About Tegan’s Residency
“This LGI residency will be an opportunity to both define my solo dance practice having spent several years choreographing on others, as well as focus on the development of a new performance installation.
I am currently experimenting with the use of sculpture, light, and sound to develop choreographic methods. This process is focused on examining the role these elements play in the decision making process and the development of ‘the dance performance’ and how they can be used as artistic collaborators primarily in a solo making process. I am also interested in the live curation of performance installations, mastering a practice of live devising as a performer.
The new work I will develop throughout this residency explores the precariousness of our current situation ‘post pandemic’, and how we sustain ourselves during times of socio-political upheaval and uncertainty, domestically and globally. I will be drawing on my own experience over the last few years - moving regionally, becoming a mum in ‘iso’ and sustaining a life and practice at this time. The installation will present a collection of scenarios exploring moments of instability, using live and recorded sound, sculpture and movement. I will investigate the concept of ‘hauntology’ - the idea that the present is haunted by the metaphorical ‘ghosts’ of lost futures—as a vehicle to contextualise the relationship between the body and the forms, and expand my understanding of how these themes can be embodied, represented and presented through dance.
It is also an incredible chance to work in the studio with my sound collaborator to develop live and recorded sound production methods for presentation.”
– Tegan Nash
About the Artists
Tegan Nash Ollett: Artistic Design, Performer, Choreographer
Tegan Nash Ollett is an artist, producer, and teacher working in the field of dance and live art. Following the completion of a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts Dance (QUT), she established a creative focus on exploring contemporary dance practice through collaborative performance installations and larger choreographic works.
Tegan has produced numerous original works and received the Dance Award at the North Queensland Arts Awards (2015). Her works have featured in galleries and public spaces, including collaborations with Australian visual, sound and projection artists. She has choreographed and performed works for festivals including the Brisbane 2 High
Festival and Townsville’s Strand Ephemera 09. In 2015, Tegan choreographed and performed in Twilight, a multisite performance work directed by Cheryl Stock with Dancenorth, which received the 2016 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance.
Tegan has worked and trained with a range of Australian artists and her residencies include Guts Dance Alice Springs, Castlemaine State Festival and Lucy Guerin Inc. Tegan is an alum of the Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Emerging Cultural Leaders Program and TNA’s Victorian Independent Producers Initiative. Tegan recently launched a performance platform, Live Art Benalla, to present multidisciplinary performance work and support rural/ regional artists.
Isabelle Reynaud/ Isadoré: Sound
Isabelle Reynaud is an electronic producer/singer-songwriter and sound artist hailing from Townsville, North Queensland. After moving to Melbourne and graduating from The Victorian College of the Arts Isabelle began writing and fronting bands around town. Slowly her passion moved into composition and production where she created her solo alt-pop project, Isadore. Over the last couple of years, Isabelle has been self-producing and releasing music under this name, and exploring sound design for performance artists.
Aside from Isadoré, Isabelle has worked up an impressive catalogue of composition/sound design projects for dance, theatre, performance art and film working with Dance North, TheatreinQ, Tegan Nash Ollett, Australasian Dance Association, Ulysses Dance Company and Girls Act Good.
Eliza Jane Gilchrist: Provocateur and Sculpture
Eliza-Jane Gilchrist is a visual and performance artist. She has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Sculpture), and immigrated to Australia in 2009. In Eliza-Jane’s sculpture practice her materials are often discarded – clothes, found objects, and
cardboard. Ugly, worthless things, which she rehabilitates using hand-made alterations, embroidery or drawing. She makes ugly things beautiful in an attempt to challenge perceptions of insignificance and value.
She is Co-Director of Such As They Are, an installation/puppet company who construct and performs shows in purpose-built spaces.