Snake Sessions brings improvised show to Pinjarra


Performers from Branch Nebula. Picture: Jamie Williams
Performers from Branch Nebula. Picture: Jamie Williams

IF jamming moves and tricks float your boat, then Pinjarra is the place to be this week.

Snake Sessions is a new site-specific performance developed with local people over a week-long residency in a skate park.

It is based on creating a show through improvisation and workshops, with local skate park users and Sydney company Branch Nebula hitting Pinjarra Skate Park as the first stop on a national tour.

Branch Nebula and its team of professional skaters, BMX riders, dancers and parkourists have wowed audiences from Sydney Festival to Hong Kong, Finland and Chile.

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The free anarchic street style performance runs at the skate park until Friday (drop in any time between 10am and 5pm) and culminates on Saturday with an improvised performance with a live drummer driving the action, bodies and wheels colliding, racing each other and blurring into one.

The event is presented by the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Centre general manager Guy Boyce said he was delighted Pinjarra was the first stop in a national tour.

“It’s vital we support the presentation of relevant and engaging performance in our regional communities, especially projects that engage our youth,’’ he said.

“Snake Sessions brings an audience to a skate park to share an experience of urban culture as a powerfully dramatic and artistic experience.

“It extends the forms into new and innovative territory, challenging attitudes about performance and art.

“Youth activities are often associated with anti- social behaviour but Snake Sessions challenges these perceptions with a production that will leave an indelible imprint on the host community’s cultural land- scape”.