Pippa & Tara Jade Samaya – Dance on Film for Performance

Performance Workshop

Workshop Date: 22 – 26 & 28 – 31 JULY (WEEK 1 & 2)
Time: 14:00 – 17:30

[About the Workshop]

Pippa and Tara Jade Samaya will bring their film collective The Samaya Wives to offer a workshop in creating dance for film. The workshop will offer insight into both sides of the camera, develop choreography to work around the theme of Empowerment to create a short dance film which will be screened on the final day of the festival. Working with the concept of how individual empowerment can influence and support the empowerment of a collective, throughout the week we will explore a range of virtuosic movements in floor work, partnering and improvisation. This will accumulate in a collaboration for the construction of choreography specifically designed for camera.

Teacher Biography

The Samaya Wives

The Samaya Wives come together in life and creation as a multi-disciplinary duo to explore the many colours and tones of what it means to be alive on this earth and reveal the innate one-ness that ultimately links us all. To bring a voice to the voiceless, to shed light in dark spaces, to empower and to inspire; The Samaya Wives strive towards equality, wisdom, compassion and authentic connection. The fusion of their respective expertise in Dance, Photography and Film enables them to communicate through external imagery the internal world of the human psyche.

Using their passion for creating bold, eye catching imagery, they set out to use art as a spotlight on global humanitarian issues, encouraging viewers to expand their hearts and with it their world view and preconceptions.
Recent appreciations include two time winner of the international 60 second dance film competition ( Finland and Denmark), winner of best film in the FAD film festival (USA), Portland Dance Film Festival (USA) & Berlin Motion Picture festival, Australian Dance Award for Excellence in Dance on Film and winner of best music film clip in the 2016 NIMA awards.

Film Festival screenings
– 60 second dance film festival (Scandinavia)
– Loikka Dance film festival (Helsinki)
– Melbourne Woman in Film Festival (Australia)
– Sans Souci film festival (US)
– FAD film festival (US)
– Outlet dance festival (US)
– Jumping Frame film festival (Singapore)
– Dance Waves festival (Cyprus)
– Screen dance festival (Sweden)
– Portland dance film festival (US)
– Cheonan dance film festival (Korea)

Pippa Samaya


PIPPA SAMAYA is a Berlin based photographer and film-maker with an international body of work. Awards include two-time winner of the International 60 Second Dance Film Competition (Denmark/Finland),the Australian Dance Award for Excellence in Dance on Film, winner of Best Film at the FAD Film Festival, North Carolina (US), winner of Best Music Video at the NIMA awards, selected as a winner in the international Life Framer awards (Faces of life), exhibited finalist at the National Photography Prize, finalist in the Martin Kantor Portrait prize at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in 2017, nominee for the International Fine Arts Photography Award and winner of Best Action Shot and Excellence in  Staged Photography in the SALON exhibit at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) in Melbourne.

With an insatiable curiosity for the complexities of the human experience, Pippa’s professional path turned instinctually toward the world of portraiture and international documentary/humanitarian work. She joined with USA based NGO One Voice over several year traveling to remote villages in India and Nicaragua as well as a Syrian Refugee camp in Greece. A specialisation in dance photography stemmed from the discovery that dancers provided a deeply empathetic physical vessel, which enabled her to communicate through external imagery the internal world of the human psyche. This lead on to extensive work in the contemporary dance industry in Australia, New Zealand and Europe working with leading companies and choreographers.

Instagram – pippa_samaya

Tara Jade Samaya


In 2019, Tara won Helpmann and Greenroom Award for Best Female Dancer in Australia for her work in Chunkymove’s Common Ground. She was also previously nominated for Greenroom and Helpmann Awards in 2010, 2012 & 2017. Over the last 12 years Tara has worked with Australian Dance Theatre, Chunkymove, Douglas Wrigh Company, GUTS dance, Prue Lang, Lina Limosani and Al Seed, she was appointed Chunky Move’s Artistic Associate for 2016 and now dances at The Staatsballett Berlin.

Tara’s film collaborative work with partner Pippa in The Samaya Wives are two time winners of the international 60 second dance film competition (Finland and Denmark), winner of best film in the FAD film festival in North Carolina- USA, Winner of Best dance on film at the Australian Dance Awards 2017, winner of best music film clip in the 2016 NIMA awards. They have had multiple films screened in dance and short film festivals across USA, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Australia and Hong Kong. ‘Oten’ their recent commission for the Newcastle Art Gallery which just won ‘Best Experimental Short’ at the Berlin film Festival in 2019.

Tara studied Classical Ballet in Newcastle at Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy until she furthered her studies of contemporary dance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

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