About Sally’s Residency
This LGI Residency is part of an ongoing research into movement compositional ideas derived from the approach invented by the late Israeli artist, Noa Eshkol.
Here’s what Sally said of the project on the eve of the residency:
“I’ve been involved in modern dance for decades. I’m interested in dance history as a source for contemporary practices.
In particular I’m exploring some ideas that have come from research I’ve undertaken into the work of the late Israeli artist Noa Eshkol. She developed a compositional notation system (EWMN).
The photo is one of a series of composites where I have used my personal archive of snap shots taken in various international locations during my dancing life. In putting images together I look for a movement passing from one side to another.
Michelle Mantsio and Kate Kennedy will be joining me on an occasional basis.”
Notes from the studio
“I am enjoying spending the time in the studio spaces.
I’ve been taking photos of details.
I am trying to reconstruct Steve Paxton’s Flat from a detailed description of the work by Sally Banes in Writing Dancing in the Age of Postmodernism [Wesleyan UP, 1994]. It involves walking and standing, posing, and taking off and on items of clothing and numerous other challenges.
Kate Kennedy and Michaela Ottone are joining me in this, although Flat is or was a solo. Paxton saw Noa Eshkol’s work when she was touring American college campuses in 1970. He wrote: ‘It was just great luck to happen to see her work. It reorganised my brain, I’m sure, and from then on dance could thought of in her terms: unique, formal, perfect, and indifferent to applause…’ [‘Thoughts on Noa’, in Sharon Lockhart Noa Eshkol Sternberg Press, 2012]”
About Sally Gardner
“My dance formation took place in London and NYC.
I studied key styles and with seminal choreographers of modern and post-modern dance. I danced with Dancework (UK); Robert Kovich, Judith Moss, Sara and Jerry Pearson (NYC); was a founding member of Dance Works (Melbourne) and have been guest performer with Dance Exchange (Sydney) and Lucy Guerin Inc. I have independently received Australia Council funding.
I was a lecturer in dance, Deakin University, 2005–2017.”
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 opportunity to share outcomes of the residency in a way that best supports the artist in residence.
Out of Time residencies take place during evenings and weekends. This format offers choreographers more flexibility in their schedule as well as optimising the use of these stunning studio spaces.
For more information on LGI’s residency program and the other 2019 Artists-in-Residence, please visit the Residency tab on our Programs page. Each will also have a blog post, offering an insight into their projects as they progress - find these on our About page under News.