It is within a framework of Australian Regional Arts, and the lineage of Australian contemporary dance practice, that Create NSW Fellow Lee Pemberton’s passion for performance-making exists. Lee’s career began in Melbourne when she graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a degree in contemporary dance, she then found herself teaching dance at a High School while participating in some small but key independent works around Melbourne. Her desire to contribute to the dance industry and make choreography was not fulfilled until fortunes changed and she moved to the Bega Valley.
As a recipient of the Create NSW Regional Artist Fellowship 2016, Lee has been researching contemporary dance practice and understanding how practices unfold. Her investigations into the histories and the landscape of the SE region have been the backdrop in which her journey sits. This is leading her into a new way of making creative work within the frame of her regional practice, the lineage in which she stands and the community she works within.
Lee’s work with fLiNG Physical Theatre is known to many locally and nationally – the legacy of having worked with young people from the area now means that there is a pool of trained professional dancers for Lee to work with who are born and bred in the region. They have an intimate knowledge of this place and throughout her fellowship she has drawn on their experience knowledge and skills.
Lee is finalising the investigative part of her research period and ‘incomplete, ever-unfolding’ will involve four young local performers, Patrick Meessmann, Leif Helland, Siobhan McKenna and Kyall Shanks, with established artists Delia Silvan and David Hewitt. Lee is proposing a series of exchanges with the community, inviting interested people into a curated experience and process of audience participation.
Uniquely, the pool of local talent happens to also include esteemed professional dancer Delia Silvan who grew up in Bermagui. Delia has enjoyed a long performing career dancing with leading Australian contemporary dance companies ADT (Australian Dance Theatre), LWD (Leigh Warren Dancers), Chunky Move, Danceworks and Lucy Guerin Inc.
Delia and Lee met as undergraduates at the VCA have now partnered up and re-ignited a practice here in the Bega Valley. Through the process of research and development , they are taking the opportunity to find new ways of working and thinking about performance making. Together they are launching a platform for creative play. Lee and Delia are inviting small groups of people from the community into this process to view and take part in the next development of Lee’s fellowship project.
There are two exchanges planned for ‘incomplete, ever unfolding’, on April 15th and 22nd @ 3 pm, at Tanja Community Hall, Barrabooka Rd., Tanja. Places are strictly limited and bookings are essential.
Heritage, Lineage and Future is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW