Four exciting international artists curate the 2022 programme from across the Commonwealth territories including practices of indigenous artists from Canada and Australia. Each artist will curate a series of screendance films representing their culture and looking at questions on the duality of identity through a postcolonial lens.
This programme will be available online during the festival 17 June – 3 July 2022 and screened at various festival sites.
Our curators are:
Olivia C.Davies (Canada)
Davies is a dance artist, choreographer, community-arts facilitator and emerging curator of Anishinaabe, French-Canadian, Finnish and Welsh heritage. Davies’ works often explore the emotional and political relationships between people and places. Her recent choreographic explorations are driven by a desire to explore neo-traditional aspects of her Indigeneity. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Davies work is currently based in Vancouver, BC, Canada on the ancestral and unceded Coast Salish territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
Gregory Maqoma (South Africa)
Specialist in movement for dance, theatre, fashion, opera, film, tv broadcast, music and producing live shows for events, national and international touring. Born in Soweto, on October 16 of 1973, Gregory Vuyani Maqoma became interested in dance in the late 1980s as a means to escape the political tensions growing in his place of birth. His love for dance has seen him expand to creating and producing theatrical productions, films and artists.
Jacob Boehme (Australia)
Jacob Boehme is a Melbourne born and raised artist of the Narangga and Kaurna Nations, South Australia. A multi-disciplinary theatre maker and choreographer, creating work for the stage, screen and festivals, Jacob has led the artistic direction of large scale public events. Jacob is also the founding Creative Director of Yirramboi Festival, recipient of the 2018 Green Room Award for Curatorial Contribution to Contemporary and Experimental Arts.
Sumedha Bhattacharyya (India)
Sumedha is an interdisciplinary dance artist, choreographer, educator and primary caregiver. Their practice experiments with camera, tradition and gender, focusing on screen-dance film-making. They are curious about what happens at the intersections of performance and technology and digital interactivity in performance making and staging.
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