Asian Dance in Singapore 2015

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specifically relating to Asian Body Culture.

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prenset a paper at World Dance Alliance 2015 Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge in Singapore also.

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Backstage with Akram Khan and World Dance Alliance colleagues at ‘Torobaka’.

Singapore artistic exchange

I am heading to Singapore in 2 weeks!!  Beginning an artistic exchange with Maya Dance Theatre and introducing some choreographic methodologies to their company and local dancers plus seeing lots of dance shows by local and Asian companies and indy artists.

I’ll also be co-presenting a performative paper “Australian diversity and Asian Body Culture: Singapore-Australia Collaboration” with Kavitha Krishnan, Artisitic Director of Maya Dance Theatre at World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge to springboard our new collaboration. Both these 2015 projects are supported through Arts NSW Artists Support.

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¡Pop Up Flamenco! Parramasala + Parramatta Lanes Show

Flamenco is universal. ¡Pop Up Flamenco! is one-of-a-kind in Parramasala’s spicy celebration of cultures with 70+ dancers of all kinds from Parramatta to Bondi and Katoomba coming together for a fiery, passionate and proud flamenco number!

Prince Alfred Square
Sunday 23th October 2015  1:40pm – 2:00pm

I will also perform at Parramatta Lanes on Thursday, 8th October at 8pm with Flamenco Red dancers.  Join us afterwards to learn the routine or just watch the rehearsal!

¡Pop Up Flamenco! FREE Workshop at Parramatta Lanes
Thursday 8 October 2015  8.30-9.30pm
Jubilee Hall, Lower level, Parramatta Town Hall

¡Pop Up Flamenco!  is produced by Theatre of Rhythm and Dance.

Huge thanks to our partners Ruchi Sanghi Dance School, Hathor Dance School and El Agua Flamenco and of course Parramasala and Parramatta Lanes!


Self Portrait in development

Self Portrait is a show that asks a lot of questions about identity ….. Do we need it? Does identity have an identity…? How does it shiff and shape us?

I am working with theatre-maker Anne-Louise Rentell as director on this new solo work in September and we’re developing the ‘script’ before any choreogrphy or music which is a big departure from the last decade of previous works, using rhythm and live music in relationship to dance.

Massive thanks to Ausdance DAIR and ReadyMade Studios and Merrigong Theatre Co. for their generous support with stuido space.



Flamenco Bondi Junction to Blue Mountains


Teaching lots lately, with more students enticed into flamenco. Perfect for beginners or  those wanting to get back to training and learn short phrases exploring expression and movement qualities.

Description: The workshops infuse exhilarating footwork rhythms and upper body dynamics, use of skirt and a short phrase exploring feeling and expressive movement qualities.  Teaching focuses on alignment and safe dance practice; musicality and rhythm based techniques and a contemporary approach to understanding flamenco art.

What to wear: Skirt or loose pants and dance shoes with a heel; Character, Cuban, tap or sneakers.

Bondi Junction

Mondays weekly  7.15-9.45PM  

Expression Dance School, Lower Lvl, 51-53 Spring Street, Bondi Junction

Cost: $25 single class / $110 for 5 pack / $200 10 pack

Bookings for Bondi Junction

Katoomba, Blue Mountains

Saturdays monthly 11.30 am – 1.30pm

27 June / 25 July / 22 August / 19 Sept 2015

Masonic Hall, Cnr of Civic Place & Station St, Katoomba

Cost: $45 single class / $160 – 4 workshop series.

Bookings for Blue Mountains:



Travelling art: translations in the making

I’ll be talking about the making of ‘Mother Tongue‘ at new arts symposium on August 2nd. Are you Listening ? Social thinkers, festival directors, producers, event organizers, artists, dancers, musicians and community leaders and members in Sydney ?

Come Engage and Share at the symposium – Traveling Art : Translations in the Making

Presided over by Associate Professor Kalpana Ram, Department of Anthropology, Director of India Research Centre, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University and Dr Shanti Raman, Pediatrician Western Sydney Community Health, Bharathanatyam dancer and Dance Enthusiast.

Date : Sunday 2 August 2015.

Time : 2:00pm to 5:00pm with a short interval.

Where: Information Cultural Exchange

8 Victoria Road Parramatta NSW 2150 T: [02] 9897 5744

Admission Fee: $10 per person  email to confirm your reservation

Purpose: To bring artists together in the region and beyond to speak and validate their creative thoughts in a shared setting.

Artists are constantly traveling today in the age of Globalisation. New paradigms in the field of theatre, dance, film, photography, sculpture and painting are constantly emerging and evolving in the blink of an eye.

What do these new paradigms create within us? Do they complicate our associations with the past practices? Do they supersede the notions of the past? Or do they dovetail our thoughts of the past with the present and help artists to speak in different tongues both local and global ?

Also included in the presentation will be discussions on how art can help with addressing modern medical, social and socio-economic issues such as, racial discrimination, healthy healing, domestic violence, climate change and more?

Come and enjoy a day of sharing , a day of exchange of dialogues , a need for discussion, a purpose to foreground our future artistic collaborations and through performance express the under girded quest for an identity in the world at large.

All participating members shown below will use visual and creative ways to present for half an hour.

Produced by Seva International – Social Cohesion in Diversity.  Assisted by Sydhwaney Productions.

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¡Flamenco May! bondi to blue mountains

Cielo Vivo show, weekly flamenco classes starting May 11 and a workshop in Katoomba!


Cielo Vivo Sat 23 May Wentworth Falls.
Flamenco workshop Sat 23 May Katoomba.
Weekly class 11 May-10 Aug Bondi Junction.

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Cielo Vivo is the sound of beautiful Sephardi songs, electric flamenco dance and world rhythms entwined in the poetry of Garcia Lorca. Inspired by proud cultures that express life as a celebration of survival. Cielo Vivo draw from their collective Sephardi, Arabic,Turkish and Spanish ancestries with bold ideas from a contemporary Australian vantage. Artists Dahlia Dior – Sephardi singer, Peter Kennard – multi instrumentalist, Robin Morgan – guitar and Annalouise Paul contemporary-flamenco dancer.

Presented by Music Hunter Projects Music Hunter Projects

Cielo Vivo Show
Saturday 23rd May 2015
Tickets $25/$30/$20 groups (6 or more)
Kindlehill Performance Space
8 Lake St Wentworth Falls

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Perfect for beginners or intermediate. Learn exhilarating rhythms, footwork, skirt, arms and
a short phrase exploring feeling and expressive movement qualities.Teaching focuses on alignment and safe dance practice; musicality, rhythm-based technique and a contemporary approach to flamenco art. What to wear : Skirt or loose pants, dance shoes with a heel; Cuban, character, tap or sneakers.

Weekly Class – Bondi Junction
Mondays 11 May – 10 August 2015
7.45- 9.15pm
Classes $25/$22/ $20  (5 pack or 10 pack discount)
Expression Dance School
Lower Level, 51-53 Spring Street, Bondi Junction
Class booking:

Workshop – Katoomba, Blue Mountains
Saturday 23rd May 2015
$25 *
Masonic Hall, Cnr of Civic Place & Station St, Katoomba

*Workshop participants attending the evening concert of Cielo Vivo will receive a $5 discount off their concert price at the door.

Intercultural Dance Workshop Cecil St Studios Fitzroy March 23

How we access our dance DNA, lineage or ancestry? The workshop is for contemporary dance makers to explore cultural material and traditional artists to discover new approaches to hybridising movement. And an introduction to my practice, we will begin with rhythm-based warm up, choreographic phrase work followed by shared exploration.

Open to all dancers. Musicians are welcome. Limited places.

Monday 23 March, 2015 

10am -12pm

Cecil Street, Studios,

66 Cecil Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Cost: $20 (inc booking fee)

Book your place:

Facebook event: movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)



‘Mesmerising’ ‘Original’ ‘4.5 stars’ Dance Hub Australia

Talented choreographer and company director Annalouise Paul, has delivered a polished and innovative work that explores racial identity and discord from an all seeing, wide angled perspective. The end result is a perceptive, entertaining and insightful work that showcases contemporary multicultural dance theatre in a unique and original context.

MOTHER TONGUE OPENS AT BANGARRAWatch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

The Theatre of Rhythm and Dance opened their highly anticipated third work entitled Mother Tongue this week . The mesmerising collaboration of dance, movement, sacred geometry and body percussion moves the audience through a kaleidoscope of ethnic diversity, as the dynamic piece creatively explores the interplay between different cultures.

Talented choreographer and company director Annalouise Paul, has delivered a polished and innovative work that explores racial identity and discord from an all seeing, wide angled perspective.

The distinctive use of live drumming, body percussion, traditional bells and indigenous seed rattles intertwines beautifully with unique rifts of traditional language and dialects.

The instalment is visually enriching , and is enhanced by the symbolic lighting and rhythms. Pauls choreography delves into the complexities of multiculturalism in a fascinating blend of ethnicity and styles that at times complement and diverge from one another

This variance and diversity between contemporary and tradition technique works well. Classical Indian hand gestures (Govind Pillai) coupled with lively slapping and stomping African movements (lucky Lartey) produces a rare blending of expression. Spiritually charged Indigenous dancing (Andrea Adidi) shares the stage with Asian stylised movements ( Aletta Fauzi ) to provide an eloquent mix of cross cultural styles that independently transfix the audience. Overall the effect is eclectic, thought provoking and striking in its delivery.
Mother Tongue features a highly accomplished group of performers from Torres Strait Islands, Polynesia, Brazil, Ghana, India, Chile and Indonesian backgrounds. The final performance in the trilogy- Conversations in Rhythm and Dance comes after seven years in the making, and involved a team of twenty five artists in the creative process. The end result is a perceptive, entertaining and insightful work that showcases contemporary multicultural dance theatre in a unique and original context.

Mother Tongue runs for a three night season at Bangarra Dance Theatre from the 3rd of September until the final show on Friday 5th at 7.30 pm.

Reviewer: Kim Metcalfe

Collision and transcendance RealTime Arts Review

Collision and transcendance  Real Time Arts Review

Jodie McNeilly: Annalouise Paul, Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue ‘Mother Tongue’
photo Shane Rozario


Tellingly from this first image (returned to in the closing moments) the individual cultures, dances and rhythms are authentically retained. As intercultural dance goes, this approach is in ‘collision’ with new forms, not a blurring or leaking inbetweeness or hybridity—though Western training is clearly in these bodies too. Paul is well defined in her aim. The questions are what and where are these “new futures” she sees emerging as “world cultures collide”? Are they choreographic, or more deeply human? Are their “sacred geometries,” as Paul puts it, universals that transcend uncompromised cultural specificities?

Pivoting at right angles, each dancer breaks free of the line. Clapping begins. Bodies as percussive instruments: skin on skin, thudding, slapping, cupping air in palms, scraping, pausing, sonic codes of communication. Many tongues speak at once, sometimes listening, sometimes responding and initiating. The structure and nuance of clapping is as varied as the body and intentions of the person who claps. Played hard and soft in relative degrees we see how dialogue of any nature might be possible.

A chequered grid is projected centre stage in ‘Atari’ neon green, drawn over in chalk then mysteriously numbered. Costumed in same fabric and styled to suggest their traditional dress, dancers Andrea Adidi, Geraldine Balcazar, Aletta Fauzi, Patrick ‘Lucky’ Lartey, Gregory Lorenzutti and Govind Pillai assume positions in the grid, taking turns to posit or provoke a gesture, spin or leap. Like jazz musicians they solo, challenge for space and movement intensity in competitive jams or move together in isolable, individuated frames—a spectacular aviary of limbs flicking, pounding, arching, reaching and bobbing.

Kinetically, Mother Tongue is a sculpture park of rich, exotic forms coming from Torres Strait, Chile, Indonesia, West Africa, Brazil and India. A distinct difference between genders exists in the dancers’ use of space, weight, gesture and focus. The relationship of pelvis to the ground: shifting high and low for the men, contained and horizontal for the women. All styles sprout an ornamental display of head, arms and legs floating or flung from a chest buoyant and open toward nature and the heavens, face alive, engaged for interaction.

Clapping with vocal percussion becomes a careful conversation. Sitting in a semi-circle, flesh and floor become prime surfaces for polyrhythmic play forming on tongues, deeply in throats and on hands. Percussionist Tim Foley roams the globe to join the assorted chatter of nation leaders articulating their individuated timbre, tempo and tone in a united score.

With indubitable enjoyment we share in the exciting motion, shapes, forces and textures of these places embodied by these dancers. Since Paul does not innovate from appropriation, strict fusion or exploding traditions, and maintains the integrity of colliding cultural forms, her seeking “new choreographic futures” for intercultural dance proves an admirable challenge. There are moments in Mother Tongue when movement and gesture founded on the primordial geometries of collective motion and sound sublimely commune towards a unique horizon.

Mother Tongue, choreographer Annalouise Paul, performers Andrea Adidi, Geraldine Balcazar, Aletta Fauzi, Lucky Lartey, Gregory Lorenzutti, Govind Pillai, music Tim Foley, Greg Sheehan, lighting Toby Knyvett, costumes Tobhiyah Feller, Art Saranjit Bird, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney, 3-5 Sept

RealTime issue #124 Dec-Jan 2014 pg. 33

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