Responsive Research Program Resident 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2018
Annalouise Paul’s choreographic work explores identity and transformation through the intersection of traditional and contemporary forms. Her flamenco and contemporary dance practice and interest in how cultural dance can be contemporised has led deeper investigation. Since 2004 Annalouise has been developing methods to distil and deconstruct traditional dance and rhythm and traditionally based improvisation. Her methodologies, ‘Hidden Rhythms’ and ‘Dance DNA’ have been researched at Critical Path and in workshop residencies in India, Singapore, France and Melbourne with local artists from a diversity of forms.
Solo and ensemble works include ‘FORGE’, ‘Mother Tongue’, ‘Game On’, ‘Isabel’, ‘Sevillanas’ and ‘Demokratia’. Annalouise co-curated ‘Speak Local’ for Interchange Festival with Margie Medlin and was commissioning editor for Critical Dialogues Issue #6 ‘Intercultural’. She received the inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards in DANCE and 2013 NSW Premiers Export Scholarship for tours to India with Game On.
Two new works are in development in 2017. ‘Singlish’ draws from Filipino, Tamil and Malay literature to research language erosion and creole identities using spoken text, traditional and contemporary dance. It has been supported by National Arts Council Singapore. ‘Self Portrait’ is a new contemporary-flamenco solo work that explores self-portraiture as a metaphor for contextualising the performed self of a dancer and the existence of multiple cultural affinities in the single self.
All images. Photos:
Tristan Baker ‘Self Portrait’
Heidrun Lohr FORGE’
Shane Rozario ‘Mother Tongue’
Conversations Trilogy (Mother Tongue, Game On, Isabel)
Critical Dialogues – Issue 6 ‘Intercultural’