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ROSS MCCORMAK (NZ)

Ross​ ​ ​graduated​ ​from​ ​the​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Dance​ ​in​ ​2001​ ​and​ ​went​ ​on​ ​to​ ​perform with​ ​Douglas​ ​Wright​ ​Dance​ ​Company​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Royal​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​Ballet.​ ​In​ ​2003​ ​Ross​ ​joined Australian​ ​Dance​ ​Theatre​ ​where​ ​he​ ​worked​ ​closely​ ​with​ ​Garry​ ​Stewart​ ​on​ ​the​ ​creation​ ​of​ ​several new​ ​works​ ​which​ ​toured​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​and​ ​Europe.​ ​In​ ​2005​ ​Ross​ ​won​ ​the​ ​Best​ ​Male​ ​Dancer Helpmann​ ​Award​ ​for​ ​his​ ​performance​ ​in​ Held,​ ​a​ ​collaboration​ ​between​ ​Australian​ ​Dance​ ​Theatre and​ ​New​ ​York​ ​dance​ ​photographer​ ​Lois​ ​Greenfield.

From​ ​2004​ ​to​ ​2015​ ​Ross​ ​was​ ​based​ ​in​ ​Europe,​ ​working​ ​with​ ​Alain​ ​Platel​ ​at​ ​Les​ ​Ballets​ ​C​ ​de​ ​la​ ​B​ ​in Belgium.​ ​He​ ​performed​ ​in​ VSPRS (2006,​ ​direction​ ​Alain​ ​Platel),​ Patchagonia (2007,​ ​direction​ ​Lisi Estaras),​ Out of Context – For Pina (2010,​ ​direction​ ​Alain​ ​Platel)​ ​and​ Tauberbach (2014,​ ​direction Alain​ ​Platel).

In​ ​2011​ ​Ross​ ​also​ ​performed​ ​with​ ​Australia’s​ ​Chunky​ ​Move​ ​touring​ Connected to​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States, and​ ​then​ ​joined​ ​Les​ ​Ballets​ ​in​ ​Japan​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​touring​ Out Of Context.​ ​

In​ ​November​ ​2012​ ​Ross joined​ ​Melbourne​ ​dance​ ​company​ ​Lucy​ ​Guerin​ ​Inc​ ​to​ ​perform​ Untrained at​ ​BAM,​ ​New​ ​York​ ​and Mondavi​ ​Arts​ ​Center,​ ​California,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​for​ ​a​ ​tour​ ​of​ ​Ireland,​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​and​ ​Greece​ ​in​ ​May​ ​2013.

In​ ​2013​ ​Ross​ ​joined​ ​fellow​ ​Les​ ​Ballets​ ​C​ ​de​ ​la​ ​B​ ​dancers​ ​in​ ​Korea​ ​to​ ​collaborate​ ​on​ ​an​ ​independent creation​ NowNow,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​performed​ Out of Context with​ ​the​ ​company​ ​at​ ​the​ ​prestigious​ ​Festival d’Avignon.​ ​Between​ ​January​ ​2014​ ​and​ ​December​ ​2015​ ​Ross​ ​performed​ ​in​ ​Alain​ ​Platel’s​ ​highly acclaimed​ Tauberbach,​ ​a​ ​show​ ​that​ ​has​ ​won​ ​multiple​ ​international​ ​awards​ ​since​ ​its​ ​premiere.​ ​Ross returns​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​Les​ ​Ballets​ ​C​ ​de​ ​la​ ​B​ ​in​ ​November​ ​2017,​ ​to​ ​perform​ Out of Context in​ ​Spain (festival​ ​dates​ ​still​ ​to​ ​be​ ​announced).

Alongside​ ​his​ ​performance​ ​career​ ​Ross​ ​has​ ​been​ ​forging​ ​his​ ​distinctive,​ ​highly​ ​physical​ ​choreographic practice.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​been​ ​commissioned​ ​to​ ​choreograph​ ​several​ ​short​ ​works​ ​for​ ​New​ ​Zealand companies:​ (sex), 2012​ ​and​ Stealth,​ ​2009​ ​for​ ​Footnote​ ​Dance;​ Preface: Homage to a Risk,​ ​2015, Visions of Salome,​ ​2015,​ SUM,​ ​2011​ ​and​ Symbiotic,​ ​2008​ ​for​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Dance;​ Nga hau e wha: Papa Nuku,​ ​2011​ ​for​ ​Okareka​ ​Dance​ ​Company;​ Area,​ ​2015,​ ​and​ Rahui,​ ​2012​ ​for​ ​Unitec;​ ​and Matter, ​2016​ ​for​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​Dance​ ​Company.

In​ ​Australia​ ​Ross​ ​choreographed​ ​his​ ​first​ ​full-length​ ​work​ Nowhere Fast,​ ​2009​ ​for​ ​Dancenorth, Townsville,​ ​which​ ​toured​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Macau​ ​Cultural​ ​Centre,​ ​China​ ​in​ ​September​ ​2010.​ ​He​ ​then​ ​created [SIC], 2011,​ ​also​ ​for​ ​Dancenorth,​ ​and​ ​short​ ​work​ I said HaHa,​ ​2011​ ​for​ ​Link​ ​Dance​ ​Company,​ ​Perth.​ ​In April​ ​2016​ ​Ross​ ​returned​ ​to​ ​Dancenorth​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​new​ ​work​ If Form Was Shifted as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​a double-bill​ ​programme​ ​with​ ​Australian​ ​choreographer,​ ​Stephanie​ ​Lake,​ ​which​ ​has​ ​since​ ​toured​ ​in Australia.

In​ ​2014​ ​Ross​ ​co-founded​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​dance​ ​theatre​ ​company​ ​Muscle​ ​Mouth,​ ​where​ ​he​ ​is​ ​Artistic Director.​ ​He​ ​directed​ ​and​ ​choreographed​ AGE,​ ​the​ ​company’s​ ​inaugural​ ​show, which​ ​was commissioned​ ​and​ ​presented​ ​by​ ​the​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​Festival.

Muscle​ ​Mouth​ ​then​ ​premiered​ Triumphs and Other Alternatives ​in​ ​2015​ ​to​ ​great​ ​acclaim,​ ​a​ ​show which​ ​Ross​ ​directed​ ​and​ ​performs​ ​the​ ​central​ ​role.​ Triumphs and Other Alternatives has​ ​since​ ​toured NZ,​ ​been​ ​presented​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Australian​ ​Performing​ ​Arts​ ​Market,​ ​and​ ​will​ ​next​ ​be​ ​performed​ ​in​ ​Seoul​ ​as part​ ​of​ ​2017​ ​Seoul​ ​International​ ​Dance​ ​Festival.

Muscle​ ​Mouth​ ​then​ ​premiered​ The Weight of Force,​ ​a​ ​solo​ ​work​ ​featuring​ ​Ross,​ ​at​ ​the​ ​2016​ ​Hong Kong​ ​Arts​ ​Festival.​ ​The​ ​work​ ​then​ ​toured​ ​to​ ​the​ 2016​ ​M1​ ​Contact​ ​Contemporary​ ​Dance​ ​Festival, Singapore.

In​ ​2017​ ​Muscle​ ​Mouth​ ​undertook​ ​its​ ​first​ ​international​ ​collaboration,​ ​presenting​ Area² as​ ​part​ ​of Borderline,​ ​a​ ​new​ ​double-bill​ ​season​ ​that​ ​premiered​ ​in​ ​Singapore​ ​with​ ​T.H.E​ ​Dance​ ​Company.​ ​The company​ ​is​ ​also​ ​developing​ System,​ ​a​ ​new​ ​experimental​ ​work​ ​that​ ​will​ ​premiere​ ​in​ ​2018.

In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​the​ ​above​ ​shows,​ ​Muscle​ ​Mouth​ ​presented​ ​installations​ Tiger and​ Another Garden at Enjoy​ ​Public​ ​Art​ ​Gallery​ ​in​ ​2015. In​ ​the same year Ross​ ​was​ ​awarded​ ​the​ ​prestigious​ ​Creative​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​Choreographic​ ​Fellowship.

In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​performing,​ ​choreographing​ ​and​ ​directing,​ ​Ross​ ​has​ ​also​ ​designed​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​sets​ ​for​ ​his works.​ ​Of​ ​special​ ​note​ ​are​ ​his​ ​designs​ ​for​ Triumphs and Other Alternatives​ ​and​ ​performance installation​ Tiger,​ ​both​ ​of​ ​which​ ​received​ ​much​ ​praise.

In​ ​2017​ ​Ross​ ​performed​ ​with​ ​Auckland​ ​Theatre​ ​Company,​ ​alongside​ 2003 Laureate ​Michael​ ​Hurst,​ ​playing​ ​Mozart​ ​in their​ ​sell​ ​out​ ​season​ ​of​ Amadeus. In the same year, Ross received the Arts Foundation Laureate Award.

Ross​ ​is​ ​now​ ​based​ ​in​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​where​ ​he​ ​undertakes​ ​choreographic​ ​commissions,​ ​is​ ​the​ ​2017 choreographer​ ​for​ ​the​ ​World​ ​of​ ​Wearable​ ​Art,​ ​and​ ​creates​ ​new​ ​work​ ​with​ ​Muscle​ ​Mouth.​ ​

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PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP:
MORPH LOGICS – A CONSIDERATION OF STATE

By designing objectives for the body to complete, to literally grapple with/pass through, I will be  building improvisations as a mechanism to extract.. actions that completely influence the movement and then watch the evolution of this this., the individual craft involved with setting and morphing between objective and dance.

For me choreography is as complicated and as simple as watching someone shift a heavy rock, the true effort and technicality involved, the adjustments and the honesty of movement is what inspires choreography within dance for me, I ask dancers to hold onto all that information and morph it into their own quality..

There is where we can find and discuss individual states.

 

 

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