Experience has no shadow : Bell tower III

Mafe-Keane, Vanessa (2010) Experience has no shadow : Bell tower III. [Live Performance (Dance)]

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I created Experience Has No Shadow (2010) following a successful Ausdance Qld choreographic grant in 2010, which comprised of two solos and a video-dance at the Performance Space at the Judith Wright Centre. The aim of the Bell Tower III residency was to research and construct a Stage One Development that explored choreographic approaches to oral histories. Like many first generation Australians, oral histories are the way memories and experiences of distant homelands often offer the only connection to cultural origins. Consequently, I drew on auto-ethnographic references in the form of family stories – specifically those of my mother’s family - told and retold by my mother and her family as East German refugees during World War II.

While working on the video, I explored a way to make a direct connection to the past stories by using a recording of my mother’s voice. She is re-telling a favourite story about Salamo the circus horse that was sold to my great grandfather as a work horse. Rather than representing the text literally, I attempted to capture the intensity of the storytelling which accompanied abstract footage of Avril Huddy filmed through perspex glass producing animal-like shapes that continually blur and morph in and out of focus. Strangely, by tying the story in with the filmed images a whole new story seems to emerge.

Two distinct solos were created in collaboration with the performers, Expressions Dance Company’s Elise May and QUT’s Avril Huddy. These were performed at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts, Performance Space, 1st April, 2010. The simplicity of its design became a key concept behind the work in terms of sets, spacing requirements, and costumes – almost minimalist. The choreographic process was conceived as highly collaborative, with commissioned music (and eventually lighting features) to act as equal partners in the performance.

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ID Code: 76343
Item Type: Creative Work (Live Performance (Dance))
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Choreographer
  • Vanessa Mafe-Keane
Performers
  • Elise May (Expressions Dance Company) and
  • Avril Huddy (QUT), Zaimon Vilmanis
Sound
  • David Pyle
Lighting
  • Robert Fraser
Sound Operation
  • Chris Neehause
Video
  • Parry Leader Films
Researcher
  • Rosemary Marson
Images/Photographs
  • Fiona Cullen
Funders: Ausdance QLD
Material: Two dance solos and a video-dance
Locations/Venues:
Location: From date: To date:
Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts, Performance Space 2010-04-01 2010-04-01
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Keywords: Dance performance, oral histories, choreographic process
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Dance (190403)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Auhtor
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2014 22:31
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2015 00:00

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