Because of You….was the first project in Future Landings 2013 and after months of workshops culminated in three performances at the Broome Civic Centre 23 – 24 August 2014.
This beautiful performance explored family life through dance and play to represent ‘a day in the life’ of children and their parents. Working collaboratively with 13 child-and-parent pairs from the Broome community, local choreographer Sandi Woo created an opportunity for the audience to experience the intimacy and fun of the parent/child bond.
Sandi describes the process:
“Family-life is a fine balance between cuddles and negotiation, chaos and calm. I wanted to explore these domestic dynamics artistically because I find that when we dance and play we can transform how we see the everyday. So, I invited Mums and Dads to partner with their children in a series of workshops. The children are aged 4 – 9 yrs. Together, we have explored the range of emotions and energies that exist inside each parent-child relationship – a relationship between two people who know each other extremely well. Sitting next to each other. Sitting on each other. Embracing…and when these two bodies move and dance together – glorious! Their innate trust in each other translates into performance that is candid, beautiful and full of joy.”
Throughout the workshop process all parents have been encouraged to let their child lead the creative play. For the adults this has meant surrendering to being a lion, a beetle or a tree for a child monkey to climb. In this process, the choreographer is sensitive to the ideas being spoken by the children, championing those ideas and carefully structuring games to uncover a coherent performance at the end of all this fun and play.
Because of You… came to life in a purpose-built set by local Broome craftsman, Chris Hill and the show incorporated filmic elements shot and edited by local filmmaker, Paul Bell. Throughout the creative process Sandi was mentored by choreographer and director, Felicity Bott.
Sandi Woo – Choreographer
Sandi relocated to Broome nearly four years ago bringing to that community her experience in administration, project management and dance. Broome Senior High School, Kimberley Performing Arts Council (KPAC), Theatre Kimberley Inc. and local youth service organisations have all benefitted from her skills. In 2011 and 2012, Sandi directed and coordinated YouTube Me Dance a hip-hop dance project for young people and she recently created an intergenerational dance and visual installation project titled – Gallery Moves as part of the community event Shinju Matsuri. Prior to moving to Broome, Sandi worked at the Australia Council for the Arts for nearly nine years. Sandi has taught, performed and/or choreographed for WA Academy of Performing Arts, Steps Youth Dance Company (Perth), Celebrate WA, Jebediah, Festival of Perth, Quantum Leap Youth Choreographic Ensemble (Canberra), Australian Youth Dance Festival, AusdanceWA, AusdanceACT, Popstars, Barron Television, Perth Wildcats, Fremantle Dockers, the Western Reds and various high schools in Perth.
Felicity Bott – Mentor
Felicity was the Artistic Director of Buzz Dance Theatre from late 2003 to mid 2009. Her art and advocacy has been acknowledged via several national nominations and awards including a Helpmann award and an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education. She is a 2007/8 Churchill Fellow and in 2009 was the recipient of the prestigious Department of Culture and the Arts’ Creative Development Fellowship in Western Australia. She has a degree from UWA majoring in English and Anthropology and was Artistic Director of STEPS Youth Dance Company 2000-3. In March 2013, Felicity was appointed to the role of Director of Ausdance WA.