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  HISTORY OF GROTTO    Contemporary Dance inspired by the conception of Dunhuang Dance    Credits for this research:  Victoria Chiu- Dancer  Mindy Meng Wang – Musician  David Shea – Musician  Eddie Postma- Cinematographer/Editor  Paul Ransom- Director  Ms Jill Morgan AM,  CEO Multicultural Arts Victoria and staff  Mr Qi Weiquan,  Director of International Cooperation and Exchange Division of the North West University of Nationalities and staff  Supported by University of Nationalities Lanzhou, Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria
       
     
       
     
       
     
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Grotto
       
     
Grotto

Grotto is inspired by the Mogao Caves, Dunhuang. When I visited the region, I was struck by the diverse details in the caves, the colours and loneliness in the desert and the feeling that the landscape had hosted many a traveller/pilgrim for thousands of years. Later I discovered that Dunhuang Dance was created in the 1980s by a conscious decision to develop a dance technique from the paintings on the walls of the Mogao Caves.

Using this type of movement directive in Melbourne, Grotto will explore the short-term affects of what happens when Melbourne artists are given similar, specific directives to create movement. We worked with structures and sentiments that exist in the City of Melbourne, the artists’ impressions, specific architecture, chosen sites within the streets themselves. The results of our experimentation were adapted to cave-like pockets inside the Immigration Musuem. The resulting work contains the personality of each of the artists involved and reflects the group’s perspective on contemporary Melbourne February 2017.

Choreographer: Victoria Chiu

Dancers: TraMi Dinh, Amelia McQueen, Sarah Mealor, Shian Law,

Musicians: Mindy Meng Wang, Roland Cox

Presented at Immigration Museum Melbourne, 15-18 February 2017

Supported By: City Of Melbourne, Immigration Museum, Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria

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Photography by Gregory Lorenzutti

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  HISTORY OF GROTTO    Contemporary Dance inspired by the conception of Dunhuang Dance    Credits for this research:  Victoria Chiu- Dancer  Mindy Meng Wang – Musician  David Shea – Musician  Eddie Postma- Cinematographer/Editor  Paul Ransom- Director  Ms Jill Morgan AM,  CEO Multicultural Arts Victoria and staff  Mr Qi Weiquan,  Director of International Cooperation and Exchange Division of the North West University of Nationalities and staff  Supported by University of Nationalities Lanzhou, Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria
       
     

HISTORY OF GROTTO

Contemporary Dance inspired by the conception of Dunhuang Dance

Credits for this research:

Victoria Chiu- Dancer

Mindy Meng Wang – Musician

David Shea – Musician

Eddie Postma- Cinematographer/Editor

Paul Ransom- Director

Ms Jill Morgan AM,  CEO Multicultural Arts Victoria and staff

Mr Qi Weiquan,  Director of International Cooperation and Exchange Division of the North West University of Nationalities and staff

Supported by University of Nationalities Lanzhou, Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria

       
     
VIDEO - Silk Road Metaphor extracts - Mogao Caves and Crescent Lake

Extracts of research at Mogao Caves and Crescent Lake - longer research extracts available on request

       
     
Harmony - 5 Stars of Alignment

Film by Paul Ransom and Eddie Postma

Short documentary to become a series of films

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