A New Lead for Co3

Co3, Western Australia’s leading contemporary dance company, is pleased to welcome Richard Longbottom to the seat of Executive Director, commencing April 2017.

Richard is currently the Community Engagement Director with the Company and will take over the reins from outgoing Executive Director, Aaron Beach.

On the appointment of Richard Longbottom, Aaron Beach says, “I couldn’t be leaving the position and the company in better hands. Richard’s wealth of experience and passion for industry will ensure continued success for Co3, I look forward to watching the company’s growth over the next few years.”

This appointment strengthens the company’s position in the Perth dance sector with an ongoing commitment to community engagement, education and the development of the company of professional dancers.

Richard Longbottom started his career as a dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and has worked in a number of roles including General Manager, Tasdance; Community and Education Manager, DanceNorth; other roles as a dancer and repetiteur; and since January 2015, Richard has been working as strategy and investment consultant to Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative, supporting young people in alternative education to successfully transition into employment, tertiary training, or back into mainstream schooling.

Of the new role, Richard says: “I have relished the opportunity over the past two years at Co3 to build the Community Engagement Program to a strong and sustainable model that is an anchor for the company. It not only provides training for young dancers but also employment for Co3’s dancers. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead of us as a Company and can’t wait for an amazing 2017!”

Co3 enters its second full year of programming in 2017 since its launch in October 2015. Of the transition in the company, Chair Wendy Wise says: “Co3 is unique in its organisational structure and an internal appointment ensures a continued understanding and commitment to the ethos of the Company. The Board of Directors and I are looking forward to working with Richard into the future.”

Aaron Beach will finish up with Co3 in April 2017, following the Perth premiere of Frank Enstein, the Company’s first collaboration with THE FARM. Aaron will commence the role of Deputy Executive Director of Belvoir in Sydney in April.For all media enquiries, please contact Georgia Malone on 0411 100 340 or Georgia@co3.org.au

About Co3

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Co3 is the state’s flagship contemporary dance company, contributing a unique voice to the national cultural environment.

Co3 reinvigorates the conversation about, and experience of, contemporary dance. The company supports and inspires the development of contemporary dance, dancers and dance culture. Co3 is guided by the key programming principles of curate, commission, and create.

Co3 is currently a resident company at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.

Welcome our new developing artists for 2017

2017 will herald a year of growth for Co3 with the expansion of our stable of dancers. We are delighted to welcome two new City of Perth developing artists from LINK Dance Company, Tanya Brown and Antonio Rinaldi.

Both Tanya and Antonio worked with Raewyn Hill and the Company dancers last year in the creation of ‘the cry’. 2017 will see them grow under the guidance of Raewyn and perform in her new work ‘THE ZONE’ later in the year.

We thought we’d have a chat with Tanya and Antonio to let you get to know a bit more about our newest dancers.

 

How would you describe contemporary dance?

AR: Contemporary dance encompasses (almost) anything and everything in life. It is like the human condition 70% of the time. It is an art form- or as we’re constantly reminded, a lifestyle choice and that is utterly accurate. It is a lifestyle choice- one that is often as ambiguous or avant-garde or literal as it wants to be. It’s much the same as classical, but with different concepts here and there, perhaps a different outcome- maybe less extravagant in set design and costume, but maybe not.

TB: I find this one difficult to explain. To anyone down the street I say, it’s kind of the bare feet dance, that’s free and is a mix of everything, but then is it really that? It can be so many things. It is free. It can take you anywhere you are willing to go. Together, alone. Past, present, future. Memories, stories, histories.

 

What are some of the challenges involved with being a dancer?

AR: I find being malleable a monumental challenge. The ability to conform to and separate from, work with or work autonomously; to be a muse for your choreographer- even to your fellow dancers in the space- there is great responsibility in this. I’ve been stuck with something Raewyn Hill said to us once in the studio – that it was a sacred place and that’s how you must treat it.

TB: I think there is something powerful in being able to overcome all those challenges that come against us daily, in whatever you do. As a dancer we face long hours, which can lead to tiredness and fatigue, making body care crucial. Injury can happen in a blink of an eye sometimes. There can be a lack of resources, not getting paid much and people don’t always support your choice. You might need to work multiple jobs to sustain a living, or go searching travelling to find work. It’s not always accessible to a wide audience, you want to share it with people, but it can be hard to spread around. Competitiveness and ego can threaten the spirit of the dance. It can also sometimes be challenging to be so vulnerable and honest in front of people all the time.

 

How would you describe your time with Co3 so far?

AR: What was most wonderful to me was the ability to be implicated into a re-mounting of a previous work – and see the growth from that point onwards. It was a stunning progression to watch – the dancers were awe-inspiring in their demeanours and their character strengths, though it was a real luxury to watch an artistic director in all her idiosyncrasy because I have such a concentrated keenness for choreographing.

TB: It’s really just beginning! How exciting!

 

What do you love most about contemporary dance?

AR: It depends entirely on the day and the mood I’m in. Some days, I come to the studio- and I have such a real adulation for my fellow dancers – I get all geeked out watching somebody flick an arm or roll around making wild animal noises while assuming the role of an incapacitated entity – (I’m odd that way) or whatever it is they’re doing in the moment. I think I even begin to smile or tilt my head down like I’m possessed; I’ve been called out on it many a time. Other days, when matters don’t run as smoothly, it’s a little more difficult to find that stillness within yourself. Honestly, the chance to just have a groove and get down sometimes is really all the soul food you need- chuck on some old Motown and boogie yourself to culmination.

TB: How it connects people, empowers people, frees people, challenges people and inspires people. How it can be anything from spinning around on the kitchen floor, moving on stage in front of thousands and you could hear a pin drop, to a bunch of all ages moving together as one.

 

Catch both of our new developing artists in Raewyn Hill’s ‘THE ZONE’ later this year. Two-show and single tickets are now on sale for ‘Frank Enstein’ and ‘THE ZONE’ – BOOK NOW!

Co3’s developing artist program is proudly supported by the City of Perth.

2017 – a year of growth and partnership

The first 18 months of Co3 Australia, WA’s flagship contemporary dance company, has delivered opportunities for artists and audiences to further grow contemporary dance in Western Australia. In this short time, the company has engaged over 100 artists and attracted more than 16,000 people to the artistic and engagement programs.

 

Reflecting on Co3 Australia’s first full program in 2016 Artistic Director Raewyn Hill says: “2016 was such a massive year for this little company. I am constantly in awe of the commitment and dedication of the team around me from our small admin team to the Company artists and the Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth ensemble members. I’m so proud to be the founding Artistic Director of Co3 and in a year where I presented my first full length work for the Company, and our Youth present their own performance season at the Dolphin Theatre, we are ready to take 2017 head on and continue to offer a full program for dancers and dance lovers of all ages.”

 

2017 will be Co3’s second full artistic program, with a focus on partnerships in creating and presenting new works, we continue to lay the foundations for opportunities to engage with dance in Perth and beyond. Company dancers will be split across a variety of projects and we invite local, national and international artists into the Co3 creative team.

 

As resident company at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Co3 will be presenting two new works in 2017. The Company partners with The Farm Directors Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood on Frank Enstein, a new work that will have its world premiere at the 2017 Bleach* Festival on the Gold Coast, before heading to Perth for a public and schools season. With a cast of Co3 dancers and The Farm collaborators, Frank Enstein is a retelling of the classic tale for children and adults – magical dance-theatre illuminating a path to self-acceptance. This is theatre as if made by Michel Gondry, handcrafted and full of the love of old fashioned techniques.

 

In September, Co3 returns to the Health Ledger Theatre with THE ZONE, an explosive dance work that explores the notion of community forming in extraordinary circumstances. Profound yet playful, the performance chronicles the creation of community told through Hill’s stunning movement language. Artistic Director and choreographer Raewyn Hill will be joined again by music collaborator Eden Mulholland to play the live score, and world renowned Japanese architect Satoshi Okada will join the creative team as set designer.

 

Of the mainstage artistic program, Artistic Director Raewyn Hill says: “In Co3’s second annual program we continue to explore partnerships and welcome some of the best makers and artists from around the world. Following on from an Asialink residency to Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo in mid 2016, I am thrilled to be working with the incomparable architect Satoshi Okada for my next full length work, THE ZONE. As Co3 continues to grow, these collaborations and partnerships allow the company to not only bring some of the world most renowned artists to Perth but gives us flexiblity in our artistic presentations each year”.

 

2017 will see the continuation of Reason for Being, a partnership with the Art Gallery of Western Australia. This residency has been popular with visitors to the gallery this year with more than 5,000 people visiting the gallery view the company in action and engage with the creative process along the way. The first Reason for Being in 2017 will be in February and throughout the year Raewyn will invite several WA artists to join her in the development of work in response to the Sate Collection and the architecture of the building.

 

Co3 is excited to be collaborating with Sydney Dance Company on a new work made especially for Primary-school-aged children. This collaboration with Sydney Dance Company, Crazy Times by the brilliant choreographer Anthony Hamilton and dramaturg Matthew Whittet, will premiere in March at the Sydney Opera House, with a Perth and regional Western Australian season to be announced in early 2017.

 

Also in 2017, Co3 invites the prolific WA artist and dance maker, Chrissie Parrott to the Co3 artistic family to develop her most recent work, Elk. “I am passionate about creating an ongoing opportunity to support WA artists to develop a new work for the company,” says Raewyn Hill. “In 2017 Co3 launches Co: Lab as a way to begin to support choreographic voices of the local independent dance community in Perth. We also welcome the inaugural Co:Lab artist Tyrone Robinson to the Co3 family in early 2017.”

 

This nurturing is again reflected in the strengthening of the Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble, the centrepiece of the company’s community engagement program. The Act-Belong- Commit Co:Youth ensemble offers 60 young dancers regular training and development and have three performance outcomes next year including a new co presentation with companies LINK and Tracksuit. In 2016 the Elite Training Squad was introduced and was offered to 20 of the most promising young dancers with a focus on technical development, strength and conditioning.

 

The company’s community engagement program in 2017 with a remounted tour of Paper Scissors Rocket! created by independent WA artists, UnKempt Dance, which will be performed alongside Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s presentation of Saltbush at the State Theatre Centre of WA in July.

 

For full program details, including the full community engagement program, see co3.org.au

 

2017 Program

Frank Enstein

Made by The Farm in collaboration with Co3 Australia

Presented by Co3 Australia, The Farm and Bleach* Festival

Wed 5-Sat 8 April, 7.30pm

Wed 5 April, 1pm (School Matinee)

Thurs 6 & Fri 7, 11am (School Matinees)

Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA Tickets from $25

THE ZONE

Thurs 7–Sat 16 September, 7.30pm

Fri 8, Tues 12, Thurs 14 September, 11am (School Matinees)

Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA Tickets from $40

TWO SHOW PACKAGE: Buy both Frank Enstein and THE ZONE and save! Premium $90 / A Reserve $80 / Concession $55

Single tickets on sale from 16 January All tickets available through Ticketek: ticketek.com.au

For all media enquiries, please contact: Georgia Malone, Marketing & Communications Manager

M 0411 100 340

E georgia@co3.org.au

 

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