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Carlton North, Victoria 3054 Australia

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Δ (Change from Aotearoa): Archipelago

CONJAH (Jahra Wasasala & Ooshcon) and Jaycee Iman
Presented by Dancehouse

“Δ: Archipelago” bridges the islands of Te moana nui a Kiwa (the Great Sea of Kiwa / the Pacific Ocean) and so-called ‘Australia’ in real-time with Chunky Move’s 2023 Choreolab participants thumping it out at Dancehouse. We unite digitally with the party at Basement Theatre in Tāmaki Makaurau in a global live-streamed nightclub curated by our guests from Aotearoa as part of FRAME. It is a celebration and reclamation of our bodies, empowered by the lived experience of street-born dances. CONJAH (Jahra Wasasala/Ooshcon) and Jaycee Iman guide audiences, artists, and communities as we untangle the relationship between the contemporary dance canon and street-born forms from Black, Brown and Queer people.

Curatorial note:

Three years into this decade and we are continuing to swim in chaos. Resilient and triumphant, members of our communities have connected virtually and finally in person focusing on our needs for cultural safety on and off the dance floor.

This week has affirmed the parallels from our communities here in Naarm and Tāmaki Makaurau.  We are swimming together in these seas of turbulence and learning to surf our emotions and systemic injustice. Our practices break from Western narratives of choreography, empowering a diverse ecology of aesthetics, taste-making, and world-building. As community leaders here in Naarm, the two of us see the centrality shifting. This centrality of what is contemporary in a dance canon in both of our countries has been largely colonial and homogenous in its tastes and preferences.

Creating through games, choosing family portraits, and negotiating cyphers in real time has shown our fellow participants and us that we create time travel. When immersed in the beat, our characters, the Gods of our dreams can come to the forefront. Dr Thomas Defrantz who spoke to us as part of this program said street dance could create an alchemy of time travel; we all felt it.

Thank you to CONJAH & Jaycee Iman for their generosity, the Australia Council of the Arts – International Engagement, Chunky Move, Dancehouse, Basement Theatre and Carriageworks for their insurmountable support in this project.

Love and Respect, Ef & Jonni


Directors: CONJAH (Jahra Wasasala & Ooshcon) and Jaycee Iman
Performers:Chunky Move Choreolab participants
Live accompanists (Dancehouse): Pataphysics and Lay the Mystic
Live spoken word (Basement Theatre): Mano
DJs (Basement Theatre): Zeke, Blush and Spewer
Curators: Jonathan Homsey and Efren Pamilacan
World builders: Alec Katsourakis, Amelia Jean O’Leary, Carolyn Ooi, Dan Jerinel Bay, David Prakash, Efren Pamilacan, Gabriela Quinsacara, Gabrielle Fallon, Giuliano Hammal, Harrison Hall, India Thomas, Kianna Dévine Orrici, Jada Narkle, Jareen Wee, Jasmin Luna, Jennifer Ma, Jonathan ‘Jonni’ Homsey, Joshua Lynch, Julai Dévine, Karlia Cook, Lana Ye Wang, MaggZ , Marcus Tan, Max Burgess, Naddie Dévine, Nicole Sanders, Nikko ‘Deloy’ de Jesus, Quan Tran, Rachel Lee, Samakshi Sidhu, Sami Smith, Samuel Beazley and Susana Le

Powa Wave by Hannah Bronte on loan courtesy from the artist in the Skylab 

Image credits: Jahra Wasasala and Ooschon (2023). Photo by Holly Bur