About Isabelle’s Residency
This LGI Residency proposes the beginning of a new contemporary dance work: from here to there.
Here’s what Isabelle said of the project on the eve of the residency:
“This initial development will explore a flow of consciousness through movement, in which the fluctuating nature of the human mind will be highlighted. I hope to encapsulate the way in which the mind shifts from one thing to the next; how our attention can become focused and then can broaden, to take in various amounts of information simultaneously. I imagine performers seeping in and out of unison, playing between states in an ever-shifting landscape of performance. The dancers take up space, intrude on each other’s space, spiral and fall, all to weave in and out of particular experiences that the viewer could catch glimpses of. Much like everyday life, each individual will engage with the work in their own way, sometimes connecting with others and sometimes becoming consumed by their specific tasks or trains of thought.
“In line with this, I’m interested in delving further into the practice of performing. An individual’s attention is multifaceted, and this is evident when the situation of performing is introduced. One must not only somatically engage with their actions but be attentive of the viewer and the whole environment in which they are a part of. This is what draws me towards finding states or moods for the performers to exist within, and potentially offer them more agency over how to adapt to the workings of the performance, if at all.
“I’d like to thank Lucy and the team at LGI for offering this opportunity and providing their support. I’m excited to be back in the studio with Emma Riches and Benjamin Hurley, along with Anna Durham, and thank them for their collaboration in this project. I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land in which the LGI/WXYZ Studio resides, the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin nation, and pay my respects to Elders past present and emerging. I also appreciate the creative practices that have been shared with me from choreographers, independent artists, teachers, and friends. “
About Isabelle Beauverd
Isabelle Beauverd is a freelance dance artist from Naarm/Melbourne.
She has performed for Siobhan McKenna, Chunky Move, Sandra Parker, Victoria Chiu and Arts Fission, Emma Riches and Jack Riley. Upon graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University in 2016, Isabelle received the Choreographic Development Fund Award. Her choreographic works include Bottom Line (Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2016), Grapple (commissioned by Melbourne University, 2019) and Surge (awarded Best Dance, Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2019).
About LGI Residencies
LGI Residencies offer artists the freedom to explore new ideas, develop new works and cultivate their choreographic practice. Studio space and administrative support are offered by LGI, as well as the invitation to share outcomes of the residency in a way that best supports the artist in residence.
For more information on LGI’s residency program and the other 2020/21 Artists-in-Residence, please visit the Residency tab on our Programs page and select Artists-in-Residence.
Lead image: Helen Tran (editing by Isabelle Beauverd)