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Shearers Ballet Workshops in Cowra

Calling all dance and physical theatre performers aged 14 years+ to participate in the creative development of The Shearer’s Ballet.

Following a successful research period collecting many colourful stories from retired and working shearers from Grenfell, Cowra and Canowindra areas Arts OutWest are looking forward to continuing the development of the dance performance.

Bathurst and Canberra based choreographer Alison Plevey (Clique, Talk2Me, Lingua Franca, Australian Dance Party) invites physical and creative individuals of the Central West to be a part of creating this dance work. The project is rich with personal and collective histories, larrikin culture, and the hard working ethic of rural Australia. The Shearer’s Ballet will form a core performance component of The Silos Project to be presented in 2017.

The three day intensive workshops will involve exploring creative and choreographic processes to manipulate shearing actions, rituals and routines, integrating stories and phrases of the shed to bring these wonderful stories to life. Local retired shearers Norm Palazzi and Larry Walsh will assist and feature in the performance.

Musical Composer Scott Saunders will also inform the development of the dance, creating the sounds of the shed working closely with Alison and the performers.

Workshop Details

  • Tuesday 4 October
    10am – 1.00pm, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
    Subject to numbers
  • Wednesday 5 October
    10am – 1.00pm, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
    Subject to numbers
  • Thursday 6 October
    10am – 1.00pm, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
    Subject to numbers

Where: Mulyan Primary School

Cost: Free

Bring: Lunch, water, no dance shoes required, please wear comfortable attire such as exercise shorts/pants and singlet/ t-shirt.

Register: Contact Phoebe Cowdery (Project Manager) on 0413 910 697 if you are interested to register and require further information.

The Shearers Ballet is partnered by Arts OutWest and the CORRIDOR project. This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.