Responsive Research Residency

Interstate artist Amaara Raheem will work with leading neurosurgeon Dr Brindha Shivalingam, based in Sydney, to explore pathways in mobility and migration. Using movement and writing, choreography and performance Amaara will explore the movements of migration, in particular that of both Brindha and herself from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Australia. Alongside this she will begin to investigate the pathways of the brain that allow mobility or in the case of conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease deteriorate to the point of immobilisation.

Amaara shares writing about her processes:

A Self Portrait in July:

Hand Movie, 2017:

Full bio:
Amaara is a Sri Lankan born Australian dance artist. In November 2017 Amaara will be presenting a new work in collaboration with curator Camila Marambio called, ‘Meth(odological) Lab’ as part of the survey exhibition of the Swedish duo Goldin+Senneby titled “The Standard Length of a Miracle (the bootleg version)”. The ‘Meth Lab’ is part homeopathic experiment, part occupation of space in order to hypothesise and develop a formula (and a scent) for making TIME. In 2018 Amaara will return to work with Xavier Le Roy in Essen, performing Temporary Title, 2015 for the third time: Carriageworks, Sydney (2015), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016), Tanzplatfform, Essen (2018). In 2015 Amaara undertook a travelling artist’s residency ‘Twenty-three Days at Sea’ curated by Access Gallery sailing from Vancouver to Shanghai aboard a cargo ship. Most recently Amaara was invited to be ‘in-residence’ at Dancehouse (Melbourne) in 2018 and during this year she proposes to create a ‘syllabus’ for the Lecture-Performance which includes workshops and a curated program of events. Since her Critical Path residency, she has been working with ideas on how our hands operate in the world, “its meadows of holding, of shaping” (Hirschfield).


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