DARWIN WORKSHOPS: skadada Jon Burtt and Katie Lavers, co-founders and co-directors of Perth-based multi-artform performance company skadada, will be in Darwin in September at the invitation of Corrugated Iron Youth Arts and Qantm to give a series of workshops for community groups and to perform and present skadada's work at the NxT symposium.

The workshops will focus on the exciting potential of interactive performance and will give participants hands-on experience developing work with skadada's unique interactive systems including an interactive ring, pressure sensitive floor, interactive costumes, lasers and voice systems. Jon and Katie will present a short performance on the opening night of the NxT symposium and will also give a presentation about skadada's work which will include video footage of the performances.

Performer, Jon Burtt and visual artists Katie Lavers co-founded skadada in 1995 to create ground-breaking multi-artform work. skadada has gone on to become one of the countries leading multi-artform performance companies. Electronic BigTop skadada's recent Festival work played to over 6,500 people in the 1999 Sydney Festival and the Festival of Perth.

The Australian wrote: "Electronic Big Top is wonderful. . . Among its wonders, a smokey-quartz voiced chanteuse to give you gooseflesh, dancer-athletes who can both dance and fly and musicians who are equal partners to the dancers. In addition it has the best lighting design seen in Sydney since the first day of creation.. . . This production is what results from highly polished talent, imagination and commitment based on total professionalism. It sets new standards particularly in the use of the airborne dancer. And it is wildly exciting"

The West Australian wrote: "Electronic Big Top is a dreamscape. . . its world of curious surprises, dark lyrical beauty, atmospheric lighting, perfect sense of colour and sinuous, sensuous movement is one in which we are perfectly happy to dwell for as long as possible. . . The show is pure pleasure ­ visually aurally and in the remarkable standard of performance and creative invention. . try not to miss it".

skadada has toured nationally and internationally, performing all over Australia and in Taiwan and India where the group was part of the Australia-India New Horizons Tour in 1996. Jon and Katie directed skadada's short video Auto Auto in 1998 and which has been shown in various Film Festivals including the 1999 Over the Fence the W.A. Comedy Film Festival. Among the many artists they have collaborated with have been John Patterson the sound artist who collaborates on most of skadada's work, Richard Tognetti from the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Pablo Percusso the percussion group, Troy Innocent the computer animation artist, and Peter Wilson the puppeteer as well as many other wonderful dancers, aerialists, musicians, singers and designers.


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