"Rebirth: Combined art performance"--Shirin Madg & Sweet Sound Ensemble

Mafe-Keane, Vanessa (2015) "Rebirth: Combined art performance"--Shirin Madg & Sweet Sound Ensemble. [Live Performance (Dance)]

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Vanessa Mafe-Keane was invited to participate as choreographer in Iranian singer Shirin Madg 's project, Rebirth: Combined art performance. This project integrated singing, music, visual-art, film, dance and is based on the dissident poetry of female Iranian poet, Forough Farrokhzad.

The choreographic dance movement focused on simple, lyrical, flowing classical dance forms that also incorporated everyday gestures and actions performed by two Queensland dancers, Caitlin MacKenzie and Abby Johnson. The choreographic intention was not to attempt to re-create Iranian dance practices instead, to draw inspiration and reference specific movement qualities. This was achieved through the subtle inclusion of spinning movements and focusing attention on the dancers’ arms and upper torso. This fusion became an underlying theme reflected throughout the choreographic component.

Additionally, this project presented an opportunity to draw on past experiences and problem-solve ways to construct choreographic work where the dancers and the musical assemble group could be staged side by side. This experience highlighted differing approaches to rehearsal protocols within disciplines, the practicalities of staging different artists, understanding musical cues and the diversity of audience engagement.

Performances: BEMAC Multicultural Centre, Brisbane 06 February 2015 and Helensvale Cultural Centre, Gold Coast 07 February 2015

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ID Code: 82810
Item Type: Creative Work (Live Performance (Dance))
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Director/Performer
  • Shirin Madg
Muscians
  • Sweet Sound Assemble
Performer (dancer)
  • Caitlin MacKenzie
Performer (dancer)
  • Abby Johnson
Measurements or Duration: 2 hours
Number of Pieces: 1
Locations/Venues:
Location: From date: To date:
BEMAC Multi-Cultural Centre 2015-02-06 2015-02-06
Helensvale Cultural Centre 2015-02-07 2015-02-07
Additional URLs:
Keywords: Choreography, Multi-cultural Performance
Divisions: Past > Schools > Dance
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Funding:
  • BEMAC/unknown
  • BBC/unknown
  • ARTS QUEENSLAND/unknown
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2015 22:51
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2016 05:47

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