Partnerships

Critical Path PYT Choreographic Lab

PARTNERSHIP WITH PYT

Critical Path PYT Choreographic Lab gathers three artists to consider digital intimacy, ableism and intersectional identities in their choreographic practice.

Critical Path and PYT has invited Bianca Willoughby, Cynthia Florek and Josh Twee to participate in the two-week lab. This lab will be facilitated by Claire Hicks and supported by Gabriela Green Olea, Matt Cornell and Eliam Royalness.

Together, they will explore shared concerns around:

  • digital formats, process and intimacies;
  • crip time and ableism;
  • intersectional identities and form explorations.

 

Participating Artists

Cynthia Florek is an artist with Peruvian and Polish heritage. Her art practice involves dance, movement, textiles, image making and holding space for community. In inheriting complex histories and having grown up in Western Sydney, she has always been surrounded with culture and tradition. Cynthia loves any space that offers room to nurture queer, disabled and BIPOC communities and is conscious of this in her work. Being held by communities that prioritise active listening, Cynthia gravitates towards softness and care, but also resilience and urgency as themes in her practice. Cynthia is currently a member of UTP Rising and has been part of the Feminist Killjoys Reading Group since 2019 (currently on hiatus.) She has performed and collaborated with Rajni Shah, Sasanki Tennakoon, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Emma Saunders, Imogen Yang, Riana Head-Toussaint, Charemaine Seet, Ira Ferris, Kate Sherman and Nadia Odlum. She is currently developing After After Noon; a live-installation-performance work which draws on lived experiences of disability, ballet aesthetics and romantic queer friendships, through a lens of rest and collective care.
Joshua Twee, after completing a BFA Dance in 2015 (Victorian College of the Arts), is a cross-disciplinary performance artist whose practice currently explores his ancestry, social/cultural diversity, connections with the nature of self and their relationships with the world. Having had the privilege to be a part of shows such as “Crackers n Dip with Chase & Toey – Arts House 2018” (Green Room nominated for Best Performance Ensemble 2019 and awarded Best Production in Experimental Contemporary Performance 2019) and presenting his newest dance film work in collaboration with Matthew Shilcock – “My Different Your Same” Dance Focus SA 2020. Joshua has recently choreographed and performed in Ngioka Bunda-Heath new work  “Bridge” that premiered in 2022 Dance House.
Bianca Willoughby is a disabled transgender Yuin woman working in video, sound, performance, photography and installation. Bianca’s ground-breaking experimental practice involves collaboration with artists and practitioners from a variety of creative fields including dance, theatre, 3D and VR design, performance, costumes and textiles. Her work is informed by queer/crip theory and trans/ queer activism. Bianca’s work and practice has undergone many incarnations over time, making visible the hidden aspects of her identity and lived experience of disability and gender non-conformity. Bianca was the recipient of the inaugural 2017 CreateNSW Artist With Disability Fellowship for skills development and the 2019 360Vision VR grant and numerous Australia Council new work and development grants since 2008. She has performed and exhibited at Performance Space’s Liveworks 2018 Festival at Carriageworks, Science Gallery London’s exhibition Spare Parts and was an ambassador and exhibiting artist for The Big Anxiety Festival in 2019 and recently in the exhibition Whole Self curated by Jake Adam Treacy at The Incinerator Gallery Melbourne for Midsumma Festival in 2022. She is founder of Creative Hybrids Lab, an international collective of artists and writers whose practice is critically engaged with their  experience of organ transplantation and disability and were awarded a remote residency at Blast Theory in the UK in 2020/21. She is currently collaborating with Wirdjuri artist Willurai Kirkbright-Burney in New World Daughter and will be exhibiting and performing in Melbourne, Canada and Sydney in 2023.

 

Facilitators

Claire Hicks is the Director of Critical Path. She has been working with artists, artform and audience development for over 25 years. As an independent producer and curator, her work includes dramaturgy, discourse & writing projects. She has programmed and produced theatre venues, international collaborations, touring work, international festivals, and a range of development programs.
M@ is a multi-award winning choreographer and composer working across UTC +8 through +10. He also curator for digital at Critical Path choreographic research centre, founder of Wombat Radio, a founding member of Style Impressions Krew, Dance Makers Collective and The Pump, as well as associate artist at Legs On The Wall and a friend of The Farm. M@ is chronically busy with the question “What is what we’re doing, doing?”. He collaborates with inspiring artists, in diverse contexts, to interrogate form. These projects play with how we embody systems – social, cultural, political, or technological – and in turn how these systems embody us by forming communities and informing identities. That we may get better at living together.
Gabriela Green Olea is a dancer who works across many mediums, with all people and within inclusive environments. Inspired by artists of her homeland Chile, Gabriela is currently interested in Dance as Activism and is facilitating COPE FLOW a multidisciplinary artist lab at Four Winds on Djiringang Land for First Nations artists and artists of colour working in regional NSW.
Eliam Royalness is a creator, performer, and emerging artist based in Western Sydney. He’s a member of a few creative collectives and creates work that blends elements of various street dance styles, with a main focus on “Hip-Hop” movement and Vogue Femme. He is the Director of The Pioneers MC, the Father of the House of Sle (AUS), and a member of the House of Oricci (USA).

 

This is a partnership initiative between Critical Path and PYT Fairfield exploring contemporary dance practice in Western Sydney.

Photos by Anna Kucera

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