Carriageworks is saved and Incite is reimagined
Sydney arts precinct, Carriageworks, has been saved. Its creditors voted to accept a multimillion-dollar philanthropic-led bailout on July 21 and it reopened on August 7, with two two free exhibitions, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney and Giselle Stanborough: Cinopticon.
Meanwhile, Force Majeure's annual professional dance theatre program for mid-career and established artists, Incite Intensive, has been reimagined this year, due to the distancing restrictions that Covid has imposed.
Th one-off Incite progam for 2020 is called Incite Revive and was made available by Force Majeure, the resident dance company of Carriageworks, through an expression of interest. As usual a participant stipend and travel allowances are included.
If government guidelines continue to restrict gathering in November, Incite Revive will be postponed to 2021. Force Majeure’s two week-long, full time Incite Intensive program will return in November 2021.
The one-off Incite Revive will be co-facilitated by Liesel Zink and Force Majeure’s longstanding company artist, Ghenoa Gela, and will focus on three key components in the process of devising dance theatre: movement, improvisation and creation.
Movement sessions will incorporate simple and effective exercises that demonstrate how to work with the breath and the moving body. It will combine skills for both actors and dancers, in addition to artists working across multiple disciplines. The training aims to improve performer focus, body awareness and prepare the performer for the ‘ready body’, a concept created by Danielle Micich, artistic director of Force Majeure.
Improvisation sessions will explore everything from how to talk about movement, to how to generate movement with text. Participants gain an understanding of the intention and purpose of movement with narrative through improvising in both partner and ensemble work and practising how to work as a company.
Each participant will become part of a company structure for the week. Danielle Micich will demonstrate how to work collaboratively on the creation of new ideas and how to make constructive decisions in the creative process of devising new work.
Incite Revive is made possible by the support of the City of Sydney, Create NSW and Carriageworks.
- CANDIDE MCDONALD