Critical Path in partnership with Sydney Festival 2018 present Talking Dance, a series of conversations between the Festival artists exploring ideas in their performance works and broader practice.
What does dance mean here and now to us? How does it place us, how does it reflect who we are now? If choreography is the art of bodies in space and time, then dance offers us a unique way to engage with our place in time.
Dancing Now – Personal Experience
Festival makers explore the place of personal choice in arts experiences and the artists’ choice in shaping this.
Aoi Nakamura & Esteban Fourmi (AΦE), and Harriet Gillies & Roslyn Helper (Zin Partnership)
Audience choice underpins both Whist & Glitterbox – the festival offers of AΦE and Zin Partnership respectively. This conversation dives into the different construction of the two works; one an hour-long experience creating a unique narrative for each viewer, the other a burst of activity lasting the duration of just one song selected by the public participants. The artists share what has driven them to make each show and the need to engage in a different way with their audiences.
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Aoi Nakamura is artistic director of AΦE, co-founding the company in 2013 along with Esteban Fourmi. She received her education at Leipzig Opera ballet school and State Ballet School Berlin. She joined State theater Saarbrücken, Germany (2006-2009) and State Theater Wiesbaden in Germany (2009-2011), where she danced choreography from Marguerite Donlon and Stephan Thoss among others. Her choreography Ototoxic(2008) was awarded first prize at the international choreography competition at Aarhus in 2010 and was performed in Germany and Japan. She has choreographed several theatre productions in State theatre Wiesbaden in Germany (2010-11), Dance4’s Cat in Nottingham (2013) and an evening celebrating 150 years of friendship between Germany and Japan in Hessen, Germany in 2011.
Esteban Fourmi is artistic director of AΦE, co-founding the company in 2013 with Aoi Nakamura. He received his ballet education in several countries, starting in France in 2001 at the Conservatoire of Angers and Paris. He then went on to the Cannes Rosella Hightower and this led him to the great Palucca Schule in Dresden. He then joined the Johannes Wieland dance company in Kassel in 2008, taking part in several different projects in Europe such as Punchdrunk (2013/14) and NovaTanz. Esteban joined Jasmin Vardimon Company (JVC) in 2009, and since then has been deeply involved in the work of JVC through the creation of new works, remounting of company repertoire, and also the delivery of its various educational programs as a lead education facilitator. He has started to choreograph alongside his performing career, and made Dress up yourself! (2008) for Staatstheater Kassel and Hard Core Will Never Die (2013) in Woking Festival of Dance.
zin (Glitterbox) is an arts partnership between Harriet Gillies and Roslyn Helper. Formed in 2011, zin’s work combines their respective backgrounds in experimental theatre and technology-based art, coming together to create experimental, participatory experiences that favour activation, immersion and high-stakes fun. In 2016, zin was the recipient of the Best Live Art Award and the New Zealand Tour Ready Award at the Melbourne Fringe for their show The internet is where innocence goes to die and you can come too. This show won the Most Innovative Work Award at the New Zealand Fringe. In 2017 zin also had the world premiere of Glitterboxat Sydney Festival, which will return to the 2018 Festival Village. They are presenting their new work about automated technology at the 2018 Next Wave Festival.