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Musical Bodies

Music and dance enthusiasts alike are in for a treat this September when Resonance String Orchestra join forces with eclectic troupe Travel Art Dance Company to present ‘Musical Bodies’ – works by Jenkins, Tiersen, Mendelssohn, Bartok and Brahms performed with creative improvisation in a fresh, dynamic fusion of sound and movement.

Resonance will accompany the Travel Art dancers as they perform choreographed and improvised dance works. Travel Art Dance Company brings together dancers from diverse backgrounds, including contemporary dance, classical ballet, improvisation, creative dance, yoga, gymnastics, circus and martial arts. Their engaging and thought-provoking performance style will be illuminated against the backdrop of works by classical and contemporary composers, brought to life by the luscious sounds of Resonance String Orchestra, the Resonance Senior Strings and Quartet Conspirito.

Sunday 11 September, 3pm

Mary Maloney Theatre, Sacred Heart College, Kyneton

Tickets $20 / $15  www.trybooking.com/LYLF or phone Kelly on 0412 420 146

Winterwarming 2016

The days are getting shorter and colder, and we’re very excited to be part of Winterwarming 2016 in a couple of weeks! We’ll be performing a series of short new dance works to start the evening off, then Sangara (Matt Ellis, Melody Moon, Rachel Samuel) will be launching their stunning new meditation/labyrinth-walking CD with the annual winter solstice labyrinth walk. The event will also be a fundraiser for repairs to the church hall floor at the Northcote Uniting Church – supporting the space that supports so many community groups.

We hope you can join us on Saturday June 18 for a feast of music and dance to greet the winter months and warm the soul!

Saturday 18 June
730 pm  (doors at 7 pm)
Northcote Uniting Church 251 High street Northcote 3070
Tickets $20 at the door

There will be delicious chai, tasty treats, a raffle and of course
music and dance. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/499682653563884/

Guest performance – Acts of Love: Sacred Connections in support of St Kilda Gatehouse

We’re excited to be performing as part of this fundraising event in April! Details below, or see https://www.facebook.com/events/881575188531708.

Embracing Spirit presents Acts of Love: Sacred Connections, an annual, multi-cultural, collaborative, community arts event in support of St Kilda Gatehouse – a not for profit organisation which works alongside those involved in street sex work who are often marginalised and have life controlling addictions.

Join us as we take you on a journey through visual art, song, dance, spoken word, sound and the performance arts to express what we value most as a community and explore the questions: What is sacred? How do we connect with the sacred? How do we nurture and nourish these sacred connections?

Featuring a Sacred Art Gallery, Soul Services Raffle, live music, dance and performance arts, poetry/ spoken word and much more, this event is a feast for your senses!! All proceeds from this event will be donated to St Kilda Gatehouse in support of the essential work they do in providing a place where the sex workers in Melbourne can find the support and care needed as they attempt to build a life off the streets and beyond drug addiction.

The event is also a platform for people from all walks of life to experience dance and the performance arts and we are honoured to support the women at WIRE – Women’s Information and Referral Exchange to experience the joy of dance and artistic expression as they join us for this event along with a diverse range of talented local artists, visual artists and performers.

For bookings, please click on tickets or visit http://www.embracingspirit.net/events.html or http://www.trybooking.com/GYCW

Guest performance with Flare Dance Company

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Woodend Children’s Festival – it was wonderful to share such an amazing day with you all! Some photos here.

Our next performance will be a new choreographed work, which we will be performing as guests in Flare Dance Company’s production “i Am”, in support of Camcare. October 3 and 4 at Renaissance Theatre, Kew East – more information about the production here.

Wee look forward to seeing you soon!

Term 3 classes starting next week

Creative Movement Classes with Meah Velik-Lord (Artistic Director, Travel Art Dance Company)

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced dancers, these classes incorporate solo, small group and ensemble work and make use of music and props to extend the individual’s creativity and vocabulary of physical expression. Classes have a strong focus on aesthetic as well as physical exploration, and are designed for anyone wanting to develop and refine their own movement style or broaden their experience with movement-based improvisation.

Drop-ins welcome at any time – drop in fee for first class subtracted from discounted rate if signing up for the remainder of the series.

Thursday evenings 8:00-9:15 pm
at Dancehouse (gallery space), 150 Princes St Carlton North.
8-class series $120, or $20 per class drop in. July 17 – Sep 11 (no class Aug 7)

Friday afternoons 2:15-3:30 pm
at Cecil St Studio, 66 Cecil St Fitzroy
10-class series $150 or $20 per class drop in. July 18 – Sep 19

Monday evenings* 7:30-9:00 pm
at Mangala Studios of Yoga and Creative Dance, 73 Grattan St Carlton.
10-class series $150, or $20 per class drop in. July 14 – Sep 15.
*Please note the Monday evening class is designed primarily for young adults (18-30) with some previous creative dance or improvisation experience.

For more information, please contact Meah on 0418 567334, email travelartdance@gmail.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/events/1503235266558032.

Woodend Children’s Festival

We’re excited to be performing two “Any Requests?” shows at the Woodend Children’s Festival Sunday July 27.
We’re on at 11am and 1pm, children and children-at-heart all welcome – bring a request! Full festival program at

http://www.woodendchildrensfestival.com.au/program-2014/

winterwarming 2014

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Join us on the longest night of the year for a winter solstice feast of music and dance to greet the winter months and warm the soul. Featuring Travel Art Dance Company, Rachel Samuel, Ant Connelly, Gareth Culberston, Jose Tibbles, Jess Isgro, ShapeShifters Dance Theatre and Mangala Studios of Yoga and Creative Dance.

Saturday June 21, 7:30 PM

Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High Street Northcote

Tickets $20 at the door (from 7:00 PM)

50% of profits will be donated to the Thin Green Line Foundation

The Search For Xiao Li’s Head

Our first performance for 2014! A collaboration with the Australasian Chinese Theatre Company and musician Ivan Ngan.

THE SEARCH FOR XIAO LI’S HEAD: A MAGICAL TALE OF FEMALE RE-MEMBERMENT

An innovative combination of story telling, dance & music performed in a bamboo garden.  A Chinese tale read by author Moni Lai Storz, a Chinese harp played by Ivan Sun Ngan, as dancers from Travel Art Dance Company weave in & out of a bamboo forest. A night of magical sound, light & visuals.
March 28, 29 and 30, 8PM. The Australasian Chinese Theatre Garden, 11 Cole St Brighton. Tickets: $20/12, http://www.trybooking.com/78054 or at the door. Enquiries: ph 0419 367261, email monilaistorz@gmail.com

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Happy Birthday!

Travel Art Dance Company is ten years old! We would like to invite friends, families, dancers, collaborators, audience members and anyone else who’s been part of the Travel Art journey over the years to join us for a little gathering to celebrate on Sunday December 1. We will be at Dancehouse (upstairs), 150 Princes St Carlton – rough running order for the afternoon/evening below. You’re more than welcome to join us for as much or as little as you would like to, and to come and go as you please.

During the afternoon we will have some of the first finished works from our collaborative photography project on display in the gallery space, so for those who want to drop in to have a look and say hello we’ll be there from 3:30 onwards.

For those who are around later in the day, we will have a welcome and brief talk about the photography project in the gallery space at 5:00, and we will also be holding an “Any Requests?” showing in the upstairs studio at 6:00. If you are coming to the showing, do please feel free to bring a request – this can be a piece of music, object, image, spoken word, direction/instruction, etc… Basically anything you would like to see in improvised dance form. And if your request happens to have something to do with either Travel Art, birthdays or the number ten, then so much the better!

It should be a lovely event – we look forward to seeing you there.

winterwarming 2013

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Winterwarming 2013. Join us on the winter solstice for a feast of music and dance to greet the winter months and warm the soul.


Featuring Travel Art Dance Company, Rachel Samuel, Ant Connelly, Luke Wood and Mangala Studios of Yoga and Creative Dance.

Northcote Uniting Church
251 High Street Northcote

Friday June 21, 8:00 PM
Tickets $20 at the door (from 7:30 PM)

50% of profits will be donated to Fitted For Work’s 2013 Annual Appeal (http://www.fittedforwork.org/)