“The survival kit of the cultural dancer”

Saturday 16 March 2019
Parramasala Workshop Stage, Alfred Park Parramatta
Free Event – Q&A

Panel artists: Lucky Lartey, Aruna Gandhi, Mischel Finlayson, Jrisi Jusakos
Facilitated by Laura Osweiler and Agnès Michelet

From community work to studio practice, from entertaining to making, from teaching to performing, how do artists navigate the multifaceted spheres of “cultural” dance practice to earn a

Lucky Lartey is an accomplished and experienced African dancer both in Ghana and Australia and has more than 18 years of training and experience in Traditional African dance and Afro Contemporary. His choreo-graphic work draws on his traditional culture of rhythm and dance as well as contemporary movement practices. Lucky’s vision is to create understanding across all cultures by sharing the beauty and natural power of African music and dance.

Aruna Gandhi (pictured) is a performing artist, choreographer and educator, Aruna presents solos in Bharatanatyam, collaborates with artists for cross-artform projects, conducts ‘Creative Movement’ workshops and is the Founder-Director of ‘Silambam-Sydney’ an institution for fine arts.

Mischel Finlayson is the founder and producer of the Australiasian Samba Queen Competition (Australia), the World Samba Congress and World Samba Queen Competition (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). She has travelled the world and taught thousands of women to dance whilst inspiring them to be fit, healthy and confident. She is also a qualified Yoga instruc-tor.

Jrisi Jusakos is one of Australia’s most recognised oriental dance artists. With extensive experience in cross cultural and traditional dance forms, she has carved out a unique style that is both captivating and recognisable. She is the artistic director and creator of Hathor Dance Theatre, a sought-after master teacher, performer, producer, choreographer and international sponsor.

The panel generously shared their career achievements and challenges. The depth of advice they had to offer was invaluable. This CPAN event was an inspiration for continued conversation within the network and broader transmission of knowledge.

Anyone interested in joining the reflexion, contact Agnes Michelet on 9806 5672.


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