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MAD DANCE FESTIVAL // DOUBLE BILL

DATES
5:30pm, Thu 6 May / DURATION 90 mins (inc. Welcome to Country)
6pm, Fri 7 May / DURATION 60 mins
VENUE New Benner Theatre, Metro Arts
TICKETS $20 (inc. both works)
AGES + WARNINGS Recommended for ages 15+. Contains haze/smoke and strobe effects. 

Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life By Amy Zhang

“What’s the key to happiness?” “What exercises give you a long life?” Amy Zang demystifies the life lessons and old Chinese wives’ tales compulsively passed down by her Chinese mother.

Featuring renowned street dancers Jackson Garcia and Amalina Batrisyia, Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life fuses street dance and contemporary to find the answers to the burning life questions you’ve all been asking.

Double Bill showing with Love Letters in (e)Motion
5:30pm, Thu 6 May
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6pm, Fri 7 May

Love Letters in (e)Motion By Anti Fischer

Anti Fisher takes a sledge hammer to the stereotypes of women in love in cinema in this fierce exploration of what it means to love.

From the devoted wife to the damsel in distress to the destruction of love gone awry, hip hop and heels dance juxtapose in this short performance work that pushes back against narrow pop cultural depictions of how women should love.

Double Bill showing with Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life
5:30pm, Thu 6 May
+
6pm, Fri 7 May

 

THE ARTISTS

COOL ASIAN MUM’S GUIDE TO LIFE

Director/Choreographer Amy Zhang
Feature Artist Huika Li
Associate Artist Jackson Garcia
Associate Artist Amalina Batrisyia
Score Composed by Jackson Garcia / Mastered by Matt Gray

Amy Zhang is a dancer, choreographer and movement director who specialises in street dance. Having completely immersed myself in the global street dance scene, Amy has worked, taught, choreographed and performed, both nationally and internationally. Amy’s practice explores the intersections of cultural nuance and storytelling through experimenting with street-style foundations and contemporary frameworks. Amy has created works, performed and undertaken residencies with The Hayes Theatre, Critical Path, Diversity Arts, The Joan, Belvoir St Theatre, Brisbane Festival, Metro Arts and Vitalstatistix. Amy is also currently a resident of the City of Sydney’s Live/Work residency.

Huika Li is a life long advice giver and Amy’s Mum.

Jackson Garcias art practise spans across live performance, street dance and digital media. Coming from the world of street dance where he has accumulated many titles, Jackson is known and sought after for this ability to combine his foundations in B-Boying, Popping, Locking and Hip Hop to create his own style of movement. His diverse skill set has seen him teach, choreograph, perform and compete both nationally and internationally. Jackson’s unique style has found him gaining the lead role in award winning contemporary-break theatre show, M.I.N.D.E.D., that has toured through China, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne. He has also featured in Cross Cultures programmed in No Show at Carriageworks, One Way at La Boite Theatre and KLAPPSQUAD at the Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Amalina Batrisyia is a dancer of various styles including dancehall, experimental freestyle and krump. She is also a choreographer, performer, battle dancer and teacher. She has been teaching dancehall regularly in Brisbane since 2017, after moving from Singapore in 2015 and not being able to find any dancehall classes in her new hometown. She has since picked up freestyle dance, battling and krump, and is active and heavily involved in the various styles while leading and building the dancehall community in Queensland.

LOVE LETTERS IN MOTION

Choreographer/Director Anti Fischer
Core Dancer Billie Casey-Jabore
Core Dancer Bianca Coxeter
Dancer Makayla Crawford
Dancer Malana Chapelle


Anti Fischer
is a Hip Hop dancer, teacher and choreographer based in Brisbane, Australia.  She has taught around the world at renowned studios such as Millennium Dance Complex (L.A + Toronto), Movement Lifestyle (L.A), Dance Works (Japan), The Village (Sydney), Underground Dance Centre (Toronto) and more! In 2010 Anti was one of 14 cast members selected across America to be in the Monsters of Hip Hop show in Los Angeles. Most recently Anti taught at The Australian Dance Festival in Sydney (2016) and toured with Dream Dance Company for the “Secret Society Show” Choreographed by Candace Brown and directed by Marko Panzic (2016,17) Some of her other career highlights include assisting world-renowned choreographers: Tony Tzar, Kevin Maher and Nick Demoura. Anti is incredibly passionate about dance and loves to inspire and share her craft!

Billie Casey Jabore is a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, agent originally from the Gold Coast, Queensland. Billie has been a successful working dancer throughout Australia since 2005 whilst based in Melbourne, Australia. Billie has over 20 years of dance experience behind her and is one of Australia’s finest Dancer/Choreographers specialising in the hip-hop and commercial industry. In July of 2018 she successfully obtained her O1 visa and moved her life to L.A to pursue her dreams in the dance industry. Having worked on major events such as Xfactor, Stereosonic, Big Day Out, Let Them Eat Cake, Laneway, Australian Open, and with artists such as, Justin Bieber, Neyo, Avicii, Peking Duck, Tiesto, Illy, Paula Abdul, Jessica Mauboy, Miss Blanks & Briggs (to name a few) Billie believed she had what it takes to make her dreams a reality on the international scene.

Bianca Coxeter is an aspiring professional artist who constantly seeks to immerse herself in a diversity of creative movement and performance genres. Commencing classical dance lessons from the moment she could walk, Bianca consistently continued training through to the completion of two years full-time study at the Queensland Collage of Dance (Elite Performance in Commercial Dance & Musical Theatre Program, 2017-2018). During such time, she was humbled to learn from Expressions Dance Company (Intensive Program), Sydney Dance Co. (Intensive Program) and Merge Dance Theatre on full scholarships. Presently pursuing her film debut under the direction of internally renowned, Baz Lurman and Warner Bros. Pictures. Bianca’s additional accolades include the commercial credits Nathaniel, Ellen Reed, Brisbane Bullets, Universal Store, Channel Nine, RayWhite and WaterAid Ball.

Makayla Crawford’s passion for dance started at the age of 5 where she began her training in all styles of dance. Over the past two years, she has completed her full time course at Dance Force which has lead her to explore a wide range of movement and to be exposed to many different industry professionals. She has recently been signed and is beginning to work professionally in the industry.

Malana Chapelle is an 18 year old who has recently graduated 2 years of full-time training at Dance Force. With her passion for movement, she has been able to explore the art through teaching and choreographing, allowing her to push boundaries and limitations on herself and others.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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