WORKSHOPS & FILM SCREENING
FREE ACROSS REGIONAL WA
In February 2021, Co3 Contemporary Dance presented ARCHIVES OF HUMANITY at the State Theatre Centre of WA. Devised and directed by Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill and commissioned by Perth Festival, it celebrated community and explored ways individuals respond and care for each other in a crisis.
It featured an inter-generational cast of 21 dancers plus a remarkable set of over 1500 fabric birds hand-made by members of our WA community using their own recycled clothing. The creation of the set by community members was a concept developed by Raewyn Hill and Japanese sculptural artist Naoko Yoshimoto.
The intent was to collect from individuals their written stories reflecting the life of the garment, immigration and isolation during the evolving pandemic. The stories were then displayed on a wall for audiences to read as they entered the performance and the birds united, soared above as a collective symbol of endurance and hope.
WE ARE now excited to share this experience to Regional WA through our FREE touring program called UNDER THE SAME SKY.
The tour is made up of three key elements: bird making workshops, dance workshops and a public screening of Raewyn Hill's ARCHIVES OF HUMANITY. Regional communities will have the opportunity to see this five-star, highly acclaimed world premiere production that captivated Perth audiences, and see how the birds formed an integral part of this new dance work.
BIRD MAKING WORKSHOPS
Suitable for beginner and advanced sewers, community members will be guided in a workshop to create a single bird made from their own donated piece of clothing. The finished bird can either be kept by the maker or form part of a community installation in your town. Participants will also have the opportunity to record their own story which can be shared in a local exhibition or submitted back to Co3 to join the archives of the production.
- Your garments (t-shirts or natural fibres work best)
- Extra sewing machines (if available)
- Tables and chairs for the number of participants
- Light refreshments for workshop participants (optional)
Co3 will provide all other additional sewing materials, including two sewing machines. Workshops are open to adults and children. Any child under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
The workshop is 4½ hours including a half hour break. The host community leader will be responsible for all group registration processes and communications. A minimum of 5 participants is required.
Dance Workshops are delivered by Co3’s professional teaching artists, open to all interested ages and suitable for beginners. We will liaise with you to design a schedule that works best for your community.
Workshops run for 1 hour.
To round out the tour, a free public screening of the ARCHIVES OF HUMANITY production will be available for community members in your region to watch. We will provide the film on a USB/ hard drive, or as a digital link for streaming, and can support you to find a suitable venue for the event. Further details will be provided following discussions with community leaders.
‘extraordinarily artistic...emotive, powerful and original’
– DANCE AUSTRALIA
‘riveting to watch...CO3 has probably been given its signature masterpiece with this show’
FULL TOUR PROGRAM
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“I loved those jeans, and they went along with me to so many gigs... To make them into part of a flock for an art installation seemed a wonderful way for them to experience a new type of creative life!”
– THE BIRD MAKERS COMMUNITY FACEBOOK GROUP
“The leaders were great and interacted wonderfully with the multicultural women. There was lots of singing and entertainment throughout the workshop...We loved being part of this project.”
– ISHAR MULTICULTURAL WOMEN’S HEALTH SERVICES
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This project has been supported by Lotterywest’s Building Communities Fund.