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Chunky Move
111 Sturt Street
Southbank, Victoria 3006 Australia

(03) 9645 5188
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Δ (Change from Aotearoa): Choreolab 2023

Jahra Wasasala, Jaycee Iman, and Ooshcon
Presented by Chunky Move

Hosted annually by established guest artists from the Asia Pacific region, Choreolab is Chunky Move’s professional development workshop program. Choreolab 2023 is presented as part of “Δ (Change From Aotearoa), a bilateral project curated by Jonathan Homsey and Efren Pamilacan that centres Street Dance.

Δ (Change from Aotearoa): Choreolab 2023″ features three of Aotearoa’s (New Zealand) leading dance innovators grounded in Vogue, Waving, Creature Movement work and World-Building: Jahra Wasasala, Ooshcon, and Jaycee Iman. Each artist will share their practice and spectrum of techniques rooted in various Street Dance techniques and Ballroom Dance foundations to develop Creature Movement studies and build choreographic worlds.

Through Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (Pacific) modes of storytelling and talanoa (exchange), Jahra, Ooshcon and Jaycee anchor a web of physical connections, empowering a diverse ecology of aesthetics, and expanding movement potentials.

EOIs for participation in Choreolab have now closed.

Experience the work generated through the workshops at “Δ (Change from Aotearoa): Archipelago” a durational performance held on Saturday 25 March at Dancehouse to the sounds of acclaimed music artists live from Basement Theatre in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).

Or participate in Vogue Runway, Essence, Waving, and CONJAH workshops with Jahra Wasasala, Ooshcon, and Jaycee Iman at Dancehouse.

Credits

Image credit: Jahra Wasasala (2023). Photo by Holly Burgess.

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Jahra (Arieta) Wasasala is a Fijian/Pakeha world-builder, movement psychopomp and writer of realms. Within Viti, they hail from the provinces of Macuata and Ba. Jahra is based in the relational space between a world ending and another world beginning. They centre dance as the chosen tool of transmutation, living-memory, and embodiment, whilst expanding that living work into sound, adornment, poetry, sculpture, and digital realms through their collaborations that have travelled internationally. Jahra gives gratitude to Tāmaki Makaurau (raised) and Te Awa Kairangi-ki-Uta (current) and their multiple iwi, and to the influence that relationship to place undoubtedly has on every artist’s work. Jahra affectionately sees their work as “Oceanic Terror-fi”, and constantly moves towards being spirit-led and blood-led in their evolving creative offering.

Jaycee Tanuvasa, AKA Jaycee Iman, is a prominent voice within the rainbow community as a Transgender and Pacific advocate and community leader. She has navigated her activism through various avenues such as Auckland Pride Board (2017), Village collective, Fine Fatale and Me Family Services Transitioning Together programme. She is a multifaceted artist, curator, producer, and performer, gathering Queer bodies to perform to sold out audiences. With years of experience in voluntary and self-funded initiatives and projects, Jaycee’s leadership as Founding Mother of House of Iman has made a positive impact on our wider pacific, LGBTQIA+ communities both in Aotearoa and Australia.

Ooshcon “The Decipherer Of Circles” is an experimental Hip Hop movement artist of Samoan and Palagi origin. Ooshcon is an award-winning Hip Hop theatre choreographer, a respected Hip Hop and open-style battler, and a sought-after performer with extensive skills in a range of Street Dance styles. Ooshcon has choreographed and performed internationally, recently performing his solo work “Glitch” at the Grand Théâtre at the Maison de la Culture de Tahiti. Beyond the stage, Ooshcon is a mentor and fa