PUBLIC TALK: Ochre Contemporary Dance Company
|Ochre Contemporary Dance Company : Public talk with Louise Howden-Smith, Simon Stewart & Penny Mullen
Ochre Contemporary Dance Company Founder and Director Louise Howden-Smith OAM will share intsights into the Company's unique structure and position as Company-in-Residence within the University of Western Australia’s Cultural Precinct. Penny Mullen and Simon Stewart will discuss their research, development and creative processes for Ochre’s next major production ‘Dreamtide’ and how the ocean has played a role in uncovering unique ‘finds’ and stories for the work itself. Mullen will also relate the discussion to her appointment as an Australian representative to the UNESCO-based International Dance Council (CID).
Louise Howden-Smith is the founding director of Ochre Contemporary Dance Company. Ochre is an platform for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal performance artists and arts workers for the sustainability of Aboriginal Culture and the coming together in respect and commitment, learning and reconciliation. The Company, launched in 2012 is now performing major works in State Theatre Centres, invited to perform nationally and internationally performing dreamtime and contemporary stories. Howden-Smith has given the past seven years in a voluntary capacity as a way of giving back to the Australian community for the sustainability of stories that are important to the Culture of Australia through dance music and language. Her experience in leadership and mentoring and the value and complexity of our Aboriginal Culture is a strong element of the work she does today. Louise is called upon to speak about her life and inspiration for young people on ‘if you have a dream follow it’.
Choreographer Penny Mullen teaches contemporary, commercial and classical dance at ACPA where she is engaged as Head of Dance. In her previous role as Associate Artistic Director and choreographer for ACPA, Penny choreographed works for the 2008 Deadly Awards at the Sydney Opera House, several works for the Brisbane Festival in 2009, The MABO Oration and was responsible for the commercial and contemporary dance works staged as part of several productions directed by Leah Purcell “Reflections” "Q150" & "Stolen”. Most recently she was invited to choreograph for the 2012 “Matilda awards” and her original solo “And Prepare” for the inaugural Dance Industry Night at the Judith Wright Centre. Mullen has presented works at a range of symposia in Europe and South America, together with teaching and choreographing in Brazil.
Choreographer Simon Stewart has worked with Ochre Contemporary Dance Company for the past four years contributing to its development and as associate for the 2012 Ochre production Diaphanous. Stewart is currently creating a joint work with Penny Mullen for the major production to be held in the State Theatre Centre entitled ‘Dreamtide’.
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