Greetings, due to a hectic project schedule in community and creative development in Berlin …‘Watch this Space’ comes to you as a quarterly and the final ‘Watch This Space’ for 2011…. we will be back online in 2012…….. We wish you… Joy for the Festive Season and Hope for the Future…
September commenced with Artistic Director Denni Scott Davis meeting with Australian artists based in Berlin who will collaborate on the Australia Council Community Partnerships Creative Producer project ‘Ties that Bind’.
The projects collaborates with artists and the community in an exploration of community identity and connection, through digital stories & media, dance, physical theatre, music, song and sound to create and produce interdisciplinary arts outcomes that sets the stage for dialogue and discussion and promotes social cohesion and inclusion.
Emerging artists and interested participants will be invited to participate in intensive programs of workshops that will explore the themes of connection and isolation within community drawn from interviews and stories gathered from across the community.
The project will focus on the Macleay Valley and the Kempsey building on the foundations of the Cross Currents, Ripples and Flow projects delivered over the past three years
Founder and Artistic Director, Denni Scott Davis has been awarded as an individual, the Australia Council Creative Producer funding for the 2012 project ‘Ties that Bind’ which will explore through digital stories / imagery, music/ soundscape, physical theatre and dance …the connections & relationships between people that creates community social cohesion and inclusion. The project will focus on Kempsey and the Macleay Valley building on the last three years of the Cross Currents Strategy which has been support by the Australia Council of the Arts, Regional Arts NSW and the CocaCola Australia Foundation.
For the third year, Slippry Sirkus headed off to Beswick (Wugularr) in Central Arnhem for a month to work with Djilpin Arts, an ensemble of global artists and the community to produce the tenth anniversary of ‘Walking with Spirits’.
The Festival is a community based event and the site is Malkgulumbu, A sacred waterfall site located twenty kilometres from the community.
The socially innovative intergenerational digital story telling project ‘Looking Back to The Future’ delivered in partnership with Nambucca Valley Community Services Council and funded through the Australian Government ‘s Department of Health & Ageing has been completed with an exhibition of digital stories and portraits .
The exhibition was opened by the Mayor and Uncle Thomas Kelly (officially acknowledged as the oldest Aboriginal man in NSW) who welcomed the participants, their families and the audience.
The exhibition is now on display at the Regional libraries where the digital stories DVD will be archived.
Since the exhibition, over 650 people have viewed the exhibition and been provided with information about the challenges of ageing.
Thank you to the participant and their families, Aboriginal Aged Care, United Care, Nambucca Valley TAFE Macksville Campus, Nambucca Valley Youth Services, the Macleay Argus, NBN news, Macksville Retrovision, Miimi Aboriginal Corporation, Muurrbay Language Centre, Nambucca Heads Aboriginal Land Council , Gumbayngirr Artists Valerie Quinlin, Lisa Jarrett and Taleena Wright
Slippry Sirkus named as significantly impacting on health outcomes for Young People ....
A number of programs throughout the country have successfully engaged young people, particularly with regard to mental health, at the community level. Young People and the Arts Australia (YPAA) is the national peak body for organisations and practitioners engaging young people in the arts.
The Artful Dodgers Studios and Slippry Sirkus have both had significant impact on health outcomes. The Young People Prevention and Early Intervention (YPPI) project has successfully used flexible creative arts, rather than arts therapy, in the process of recovery for young people with first-episode psychosis . Both Tutti Ensemble and Restless Dance Theatre work with disabled and non-disabled young people in theatre, music and dance performance. .’.. www.disseminate.net.au/arts_and_young_people
This month has seen the culmination of the YouthFest events skills program with young people, from the Port Macquarie/Hastings, Kempsey/Macleay Valley and Nambucca Valley who engaged with the program participating in creative enterprise, on site arts installation, roving circus and as volunteers for Youth Fest events during Youth Week. The Youth Fest events skills program was a collaboration with MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation. www.miimi.org.au
March has been a ‘Hectic’ month (see featured artist) with the ‘Looking Back to the Future’ intergenerational digital story telling project moving into post production which has been helped along by visiting Spanish documentary maker and editor Mikel Tejada .
Miss ‘Rosie’, Raphaella Rosella continues to delight us with her photographic work and success. An image from the ‘Looking Back to the Future’ project has made the semi finals of the Moran National Photographic Prize.
The Youth Fest program in partnership with MiiMi Aboriginal Organisation worked alongside young people in pathways programs in partnership with Kempsey TAFE, Port Macquarie Community College and Nambucca Youth Services. Installations for the YouthFest events were produced and practical events management skills were learnt along with young people in the program becoming volunteers for the YouthFest events.
Slippry Sirkus crew with our Chair Jodie Harrison, artistic director Denni Scott Davis ,musician Fabian Fitzgerald , Michelle Leslie & emerging artist Madi Carrette have headed off to Cambodia along with Jack Thompson, Mike Munro and TV crew to participate in and document the 20th year celebration of the Krousar Thmey Celebrations. Slippry Sirkus will work with the blind & deaf children that Krousar Thmey support
A Cambodian Foundation assisting deprived children, Krousar Thmey provides over 3,500 Cambodian children with educational and social support and access to arts & culture through their blind schools, arts centers and orphanages. A new building will be named in honour of dear friend and photographer Peter Carrette who together with Jack supported the organisation since its beginnings in 1990. www.krousar-thmey.org
Slippry Sirkus will also work with the Cambodian Space Project in an impoverished village where Srey Thy family live in Prey Veng province, close to the Vietnam border . The last fifty years of turmoil has had a devastating effect on the village which is dealing with difficult social challenges. www.myspace.com/thecambodianspaceproject
The Flow project continues to explore the Macleay River with young people in the Macleay Valley and to document stories from the communities through which the river flows .
We welcome Auntie Janet Smith as a project mentor and Elder who has generously shared her stories and knowledge with the young people.
This month’s featured artists are: The Hectic Brothers & one sister…
Tim and Callan from The Leaping Loonies join forces with legendary international street performers Hemlock Mejarne and Aerial Manx; and upcoming industry star Luth to bring you The Hectic Bros., a who combine the artforms of Classic Australian Knockabout Acrobatics, Slapstick Comedy, Rolla Bolla, Hectic Springboard, Whip Cracking, Balancing, Unicycling, Vaulting, Juggling and many other skills whose name ends with " ing " !!!! www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ0Llek7LSM
Welcome to the New Year!
Over January, Slippry Sirkus played host to a dance ensemble from Berlin. Lead by Jared Gradinger , artistic director,performer, creator and curatoraccompanied by dancers Angela & Laurie with percussionist Tayfun. The ensemble presented workshops and a performance outcome in Melbourne while the other dancers performed at the Sydney Festival with the highly innovative ‘Food Chain’.
Dance seemed to be the order of the month with the Utopian Dream Festival in Coffs Harbour that attracted young dancers from all over Australia and dance tutors from across the Globe. A big congratulations to Travers Ross (Artistic Director) and his team, Slippry Sirkus is proud to part of the Utopian Dream Festival.
Slippry Sirkus again worked alongside Stephen Blanch, Youth Worker and Social Innovator in Tamworth on the third annual Cultural ShowCase which provides the opportunity for Indigenous performers of all ages to shine and showcase their talent during the Tamworth Country Music Festival Week.
The ShowCase attracts performers of all ages from across Australia and also the support of the big name acts Troy Casey Daley & Archie Roach. The ShowCase is fortunate to have the talented Knox family to provide musical support and is fast becoming the platform to discover and launch new talent. From humble beginnings in the youth centre hall, the final ShowCase concert is now presented in Tamworth’s new state of the art theatre to a sold out of audience.
Look up in the Sky..it’s a Bird…it’s a Plane…It is the Cambodian Space Project who Slippry Sirkus aided and abetted to tour Australia across January through the support and generosity of friends of Slippry Sirkus . A huge thanks to Jodie Harrison , our Chairperson who hosted the Cambodian Space Project in Melbourne, to Josh Thomason, John Maynard,(The Roys), Paul & Nadine Rose, Greg Bowering, Nadine (Creative Peoples Collective) John Thiering ,Greg Ellis, Jocie & Steve, Kate, Maggie & Heart Tribe for their support and many others across the East Coast who provided instruments, amplifiers, P.A’s, transport, venues and beds
The Cambodian Space Project are an amazing band of musicians from Phnom Penh who are on a trajectory to the South by South West Festival in Austin Texas . The Cambodian Space Project performed across the East Coast of NSW ,Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Mona Foma Festival in Hobart and their music has created a large following plus raised interest in Cambodia and the social conditions.
Slippry Sirkus will work in Cambodia to provide opportunity through the arts for the isolated communities, especially along the Vietnam border to share their stories.
Cambodian Space Project Film maker and bass guitarist Marc Eberle’s documentary ..’ The Most Secret Place on Earth’ –‘CIA’s Covert War in Laos’ a chilling account of what the Mong people and Laos have had to endure,... was recently screened on the ABC www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fLE6LqXNOg
While on the mid north coast of NSW, we continue to deliver the ‘Looking Back to the Future project’ which is a heartening experience working with the elderly across the community and giving voice to their stories. The ‘Flow’ digital story project funded by CCAF in the Macleay Valley , the Healthier Communities project in the Hastings and the Youth Fest workshop program across the three regions in partnership with MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation.
This month’s Featured Artist:
Jared Gradinger is performer, creator and curator based in Berlin since 2002. He is a founding member of Constanza Macras/Dorky Park with whom he has created such pieces as Mir 3, Back to the Present, Scratch, Big in Bombay, I'm Not The Only One, Brickland and others. His latest work was in collaboration with Jeremy Wade for the solo There is no end to more commissioned by the Japan Society. In 2008, he created the piece 'Private Dancer' in the City Theater of Reykjavik in collaboration with Panic Productions. He has an on going relationship with Pictoplasma (Contemporary Character Design) for whom he has staged and choreographed 'Get into Character' in the Haus Der Berliner Festspiele in 2006, created a workshop for the Comic Meets Character Festival in the Thalia Theater in Halle, and a duet with Angela Schubot/TwoFish for the Pictopia Festival in the Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt called 'What they are instead of'. In 2008, he began a collaboration with Les Grandes Traversees in Bordeaux, France where he curated a 48 hour festival of contemporary art for the New Year called 'How Do You Are'. The festival was a gathering of over 60 international artists of all mediums and was presented in the CAPC, Base Sous Marine and Gallery Cortex Athletico. In July of 2009, he launched the second part of the festival entitled 'How Do You Are Beach' in Royan, France and its neighboring towns, and the third part 'How Do You Are: There Goes The Neighborhood', a parkour of of commissioned site-specific work in Bordeaux, December, 2009.
Jared has worked with artists such as William Forsythe, Michel Laub, Magon, Paul Notzold, Mark Jenkins, John Zorn, Hanayo, Nir De Volff/ Total Brutal, Ami Garmon, Discoteka Flaming Star, Jill Emerson, Rahel Savoldelli, Meg Stuart, Jeremy Wade and Mark Levine. His video work has been presented in Canada, Israel, South Korea, Iceland and throughout Europe