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the liver on a wall. Another level to this would be to explore ways The Elements relate to each other. A task could be to explore how the Liver (Wood) relates to the Kidney (Water) and the emotional, physical and sensorial connections that become available from that connection, whether that is a physical connection between two or more bodies or exploring an internal connection in one’s own body. The generative cycle of the Elements depicts that Water nourishes Wood, so one could explore either how the two relate in a nurturing sense or create conflict by reversing the flow. The choreographic and dramaturgical possibilities that arise from this exploration are limitless. Vangelis and I collaborate in the ‘Dance and Being Art Project’, an ongoing workshop series in Australia, hosted in Adelaide in (September 2014 & May 2015) and Melbourne (May & October 2016) that explores the Embodied Unity methodologies. This project is intended to become a regular occurring event around Australia, with future workshops planned for Melbourne, Sydney and regional NSW. I also participated at the ‘International Interdisciplinary No Borders’ projects (December 2013 & 2016), a month-long workshop hosted in a different city and country each year. During my time at the Dance4 Exchange, I will be undertaking choreographic exploration and development of ‘Eujeanix’, a triptych of work themed around eugenics and the social philosophies of Francis Galton, the half cousin to Charles Darwin and inspired by Darwin’s work ‘Origin of Species’. Galton proposed ideas and social philosophies of selective breeding. His work had two main features. One was to increase the human gene pool with valuable and desirable genetic traits (known as ‘positive eugenics’), such as strength, dexterity, specific cosmetic and behavioural qualities). While simultaneously, he called for eliminating the undesirable or ‘invalid’ traits through genocide and abortion (known as ‘negative eugenics’). ‘Eujeanix’ expands on an interpretation natural selection or ‘survival of the fittest. Research for this process will involve exploring eugenic propaganda, texts and devising movement inspired by a variety of sources including excerpts from speeches of historical figures, political campaign materials and books written on the subject, both for and against eugenics. Although eugenics for many is predominantly associated with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, eugenic principles have been practised as far back as Ancient Greece and Egypt, with the disposal of babies born with certain undesired traits (sometimes as insignificant as facial structure).

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ISSUE 7.2 | DISABILITY | MAR 2017 | ACCESSIBLE  

Artists speak about their experiences and claiming spaces as artists with disability.

ISSUE 7.2 | DISABILITY | MAR 2017 | ACCESSIBLE  

Artists speak about their experiences and claiming spaces as artists with disability.

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