As part of Cowra Canowindra Community Arts Project

26, 27 , 30 Sept & 1-4 Oct  /10 AM – 2PM attend any day

Shop 19  Centre Arcade 58 Kendal Street, Cowra (Upstairs via back /Target Car Park)

Bookings / Enquiries: Richard Neate   Cowra M&D   richardneate (at) bigpond.com

Suit all ages 13 +

Alan Schacher and Weizen Ho

Weizen Ho and Alan Schacher live in the Blue Mountains and have two young children.

They seldom work together, but both have a history in working and performing in Asia across individual projects in China, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan and Malaysia. In June-July 2013 they performed in The Arts Island Festival in Indonesia, touring to 4 towns in Bali and Java with solo performances “de-Incarnate” and “Share my Coffin”.

For Melaka Arts and Performance Festival 2012 in Malaysia they presented a duet performance “Hungry Ghost, Dybbuk”, as an inter-cultural examination of the unappeased spirit in the rituals of both Asian and Jewish culture and lore.

They come to Cowra fresh from a month-long artistic residency in Penang, Malaysia.

Artists’ Statement

For this workshop in Cowra we will help to draw out personal stories/ histories to develop performance motifs in movement and sound, through physical work and vocalisation and by working and playing with texts, objects, photographs, imagery.

We’d like to expand on the physical experience of living in the Cowra-Canowindra region to convey a sense of place through performance. We invite adults as well as children from teenage up to join us in this exploration.

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Alan Schacher is a contemporary performance-maker and interdisciplinary artist. His multi-disciplinary practice traverses dance, Performance Art and installation, working as a director, choreographer, designer, performer and visual artist, frequently in collaborative projects. In the past these have included large-scale site-specific contemporary performance works.

His focus is on spatial experience and the different meanings the body takes on in diverse situations and surroundings, relating both to the micro and the macro.

An undercurrent of cultural landscapes, both imagined and inherited, form significant motifs in his work.

Alan was a member/founder of Gravity Feed an innovative and infamous Sydney Performance Ensemble which existed between 1992- 2004.

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Weizen Ho is a performance deviser, composer, instrumentalist and vocalist who utilises movement in her work.

She is currently developing a radio performance “Dying Songs I Dance” for ABC Radio National. Tied to her research on mortality as a subject matter, she is also undertaking a residency at Critical Path, a choreographic research centre in Sydney.

She held an artistic residency at Blacktown Arts Centre in 2011, to develop a performative sound diary recorded in the streets.

“The Borrowed Language”, a multi-disciplinary /inter-cultural performance based on the theme of “unbelonging” was presented at Melaka Arts Festival 2010 and showcased at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in 2009.

Since 1999 she has worked as composer/performer for radio, music-theatre, sound & visual installations with ABC Radio National, SBS Radio, BigHART Theatre Productions, Shaun Parker Dance Company and at Festivals in Indonesia, Beijing and Malaysia.

Weizen was co-founder of music and visual performance group, TUFA, which presented over ninety performances and major concerts at Sydney Opera House, Government House Sydney, Cairns Festival QLD, and Sydney Mardi Gras Festival. ‘

– Posted by Mayu Kanamori on behalf of Cowra Canowindra Community Arts Project & Nikkei Australia