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Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road
Southbank, Victoria 3004 Australia

1300 182 183
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Us And All Of This

Liesel Zink
Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and the Betty Amsden Participation Program

After a three-year hiatus, the Betty Amsden Participation Program returns for its eighth instalment in a new multisite participatory project.

In an epic, once-in-a-lifetime event, 300 local participants will join award-winning choreographer and creator Liesel Zink at one of three venues across Victoria to create a large-scale, meditative and sculptural public dance work.

Arts Centre Melbourne, Geelong Arts Centre and Bunjil Place will each engage 100 people varying in age, ethnicity, gender and body type who love to move and are keen to be involved in a new dance performance.

Renowned sound artist and composer Lawrence English will create the soundscape for this performance allowing the movers to explore togetherness and community.

Performances will take place in Melbourne, Narre Warren and Geelong over March and April 2023. People are encouraged to attend one of the three locations to witness the 100 participants weave throughout the space.

Credits

Creator: Liesel Zink
Composer: Lawrence English
Dramaturg: Martyn Coutts
Community Engagement Manager: Cass Fumi
Assistant Choreographer: Joshua Lowe
Production Manager: Bindi Green
Stage Manager: Natasha Marich
Core Artists (Arts Centre Melbourne): Ngioka Bunda-Heath, Kyall Shanks, Katrina Rank, Guy Ritani
Core Artists (Bunjil Place): Jenn Ma, Gülsen Özer, Dee Wong, Hithanjanee Yatawara
Core Artists (Geelong Arts Centre): Jessica Lessosky, Fiona Luca, Ash Skinner
Local Community Coordinator (Arts Centre Melbourne): Chafia Brooks
Local Community Coordinator (Bunjil Place): Jess Li
Local Community Coordinator (Geelong Arts Centre): Cultura
Lead Artists (February 2021 Development): Roxanne McDonald, Brian Lucas, Leah Shelton, Hsin-Ju Ely, Joshua Lowe
Producer: Performing Lines
Lead Artists (October 2020 Development): Joel Bray, Joshua Lowe, Katina Olsen, Niharika Senapati, Leah Shelton, Ely Hsin-Ju

Developed with the assistance of dancers from Yellow Wheel

Image credit: “Us And All Of This” (2022). Photo by Ian Laidlaw.

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Liesel Zink is an award-winning choreographer of Ukrainian and German descent interested in collective bodies as a tool for social change. She has developed and presented work around Australia, Asia and Eastern Europe. Liesel’s practice explores the intersection of contemporary dance and community engagement seeing her create performances in public-space and use her creative process as a means for artistic, cultural, and intergenerational exchange. As an Independent choreographer Liesel is most well-known for the creation of large-scale public space performances, most significantly ‘The Stance’ which won the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance.

Lawrence English is an artist, composer and curator based in Australia. Working across an array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work explores the politics of perception and prompts questions of field, agency and memory. English utilises a variety of approaches, including visceral live performance and site-specific installation that invites audiences to consider their relationship to listening, place and embodiment. Over the past decade, he has worked with sound as a medium for embodied experience sharing hi