Responsive Program Residencies

Rhiannon Newton & Benjamin Forster

Residencies – Switzerland

“Doing Dancing” is a solo project by Rhiannon Newton that involves re-iterating acts of dancing and reading in relation to Gertrude Stein’s textual portrait of Isadora Duncan ‘Orta or One Dancing’. Imagined as durational ceremony for dance, ‘Doing Dancing’ deals with extended performative processes of accumulation and erasure, the pluralised lineages encapsulated in any single body and the radical nature of the dancing bodies’ capacity to ‘become other’, or ‘perform many’. Rhiannon collaborates with visual artist Benjamin Forster to develop a live process of digitally archiving the act of doing dancing with accumulative sound and visual documents that further manifest the inevitable erasure of the performed event.

Rhiannon will undertake two residencies in Switzerland exploring the ideas and developing her project. She will engage with the local dance community and present some of the material she has been working on.

Nov 6-15: Lo Studio

Nov 20-Dec 5: Tanzhaus Zurich

Part of an international program of reciprocal dance residencies in Australia and Switzerland. The program involves artists Simon Wehrli & Jasmina Krizaj (Switzerland) Rhiannon Newton & Benjamin Forster (Australia). It takes place at Tanzhaus (Studio), Lo Studio (Bellinzona) Switzerland and in Australia in Sydney and Nowra (NSW) – a CP partnership with Bundanon Trust.

Supported by Pro Helvetia, Arts NSW and Australia Council for the Arts.

Date & Location

Sunday 6 November 2016 - Monday 5 December 2016

Lo Studio (Bellinzona) and Tanzhaus (Zurich), Switzerland