Landscape architect Claire Winsor teams up with First Nations choreographer Amrita Hepi to explore the notion of ‘place’ in the Australian landscape through cultural movement.
This _ _ _ _ _ _ _ may not protect you but at times it’s enough to know it’s there, an installation by Amrita Hepi, Honey Long and Prue Stent.
Movement of Place is the subject of this year’s Kevin Taylor Legacy program, with the annual creative grant being awarded to choreographer Amrita Hepi and landscape architect Claire Winsor, who will explore how we may better understand the Australian landscape through cultural movement.
Amrita Hepi is an award-winning First Nations choreographer and dancer from Bundjulung (AUS) and Ngapuhi (NZ) territories. She has worked with leading Australian dance companies Force Majeure, Marrugeku and OCHRES and toured work nationally and internationally through theatres and galleries in Australia, Europe and the USA. She trained at NAISDA and Alvin Ailey Dance theatre, New York. In 2018, she was the recipient of the people's choice award for the Keir Choreographic Award and was also named one of Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30. An artist with a broad global reach and following, Amrita combines her interest in advocacy for First Nations sovereignty with a compelling and diverse physical practice.
Claire Winsor is an Associate Landscape Architect at OCULUS Melbourne with more than 8 years’ professional experience. Her personal passion for dance and movement is linked to her interest in the temporal experience of space through design.
“We are thrilled to be the recipients of this grant and are looking forward to working collaboratively on an installation that speaks to landscape, physical languages and movement,” said the duo.
Movement of Place will culminate in a video installation to be shown at TCL’s Adelaide and Melbourne studios in late 2019.
THE KEVIN TAYLOR LEGACY
Kevin Taylor was a founding director of TCL. Throughout his career, Kevin continually explored and challenged how we interact with, interpret and represent the Australian landscape. He was also intrigued by how communities and individuals relate to the civic condition. In 2015 a Legacy was established in Kevin’s name to honour his memory and enduring contribution.
The Kevin Taylor Legacy Creative Grant provides creative individuals or groups the opportunity of a $9000 (AUD) supported residency program. The Grant is open to people of any background interested in exploring the human relationship to landscape and the civic condition.