A unique choreographer


PIAF artist in residence Claire Cunningham  with dancer Laura Boynes.
Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d449973
PIAF artist in residence Claire Cunningham with dancer Laura Boynes. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d449973

Boynes was one of just 16 performers from around Australia selected to participate in an intensive week-long masterclass with Scottish artist Claire Cunningham at the Fremantle Town Hall last week.

Cunningham shared her creative ideas and unique choreographic approach.

A self-identified artist with a disability, Cunningham incorporates her crutches into her choreography and was in Fremantle as part of an artist in residence stint with the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF).

Boynes, who works with disabled artists in the DADAA stARTSPEAK program, said as soon as she found out about the masterclass she knew she had to apply.

“Claire is very renowned and we’re all very inspired by her so I think everyone can say that they’re quite honoured to be here,” she said.

“I would like to find new methods and ways of creating work with the artists I work with through DADAA and I’d also like to find ways of making my other work, my own choreographic work outside of that, more accessible to all.”

Cunningham said she was working on raising the profile of disabled artists and increasing access to the arts for disabled audiences during her visit.

“We’re looking to address support and the development of skills for artists with disabilities which in Australia I think is still something that is looking for a lot more support and development,” she said.

“People with disabilities make up a huge percentage of the population and the more arts bodies and arts programming there is representing a more realistic version of society, for me that only enriches the artform and makes work that more people can relate to.”