The perception experiment
A single grain of salt sits atop a dormant mass. A tentative shuffle begins a migration, gravity-beckoned and persistent. Micro-movements and moments occur over expanses of time, interrupted and intersected by bodies. The trickle becomes a torrent, becomes a cloud, becomes a pattern; capturing breath and heartbeat before sweeping away.
In their first work made in Central Australia, Choreographers Frankie Snowdon and Madeleine Krenek invite you to explore time and space through an offering of live dance performance, sound and sculptural installation. Through provocative sensorial immersion, The Perception Experiments strives to examine our experience of the physical world, blur its edges and offer an alternative view of how we might navigate through it.
This project is proudly supported by The Regional Arts Fund and The Northern Territory Government through Arts NT, as well as partnering organisations Araluen Arts Centre, Watch This Space and Red Hot Arts.
Frankie grew up in Alice Springs and is a VCA (Australia) alumnae (2008).
Since graduating Frankie has collaborated and danced with Gideon Obarzanek’s Chunky Move, Brooke Stamp, Martin Del Amo, Adam Wheeler, Neil Armfield and Kate Champion for Opera Australia and Sara Black. Independently, Frankie has choreographed and performed in With the Lot (Lucy Guerin Inc.), Private Parking for Private Dances (Next Wave Festival/Nat Cursio Co.), Something Blew (2NDTOE), Celebration for Pieces for Small Spaces (Lucy Guerin Inc.), Scribble (Le Scratch), DanceFarm Game Show (Harvest Music Festival/Summersalt festival) Family (2NDTOE) and The Lost Dance Project – Pilot (2NDTOE). As well as this she has choreographed and performed in a number of music videos for Independent Australian Artists and been named as a Dancer to Watch in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Dance Australia Critics Choice survey, and was a top 3 finalist in the Northern Territory Young achiever awards in 2013.
Frankie was the recipient of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant in 2015 and spent 12 months participating in workshops, teaching, creating and performing work in Germany, France and the UK, and assisting in facilitating cross-disciplinary residency program conVERGE at Ponderosa in Germany. Frankie is the Co-Artistic Director and dancer for 2NDTOE who have been funded by The Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Arts NT, The City of Melbourne, The City of Port Phillip and the Besen Family Foundation. She has a large involvement in teaching and dance development throughout Victoria and the NT, most notably founding the Alice Can Dance performance education program in Alice Springs.
Most recently, Frankie worked with Opera Australia in Melbourne as the assistant choreographer to Kate Champion and performer for the remount of The Ring Cycle (Dec 2016). Frankie believes fiercely in dance as a vehicle for social and political commentary and change, as well as a platform for celebrating and empowering all people.
Madeleine Krenek is a 2009 VCA alumna who is now based between Australia and New Zealand. She has worked in Australia with companies Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc. with Kyle Kremeskothen, Not Yet It’s Difficult – David Pledger, Opera Australia with Neil Armfield and Kate Champion, One Step At A Time Like This with Stephanie Lake, ROGUE Dance Collective and Supple Fox, and independent choreographers Jo Lloyd, Russell Dumas, Carlee Mellow, Shelley Lasica and Frankie Snowdon. Internationally Madeleine has worked for Lucky Plush Productions (USA) Michael Monataro (Canada), Julia Harvie, Julia McKerrow, Fleur de Thier and Megan Platt (New Zealand). She was nominated for a Greenroom Award for her work in the ensemble of Jo Lloyd’s Future Perfect she has been named Dancer to Watch in Dance Australia’s Critics Survey 2013 and has received an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant to continue developing her artistic practice overseas.
Madeleine is an artistic associate of 2NDTOE with whom she has performed and choreographed with consistently since 2007 including four major works, many short length works and also annual large-scale community projects around regional Australia. She has also received funding and commissions in Australia, New Zealand and the USA to create new full-length and short dance works. Madeleine maintains a rigorous teaching practice and has taught at many institutions throughout Melbourne and Central Australia, and has also guest tutored for Movement Art Practice in New Zealand, Visceral Dance Centre and The University of Chicago in the USA.
2ndToe Dance Collective is the product of a thirst to create a platform that provides emerging professional artists the opportunity to make boundary pushing dance work. Through fusing 2ndToe's broad practices int he field of dance and wider interests, members contribute to all aspects of performance, developing essential skills in creating, producing and performing live work.
In 2005 Adam Wheeler began 2ndToe Dance Collective with a group of dancers and received maximised support from Chunky Move to begin making work. Shortly afterwards, Adam shifted his focus towards working with young emerging artists and in 2007 Frankie Snowdon, Ben Hancock, Tyler Hawkins and Madeleine Krenek joined the collective, followed by Jorijn Vriesendorp and James Andrews in 2009. In January 2012 Frankie Snowdon become Co-Artistic Director alongside Adam.
2ndToe Dance Collective has contributed to the development of contemporary dance by taking over the dance program at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar, and between them teaching and choreographing at numerous schools across Victoria. Schools include, Chunky Move, VCA, Danceworld, National Theatre Ballet School, Ballet Theatre Australia, The Edge, Patrick Studios Australia, South Eastern Academy of Dance and Ministry of Dance. As well as this 2ndToe have run large scale community dance projects for young people in the Northern Territory and in 2012, Adam started Victoria’s flagship youth dance company, Yellow Wheel.
Under the umbrella of 2ndtoe, members of the collective have made and performed in numerous professional works including “That Beep” music video for Architecture in Helsinki (2007), Something Blew Stage 1 (2009), Private Parking for Next Wave Festival (2009) and Nat Cursio Co. (2013), Something Blew (2010), Family (2013) and The Lost Dance Project Pilot (2014). As well as this, the Collective have choreographed and performed in numerous smaller scale projects for The City of Melbourne, The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Le Scratch, Harvest Music Festival, The Melbourne International Arts Festival and music video’s for independent artists Lowlakes and Nicola Lester.
As independent professional dancers members of the collective have worked with Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Lucy Guerin Inc., Antony Hamilton, Jo Lloyd, Lee Serle, Narelle Benjamin, Martin Del Amo, Brooke Stamp, Russell Dumas, Sue Healey, Liesel Zink, Nat Cursio, Carlee Mellow, Francis Rings, Tony Bartuccio, Kate Champion, Cobie Orger, Olivia Millard, Sue Healey, Prue Lang Fleur de Thiere (NZ), Julia McKerrow (NZ) and Lucky Plush (Chicago, USA).
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