Contemporary Dance/Traditional Rhythms Workshop by Annalouise Paul

Australian dancer-choreographer Annalouise Paul, the current resident choreographer at Rimbun Dahan, will conduct a 3-hour workshop open to the local performance community.

Annalouise will share choreographic repertoire and a contemporary dance warm up which intersects with Flamenco dance and traditional rhythms. She will share her process of DanceDNA for distilling traditions in order to explore new pathways for movement without disrupting or negating the essence of the cultural form. The workshop will include task work and improvisational modes.

For intermediate/advanced dancers and performers.

6:30-9:30pm
Monday 9 Sept 2019
KOTAK, Five Arts Centre, 27 & 27A Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.
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Entrance is RM20 per person, payable at the door. Places are limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, please email bhijjas@gmail.com or Whatsapp +6017 310 3769 with your name, mobile number and email address.

Please wear clothes comfortable for dancing. Most of the work will be in bare feet. If you have a traditional dance practice of your own, please feel free to bring any required items, i.e. bells, shoes…

About Annalouise Paul

Annalouise Paul is a contemporary-flamenco choreographer and performer from Australia whose works explore identity and transformation through the intersection of contemporary and traditional forms.

Annalouise has been working in the field of intercultural dance in Australia and internationally for over thirty years. More recently she has developed choreographic tools to push dance hybridity. There is no established ‘method’ for creating cross-cultural movement or for practitioners to model from, so there has been slow but constant emergence of process and vocabulary, evolving out of a pool of processes for various works. ‘Hidden Rhythms’ is one process that employs traditional rhythms for shifting the dynamic of dance movement. ‘Dance DNA’ is the most recent method Annalouise has been investigating largely through workshops internationally and in Australia. She has held cross cultural workshops in Singapore, France, India, Melbourne and Sydney supported by World Dance Alliance, Create NSW and Critical Path.

Developing cross-cultural and hybrid processes with local dance artists at Rimbun Dahan, Annalouise is researching and creating material for new interdisciplinary works ‘Mother Tongue’ and ‘Self Portrait’, exploring the existence of multiple cultural affinities, histories and languages in the single body.

Annalouise is the recipient of the Australian Arts in Asia Award in Dance. This Creative Exchange at Rimbun Dahan is supported by Asialink Arts and the NSW Government through Create NSW.

About Rimbun Dahan

Rimbun Dahan is a private arts centre owned by architect Hijjas Kasturi and his wife Angela. The 14-acre compound contains contemporary and traditional buildings in an indigenous Southeast Asian tropical garden. Since 1994, the Cultural Programme at Rimbun Dahan has hosted hundreds of artists across disciplines, spending up to 12 months at Rimbun Dahan to develop their arts practice.

Thanks to FIVE ARTS CENTRE for their venue support.

Photo above, of ‘Mother Tongue’ choreographed by Annalouise Paul, taken by Shane Rozario.