This is where it happened is a contemporary live art work which positions itself in the public sphere and can be viewed from multiple perspectives. Site-specific stories connected to people and place are woven with dance scores and choreography as the dancers bodies abstract the stories heard through headphones. Audience members can view the work from a number of vantange points.
This first development of this work was supported by Yarra Ranges Council through their Dance Here program and was presented in March 2016 in Healesville, Victoria, Australia.
Özer is curently re-developing the work for a site in Lillydale, Victoria for presentation in 2017. See current projects for more information.
Concept, choreography, writing and direction by Gülsen Özer
Healseville edit featured collaborators Gareth Hart, Emily Rushing, Ebony Muller and Dani-Ela Kayler. Music by Roderick Price.
Source material for the Healesville narrative of Clara can be read at the Lost Girl link below
Gareth is a Melbourne based independent artist and producer, and holds a Masters of
Choreography (by research) from the University of Melbourne and Victorian College of
the Arts. For over a decade, Hart has been dedicated to developing a deeply considered improvisation practice, that seeks to continually find the ‘new’ within our corporeal and experiential history. His practise is based in an investigative improvisation process, informed by the potential of the body as a site for conceptual confusion, artistic challenge, aesthetic rigour. He has a number of excellent influences on his practice, including Rosalind Crisp, Ros Warby and Helen Herbertson. Over this time, Hart has toured his work extensively alongside the East Coast of Australia, and more recently has begun dabbling in international presentation, namely in France and the UK.
Ebony Muller is currently in her final trimester of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Dance and Drama at Deakin University. Previously to this, she received a Certificate IV and a Diploma of Music (Performance) from MWT Institute, where she studied as a vocalist.
Recent credits include the 2016 Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Captive presented by Move Dance Company, the 2015 Free to Be Concert raising money for human trafficking, Liminal Voices presented by Jonathan Graffam and Deakin University, Move to Go andMystery Bouffe presented by Deakin University and Diving Horses presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Deakin University. Ebony is an avid traveller and language lover and her influences include Robert Wilson, Sarah Kane, Merce Cunningham and Jeff Buckley.
Dani-Ela is a Melbourne based performance maker working in the areas of dance and education. Her training is in Performance Making, Dance Therapy, Movement Studies, Secondary Teaching, and Massage Therapy. For the past 12-years, Dani-Ela has worked as an independent practitioner, performance maker and teacher. Dani-Ela’s creative projects are inspired by things of beauty. She seeks to create work which highlights the beauty of nature, 'real', imagined or felt. She is also influenced by the poetry of cinema photography, improvisational dance practice and the choreographic work of Pina Bausch. Dani-Ela makes work with the intention to create intellectually and emotionally memorable live performance experiences for her audiences.
Dani-Ela has been collaborating with Gülsen Őzer on numerous projects since 2003 and had performed both locally and overseas in festivals and independent works. She has also delivered creative projects with young people in Primary, Secondary, Special Needs and Boarding School settings, as well as in facilitating social/emotional learning programs.
Emily is a US-based independent dance artist living in Melbourne. She holds a BA in Theatre and Dance from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2008, she has been actively involved in the dance community of Austin where she has created her own work as well as collaborated with companies such as Blue Lapis Light (a site specific aerial dance company), Ellen Bartel Dance Collective, Ready/Set/Go Productions, Woven Feet, and Ballet East. She has also performed for bands such as MCG, Megafauna and Creature Rock.
Emily is currently living in Melbourne and working with other local artists as well as creating a short dance film documenting her time in Australia.
Melbourne based artist Roderick Price began life as a visual artist with strengths in graphic drawing, illustration and painting. Rod completed his fine art Diploma in 2003 at Box Hill TAFE and in 2006 completed his fine arts Degree at RMIT University. During his studies at RMIT Rod adapted his fine arts practice to the digital realm where he developed an eye for digital imaging and more importantly was exposed to the medium of sound.
Rod’s attendance of the ‘sound art’ and ‘sound design’ courses at RMIT dramatically altered the direction of his fine art practice. The sound courses introduced Rod to the academic and artistic movements in music. He instantly identified with the connections and relationships between musical and fine art movements and saw ‘sound’ as an exciting medium in which to explore his own fine art practice that wasn’t restricted to the picture plane.
Most of Rod’s work, both visual and sonic, expresses a dark aesthetic quality that employs methods of abstraction and manipulation. Rod’s compositions often refer to ideas found in industrial, dark wave, ambient, noise and electro acoustic music. His objective is to compose music that ignites strong emotional responses in the listener, both on a physical and psychological level.