Home(s) is a collaboration between artists from contemporary dance, street dance and experimental music backgrounds who delve into their complex identities as second-generation immigrants in Australia. Unravelling their experiences, the dance work investigates their sense of belonging at the crossroads of diverse cultural influences.
This cross-cultural and cross-genre dance project brings together 4 dance artists with 6 nationalities amongst them. Through a mix of Contemporary, Hip Hop and Krump dynamics, this work unravels the dancers’ own cultural experiences; creating an intriguing conversation of disrupted lines, bursts of powerful energy and liquid flow combined with raw, visceral movement, as they break down the confines of their respective dance styles.
Bubble tea and an inspired curated food offering by Bunjil Place Head Chef Colin Wilson are included in the ticket price:
- Beef, Vegemite, water chestnut dumplings
- Mushroom, Mountain Pepperleaf dumplings
- Lemon myrtle prawn dumplings
- Cheeseburger Spring Rolls
- Desert Lime Egg Tarts
- Nutella, Bruleed Banana Steamed buns
- 1.50pm - doors open
- 2.00 - 2.50pm - performance
- 2.50 - 3.30pm - networking and catering
Choreography & Production: Jennifer Ma
Performers: Jennifer Ma, Kaitlin Malone, David Leupolu, Nak Assa
Music Composer: Bluey Moon
Original Lighting Design: Adelaide Harney
Re-mount Lighting Design: Rachel Lee
Dramaturg: Ari Tampubolon
Costume Design: Nelson Clifton
Don't miss our Panel Discussion of Diaspora, Psyche after the Home(s) performance! Bundle your tickets for both events here and save.
Home(s) + Panel Discussion – Package
Concession (pensioner, senior, ft students) $17.00
Jennifer Ma is a Taiwanese-Australian dancer and choreographer. Jennifer studied contemporary dance at Transit Dance, danced with Mute Crew and was a member of Dancehouse’s Emerging Choreographers Program. She has also performed in Stephanie Lake Company’s Colossus for two Melbourne seasons. Jennifer’s own choreographic practice lies in the intersection of contemporary and street dance, resulting in her first full length work, Home(s), which premiered at Melbourne Fringe Festival and will be remounted at Bunjil Place in 2021. In 2020, Jennifer was a mentor for female street dancers of Sister Sessions Vol.6 and received a commission from Bunjil Place as part of Art Echoes. Currently, Jennifer is developing and self-producing her new multidisciplinary dance work, We Are Here.
Nak Assa has over 10 years of experience in both choreography and freestyle; and is the founding director of a Melbourne-based street dance crew, Mute. With a genuine interest in various street dance styles, Nak has travelled internationally to Singapore, Japan, Vietnam and the US to attend dance camps, competitions and private trainings with world class street dancers to consistently refine his craft. This diverse training along with Nak’s uplifting spirit has led him to become an award-winning dancer/choreographer (Pass The Buck 2016 with HIT’M and Step Off 2015, 2016, 2017 with Mute). In 2019, Nak has ventured into contemporary dance working with Jennifer Ma & Collaborators on Home(s) and is also currently in development for We Are Here.
With extensive experience in teaching locally and internationally, Nak also offers his own Bespoke Training Program. This is a platform for dancers and choreographers to explore working with new perspectives, both physically and mentally.
Kaitlin Malone has developed her artistic practice under the mentorship of Paul Malek and Israel Aloni at Transit Dance, since graduating in 2018. Kaitlin is a current company artist with Transit Dance Company, Variation Three, and Jennifer Ma & Collaborators. In 2018 and 2019 she performed with Stephanie Lake Company in ‘Colossus’ for two Melbourne seasons, as well as rehearsal assistant for the Perth and Switzerland tour in 2020. Kaitlin is debuting her first work as part of a triple bill with Origins Dance Company in 2021. Alongside her artistic practice, Kaitlin is also a passionate teacher and mentor. Her investment as a working performer compliments her abilities to teach current industry knowledge and is developing her unique style. Moreover, Kaitlin is excited at the future opportunities to bind her passion in performing, choreographing and teaching.
David Leupolu is an Indian/Samoan freestyle artist who began his journey into the realm of street dance in 2012 and has explored multiple genres such as Popping, Hip Hop freestyle, House, and Krump. David has been battling and judging at various street dance battles in Australia and internationally with recent achievements including: GARAKUTA by Kotodama: Top 4, Battle24k: FINALS Runner-up (TAIWAN), Soarstice 1 on 1 House battle – Top 16 (TAIWAN), City Sessions 2v2 FINALS (House, Funk, Hip-Hop). Since 2018, David has been facilitating ‘Jam On Toast’ with Oliver Le, a weekly dance jam for the Melbourne dance community to dance, hang out and connect with new people.
David’s recent venture into contemporary dance has seen him in multiple creative projects with Jennifer Ma & Collaborators including: Home(s), Submerge at Dancehouse, Art Echoes commissioned by Bunjil Place, and currently in development for We Are Here.
Photo: Jeff Andersen Jnr
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Saturday 11 September 2021
Saturday 14 August 2021
Concession (pensioner, senior, ft student) $8.00
Package Prices (both Home(s) & Panel Discussion events – must be booked using the package link, see left)
Concession (pensioner, senior, ft students) $17.00
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