The Dance Project17 August 2012 Naomi Gall
The Dance Project, a partnership between Tasdance, Tasmania’s Mature Artists Dance Experience (MADE) and Bust a move, engages communities in the creation and presentation of contemporary dance with the purpose of strengthening the capacity of community, producing excellent quality dance works and actively engaging the community in all aspects of the project.
Tasmania’s Mature Artists Dance Experience (MADE) worked in collaboration with Hobart’s Hospice volunteers to create Family: a dance and sound performance about dying and living, that was presented at City Hall in Hobart from 26 – 29 July.
Family was created from the premise that death is an essential element of life, and that a community in fear and denial of death is a community in fear and denial of life.
MADE Artistic Director and choreographer of Family, Glen Murray says, ‘MADE worked closely with the hospice volunteers to create a conversation through dance around their experience with death. More than anything, we wanted people to feel empowered and informed by this work. We hoped to contribute to more open conversations in our community about death and dying.’
In addition to the dance performance, Family: a dance and sound performance about dying and living also incorporated a walk-through sound component of recorded conversations with people who are preparing for death.
The recordings were insightful and empowering stories which have informed the creation of the dance work.
The Dance Project, a statewide community dance initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts and Tasmanian Regional Arts is a joint funded collaboration between the Dance Board and Community Partnerships Committee.
Image Credit: Family: a dance and sound performance about dying and living (detail) Photo: Peter Whyte