Choreography by Circuitous Means
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by Naomi Hibberd
1M ago
Yet again, just when I feared there would be a dance drought I was inundated with invitations to attend a variety of gambollic themed events this past month, to which I can recall only a few in the immediate. This is why I have to be more vigilant about carrying around my diary. Ah my diary, that tactile paper bound tome which holds thoughts and dates, doodles and plans, private grievances, whimseys, fantasies, observations and judgement. I have learned never to underestimate the power and general handiness of a diary and ensure my sister gets me one each year for Christmas. She thinks I am en ..read more
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On View: Icons and Sharp Short Dance Film
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by Naomi Hibberd
2M ago
I will preface with profuse apologies dear readers as I did not ante up with this blog within the week in February as promised. I would normally bore you with a detailed excuse summarising the details (in excruciating minutiae) of my helter-skelter existence as an independent dancer, which hindered my endeavours, but no, I will have to cut to the chase. This blog is about film. More specifically Sue Healey’s presentation of On View: Icons in triptych in Sydney Dance Company’s Neilson Studio, as part of Sydney Festival, in tandem with FORM Dance Projects’ most recent annual Short Sharp Dance pr ..read more
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A long time mentor and teacher Brian Carbee
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by Naomi Hibberd
2M ago
I would be severely remiss if I didn’t say farewell and thank you to a long time mentor and teacher in Brian Carbee. As I ride the early morning rails to Gosford this day, I am reflecting on my nearly half a lifetime relationship with Brian Carbee. You see, on Saturday he officially retired from teaching contemporary dance at Sydney Dance Company. When I first received the announcement via email I was devastated. Yep, utterly devo-ed. And I was not alone. Am not alone, as the melancholic hangover has not quite dissipated yet. You see not only was he, correction is he, a great teacher but he is ..read more
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Happy New Year 2024
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by Naomi Hibberd
3M ago
Whatever you call it, Invasion Day, Survival Day, or Australia Day and instead of getting out and about amongst the crazy hot celebrations and commemorations, I regularly choose to take stock of my annual experience of Sydney Festival. This year was no different. What was different was the volume of experiences I signed up for as, like everything else, the cost of attending events at Sydney Festival were markedly up this year. Inversely my attendance was down. The cheapest entry to ticketed events, not counting the dance workshops, after booking surcharges, was approximately sixty bucks. Whate ..read more
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ADC and Blakdance Indigenous Residency
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by Naomi Hibberd
5M ago
Imagine entering a world where three bozo’s burrow into a burrow, an emu breathes life into a gas tank, while the tree provides an alibi for a shifty body of water and the rubber ring is the third wheel. And let’s not forget the legs who are tangled up in every aspect of this crazy narrative. Hi there readers, let’s chew the fat all things dance shall we. What does that opening paragraph signify, you may well ask? The answer- it could be a possible marketing blurb from the result of a three-week creative residency. Yes, I have just been in sunny Queensland with Australasian Dance Collective (A ..read more
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Big Dance 2.0 2023
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by Naomi Hibberd
5M ago
Looking back on the year that was 2023 I think the 10th anniversary of Dance Makers Collective’s Big Dance 2.0 program encapsulated our mood in that it was brash and colourful, predominantly light and funny. And boy, didn’t we need funny. What, with Covid, followed by an economic downturn and then pockets of disturbing unrest in Ukraine and now Israel, humour has proven to be the best distraction, if not quite the antidote. I don’t know about you, but I certainly needed a reprieve from the influx of earnest art imitating the relentless onslaught of the darker aspects of life on our not so gree ..read more
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Roya the destroya
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by Naomi Hibberd
7M ago
This blog comes to you via Arts House in Melbourne where I am performing with Karul Projects on their production Weredingo, which opens the day after next. Anyone who knows me is all too cognisant of my steady descent into madness before a show. Yes, I suffer from stage fright. It’s debilitating to say the least. Contrary to popular belief, stage fright doesn’t occur in the wings just as you’re about to go on stage. Not for me anyway. It’s like a catch 22 situation for me. If I don’t get a case of the jitters, I get nervous that I’m too calm and inevitably I have a bad show. So panic stations ..read more
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September Moves
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by Naomi Hibberd
8M ago
September has been chock full of dance and as usual I have had my foot planted firmly within it, beginning with the co-direction of Thomas E.S. Kelly’s Kuramanunya as part of Brisbane Festival line-up. Kuramanunya is a new solo work honouring ancestors who never received their ceremonial rites, to return to the Dreaming, due to the disruption of colonialism. As I said farewell to Kelly, who was off to Canada to perform the work as part of Ontario’s IMPACT International Theatre Festival, I plunged into a quick film shoot on the banks of Duck River in the Auburn Botanic Gardens for an exhibition ..read more
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Movement Movement 2023
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by Naomi Hibberd
9M ago
Hi guys, I write to you whilst in the midst of an early morning downpour in Coolangatta. Sunshine State my …. foot. I am co-directing Thomas E.S. Kelly’s new solo work Kuramanunya. But as usual I have digressed as in this blog I will attempt to unpack this year’s gathering for New South Wales based independent dance makers. Held annually at Campbelltown Arts Centre, ‘Movement Movement’ aims to identify and generate discourse surrounding the contemporary dance sector’s most pressing issues, identifying gaps and needs. The ‘Movement Movement’ event is in its fourth year and this time around Anth ..read more
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Hustle Harder
Form Dance Projects
by Naomi Hibberd
10M ago
Not having attended much, if any, dance events this past month I decided to hot foot it over to the Museum of Contemporary Art, in The Rocks, to catch Adam Linder’s durational dance exhibition, Hustle Harder. Whilst in conversation, halfway through my bicycle trek towards the gallery, I was informed that it was closed on Tuesdays and so I rode back home reflecting on the folly of acting on impulse. Consequently, the second trip was laden with the expectation that the quality of my experience must match the effort it took to make it to the event. The online publicity of Linder’s work includes a ..read more
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