Shearers Ballet workshops

Filed : Arts and funding opportunities, Silos Project + Shearers Ballet .

Calling all dance and physical theatre performers aged 14 years+ to participate in the creative  development of The Shearer’s Ballet.

Following a successful research period collecting many colourful stories from retired and working shearers from Grenfell, Cowra and Canowindra areas we are looking forward to continuing the development of the dance performance.
Bathurst and Canberra based Choreographer, Alison Plevey (Clique, Talk2Me, Lingua Franca,
Australian Dance Party) invites physical and creative individuals of the Central West to be a part of creating this dance work.The project is rich with personal and collective histories, larrikin culture and the hard working ethic of rural Australia. The Shearer’s Ballet will form a core performance component of The Silos Project to be presented in 2017.


The three day intensive workshops will involve exploring 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 will assist and feature in the performance.

Musical Composer Scott Saunders will also inform the development of the dance, creating the
sounds of the shed working closely with Alison and the performers.
Join us! Let’s get the Shears-a-clicking!

Tuesday 4th Oct, 10am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm subject to numbers
Wednesday 5th Oct, 10am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm subject to numbers
Thursday 6th Oct, 10am – 1.00 pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm subject to numbers
WHERE: Mulyan Primary School
COST: Free – spaces limited
BRING: Lunch, water, no dance shoes required, please wear comfortable attire such as exercise
shorts/pants and singlet/ t-shirt.
REGISTER: Contact Phoebe Cowdery – Project Manager on 0413 910 697 if you are interested to
register and require further information.

The Shearers Ballet is partnered by Arts Out West and the CORRIDOR project. This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


Previous Workshops:

The Silos Project will be in Canowindra in the week of 5 – 9 September to develop ideas for The Shearers Ballet. We are looking for performers aged 18 – 30yrs to work with us.

Patrick Nolan, the director, and Alison Plevey, the choreographer, are going to be leading two morning sessions that explore how actions and dynamics of the shearing shed can be transformed into a dance. We are looking for people who are excited by the idea of using their bodies to explore ideas and tell stories.

160824_ Brief for Dance workshopBoth Patrick and Alison have a great range of experience in creating performances like these. Patrick has created new works for the London 2012 Olympics, the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Sydney Festival and Alison has worked extensively in the Central West and Canberra as dance artist and choreographer, including Clique, Talk2Me and unsustainable behaviour with Lingua Franca Dance Theatre (Bathurst).

You will be needed for two sessions on the mornings of Tuesday 6th 11.30am – 1pm and Thursday 8th September 10am – 1pm. You will need to bring curiosity, a willingness to move and explore space with your body and a sense of fun.

Facilitators: Patrick Nolan and Alison Plevey

Location: Workshops will be held at the Canowindra CWA Hall 6th Sept and the Canowindra Bowling club 8th Sept, studio space. Please bring water, snack, notebook and wear clothes you can move easily in.

Contact: Phoebe Cowdery – Project Manager on 0413 910 697 if you are interested and require further information.

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