The Experimental Choreographic Residency (ECR) is presented by Critical Path and Performance Space. The ECR supports a 2-week period of research & creative development that explores experimental or interdisciplinary approaches to choreography.
This year, the ECR is awarded to Rebecca Jensen for the development of her new work, Dolphin Caller. This project works with choreography and sound using whirly instruments produced from corrugated hosing of different lengths and diameters. Harmonic Whirlies, also known as ‘blugals’ or ‘dolphin callers’ are designed and created by Australian musician Sarah Hopkins. This project delves into archives, looking at Australian performance works employing the Whirlies – relying heavily on oral history and memory, acquiring knowledge through conversations, considering how movement, sound and process is remembered and transmitted without video or physical presence, developing dialogues within the choreographic, experimental and interdisciplinary art lineage in Australia.
Dolphin Caller celebrates multiplicity and complexity in creating art, looking at process, context, fact, fiction and how ephemeral work lives on beyond performance. Those involved become part of the archive and in web-like, non-linear pathways information, ideas, and influence spreads.
Images by Rebecca Jensen