June 1 to June 5 | 2:15 to 5:45 pm (17.5 hrs)
Rate: DAC members - $165 | Visiting professionals - $188 | EB - $212 | Standard - $235
*This workshop is reimbursable (40% of the total cost) through the RQD Dancer Training Support Program for admissible RQD members.
Please note that the video and photographic materials are for insight into James O'Hara's previous works and do not demonstrate what will be explored in this workshop.
We will dance. We will dance for pleasure, for ourselves and for each other, to learn, to grow, to unravel and understand, to open up and confuse. Much of what we will do will be about listening, to ourselves and to others. We will be gentle and quiet, tender and soft at times, at others, chaotic and erratic, messy and unorganised. I hope we smile. I hope we will all learn and make discoveries, be foolish and wise. I trust we will share through ways we haven’t before. I trust we will be challenged. I trust we will sweat and share breath. We will do things you enjoy. We will do things that might not always work. We will do things that have been done before… but never in this moment, or with these people, never with this collection of histories, physically and personally, or within the constellation that we will be… I am interested in the space, the dance, the life that will be created because of us.
James O’Hara, from Fremantle Australia, works internationally as a dance performer, teacher, choreographic assistant and choreographer.
A member of Ballet Junior de Genève and recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Bursary in 2004, James has worked with Ballet Preljocaj, Matthew Lutton, Ross McCormack and Stephanie Lake.
He has worked extensively as both performer and assistant with Marina Mascarell (Korzo Den Haag/Göteborgsoperan danskompani, Lyon Opera Ballet), Michael Keegan Dolan, Marina Abramovic, Damien Jalet and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Eastman, Belgium).
As a guest he has performed with Cedar Lake/Ohad Naharin, The Australian Ballet/Gideon Obarzanek, Norwegian National Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and Bolshoi Theatre.
James worked extensively with Steps Youth Dance Company in Perth, National Youth Dance Company Sadlers Wells London and was a full time tutor at New Zealand School of Dance in 2017-18.
He has made works with STEPS, Cross Connections Copenhagen, WA Academy of Performing Arts, and in 2018 James created works in Montreal, Footnote Dance New Zealand alongside Eliza Sanders, at NZSD and with Royal New Zealand Ballet. In 2019 James created I felt I could move the world… while at the University of Melbourne. He has been nominated for Helpmann, Green Room and Australian Dance Awards and is the recipient of a West Australian Dance Award.