Re-embody is an illuminated, kinetic, sculptural installation/devised theatre with live music, which was presented at REMADE (Annex Theatre, Inveresk 24th August- 2pm & 7pm ) and Junction Arts Festival (Prince’s Square, Launceston 7th September – 8pm ).
Re-embody was developed during 2017-18 through community workshops and performances at REMADE and Junction with follow up performances at Falls Festival at Marion Bay 2018 as well as Mona Foma 2019. During 2019 we have further developed the work through process based workshops during July -August, leading to large scale performances installation at REMADE & JUNCTION FESTIVAL in August- September.
Artists Carmencita Palermo and Ralf Haertel will work with participants from a diverse range of community groups and organisations to develop, create and present the work. Re-embody will utilise movement to express individual and shared experiences of re-embodiment through reconnecting with self, others and the environment. Thematically Re-embody works with community participants to explore their stories of their relationships with the environment and attachment to accumulation and its impact on sustainability. The project aims to empower artists from all parts of the community and providing opportunities to engage in the production of a collaborative public art project.
Central to the work of Interweave – Re-embody provides a framework for broad community cultural engagement through positive participatory creative action. Re-embody is a process driven project, which encourages marginalised groups and communities to share their stories within a larger community narrative.
The organic creative development process empowers participants through involvement in the making of the interactive sculptural objects, and inclusion of their own stories / actions in the final performance of the work. Both Palermo and Haertel have extensive experience in working directly with communities to create public art projects.
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RALF HAERTEL is a Launceston based visual and community artist, whose practice incorporates large scale environmental installation, textiles, collaborative engagement with other artists and community through festivals and community based projects, small group workshops, curatorial projects, film and new media projects, along with freelance work in creative project management, mentoring, and other diverse arts industry roles.
Born in Sicily, trained in Bali and based in Tasmania, CARMENCITA PALERMO is a researcher, a mask performer and a community theatre practitioner/deviser and organiser. Her PhD on Balinese mask dance-drama is from the University of Tasmania. Her performance and teaching practices explore the dynamics of interaction between body, masks, music, audience and environment in different cultural and performative contexts. Her work is driven by a strong interest for true dialogue between cultures, abilities and ages through the arts. By performing, lecturing, teaching and organising events Carmencita has been facilitating encounters between artists, communities, teachers and students from different cultural backgrounds in Indonesia, Malaysia, Europe, Brazil and Australia.
Re-embody is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts and was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia,
and is delivered in Tasmania through RANT
Re-embody is grateful to all the community groups who joined the project, and provided venues and support.
SATSANG Launceston Yoga Sanctuary, Studio Space Theatre Company, Northern Suburbs Community Centre, Miasma Belly Dance, Able Australia-Launceston, Tasdance, University of Tasmania-School of Creative Arts and Media,
Glen Dhu Primary School -Launceston, Junction Arts Festival.