22 Jun 2020
Many thanks to all the dancers who submitted a video for the launch of The Art of Dance!
The Art of Dance project launched in late May, with an open call for entrants of all ages and dancing abilities to create dance videos inspired by artworks from the Gallery’s collection.
Jin Plotkin Mikhailov
Our next submission is from Jin Plotkin Mikhailov, inspired by Lisa Reihana's 'Digital Marae: Hinepukohurangi', 2001 and Len Lye's 'Trilogy', 1977.
Jin Plotkin Mikhailov is a former professional dancer, contemporary dance teacher, a mother and a choreographer. Based in New Plymouth, NZ. She arrived here 2 years ago with her husband and daughter from Israel.
Jin has performed with KCDC dance company; Vertigo Dance Company; choreographers Odelia Kuperberg; Elad Schechter; Rina Wertheim; Nimrod Freed; Gil Harush and more.
She graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and has taught, performed and choreographed in Israel, USA, Russia, France and Australia. “I believe in the power of movement and in the melody carried by its’ flow. Celebrate who you are, invite passion into your life, open your heart to others and first and foremost to yourself”.
You can follow Jin on her Instagram: @jin2468
Our next submission is from Björn Åslund, inspired by Lisa Reihana's 'Digital Marae: Hinepukohurangi', 2001. "I grew up in the country side, rural northland. A place full of freedom but also great restriction. A place my life takes me far away from, and a home.
A graduate from the New Zealand School of Dance, I find my life revolving constantly around people and the craziness of the city, which I love. But it has been so wonderful to slow down and come home for this pastoral Interlude."
You can follow Björn on his Instagram: @theeverchangingboy
Paul Edward Wilson
Our next submission is from Paul Edward Wilson inspired by Len Lye's 'Trilogy', 1977.
Paul grew up in Auckland and trained as a dancer in Tap, Jazz and Contemporary Dance at The Dance Studio. He then went on to dance for Identity Dance Company and The Palace Dance Studio as a Hip Hop dancer.
Paul currently resides in Montreal and works with different creative mediums including drawing and jewelry design.
You can follow Paul on his Instagram @pauledward
Our next two submissions are from dance groups who were both inspired by by Len Lye's 'Trilogy', 1977.⠀
In-Motion School of Dance
"We are a community dance school operating in the Wairarapa. We created our response to Len Lye's sculpture on our first week back to class following lockdown. ⠀
Dancers in our performance range in age from 8 to 40 and take lessons in Tap, Contemporary and Jazz."
Makoura College ⠀
"We are a group of students from Makoura College who take Dance as a subject." ⠀
Shannon Renée Wilson
Our next submission is from Shannon Renée Wilson, inspired by Len Lye's 'Trilogy', 1977.
Shannon, born and raised in New Zealand has been dancing since the age of five in multiple styles. She moved to Canada in 2010 and had the opportunity to study Contemporary dance within a performing arts program at Concordia University.
She is currently a high school teacher, teaching dance as a course elective to students 12-14 years of age and continues to expand her dance knowledge through a variety of workshops offered on a weekly basis.
Although dance has been a lifelong passion for Shannon she is driven by opportunities to travel, teach and volunteer with wildlife overseas; a multitude of experiences inspiring her to now pursue a career in Zoology.
Our next submission is from Melissa Begley, inspired by Lisa Reihana's 'Digital Marae: Hinepukohurangi', 2001.
"I love art and dance and free form expression inspired by myth, nature and aliveness. Typically I perform under the umbrella of my performance art company, FLAME Entertainment, as a fire dancer, improvised interactive theater play maker and group hula hoop coordinator etc.
I’m also the creative director, primary costume maker and manager and I adore my other vocations as professional singer and masseuse.
I'm passionate about the importance of the expressive arts and play for holistic well being.
For me dance is to engage and embody the fullness of life, an experiential art that is always unfolding".
Our next submission is from EmiLe Page, inspired by Vivian Lynn's, 'Playground', 1975.
EmiLe works with dance as a means to communicate with her emotions. As a mother of two with a passion for expression in its many shades the dance of life's playground is well known. While healing from ankle injuries and the transformation of birth, she feels dancing in the edges of pain and celebration offers profound discoveries. Connecting our inner and outer worlds provides opportunity for reflection of ones relationship with the way we interact with our environment and those in it.
"Moving to understand the stories freed in our minds, that ultimately play out in our reality. Journeying through self-development it is through art forms that is key to us being our own healers. Regardless what is perceived by the other what we can choose is how we show up in life, solace in oneself births through the act of love, giving rest to unhealthy judgement and fear. Creating opportunities for life to flow more fluidly into mothers creation".
You can follow Shannon on her Instagram: @emi_le_vibes