WAG + Chunky Move Artist In Residence 2019

Rosalind Crisp
Date: 
Monday, 24 June 2019 to Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Curator/s: 
Warrnambool Art Gallery and Chunky Move

Rosalind Crisp will be Artist in Residence at WAG June 24-July 2 and then Chunky Move July 4-9 2019.

Following on from the success of the 2018 WAG Artist in Residence program, in 2019 WAG is delighted to announce the gallery will be working with a special guest artist to create a series of outcomes that respond to the rich culture and heritage of South West Victoria. This year’s residency, presented in partnership with Melbourne-based contemporary dance company Chunky Move, will focus on contemporary dance and movement art.

2019 WAG/Chunky Move Artist in Residence

We are thrilled to announce that Rosalind Crisp is the recipient of the WAG/Chunky Move Artist Residency. Rosalind will adapt her solo dance lecture DIRtywork to the south-west Victorian context and share this research at WAG and Chunky Move.She will engage with local artists and communities in Warrnambool and Melbourne, visit sites of environmental damage in the south-west, and draw on processes and practices she is developing in East Gippsland’s forests and through regional, national and international residencies. Growing up near a pristine wilderness and moving back there in 2014, she was shocked to find almost the entire wilderness cut down. The last remnants of native species are continually threatened by logging, burning and industrial farming.

What are the links between what is occurring in East Gippsland and the south-west? How can dance respond to the extinction crisis that is unfolding across regional Victoria?

DIRtywork is part of DIRt (Dance In Regional disaster zones), a project Rosalind initiated in 2017 with Vic McEwan, Andrew Morrish, Peter Fraser and local artists and ecologists which asks how dance and collaborative arts practice might embody, understand and connect to continuing, environmental destruction in East Gippsland.

What can dance do? How can dance be more relevant in this time of accelerating species extinctions? Are there relationships between our dance habits and our land-use habits? What new practices must we develop?

DIRt has been supported by East Gippsland Art Gallery Bairnsdale, East Gippsland Shire Council, The Cad Factory NSW, Critical Path Sydney, Dancehouse Melbourne, Dance Limerick Ireland, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Artlands, and the Regional Arts Fund. The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund is provided through Regional Arts Victoria, administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.BiographyRosalind Crisp was born in Omeo, East Gippsland. She trained at the Victorian Ballet School, Melbourne and the European Dance Development Centre.

Rosalind Crisp

Rosalind Crisp was born in Omeo, East Gippsland. She trained at the Victorian Ballet School, Melbourne and the European Dance Development Centre, the Netherlands. In 1996 she established the Omeo Dance studio in Sydney, which for ten years was the home of experimental dance research in Sydney. In 2002 she was invited to Paris by Michel Caserta, director of the Biennale du Val-de-Marne. Carolyn Carlson saw her performance and invited her to become the first Associate Artist of the Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson. The Atelier managed and toured Rosalind Crisp / Omeo Dance for ten years. Since 2003, Rosalind Crisp / Omeo Dance has created 16 new works, touring to over 100 festivals in Australia and internationally.

In 2015 the French Ministry of Culture awarded Rosalind a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, a distinction bestowed on only a handful of Australians, including Robyn Archer and Cate Blanchett. Her other awards include a NSW Women & Arts Fellowship, an Australian Mo award for best female performer and an honorary fellowship of the University of Melbourne-VCA. The foundation of her work is her ongoing studio research practice and her long-term collaborations with, amongst others: Céline Debyser, Helen Herbertson, Andrew Morrish, Bo Wiget, Isabelle Ginot and Susan Leigh Foster. Rosalind returned to live in East Gippsland in 2014. She currently works between East Gippsland and Europe.

Artist's website: https://www.omeodance.com/

Community Engagement

Throughout her residency at WAG, Rosalind will be holding a series of open studios and two danced lecture that visitors can attend and participate in. Rosalind will also be participating in an ‘In conversation’ event. There is no age limit and no prior knowledge of dance is required to attend these events. All are wheelchair accessible.

Open Studio Sessions

‘Dancing in the WAG gallery is a great privilege and a very special context within which to develop and share my live performance practice’. During special open studio times, everyone is welcome to visit the artist at work. The open studio is an invitation to be with the artist at work in her studio. It will form and evolve over the course of the residency. It is intended to be responsive to each visitor; to how they enter and engage with Rosalind’s work, and responsive to where the artist is at in the process. Each day will be different for example Rosalind may be dancing, writing, talking, reflecting or resting. Everyone is welcome to come for any amount of time, and leave at any time. Throughout the open studio you will be hosted by Rosalind, made comfortable and allowed to ask questions, watch, move and experience. The audience’s responses to Rosalind’s practice during the open studios will no doubt inform her danced lecture DIRtywork.

Open studio dates and times
-         Tuesday 25 June 1:00 – 2:00 pm
-         Wednesday 26 June 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Attendance is FREE and no bookings are required. Groups of more than 5 people are welcome, however please contact the WAG prior on (03) 5559 4949 to register the group’s attendance.

DIRTywork Danced Lecture

As a part of her residency, Rosalind will continue research on her solo danced lecture ‘DIRtywork’, incorporating her experiences in the South-West Victorian context. DIRtywork is part of DIRt (Dance In Regional disaster zones), a project Rosalind initiated in 2017 with Vic McEwan, Andrew Morrish, Peter Fraser and local artists and ecologists which asks how dance and collaborative arts practice might embody, understand and connect to continuing, environmental destruction in East Gippsland. Click here to watch DIRt 2017 Marlo. Click here to watch DIRt 2017 Mt Delusion.

DIRtywork presentation dates and times
-         Saturday 29 June 5:00 – 6:00 pm
-         Sunday 30 June 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Attendance is $10 per person with all proceeds given to the Artist. Places are strictly limited, reserve your place by emailing gallery [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au or calling (03) 5559 4949. Payment is accepted via cash or card payment at the WAG Reception desk before the event or on the day.

In Conversation: Rosalind Crisp 

Artist in residence Rosalind Crisp will be participating in a special ‘In Conversation’ event on Tuesday 2 July from 5:30 to 6:30pm with Antony Hamilton, Artistic Director & co-CEO of Chunky Move and facilitated by Ren Gregoric, WAG Curator of Exhibitions and Outreach. At this event hear about the ideas, concepts and methodologies that the Rosalind employs in her deeply engaging studio practice and learning about location and international contemporary dance trends and ideas. Attendance is FREE and no bookings are required. Light refreshments served.

The WAG Artist in Residence Program

The WAG Artist in Residence Program provides guest artists with time and space to conduct research, develop work and creatively explore new ideas that respond to and promotes the rich culture and heritage of South West Victoria. The program also provides our local community with unique opportunities to engage with and participate in diverse contemporary artistic practices and fosters a spirit of cultural exchange.

Photo by Andrew Morrish