GAVIN WEBBER (AUS)
Gavin Webber is a choreographer, teacher and performer based in Coolangatta, Queensland and working between Australia and Europe.
Gavin Webber started dancing late after many lost years spent hitch-hiking, skiing, writing, camping and studying. Eventually he decided to start making art instead and joined Meryl Takard’s Australian Dance Theatre and following that Belgian company Ultima Vez.
Throughout his career Gavin has worked between Australia and Europe and was Artistic Director of Dancenorth from 2005 to 2009. He took the company from regional Australia to national and international touring and then left for Europe once again to join PVCtanz in Germany. His present role is as co-Artistic Director of The Farm, a company based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, whose work has been seen across four continents. With The Farm, Gavin has collaboratively created works such as Cockfight, Frank Enstein, The Crossing, The Ninth Wave and TIDE.
In 2017 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award and in 2018 The Farm won a Helpmann for TIDE. He still writes, camps and studies but the hitch-hiking and skiing is over for the time being at least.
This is a workshop about why we move and how we connect. It will focus on internal states that drive action with the proposal that through movement we transcend our own self-perception and judgement, freeing the body and the mind.
In the workshop we will be working on the origin of the dancing body beyond aesthetics. What motivates us (and by that I mean all of us, not just dancers) to move? Where does the desire come from and how is it communicated?
During the choreographic and performance workshop, we will traverse many movement and theatre forms and amalgamate many techniques, including Chi Gong, contemporary dance, floor work, and improvisation, searching for an ‘inner state’ that allows us to redefine how we communicate our presence as performers and in turn examines how we define ourselves in our lives.