Celestial – creative practice workshop

Part of March Dance 2023

A creative practice workshop with Naarm (Melbourne) based choreographer Zoë Bastin to develop a new project Celestial. We’ll be working with scored improvisation, Creative Dance techniques and imagery from renaissance painting. Across the two days there will be creation, observation, discussion and sharing.


The Project

Present in most spiritual cultures is a winged creature that serves as a messenger for the divine. In Bastin’s newest project dancers try and fail to become angels to explore the basic conditions of human existence; vulnerability, fallibility and the ultimate futility of life on earth.

Developed on residency in Tuscany, Bastin draws inspiration from depictions of angels in Renaissance Painting. As a symbol of the divine they live outside of time and beyond the material constraints of life here on earth. Often in illustrations they manifest beyond binary forms of gender as a symbol of light, this work positions angels as messengers of the queer extraordinary.


Who are we looking for?
This workshop is suitable for trained and/or practicing dancers.


Times and Dates:
12-5pm, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March



Critical Path
The Drill, 1C New Beach Rd, Darling Point (Rushcutters Bay), Sydney


Selection Process:

We will select 20 participants. Sign up to join this workshop before 5pm Tuesday 21 March.


Join the Workshop


Zoë Bastin is an artist. Her expanded choreographic practice considers exhibition, installation, publication and performance as part of the same political project – the reorganisation of societal structures that limit bodies.

In 2021 she completed a PhD at RMIT University. Bastin has previously exhibited & performed at the Villa Lena Foundazione, Chunky Move, Bus Projects, Dancehouse, Midsumma Festival, Felt Space, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Seventh Gallery, Testing Grounds, BLINDSIDE, Bloc Projects, KINGS Artist Run, MADA Gallery at Monash University, Project Space at RMIT University & The Substation.


March Dance 2023

Kicking off March 1, the March Dance festival includes over 100 artists, 10 companies, 11 organisations and 27 venues coming together from across Sydney to connect and showcase the vibrant and resilient Sydney contemporary dance scene.

March Dance 2023

March Dance is an initiative of Independent Dance Alliance (IDA) produced by Critical Path and Dirty Feet.


Check out the full program of performances, residencies, workshops, talks, classes, sharings at www.marchdance.com


Image credit: Zoë Bastin

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Critical Path

The Drill, 1C New Beach Rd,
Darling Point (Rushcutters Bay), Sydney