The Shearers Ballet is taking shape with a three day dance development with young dancers and retired shearers the latest stage in the project.
Following a successful research period collecting many colourful stories from retired and working shearers from Grenfell, Cowra and Canowindra areas a three day dance development phase began the process of bringing the stories and physicality of life in shearing sheds to the stage.
Bathurst and Canberra based Choreographer, Alison Plevey (Clique, Talk2Me, Lingua Franca, Australian Dance Party) and composer Scott Saunders worked with young dancers from the region and some of the retired shearers.
The three day intensive workshops explored creative and choreographic processes to manipulate shearing actions, rituals and routines, integrating stories and phrases of the shed to bring these wonderful stories to life. Local retired shearers Norm Palazzi and Larry Walsh assisted and will themselves feature in the performance.
The Shearer’s Ballet will form a core performance component of The Silos Project to be presented in 2017.
Some highlights (as captured on Instagram by @thecorridorprojectcowra):
The Shearers Ballet is taking shape. #Repost @thecorridorprojectcowra ・・・ SHEARERS ballet workshops with the brilliant Alison Plevey and Scott Saunders thanks for providing the space Beatrice. @thesilosproject.com.au @auscouncilarts @artsoutwest @australiandanceparty #regionalarts #dance #centralwestnsw #Cowra #Canowindra #silosproject
The Shearers Ballet is funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.
The Shearers Ballet is part of the SILOS Project, a partnership between Arts OutWest, The CORRIDOR Project and Patrick Nolan.
Videos from the first series of research and development days: