About Isabelle’s Residency

This LGI Residency proposes the beginning of a new contemporary dance work: from here to there

Here are Isabelle’s reflections on her residency:

“Upon the completion of my two weeks in residence at LGI, I am feeling refreshed and inspired. The first part of the residency was in March, where I took on both roles as choreographer and performer. Along with Emma Riches and Benjamin Hurley, the initial intent was to explore the fluctuating nature of the human mind.. I was absorbed by the concept of consciousness and was interested in exploring how the mind offers opposing states of organisation. Our first week led us towards performing in Out of Bounds, a program presented by LGI and Temperance Hall. Although my ability to work with a clear objective within the studio was a little rusty, I was happy to linger within the messiness that usually occurs for me when starting something new. 
“With the second week of the residency rescheduled to July, I invited collaborator Anika de Ruyter into the project so that I could concentrate on choreographing the work. The conceptual focus shifted towards questioning our personal notion of time. We investigated ways in which our experiences of time passing were often subjective, which offered us interesting movement tasks and scores. All in all, the second part of this residency proved to steer the project into a more exciting and fruitful direction. I’m pleased that this project has since received support from the Besen Family Foundation and has been selected to be presented at Dancehouse as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2021. This project will result in a new contemporary dance work titled Passing. It reflects upon our subjective experience of time, ultimately questioning its linearity and existence.
“I’d like to thank Lucy and the team at LGI for offering this opportunity and providing their support. I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land in which the LGI/WXYZ studio resides, the Wurrundjeri peoples of the Kulin nation, and pay my respects to Elders past present and emerging. I 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.

Isabelle Beauverd is a freelance dance artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. She has performed in works by Siobhan McKenna, Chunky Move, Sandra Parker, Victoria Chiu, Arts Fission, Emma Riches and Jack Riley. Upon graduating from The Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne 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)