THRIVE Festival alongside Open House Melbourne present an in-conversation event with artist Ryan New. presented by temperance hall,
and supported by rawcus.
Join us for an in-conversation event with performer and contemporary dancer Ryan New, to explore the nature of his performance practice in relation to challenges and expectation as an artist with disability, centred around Ryan’s recent collaboration of SICK with Phillip Adams Director of BalletLab.
SICK is an interdisciplinary performance that critiques acceptance and challenges expectations of artists with disability. Ryan will discuss his experiences of personal discovery and choreographic process working on SICK with Phillip Adams and visual artist Jake Preval.
A work like SICK breathes in the surrealist fantasies that childhood can suggest. SICK reveals an aesthetic of surface frivolity that incorporates Baroque and Renaissance references; it is blitzed with personal quirks, dark humour, cinematic dreams, social commentary and dysfunction of self-identity.
Ryan’s presentation will include video highlights of SICK in development, followed by a Q&A moderated by Kate Sulan, Artistic Director of Rawcus.
In Conversation With Ryan New
Saturday 24 July, 12 noon - 2pm
Duration approximately 120 minutes
This event will be Auslan interpreted and audio described.
Free, registration required
About the panellists:
Ryan New is a performer, contemporary dancer, tai chi practitioner and landscape innovator. He made his debut in Rawcus in mid 2008, during his time as a performing facilitator at Family Dog Theatre. His roles in Rawcus include Small Odysseys, Another Lament and Songs for a Weary Throat. He led a group of primary schoolers for a Newham project in 2012. He was also a carrier in 2009’s walk of the Chinese Year of the Dragon at Moomba City of Melbourne. Most recently Ryan won the Tropfest award for best actor in a short film Comican’t. He is currently collaborating with choreographer Phillip Adams on a new work- SICK, which will premiere in September 2021.
Phillip Adams is the founder and Artistic Director of BalletLab, forming the company upon his return home from New York in 1998. Phillip’s performing arts background spans a 30 year career in contemporary dance. Phillip lived and worked in New York for a decade after being awarded the ANZ International Fellowship Award in 1988. He was a member of several leading dance companies and worked with many independent choreographers including BeBe Miller, Trisha Brown, Irene Hultman, Sarah Rudner, Amanda Miller, Donna Uchizono and Nina Wiener. Phillip has been commissioned by several leading dance and theatre companies including The Australian Ballet, Arena Theatre, Chunky Move, Back to Back Theatre, Guongdong Modern Dance Company (China), Dance Works Rotterdam (Netherlands), City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong), Tasdance, Sydney Mardi Gras and One Extra Co. Phillip was the recipient of the 2018 Australia Council for the Arts Award for Dance.
Find out more about Phillip's work HERE.
This is a COVIDSafe event that has been registered with the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions (DJPR). To view the safety checklist for Laceship please click on the button below:
Photo: Captured during the SICK development showing at Temperance Hall in December 2020. From left to right: Phillip Adams, Ryan New and Bo Svoronos, photo by Jeff Busby.
Temperance Hall acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land in which we dance and create, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation, and pay our respect to Elders both past and present and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.