Temperance Hall becomes a hub for experimental choreography and performance for the 2022 Melbourne Fringe Festival
“We like to place you in a front row seat at Temperance Hall so you can experience the intimacies of dance up close. A double bill of choreographic intensities brought to you by Siobhan Mckenna and Arabella Frahn-Starkie. Mckenna, a dance manuscript of choreographic composition. Frahn-Starkie, a choreo-bio-pic of embodied ancestry.”
Phillip Adams, Artistic Director Temperance Hall
Arabella Frahn-Starkie presents Ken Burns, a new experimental dance work taking cues from documentary cinema. In this semi-autobiographical piece, Arabella contemplates the unspoken details of her family’s history and considers how she carries her loved ones inside her every action. In keeping with Arabella’s preoccupation with documentation and archiving, her new work takes the act of looking back into a sensorial realm, drawing upon grief as a motivational impulse to look back into memory and wondering what is achieved in doing so.
In Relay, Siobhan McKenna and Claire Leske pass movement back and forth between each other as if engaged in a dynamic conversation. The work guides the audience’s gaze to flick between the two performers as they investigate relationships of agreement, debate and exchange whilst attending to the rules and rhythms of their interaction. Relay is a new, contemporary dance work by choreographer Siobhan McKenna that continues her interest in the relationships between movement and language.
PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES
Wednesday 12 October, 7pm
Thursday 13 October, 7pm
Friday 14 October, 7pm
Saturday 15 October, 7pm
199 Napier Street, South Melbourne
60 mins, no interval
Ticket Bundle. $30
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Please book on the link below or call the Melbourne Fringe Box Office on 03 9660 9666. Head to their website to check out their Full program: melbournefringe.com.au
Contact: program[at]temperancehall.com.au for more information.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Arabella Frahn-Starkie is a dance artist and researcher. She is passionate that the skills of dancing and choreographic thinking can be useful in just about any situation. In 2021, she completed her Honours at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts(Contemporary Dance) in 2016. Over the past few years her artistic practice has seen a preoccupation with documenting and thinking about how to archive the ephemera of dance. As a dancer she has worked with and array of incredible choreographers, visual artists, and researchers including Rebecca Jensen, Jo Lloyd, Siobhan McKenna, Sandra Parker, David Rosetzky, Dr Katie Lee, and Dr Petra Gemeinboeck Arabella is driven to use the body in her work, as she believes that at the junction of the artwork, audience, and artist, is a sentient and volatile body. When the going gets tough, she likes to remind herself that no time spent dancing is ever inconsequential.
Siobhan is a Melbourne/Naarm based choreographer and dancer. She has presented her award-winning choreography internationally as well as in key Australian festivals and programs. Her choreographic practice involves a preoccupation with the experimentation and play between voice, sound and movement. Siobhan has always been interested in the sensorial body and is particularly fascinated with how we, as humans, interpret dance and language. Siobhan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with Honours which she completed at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).
Feature image: Arabella Frahn Starkie, courtesy of the artist
Middle: Siobhan McKenna, photo credit: Walker
Bottom: Arabella Frahn Starkie in Ken Burns, courtesy of the artist
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, through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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