Tasmania is a land of great talent and sensational artists. Every year, the Tasmanian summer is filled with festivals and a wide range of cultural representations. And this year, for the 11th edition, Ten Days on The Island international arts festival returns to present works of an outstanding range of international, national and Tasmanian artists that celebrate global island culture. Among the Tasmanian artists selected for this year’s festival we find a new project by Trisha Dunn, Finding Centre.

Trisha Dunn - Finding Centre

Trisha Dunn: Finding Centre (photo supplied)

Trisha Dunn: Tasmanian Contemporary Dancer

by Laura Ripoll-Gonzalez

For a dancer, little is more important than physical balance – but what about finding personal equilibrium in modern life? Renowned Tasmanian artist Trisha Dunn explores the notion of ‘finding centre’ in a deeply personal work that launches her solo career.

The luscious phrasing and unerring technique of Trisha Dunn was sensational… ~ Lee Christofis, The Australian

Having established her importance as an ensemble dancer with Tasdance, she now finds herself juggling a life of conflicting and competing demands and confronts this universal struggle with strength, humour and honesty.

Trisha’s performance is an insightful and widely pertinent exploration of balance – physical, mental and spiritual – questioning what it means to find a sense of centre, contentment and peace. Integrating both dance and film, she creates a vast visual surround in which her solo performance is staged.

Trisha Dunn - Finding Centre

Trisha Dunn: Finding Centre (photo supplied)

Trisha Dunn has worked with an impressive array of Australian and international choreographers throughout her career, performing in Australia, China, New Zealand, India, Korea and Italy. She works as a choreographer, rehearsal director and teacher and most recently added to her resume her greatest challenge to date, being a mother of twins.

Finding Centre: From the Beginning

The project started in residence at the Tasdance studio in Launceston collaborating with visual artist Jason Lam from Kaboom Studios. Jason was a performer with Tasdance in 2005/2006 and now runs his own media company. Trisha and Jason explored the intersection between live performance and the projected image and consider the role of the set and images as the other performers in the work. Jason and Trisha worked with a large set comprising of two panoramic screens, which has been built and designed by local architect Richard Hall from Spatial Oddity.

Trisha’s development continued at the Launceston College from January 7-25, as part of their residency program. She then was able to craft the work under the guidance of her mentor Carol Wellman Kelly. Carol has worked with  Tasdance over many years and her career as a performer, choreographer, artistic director and rehearsal director with companies throughout Australia and overseas spans over 23 years. As part of that residency, Trisha will take some workshops for Launceston College students in February, and mentored young Caleb Jones on the visual and audio aspect of the work as part of the Beyond Ten Days mentorship program.

Trisha Dunn - Finding Centre

Trisha Dunn: Finding Centre (photo supplied)

Following the Launceston College residency, and through a special partnership with Theatre North, Trisha moved to the Earl Arts Centre to undertake the final weeks of creation from January 26-February 9. In the performance venue, she has been able to draw together the physical, projected and technical elements of the work. This incredible privilege also included a special preview for Theatre North subscribers that were invited to participate in the creative development of the work and provided invaluable feedback that informed the final decisions on the work.

Trisha Dunn: Ten Days on the Island

WHERE: Earl Arts Centre

WHEN: 20-21 March, 8pm – 22 March, 6:30pm

DURATION: 50 minutes (no interval)

TICKETS: Adults $20, Theatre North Subscribers $16,
Concession $15, Student/16&under $15

BOOKINGS: Ten Days on the Island

MORE INFO: Finding Centre

Finding Centre is presented by Trisha Dunn in association with Theatre North, Tasdance and Ten Days on the Island, and has been supported by the Australian Council for the Arts and Arts Tasmania. Photography: Jason Lam; Graphic Design: Brownbread & Butter Studio

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