Magnificent Remains

film coming soon

 

 

Brittany Kohler in collaboration with Dance Plant Collective and Ben O'Connor

 

 

Magnificent Remains is a short collaborative dance film by Dance Plant Collective, Ben O'Connor and friends. It is inspired by the tasks and philosophies of Surrealist pioneers and artists, and our creative discoveries via Zoom during lockdown. Dance Plant will waltz with surrealism, taking it through the body and onto the screen. 

Tip-toeing sheets of lycra, five metre long arms, and bodies that never end. 

There is a mystery to be solved, involving disconnected conversations and red wine. 

A single stool holds a toaster wearing a long-sleeved sweater. 

Close your eyes. Dream. 

Dancing to backward sounds for a month apart, unexpected. 

Huge thank you's to Basement Theatre for providing your beautiful venue and to Paul Bennett for assisting and being present always. 

 

Choreographic direction: Brittany Kohler

Videographer and editor: Ben O’Connor

Dance Plant Collective Producer: Zoë Nicholson

Choreographic collaborators and performers: Adam Naughton, Amber Liberté, Bella Wilson, Fa’asu Afoa-Purcell, Jaz Yahel, Miriam Eskildsen, Natasha Kohler and Neža Jamnikar

 


 

 

 

Magnificent Remains is a new full-length work in progress, choreographed by Brittany Kohler. 

​Magnificent Remains began as a research project, with a series of four multidisciplinary workshops (A Series of Surrealism) that Brittany lead in 2019. The full-length show is currently being developed with both Dance Plant Collective and independent freelance dancers. 
 

This work is inspired by Surrealism as an art form, by its philosophies, techniques and tasks.

Brittany is drawn to the dream-like, nonsensical approach that Surrealism takes, and is excited to premiere this full-length work in Auckland in 2021.

 

Choreographer: Brittany Kohler

Producer: Zoe Nicholson

Composer/Sonic Artist: james risbey

Performers: Dance Plant Collective and friends

film

work in progress

structure

STRUCTURE is a new full-length contemporary dance theatre work in development, choreographed by Bella Wilson. The work has currently had two development periods: an initial research and development residency in October 2019 at the Lucy Guerin Inc. studios in Melbourne (where DPC was invited to undertake a two-week ‘Making a Start’ residency), and in January 2020 in Auckland including a week-long workshop with a mass ensemble. STRUCTURE was due to premiere in Auckland in September 2020, but has been postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions.

 

STRUCTURE unpacks the multifaceted ways in which humans relate to the world and others within contemporary social, political, and economic structures. It investigates the impact technology has on the body, looking at the mechanisation of the body through repetitive and monotonous daily tasks, and explores the interesting interplay between order and chaos, and how these polarities seem to be codependent in order to create a harmonious world. Given the world is experiencing huge and unprecedented structural shifts within every aspect of society due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this work speaks to growing concerns of isolationism (heightened by social distancing), the loneliness epidemic, grief, and the fear of the other within late Capitalism. It aims to provide an insight into how easily structures are both created and dismantled, and highlights the huge importance and significance of social connection, embodiment and the interconnectedness of all living things. DPC feels that STRUCTURE will resonate with audiences and will allow space for discussion, contemplation and social connection during this uncertain time.

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Choreographer: Bella Wilson

Producer: Zoe Nicholson

Composer/Sonic Artist: Flo Wilson 

Lighting Designer: Paul Bennett
Costume Designer: Lisa McEwan

Performers: Dance Plant Collective and friends

summer school

2021

DUNEDIN

A contemporary dance work-shop for 13-17 year old's with members of Dance Plant Collective. 

11-13th January 2021 

10am-4pm

St Hilda's Collegiate

$200

Are you a young dancer looking to expand your knowledge of contemporary dance? Email us and we will send you our information pack

Dance Plant Collective will provide a pop up dance and light art performance between 6-8 January 2021 at TSB Festival of Light in New Plymouth.