Creative Connections

Creative Connections - Session 29

Topic: Make a dance GIF and SMS it to someone in your world

Date: 8 July 2020

Time: 3 pm

Location of host: Laura Pike - Eora, Gadigal, (Sydney)

Guest panelist: 

Matt CornellMatt Cornell is an Asia-Pacific based choreographer who grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. His work interrogates how we embody systems - social, cultural, political, or technological - and in turn how these systems embody us by forming communities and informing identities.


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About this episode

How can we choreograph for those who can't attend a theatre? How can we work from embodiment to craft physically-distant intimacy?

This session walks through Matt's process when choreographing a GIF of Dance so that you may make your own and SMS them to people in your world. This session is developed from Matt Cornell’s project; the GIF of Dance. A project aimed at side-stepping the gatekeepers of institutions while enthusiastically disintegrating social-class barriers and making compelling choreography a normal part of daily life.

This is a practical session and you will require an iOS device ie. iPhone or iPad with free app ImgPlay or android equivalent with free app ImgPlay and access to the internet. Matt will guide you through using these tools to build and send a dance gif. You may also choose to receive a dance instead. All the instruction will be provided and an intermediate level of experience with smartphones or help from a more experienced friend or family member is recommended to participate due to time restraints.

Matt Cornell is a dancer and choreographer who wants dance to go, without friction, to the people who want it.

About the series

Creative Connections is an online webinar series for the cultural and arts sectors and will offer practical, accessible and useful content delivered by industry experts on key topics and emerging themes.

The series is focused around the theme of adaptation, and sessions will explore digital adaptation, leadership adaptation and arts practice adaptation. Sessions will be facilitated by experts in specific topic areas, with over thirty sessions available.

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