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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/

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.

FAQs for “Any Requests?”

Q. How does the show work?
A. Members of the audience are invited to bring a request with them to the show (although bringing a request isn’t a requirement of being part of the audience!). There will be volunteers collecting and compiling the requests as audience members arrive, so that the performers are kept suitably unaware of them… The performers start on stage and, as requests are played/projected/presented in the space, they create an improvised performance work around each one. There is no prior discussion between the performers, and nothing about the performance is set or choreographed beforehand.
Q. What can I request?
A. Almost anything (music, objects, images, instructions, spoken word, etc.) as long as the content isn’t obscene, dangerous or potentially damaging to the venue (no naked flame requests!). If you’re planning to come to the matinee performance, please also make sure the content of your request is suitable for children.
We’ve listed just a few of the requests we’ve received in previous shows below, if it helps with your brainstorming!
– Music (e.g. recorded music in any style, percussion instruments,playing something for us live, a music box)
– Directions (e.g. no music, but the dancers have to create the soundscape themselves, all dancers must start on stage in pairs, the dance can be in any style except that of the music, dancers to be in physical contact with each other at all times)
– Props (e.g. newspapers, a puppet, a packet of dry pasta, a skateboard, fresh flowers, Ikea furniture assembly instructions!)
– Spoken word (e.g. live and recorded poetry/prose, a picture story book read aloud on stage)
– Images (e.g. paintings, photographs)
Q. If I am bringing a request, what time should I arrive at the show?
A. Please aim to arrive up to 30 mins (no later than 15 mins) before the scheduled performance start time to ensure your request can be accepted.
Q. If I’m coming with young children, which performance will be most appropriate?
A. We don’t anticipate either of the performances will NOT be appropriate for children, but the 2:00 matinee performance will be a particularly child-friendly one, where requests from the junior members of our audience will be prioritised.
Q. Do you need to know any details about my request?
A. No, you don’t need to tell us any details about your request before the show. But if your request is something you did not create yourself please just bring any relevant details (e.g. title, artist, author, etc) with you on the night.
Q. If I have a music request, is there a particular format it needs to be?
A. For ease of collecting requests, we would prefer you to bring your music request on a CD if possible. However, we are able to accommodate other formats, too – if you would like to bring a music request in a format other than CD please just send us an email (travelartdance@gmail.com) and let us know.
Q. Can I request more than one thing?
A. If your request is a combination of things (e.g. an image with a direction, or a prop with a piece of music) that’s fine. But our shows are unfortunately not long enough for us to accept more than one discrete unit of request input per person!
Q. Will you use every request you receive?
A. It depends how many we receive for the particular show. Our request-collecting volunteers will compile the requests for us, and if we receive many more than we have time to use, they may need to use their discretion about which would make the best combination for a particular show. If we receive a large number of requests, we may also have some “combined” request sequences, where multiple pieces of music, directions, images, props etc. are introduced gradually throughout the piece as the dancers are working – so if you’re happy for your request to be combined with others, please let our volunteers know!
Q. What if I REALLY want you to use my request, and I don’t want to risk just bringing it with me on the night?
A. If you send us an email (travelartdance@gmail.com) including your name, which show you will be coming to and what sort of request you will be bringing – e.g. music, prop, direction etc (but NOT the details of what your request actually is!) we can make sure your request is on a priority list for that show. Also, if you think your request may require any special accommodations for us to be able to use it, please let us know via email in advance..
Q. What should I do if I have a question that’s not on this list?
A. Email us (travelartdance@gmail.com), or leave a comment and we’ll get back to you… And keep an eye on our website/facebook page for any updates in the meantime!

Q. How does the show work?

A. Members of the audience are invited to bring a request with them to the show (although bringing a request isn’t a requirement of being part of the audience!). There will be volunteers collecting and compiling the requests as audience members arrive, so that the performers are kept suitably unaware of them… The performers start on stage and, as requests are played/projected/presented in the space, they create an improvised performance work around each one. There is no prior discussion between the performers, and nothing about the performance is set or choreographed beforehand.

Q. What can I request?

A. Almost anything (music, objects, images, instructions, spoken word, etc.) as long as the content isn’t obscene, dangerous or potentially damaging to the venue (no naked flame requests!). If you’re planning to come to the matinee performance, please also make sure the content of your request is suitable for children.

We’ve listed just a few of the requests we’ve received in previous shows below, if it helps with your brainstorming!

– Music (e.g. recorded music in any style, percussion instruments,playing something for us live, a music box)

– Directions (e.g. no music, but the dancers have to create the soundscape themselves, all dancers must start on stage in pairs, the dance can be in any style except that of the music, dancers to be in physical contact with each other at all times)

– Props (e.g. newspapers, a puppet, a packet of dry pasta, a skateboard, fresh flowers, Ikea furniture assembly instructions!)

– Spoken word (e.g. live and recorded poetry/prose, a picture story book read aloud on stage)

– Images (e.g. paintings, photographs)

Q. If I am bringing a request, what time should I arrive at the show?

A. Please aim to arrive up to 30 mins (no later than 15 mins) before the scheduled performance start time to ensure your request can be accepted.

Q. If I’m coming with young children, which performance will be most appropriate?

A. We don’t anticipate either of the performances will NOT be appropriate for children, but the 2:00 matinee performance will be a particularly child-friendly one, where requests from the junior members of our audience will be prioritised.

Q. Do you need to know any details about my request?

A. No, you don’t need to tell us any details about your request before the show. But if your request is something you did not create yourself please just bring any relevant details (e.g. title, artist, author, etc) with you on the day.

Q. If I have a music request, is there a particular format it needs to be?

A. For ease of collecting requests, we would prefer you to bring your music request on a CD if possible. However, we are certainly able to accommodate other formats, too – if you would like to bring a music request in a format other than CD please just send us an email (travelartdance@gmail.com) and let us know.

Q. Can I request more than one thing?

A. If your request is a combination of things (e.g. an image with a direction, or a prop with a piece of music) that’s fine. But our shows are unfortunately not long enough for us to accept more than one discrete unit of request input per person!

Q. Will you use every request you receive?

A. It depends how many we receive for the particular show. Our request-collecting volunteers will compile the requests for us, and if we receive many more than we have time to use, they may need to use their discretion about which would make the best combination for a particular show. If we receive a large number of requests, we may also have some “combined” request sequences, where multiple pieces of music, directions, images, props etc. are introduced gradually throughout the piece as the dancers are working – so if you’re happy for your request to be combined with others, please let our volunteers know!

Q. What if I REALLY want you to use my request, and I don’t want to risk just bringing it with me on the night?

A. If you send us an email (travelartdance@gmail.com) including your name, which show you will be coming to and what sort of request you will be bringing – e.g. music, prop, direction etc (but NOT the details of what your request actually is!) we can make sure your request is on a priority list for that show. Also, if you think your request may require any special accommodations for us to be able to use it, please let us know via email in advance..

Q. What should I do if I have a question that’s not on this list?

A. Email us (travelartdance@gmail.com), or leave a comment and we’ll get back to you… And keep an eye on our website/facebook page for any updates in the meantime!

Any Requests?

WE BRING: One stage. One hour. One dance company.
YOU BRING: One request (e.g. music, prop, image, instruction).
THE SHOW: We see/hear your requests for the first time on stage and create an amazing performance experience with them…
Saturday December 1, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Castlemaine Phee Broadway Theatre, Mechanics Lane Castlemaine, 3450
Tickets at the door – $20 full / $15 conc / $7 child

WE BRING: One stage. One hour. One dance company.

YOU BRING: One request (e.g. music, prop, image, instruction).

THE SHOW: We see/hear your requests for the first time on stage and create an amazing performance experience with them…

Saturday December 1, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Castlemaine Phee Broadway Theatre, Mechanics Lane Castlemaine, 3450

Tickets at the door – $20 full / $15 conc / $7 child

Back by popular demand, Travel Art Dance Company is excited to announce the return of “Any Requests?” in December 2012! “Any Requests?” is a fun, creative, improvised performance work built entirely around material supplied by the audience at each show. Audience members are invited to bring a request with them to the performance – a piece of music, a prop, an image, a direction, or anything else they would like to see in dance form. The performers see, hear (or otherwise experience!) each request for the first time when they are on stage, creating an improvised performance work on the spot around each one. For more information about the show, including guidelines for requests, please visit our website or facebook page – www.travelartdance.com / www.facebook.com/travelartdance

Aether

Travel Art Dance Company is excited to announce the performance of a new work, Aether, as part of Darebin Music Feast 2012!

AETHER

An evening of music and dance featuring Rachel Samuel (cello), Ant Connelly (sitar, synth, guitar), Luke Wood (shakuhachi) and the dancers of Travel Art Dance Company.

Friday September 21 and Friday October 5, 8:00 PM

Tickets $12/15 at the door (from 7:30 PM)

www.musicfeast.com.au

update

Sorry for the recent radio silence! We’ve been busy with a few exciting projects this year (about which we’ll be able to reveal more shortly) But in the meantime, we’d like to say a belated thank you to all of you who came along to winterwarming – it was lovely to share the evening with you, and we were also able to donate $900 to Melbourne Citymission’s Help our Homelessness Appeal.

Our next performance will be as part of Darebin Music Feast next month and we’d love to see you there! More details to follow, but some dates for your diary in the meantime – we’ll be performing on Friday September 21 and Friday October 5 at the Northcote Uniting Church, with the very talented Rachel Samuel (cello), Ant Connelly (sitar, synth and guitar) and Luke Wood (shakuhachi). We’ll be performing several new choreographed works, as well as some completely improvised material and everything in between, and it promises to be an amazing evening of music and dance!

For those of you who’ve been hanging out for them, we’ll also be holding a couple of “Any Requests?” performances before the end of this year, and stay tuned for more Black Rider action in 2013…….

Winterwarming

A feast of music and dance to greet the winter months and warm the soul. Hosted by Travel Art Dance Company, and featuring guest performances by Rachel Samuel, Ant Connelly, Luke Wood, Kate Middleweek and Mangala Studios of Yoga and Creative Dance.

Saturday June 16, 7:30 PM, Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High St Northcote.

Tickets: $20 at the door (from 7:00 PM), profits will be donated to Melbourne Citymission’s Help our Homelessness Appeal

More information: www.facebook.com/travelartdance

Thank you

What an amazing season!!! A huge thank you to the incredible cast, crew and behind-the-scenes support for bringing The Black Rider to life, and to our audience for bringing such great energy for us to work with in the space – it was a completely sold out season and we’ve loved every minute of sharing it with you. We’re hoping this won’t be the end of the Black Rider story for us, so stay tuned..

And in the meantime, we’d love to hear what you thought of the show! Leave a comment for us on the Black Rider facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Black-Rider/171780086229055), or email us at travelartdance@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Come on along with the Black Rider…..


Artistic director of Melbourne’s Travel Art Dance Company, Meah Velik-Lord, sat down with Melbourne freelance journalist Annabel Boyer to talk about her upcoming production, the Black Rider.

Shadowy forests, silver bullets, love and madness, The Black Rider album is a dark fairy-tale, wrapped up in the gristle and bone of Tom Waits’ music and voice. German folklore embedded in everyday American, given a twist that shines on an undercurrent of deeper themes. In just two weeks time Melbourne’s Travel Art Dance Company is set to perform the Black Rider through dance. But it’s been a long road since artistic director, Meah Velik-Lord first came across the album, all the way back in 2003.

“I was working with Tom Waits’ music for another production at the time,” she says, “not with a narrative, but sort of exploring the themes in that piece. The beautiful and the bizarre and the way those two elements really spoke through the music. I picked The Black Rider up in a bookshop, just buying it as an album, not even knowing that the Black Rider was a play or anything like that.”

Already a Waits fan, she immediately loved it, at least most of it. But it wasn’t until she read the short synopsis of the fairy tale, printed  in the album cover that she became aware of the album’s history and it struck her as the perfect material for a dance performance. It was the album as a whole, she says – the artwork, the layout, the lettering and the story, neatly retold in two paragraphs – rather than just the music, that gave flight to her imagination.

“I have to say there are some tracks on it, that are really difficult to listen to, as listening,” says Meah, “but putting them in the context of the story makes it quite a different experience. And that comes through when we are working on it.”

When Tom Waits originally wrote the music it was as a collaboration that harnessed the talents of director Robert Wilson, writer William S. Burroughs, as well as his own, on a musical play. However, he did not sing it for the original play, and only released an album of the songs, singing the songs himself, some time later.  Like so much of Tom Waits’ music, the album ranges widely from gentle romantic ballads to pieces that seem more like machinations from a factory floor.

It has taken seven years since that first glimmer of inspiration for the TADC’s production to become a reality.  And now after beginning work on the production earlier this year, they are just two weeks away from the final performances. The production is entirely made up of originally choreographed and improvised dance, and as far as the company is aware, it is the only production of the Black Rider to be done entirely through dance.

“It is completely different now to what I thought it would be.” Says Meah, “In my head, it was a full staged production with amazing sets and effects, with people dropping in and out of the stage floor and things like that. Now we’re in the Northcote Town Hall, which is a really beautiful venue in its own right, but it does have its limitations. We’ve had to be a lot more creative and in the process of distilling it down, it has become a lot more raw.”

Another major challenge has been to tell a clear narrative while dealing with the fact that some songs from the original play were not included in the album. But Meah says that sticking with the album as a point of inspiration has been a very conscious choice. Elsewhere the performers have dug in to their own collective experiences for inspiration, along with the story. Over the last few years, Travel Art Dance Company has done a lot of work using the themes of collective memory and archetype. The group has been able to draw on this work as they develop the Black Rider with its age-old themes of love and Faustian bargains.

“People have brought in their own cultural heritage, the ideas and stories that people are holding in their heads.” Says Meah, “I think that process has fed in to wanting to do it in a much more human way. Technically, it’s still a dance work, but I would say that it’s become something more like physical storytelling than what audiences might typically think of as “dance” . It is a combination of choreography and improvisation and the real driving force for us has been  having an outward expression for the music and the tale.”

Travel Art Dance Company will perform the Black Rider from the 27th to the 29th of October at the Northcote Town Hall.