Sisters in-step against domestic violence

Chorus 3: Isha Sharvani, Sonya Stephen, Yola Bakker, Valerie Weyland and Nya Dennison. Photo by Janine Kuehs.

A WOMEN’S community dance against violence is seeking dancers for the Chorus 2022 project – and you don’t need to know how to dance already. 

Chorus 2020 is the second incarnation of choreographer Annette Carmichael’s project, which first united 200 women to dance in solidarity against violence in Denmark in 2020.

This new iteration is a collaboration with Community Arts Network, and they’re especially seeking women from First Nations or culturally diverse backgrounds. It’s also open to non-binary people, and the dance will be choreographed to suit participants’ abilities so women in wheelchairs or using other mobility aids are welcome.

Ms Carmichael says: “This project is a call to end violence against all women and so it’s important that women from different cultures, ages and life experiences come together to create this dance.”

Workshops are being held around Perth ahead of a planned performance at Koorliny Arts Centre in Kwinana in May 2022.

“These taster workshops are for people to join us in a safe space and connect,” Ms Carmichael says.

“We will do some dancing and we’ll do some talking — it’s all about getting a sense of the project. There is no pressure and I really want to emphasise that people can come along to see if the project is right for them with no expectations.”

There’s workshops at King Street Arts Centre in Perth on October 9 at 10am and October 12 at 7pm.

Register at http://www.can.org.au/chorus-registration

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