Emerging dancer and TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts 2010 graduate Jessie Oshodi has been chosen by choreographer Daniel Jaber to work on the production of a new dance work called Degradation.
During the month-long placement (which kicks off in late November), Jessie will be working closely with a cast of established performers and an experienced support crew, devising this original dance work. This will be followed by a performance season in Adelaide and a professional tour to Expressions Dance Company in Brisbane. A significant component of Jessie’s secondment will be the opportunity to work with Kyra Herzfeld to learn what it takes to market and produce a successful dance production.
“Working collaboratively in this way is a proven path towards future employment in an industry that is shifting away from hiring through traditional audition processes,” Jessie says. “My involvement in this project under the direction of a prominent South Australian choreographer is happening at a time in my career when exposure and experience are most important. For this reason I consider this opportunity paramount to my growth as an emerging artist.”
Degradation is devised, directed, choreographed and performed by Daniel Jaber and will feature Kristina Chen, Gabrielle Nankivel, Timothy Ohl (Chunky Move), Kialea-Nadine Williams and Kimball Wong (both from Australian Dance Theatre). Degradation analyses the role of racism in an urban Australian environment, with the movement of the work created to explore ideas of racism and on emotional responses to the theme.
Having initially trained in ballet and contemporary dance at Terry Simpson Studios, Jessie completed Dance at SACE 1 and 2 levels, before enrolling in the Bachelor of Dance Performance at the Adelaide College of the Arts. Jessie graduated from the College in 2010.
Most recently, Jessie teamed up with fellow AC Arts graduates Erin Fowler and Mikaila Roe to develop and perform a short dance work for the 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival, called Teahouse. Following a successful sell-out season, the show was adapted and performed as a longer performance piece called Myth.
Supported by a Helpmann Academy grant, Degradation will be performed in Adelaide through the Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSPACE: Development Program.
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