Choreographer Roberta Jean undertakes Residency at Critical Path in Australia
As part of Dance4's ongoing exchange programme with Critical Path, UK choreographer and dance artist Roberta Jean: mysterskin is going to be in residency with Critical Path from Monday 16 November - Thursday 3 December, working on her performance Brocade: a live performance celebrating the brio of the contemporary female performer and charged alliances between dance and music.
The work epitomises ideas of labour, joy and productivity, is inspired by craft cultures and is being made as an ensemble work with its performers. Due to premiere in the new year, Brocade features five female dance and music artists who interplay with sound and physicality, tap into alchemic relations, and weave and exalt each other’s presence throughout the work.
mysteryskin was founded in 2012, producing contemporary dances and kinesthetic works for diverse contexts. In pursuit of alchemy between art-forms, mysteryskin ignites collaborations with artists and creatives from across disciplines.
In March last year, mysteryskin performed Road Postures at De Montford University: two women perform, they fly, lay and hover in-between heights and depths and the physical actions they repeat become echoes. They get up and get down and get up and get down again.
Road Postures was originally commissioned as a research project by Chisenhale Dance Space and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The dancers researched and observed the local community and the contrasting ways that people present themselves day-to-day and the way people manoeuvre their bodies through public spaces. It was presented in partnership with De Montfort University and made with support from Dance4, Chisenhale Dance Space, Dartington and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Critical Path exchange
Previous participants of Critical Path exchange include Martin del Amo (NSW) Richard Hancock (UK), Traci Kelly (UK), Alexandra Harrison (NSW), Benedict Anderson (NSW), Nicola Conibere (UK), Rajni Shah (UK), Jane McKernan (NSW), Lizzie Thomson (NSW), Colette Sadler (UK) and last year's exchange artists, Matt Cornell (NSW), Miranda Wheen (NSW).
Critical Path supports choreographic innovation through a robust program which creates opportunities for choreographers to explore new ways of working, develop new collaborations and engage in debate and critical appreciation of dance. Best practice in artistic research is incorporated into every aspect of our diverse program.