ReadyMade Works is delighted to present the tenth edition of the Happy Hour,  featuring three short works from esteemed NSW choreographers, Lee Serle, Linda Luke and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal. Happy Hour is ReadyMade Works' signature program showcasing the extraordinary practices of Sydney's independent dance artists. Initiated by Linda Luke and Samantha Chester in 2016, Happy Hour is 'the' platform for encountering the diverse and uncompromising dance work being made by NSW dance artists.

Artists: Lee Serle, Linda Luke and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal

Linda Luke & Liberty Kerr, ASH

ASH is dedicated to the flora, birds, insects, animals and human communities who have been affected by the recent bushfires.

LINDA LUKE has been a dance maker for the past 20 years. Her work aims to deepen sensitivity and excavate the subtle undercurrents we experience in relation to self, each other and the environment. Linda has self-produced a number solo works in Australia and Internationally, and has collaborated in projects with numerous artists and companies; most recently with De Quincey Co, PYT: Fairfield, Flight Path Theatre Co, The Cad Factory, Liberty Kerr, Victoria Hunt and WeiZen Ho. www.lindaluke.com.au

LIBERTY KERR is a composer, electronic sound artist, musician. Liberty's stylistically diverse music and soundscapes have provided the sonic environment for a variety of works across different art forms for more than two decades. This work includes collaborations with numerous artists and production companies, solo works, and commissioned soundtracks for performance, film and installation. Most recent collaborations include performances with visual artist Nell at Mona Foma; Tina Havelock Stevens for Dark Mofo and Performance Space Live Works; and with Linda Luke in Wagga Wagga for Stone.

Lee Serle, Time Portrait

Lee will continue developing his solo Time Portrait. This new work extracts and reexamines fragments of choreography from his past works that become a repeatable time loop sitting within a larger group dance.

LEE SERLE (b. Melbourne 1981) is a Victorian College of the Arts graduate and has presented his choreographic works in France, USA, Colombia, Lebanon and Australia,and commissioned to create new works for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Lucy Guerin Inc, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Dancenorth, Victorian College of the Arts, and visual artist Mateo López. Lee has performed in the works of many notable choreographers including; Trisha Brown, Lucy Guerin, Tere O’Connor, Gideon Obarzanek, Shelley Lasica, among many others, and was the recipient of a Rolex Arts Fellowship (2010) and Australia Council for the Arts Creative Australia Fellowship (2012).  

Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Soul Physic

Researching SMOKE* Haze in relation to Body, Ritual and Earth continues to focus our attention on deep Trauma and Pain experiences, where fragments of soul fracture and split away into chaos. Spirits can travel in smoke. Will spirits gather lost soul fragments and return them to the patterns of their living beings, becoming whole again? *SMOKE is a new Indigenous dance theatre production co-authored by Kirk Page and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal. Creative development thus far has journeyed throughout Indonesia and Australia and embraced research collaboration with First Peoples dancers, musicians and visual artists from Australia, Bali, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Ache and Java. 

JADE DEWI TYAS TUNGGAL lives and works in Yaegl Country, Clarence Valley NSW. She is an award-winning contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher with Master of Choreography (VCA) and 20 years of international performance and touring experience. Born in Australia she is a direct descendent of Kangjeng Sultan Hamengku Buwana, the first Sultan of Yogyakarta Java. Her ancestry also extends from the ancient Javan Temple of Borobudur, mixed with Scottish and Viking heritage. Jade is Associate Artist at Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) and works with culturally and linguistically diverse organisations Outback Theatre for Young People (OTYP), Rekindling the Spirit and Beyond Empathy (BE). She is studying to become a somatic movement educator with Body-Mind Centering (BMCsm).

Photo: Dean Francis, Artist Lee Serle


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