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‘Memory in Movement’ – A workshop by Jacob Boehme

Chennai, 30 January 2020:…As part of the Exchange of Expertise partnership between Krea and Australia Council for the Arts, Jacob Boehme, First Nations Artist from Australia, conducted a workshop on ‘Memory in Movement’ in Chennai.

The workshop saw participation from dancers and theatre lovers and included Krea faculty Dr. Akhila Ramnarayan and Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh.

The session began with a brief introduction by Jacob about his ancestry, his initial interest in dance before dabbling with theatre, the influence of French puppeteer Philippe Genty and Mary Underwood and his experiences in combining dance, puppetry and playwriting to create multi-disciplinary theatre, dance and ceremony for stage, screen, large-scale public events and festivals. “Artist spearhead revolutions” said Dr. Akhila Ramnarayan, while introducing the workshop and its relevance in creative expression. Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh spoke about taking art to the real world and expressed her excitement in attending the upcoming Yirramboi Arts Festival in February.

Jacob Boehme structured the workshop in five modules, as he put the participants through their paces. He urged them to tap into various memories from childhood, and through the memories, make spontaneous actions.

The participants – drawn from diverse interests across dance and theatre - were introduced to choreographic and composition techniques, and the practical skills and tools needed for the creation of movement and choreography.

Jacob Boehme is a Melbourne born artist, director and producer of Narangga (Yorke Peninsula) and Kaurna (Adelaide Plains) heritage. Currently the Creative Director of Melbourne's Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival, Jacob has a 20 year history working in contemporary and cultural Indigenous Arts sectors as a director, producer and theatre maker. Jacob has created multi-disciplinary theatre, dance and ceremony for stage, screen, large-scale public events and festivals.