COMMISSIONED AND PRODUCED BY FORM DANCE PROJECTS
IN DEVELOPMENT 2019
DIRECTOR: EMMA SAUNDERS
ASSOCIATE ARTIST: ROB McCREDIE
WRITER: FELICITY CASTAGNA
COMPOSERS: JODI PHILLIS & AMANDA BROWN
WSYO CONDUCTOR: JAMES PENSINI
VISUAL ARTIST: DAVID CAPRA
DANCERS: SARAH KALULE, LAWRENCEA MATEARIKI, SABRINA MUSZYNSKI, JOSHUA O’CONNOR, NAOMI REICHARDT, FERAS SHAHEEN, CAYLAN SPENDLOVE, XARA ZAINEDDINE, TEGAN J. RUSHTON & FLING SENIOR ENSEMBLE DANCERS
MUSICIANS: WESTERN SYDNEY YOUTH ORCHESTRA
ENCOUNTER is a cross-disciplinary project featuring orchestral music, contemporary dance and physical theatre. On this production FORM will partner with Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, Four Winds Festival, fLiNG Physical Theatre and Bundanon Trust. WSYO offers highly reputable orchestral training to young musicians living in Western Sydney, under the leadership of conductor, James Pensini. FORM has a similar mission in the annual Sharp Short Dance Festival providing mentoring, industry networking and performance opportunities for young Western Sydney dancers.
About The Producer
FORM Dance Projects is a dynamic hub for Australian contemporary dance based in Parramatta. Since 2011 FORM has grown into one of Australia’s leading dance presenters. Its aim is to support Australian choreographers in all stages of their career, develop artists’ national profiles, provide professional development opportunities, engage with the local community in meaningful ways, including Western Sydney young people and cultural performers, and connect with audiences.
FORM’s program encompasses successfully commissioning and producing genre-defying large-scale festival productions with the aim to provide professional development for artists, create opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations and develop new audiences. The first production was PUNCTURE, directed by Patrick Nolan, commissioned by FORM Dance Projects and co-produced with Legs on the Wall and Vox, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs delighting critics and audiences with its mix of choral music, physical theatre and contemporary dance. This was followed by commissioning and producing CHAMPIONS, directed by Martin del Amo, positioning 11 highly skilled female dancers into a football stadium to challenge pervasive notions of who qualifies as a champion. Martin del Amo won the 2018 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for CHAMPIONS.
About The Director/Choreographer
Emma Saunders is an artist, who works as a dancer, curator, choreographer and educator. She graduated with a BA in Dance and Grad Dip Ed (Dance/Drama) from the University of Western Sydney. Her work is immediate, often working with humour, everyday movements, repetition, duration and abstraction. She is a co-founder member of The Fondue Set, and was the inaugural Dance Curator at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2008 – 2012), where she co-curated a series of dance projects that examine community, location, exchange, culture, age and the interdisciplinary nature of making dance work. She is currently an Associate Artist of NORPA, Lismore, NSW.