and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal

Responsive Research

During their Critical Path Responsive Residency, Kirk Page and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal will spend time at Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) and Critical Path to develop the choreography of movement and vocal duets for SMOKE*. Asking what is the pivotal role of smoke in spiritual health – landscape, body and ritual, the research explores how to revive, burn off the physical waste and promote finding new pathways together.

Contemporary choreographic practices encompass very physical, sensorial and imaginative deep listening improvisation, dancing, sounding, offering, witnessing, reflective writing, script development, composition, video recording and image making. Kirk and Jade will be mentored by Vicki van Hout with the focus on intercultural trans-indigenous creative-practice protocols (collaborative, expressive, interdependent, circular and nourishing), whilst making high risk ‘Duality Duets’ (Sacred-Temporal, Fluid-Structure, Chaos-Clarity, Laughter-Tears, Inflow-Outflow, Lost-Found).

*SMOKE is a new Indigenous dance theatre production co-authored by Kirk Page and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal. Preparing for premiering at international art festivals in 2021, the creative process thus far has journeyed throughout Indonesia and Australia and embraced an international cast of First Peoples dancers from Australia, Bali, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Ache and Java. Other SMOKE collaborating creatives are; Anna Liebzeit – Sound Design; Ria Soemardjo – Music and Song; Shae Terese Swan Duncan, Jayman Leigh Drahm – Dance; and Karla Dickens, Aris Prabawa – Visual Arts.

Click here to view a short video of Jade and Kirk’s development of SMOKE at Bundanon NSW 2019

Image credit: Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Kirk Page & Helen Tyas Tunggal

Date & Location

Monday 18 November 2019 - Saturday 30 November 2019

The Drill Hall