Leah Carrell

Composure

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Composure
A live-choreography experience


We have an awesome, on-going creative, dance and choreographic project that we are super passionate about. We would really love your help in our development of two performances in Auckland and Dunedin, 2017!

WHO:
Kia ora, we are Leah Carrell and Benjamin Mitchell, recent graduates from the Unitec contemporary dance programme. We began Composure as a student project in 2015 and throughout 2016 have been working with dancers and emerging choreographers to develop this practice.

WHAT:
We meet weekly and explore all sorts of dance, movement, and choreographic ideas. Each session we do a couple of tasks, a long improvisation and then have a discussion about our discoveries. We are slowly building a collective movement language so that we can create engaged, creative, and entertaining improvised performances.  We write a blog each week to record our discoveries. Have a read, watch our progress, comment with an idea or response! 

In 2017, we will perform in both the Auckland Fringe Festival (February) and the Dunedin Fringe Festival (March). Each performance will be 12 hours long (11am-11pm) and as such will explore the boundaries of performance providing challenges to our physical stamina, our creative thinking and making and, most significantly, will offer the audience an innovative way of watching performance. (Don't worry, the participants will operate within a roster system so that each performer has their own schedule within the 12 hours of dancing and choreographing, allowing breaks for rest/food!!)

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP:
We really want to perform in Auckland as well as to travel out of Auckland all the way to the deep south to share our practice and performances with Dunedin audiences. There are significant costs involved in hiring performance spaces, production equipment, travelling, and of course our marketing campaign. So far, the whole project has been self-funded, but after working on this project for more than 10 months, we believe it's time to start paying our dancers! We would absolutely love your help, no donation big or small goes amiss and we will be forever grateful!!
Please share our campaign with your friends, family, colleagues, the man on the bus, the lady at your coffee shop, the person who parks beside you, a stranger on the street!!

Again, here is our blog - keep in touch!

Thank you thank you thank you for your support and we can't wait to see you at either (or both of!) the Auckland and Dunedin Fringe Festivals!! XXX

UPDATES

  • AUCKLAND: Composure Event

    9 MONTHS AGO

    Kia ora everyone,

    Thank you once again for your support!

    Our first big event is this coming Saturday 25 February at the Samoa House Studio, off Beresford Square, 11am - 11pm

    As 12-hour improvisation, we invite you to come along at any time during the day.
    -come observe us making our dance
    -come and join in, dancing with us
    -come and play music for us
    -bring an idea for us to work with! 

    We hope to see you there! 

     

  • Meet our people: BEN!

    11 MONTHS AGO

  • THANK YOU!

    11 MONTHS AGO

    Thank you so much to all of our awesome donors so far! 

    You are amazing and we appreciate your support so so much!!

     

     

     

     

  • Meet our people: OMEA!

    11 MONTHS AGO

  • Meet our people: ELLE!

    11 MONTHS AGO

  • Meet our people: JASMINE!

    11 MONTHS AGO

  • OPEN REHEARSAL - thanks!!

    11 MONTHS AGO

    Thank you SO much to all the wonderful people who came to our open rehearsal! We had heaps of fun and really loved all the conversation everyone engaged in. It was super cool to be able share our ideas and ways of working ... and you've given us heaps to think about / digest / work on / and new ideas to try! XXX

    We've written up a blog of our conversations... have a read!

     

    OPEN REHEARSAL - thanks!!
  • OPEN REHEARSAL

    12 MONTHS AGO

    Kia ora koutou,

    thank you so much for stopping by our page and reading about our project!! We really appreciate your interest and support.

    We would like to invite anyone interested in Composure to come to an open rehearsal on Thursday 8 December 2016 at Old Folks Association Hall, Gundry St, Auckland, 8-9:30pm. You are invited to come and watch / observe / participate. (You may stay for as long or short as you like.) In the last part of the session we always discuss our discoveries; you are welcome to join us in this conversation! 

    We hope to see you on Thursday and look forward to sharing our project with you!! :)

     

    OPEN REHEARSAL