THE addition of The Edith spiegeltent as a permanent fixture to WAAPA’s campus has opened up even greater possibilities when it comes to devising a site-specific work at the Mt Lawley campus.
WAAPA’s graduate Link Dance Company has taken full advantage of this for its final performance season in what has been a transition year between training and pursuing a professional dance career.
Im Spiegel is a 45-minute contemporary dance work based on the theme of identity and created to bring the magical mirrored palace to life.
WAAPA acting and performance movement lecturer and director Sam Chester is co-collaborating with special guest artist Natalie Allen, who has returned to WAAPA following time with Sydney Dance Company.
Allen will join the cast of 10 Link dancers on stage who will share their stories with the audience.
“Im Spiegel means mirror or in reflection, so it’s about their identity and connection to family,” Chester said.
“We’ve looked at genetics and what we carry from our families in even simple things, like who in your family do you look most like?
“They’ve interviewed their family about family and made family trees; it’s been beautiful.”
Chester, who grew up in Sydney, said it was her job to provide the dancers with a framework for their imagination so they felt they could make work they were proud of and loved performing.
“I want them to leave this feeling really empowered,” she said.
“I think it’s important that we create work, especially in educative institutions, that empower the artist to have agency and their own voice in terms of what they can make and how they can make a difference in their careers, in the sector and in the greater community.
“Im Spiegel is constructed around the main circular floor and I’m trying not to see the spiegeltent as limitation but rather invitation, shall we say, to help in the construction of the piece.”
What: Im Spiegel
Where: The Edith, WAAPA campus, Mt Lawley
When: November 9 to 11