Perform with CDT at the National Portrait Gallery

Join CDT in performances at the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2022.

Plans are underway for CDT to perform at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in October with the performance inspired by the NPG’s exhibition Who Are You. We would love to have as many dancers join in as possible. Plans for the program include:

  • A new ballet work to be choreographed by Josh Freedman (see below)
  • A new contemporary work to be choreographed by Miranda Wheen (see below)
  • A new Hilal work to be choreographed by Rachael Hilton
  • Plus dances performed by
    o GOLD
    o CDTribe
    o K-Pop

The performance will take place during the afternoon of Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October (starting time to be finalised), in the NPG’s Gordon Darling Hall.

A new ballet work for CDT

Your choreographer will be Josh Freedman, a dancer, creator and movement educator based in Sydney. Josh Freedman is a dancer, creator, and movement educator, based in Sydney. Josh gained his BA from Rambert School, during which he danced with Arielle Smith, Thick&Tight, Yorke Dance Project, Antler Theatre, and London Fashion Week. Since returning to Australia in 2021, Josh has continued to work as a freelance dancer, with choreographers such as Xanthe Geeves, Dean Walsh, Sophia Ndaba, and Sue Healey.

Photo credit: Gregor Thieler

Josh’s choreographic practice is informed by a passion for queer-centric, interdisciplinary approaches to movement. He collaborates frequently with musicians and visual artists, such as Andrew Batt-Rawden, Nicholas Vines, Rob Hao, Jasper Fearnley, and Isabelle Hayman, and often draws on his drag alter-ego ‘Jiggy’ during creation and performance. Josh’s work varies in genre, from ballet to dance theatre and performance art, often blending traditional forms with contemporary approaches. Josh’s choreography has been performed at Central st. Martins, The Anya Linden Theatre, The Seymour Centre, NIDA, 107 Projects, Carriageworks, and as part of March Dance and Vivid.

Josh also works as a dance teacher, for Alegria Studios, Wenona School, DanceWorks, Byron Ballet and Austinmer Dance Theatre, among others. He believes that grooving to great music is one of the most fun things you can do, and he thinks everyone should give it a go. Josh is eager to use his teaching skills to help people find more joy in their bodies, and increase community involvement in dance.

From Josh:

In this work I’d like to explore the similarities and differences between ballet and portraiture, going between more poised and free-flowing movement. I’ll bring a clear sense of structure and intention, as well as several movement ideas, but I’d like to work closely with the dancers to set choreography they can really own.

Rehearsals with Josh

• Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August
• Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September
Time: Saturdays 1:00-5:00pm, Sundays 11:30am-3:30pm.
then
further rehearsals, times to be negotiated with the performing group.
and
One rehearsal in the evening, during the week of 17 October at the NPG.

book now

Cost: Concession $280 / Full $350
This includes sessions with Josh & all subsequent rehearsals. Any costs in relation to costumes will be small. Please register your interest as soon as possible and no later than 30 July. To do this, sign up and pay your deposit of $80 through Bookeo. This deposit is only refundable if the project is cancelled by CDT.

A new contemporary work for CDT

Your choreographer will be Miranda Wheen, an independent dancer and dance maker based in Sydney. Miri’s practice, whilst rooted in contemporary dance, spans areas of intercultural collaboration, education, advocacy and choreography. She is an Associate Artist with Marrugeku, Australia’s foremost intercultural dance company, and a founding member of Dance Makers Collective, for whom she directed their last two full-length works Dads and The Rivoli. Miri has collaborated with companies and choreographers throughout Australia including Martin Del Amo, Stalker Theatre, and Shaun Parker and Company amongst many others. She has also worked
extensively with Elizabeth Cameron Dalman’s Mirramu Dance Company and with Liz Lea.

Photo credit: Anya McKee

From Miri:

I love hearing about the ways in which people's lives intersect with dance, either formally or in everyday settings. With the backdrop of the National Portrait Gallery I intend to construct tiny danced portraits of the participants exploring their personal dance histories, big or small. To do this I would like to conduct a short recorded interview with each person which will then be incorporated into the soundtrack for the performance. I'll work with each person on some choreography to reflect an aspect of their individual relationship with dance. We will also work on a simple structured improvisation as a group that is very much about the joy and connectedness that is often the reason that people turn to dance in the first place. Simple, joyful and meaningful.

Rehearsals with Miri

• Saturday 17* and Sunday 18 September
• Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October

Time: Saturdays 1:00pm-5:00pm, Sundays 10:00am-2:00pm
* On 17 September, each dancer will only be needed for approximately 30 minutes, to meet and be interviewed by Miri.
then
• Sunday 9 and Sunday 16 October
Time: TBC (or as negotiated with the group)
and
One rehearsal in the evening, during the week of 17 October at the NPG.

book now

Cost: Concession $280 / Full $350
This includes sessions with Miri & all subsequent rehearsals. Any costs in relation to costumes will be small. Please register your interest as soon as possible and no later than 30 July. To do this, sign up and pay your deposit of $80 through Bookeo. This deposit is only refundable if the project is cancelled by CDT.