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Chorus 2022

Chorus 2022

Moorditj Koort. Moorditj Kaartadjin. Moorditj Wirrin.
Strong Heart. Strong Mind. Strong Spirit.

A work of epic proportion, Chorus 2022 is an intercultural community dance project for women and non-binary people from communities across Perth to join together to celebrate the strength of women.

Chorus 2022 is set to take place at the Koorliny Arts Centre in Kwinana and is the second incarnation of Annette Carmichael’s powerful women’s work. Chorus was first performed in 2020 by more than 150 women from across regions at Silverstream Wines in Denmark, in front of a crowd of more than 1000 people. Click here for more about Chorus 2020.

The project, open to all women and non-binary people aged 14 years and older, regardless of background and experience, speaks for equality and safety for our sisters, daughters, friends and mothers. First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to take part.

The project will feature original music, set and costume design by Western Australian creatives and will be led by a team of experienced dance artists and choreographers.

What’s involved?

Women of all ages are encouraged to sign up to find out more about this special project by attending taster workshops. The choreography will be created to suit your culture, body and ability. No dance experience is necessary!

FREE Information Session

Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana
Monday 13 September 2pm – 4pm

FREE Taster Workshops

Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana
Monday 11 October 6pm – 8pm
Wednesday 13 October 6pm – 8pm

King Street Arts Centre, Perth
Saturday 9 October 10am – 12noon
Tuesday 12 October 7pm – 9pm

Herb Graham Mirrabooka, Stirling
Tuesday 12 October 9.30am – 11.30am (Minor Court)
Wednesday 13 October 9.30am – 11.30am (Court 3)

City of Gosnells
Saturday 9 October 2.30pm – 4.30pm (The Agonis Building)
Monday 11 October 12.30pm – 2.30pm (Maddington Community Centre)


Canning Town Hall
Thursday 14 October 10am – midday
Friday 15 October 10am – midday

Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable, stretchy clothes

Register to attend a workshop

Behind the scenes of Chorus 2020

Important Contacts
For more information contact Paola from Community Arts Network at paola@can.org.au or (08) 9226 2422 or c hello@annettecarmichael.com.au

Project Timeline

9-17 October 2021 – Dance taster workshops 
2x two-hour introduction dance workshops. Click here to register to take part.

February to April 2022 – Dance workshops
Participants and choreographers develop the dance together. Workshops scheduled at times which suit participants

April to May 2022 – Group rehearsals
Times scheduled to suit participants

April & May 2022 – Full cast rehearsals
Sunday 24 April, Sunday 1 May and Sunday 8 May afternoon rehearsals
Wednesday 11 May and Thursday 12 May evening rehearsals

Friday 13 May 2022 – Opening night performance
Saturday 14 May 2022 – Final performance

Project Sponsors

Chorus 2022 is made possible by Community Arts Network*, City of Kwinana, Koorliny Arts Centre, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, LotteryWest and the Australian Government Australia Council for the Arts. *Community Arts Network is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding and advisory body

Praise for Chorus 2020

“Watching Chorus was a magical and moving experience. The scale of Carmichael’s achievement, both on and off stage, is immense.” See Saw Magazine

“Carmichael is taking the contemporary dance world by storm and there’s no stopping her.” Great Southern Weekender

“I feel really blessed to do this on behalf of those women who haven’t got a voice.” Chorus 2020 Participant

Watch Chorus 2020 Highlights

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Because of You…Gosnells

Because of You…Gosnells

Because of You… is a child-centred dance project created by award-winning choreographer Sandi Woo and produced by Annette Carmichael Projects.

This unique project is created with and performed by children aged 4-7 years old with a significant adult in their life. The performance is made through a series of fun and playful workshops where performers learn a series of games which they play during the show. This is the third season of Because of You… following performances in Broome (2013) and Denmark (2020).

Participants in the Broome and Denmark performances told us how much it strengthened the bonds between child and adult and how impressed the adults were by the creativity and leadership of the children.

This project is coming to Gosnells in response to the isolation felt by so many during the Covid19 pandemic.

Presented by Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, City of Gosnells
Funded by WA Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

First commissioned by Ausdance WA as part of Future Landings

Performance Details
Don Russell Performing Arts Centre
101 Murdoch Road, Thornlie

11am and 1pm Friday 17 September 2021
11am and 1pm Saturday 18 September 2021

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Creative Team
Sandi Woo, Choreographer/Creator
Annette Carmichael, Creative Producer
David Rastrick, Composer
Rachael Bott, Dance Artist
Shannon McCann, Dance Assistant
Zoe Street, Visual Designer

Dunjey Productions, Filmmaker

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Distributed 15 Local Producers

Distributed 15 Local Producers

Distributed 15 is a new multi-artform work that explores way of distributing knowledge, action and shared responsibility for people and the natural world.

The work is created in five chapters across five natural sites and is delivered with multiple local and state partners representing a diverse range of cultural, community and ecological organisations and groups. The work will be performed in early 2023 by local community members and professional artists.

Annette Carmichael Projects is looking for a local producer in each of the following communities to work with the community and the creative team to deliver Distributed 15.
Margaret River/Busselton
Northcliffe
Denmark/Albany
(position filled)
Ravensthorpe/Hopetoun
Kalgoorlie/Norseman

To apply to be a local producer, please submit a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and CV to Annette Carmichael Projects producer@annettecarmichael.com.au before close of business on Friday 23 July 2021.

Click here to see the Distributed 15 Local Producer job description

This project was made possible with support from Circuitwest and the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

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The Beauty Index Harvey

The Beauty Index Harvey

Humanity is on the brink of change. Exploring ideas of vulnerability, strength, terror and beauty, this contemporary dance work was created with men from the local community as you have never seen them before.

Want to know what the show is about? Watch this Behind the Scene’s Documentary created with the men of Moora by filmmaker Robert Castiglione. It explains the key themes and reveals how we train the local casts.

7.30pm Wednesday 5 May 2021
Harvey Recreation & Cultural Centre

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ARTISTIC TEAM
Choreography: Annette Carmichael
Sound Design: James Gentle
Visual Design: Kevin Draper & Indra Geidans
Costume Design/Stage Manager: Symantha Parr
Lighting Design: Kevin Blyth
Tour Manager: Carl Heslop

WELCOME TO COUNTRY: Lesley Eugle

CAST
Soloists
Carl Heslop
Russell Thorpe

Denmark Ensemble
Todd Anderson
Adrian Baer
Zak Launay
Joss Goulden (understudy)

Harvey Ensemble
Steve Collins
Brenton Fielder
Daniel Fielder
Kailen Hodgekiss
Malcolm Manton
David Marshall
Colin Newton
Jess S Navarra
Justin Ward
Dean Winter

Photography by Haydn Jones

Presented by Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre, Shire of Harvey

The Beauty Index is produced by Annette Carmichael Projects and supported through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program.

Thank you to the original casts of The Beauty Index 2017 & 2018

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The Beauty Index Mandurah

The Beauty Index Mandurah

Humanity is on the brink of change. Exploring ideas of vulnerability, strength, terror and beauty, this contemporary dance work was created with men from the local community as you have never seen them before.

Want to know what the show is about? Watch this Behind the Scene’s Documentary created with the men of Moora by filmmaker Robert Castiglione. It explains the key themes and reveals how we train the local casts.

7.30pm Saturday 1 May 2021
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre


ARTISTIC TEAM
Choreography: Annette Carmichael
Sound Design: James Gentle
Visual Design: Kevin Draper & Indra Geidans
Costume Design: Symantha Parr
Lighting Design: Kevin Blyth

CAST
Soloists
Carl Heslop
Russell Thorpe

Denmark Ensemble
Todd Anderson
Adrian Baer
Zak Launay
Joss Goulden (understudy)

Mandurah Ensemble
Nick Benson
Jonas Carnegie
Nang Ngyuen
Bex Philp
Bob Pinder

Photographer: Mark Labrow Photography

Hosted by Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, funded by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Regional Arts WA and Peel Health Campus.

The Beauty Index is produced by Annette Carmichael Projects and supported through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program.

Thank you to the original casts of The Beauty Index 2017 & 2018

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The Beauty Index Kalgoorlie

The Beauty Index Kalgoorlie

Humanity is on the brink of change. Exploring ideas of vulnerability, strength, terror and beauty, this contemporary dance work was created with men from the local community as you have never seen them before.

7.30pm Saturday 20 March 2021
Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie

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ARTISTIC TEAM
Choreography: Annette Carmichael
Sound Design: James Gentle
Visual Design: Kevin Draper & Indra Geidans
Costume Design/Stage Manager: Symantha Parr
Lighting Design: Kevin Blyth
Tour Manager: Carl Heslop

CAST
Soloists
Carl Heslop
Russell Thorpe

Denmark Ensemble
Todd Anderson
Adrian Baer
Zak Launay
Joss Goulden (understudy)

Kalgoorlie Ensemble
Owen Hinton
Isaak Karagoglou
Corey Maher
James Pervan

Venue Technician: Mandy Mielitz
Photographer: Melissa Drummond

Presented by Goldfields Arts Centre

The Beauty Index is produced by Annette Carmichael Projects and supported through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program.

Thank you to the original casts of The Beauty Index 2017 & 2018

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The Beauty Index Moora

The Beauty Index Moora

Humanity is on the brink of change. Exploring ideas of vulnerability, strength, terror and beauty, this contemporary dance work was created with men from the local community as you have never seen them before.

7.30pm Wednesday 24 March 2021
Moora Performing Arts Centre

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ARTISTIC TEAM
Choreography: Annette Carmichael
Sound Design: James Gentle
Visual Design: Kevin Draper & Indra Geidans
Costume Design/Stage Manager: Symantha Parr
Lighting Design: Kevin Blyth
Tour Manager: Carl Heslop
Filmmaker: Robert Castiglione

CAST
Soloists
Carl Heslop
Russell Thorpe

Denmark Ensemble
Todd Anderson
Adrian Baer
Zak Launay
Joss Goulden (understudy)

Moora Ensemble
Joshua Glover
Nkululeko Nkiwane 
Mick Rodan

Backstage Volunteer: Naomi Crosby
Photographer: Nic Duncan

Presented by Shire of Moora

The Beauty Index is produced by Annette Carmichael Projects and supported by Amity Health and also through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program.

Thank you to the original casts of The Beauty Index 2017 & 2018

MEET THE PERFORMERS
Mick was the only man who joined us for our taster workshop in Moora last year. He unfolded himself out of the car, still in his work boots and fresh from a hard day’s work and made our trip to Moora worth it within minutes – he has a self-described rawness mixes with an absolute desire to learn and improve.
With a brand new baby born just weeks before our Intensive Residency, we wondered Mick could make this all work but encouraged by his wife Katie Mick arrived each day straight from work and toiled hard in rehearsals. “Once your past a point of tired, you just keep going. My body was sore after three days – but by the end of the week, I was cranked! I was pumped! I could have danced forever.”
We asked Mick, an electrician, why he joined the project and he summed it up beautifully: “This is the complete opposite of what I do every day.”
“This was the chance to learn something in a new way – not something written in a book. I feel like I need to do it – it’s like looking up at a mountain and deciding to climb it. It is just something I need to do.”
Mick has been a real find for the Annette Carmichael Projects team in Moora with an unlikely mix of a 6 foot 7 inch frame and the ability to learn choreography at rapid speed with incredible grace – we are so excited to showcase some of ‘Little Mick’s’ talents in this show.

NK works all around the place, but spends significant time in Moora.
When we asked him why he did the project, he told us he wanted to “Just to do something different, something that could just liberate me.”
“I just came along to have a look, it gradually turned in to a challenge – then I was getting in to it more and more, then mingling with the boys and just getting the flow.”
NK is looking forward to getting on stage in front of the Moora community.
“If you get a chance to present yourself to an audience, it gives you the chance to do something amazing.”
“If you can put a smile on someone’s face that is an achievement in life.”
We asked NK if he had any advice to people thinking about doing the project or trying something like this he said, “in every one of us there is a child trapped, in moments like these you open up and just be free.”
“I’d encourage others to try it and the liberating spirit attached to it.”
We love NK’s presence, beauty and flow – and we can’t wait for you to see it for yourself.

Josh is from Moora and described feeling accomplished with the work he completed at the Intensive Residency week.
“After the week I felt good with myself. Before we started, I was a nervous wreck and the first night I was in a constant state of panic.”
“Doing something that I would never do gave me a sense of confidence and accomplishment. There were times during the week that were really hard – particularly Wednesday when I was very sore – but I kept coming because I was doing nothing at home and constantly in my head and this gave me a chance to get into my body.”
It wasn’t just hard work and the chance to get out of his head that Josh enjoyed, there was a lot of fun had along the way.
“Everyone there made me laugh too. If we added the time we were just laughing, we were laughing for about two hours.”
Looking forward to the performance, Josh summed up the feelings of many of our community performers: “I’m excited with a little bit of nervousness – which I think is normal for people who have never done it before.”
We can’t wait for you to come and celebrate the amazing work the Josh and the other men from Moora created with us.

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The Beauty Index Ravensthorpe

The Beauty Index Ravensthorpe

Humanity is on the brink of change. Exploring ideas of vulnerability, strength, terror and beauty, this contemporary dance work was created with men from the local community as you have never seen them before.

6pm Dinner, 7.30pm Show Saturday 13 March 2021
Ravensthorpe Entertainment and Sporting Complex

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ARTISTIC TEAM
Choreography: Annette Carmichael
Sound Design: James Gentle
Visual Design: Kevin Draper & Indra Geidans
Costume Design/Stage Manager: Symantha Parr
Lighting Design: Kevin Blyth
Tour Manager: Carl Heslop

CAST
Soloists
Carl Heslop
Russell Thorpe

Denmark Ensemble
Todd Anderson
Adrian Baer
Zak Launay
Joss Goulden (understudy)

Ravensthorpe Ensemble
Ross Challinger
Charlie Denham
Tom Farrell-Barnes
Paul Foulds
Colin Hughes
Tony Keen
Cameron Tink
Gary Webster

Project Co-ordinator: Raquel Tacey & Ainsely Foulds
Backstage Volunteer: Megan Lemon
Photographers: Dene Bingham, Meghan Symonds

Presented by Rave About Arts

The Beauty Index is produced by Annette Carmichael Projects and supported through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program.

Thank you to the original casts of The Beauty Index 2017 & 2018

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On the Hunt for Men

On the Hunt for Men

Annette and Tour Manager, Carl Heslop hit the road recently for a whirlwind tour of regional WA to rustle up some talent for The Beauty Index — a dance project for men. The 2200km road trip through Harvey, Moora, Kalgoorlie and Ravensthorpe definitely delivered, with overwhelmingly positive responses from the country blokes.

Here are some of the highlights from our roadtrip.

Dance for a cause

David Marshall from Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre rose to the challenge of getting a bunch of blokes together for a dance. His truly remarkable strategy was to market the event as Dance for a Cause. And because the men of Harvey are such legends, they showed up with a plan to raise funds for three local charities. Eighteen of them came along to our workshop and got a taste of contemporary dance.

Pizza, wine and coffee

We were welcomed with open arms into the communities we visited and were thrilled to connect with 32 men who were keen to know more about the project. From starting the day with a sunrise photoshoot in Kalgoorlie, teaching and practising new choreography and tagging along with locals to their favourite nightspots (including Annette’s first trip to a skimpy bar), we met some open-hearted, gracious and downright beautiful men.

Hustling and hullabaloo

The Beauty Index recruitment tour turned into a ‘Pubs of WA’ marathon, as we quickly learned the best places to find large gatherings of men. Many were curious to know why we were there and happy to have a chat. We spoke to every man in every pub in Moora, Kalgoorlie and Ravensthorpe. At one point, someone tried to burn The Beauty Index flier. A fight broke out — all in a day’s work for a choreographer.

Bravery and commitment

To say that The Beauty Index is a step outside many men’s comfort zones is an understatement. And that is not lost on us. We get that trying something new is a difficult thing to do, and that’s why we work so hard to be friendly and welcoming. No dance experience? No problem. It’s open-mindedness and bravery that get men through the door, and that’s all they need to put on an amazing show. Annette and her team takes care of the rest.

We thank each and every man that came along from the bottom of our community dance-loving hearts. And if you missed out, there’s still time to get involved. Sign up here and we’ll see you in intensive training sessions!


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When Annette met Little Mick

When Annette met Little Mick

Little Mick lives in Moora. He always has. Before The Beauty Index, his only dance experience was some ballroom dancing classes that he attended with his Grandma (because he’s a deadset legend). Little Mick is 30 years old and, in his words, ‘five foot, 20 inches’ tall.

He rocked up to the Moora Performing Arts Centre alone, having been dropped off by his wife, Katie, who is expecting their first child. It’s not often that a man in Moora gets a one-on-one dance experience with an award-winning choreographer, but Little Mick is no ordinary man. It didn’t take Annette long to realise that when it comes to dancing, Little Mick’s got the goods.

After their session, Annette remarked that she was ‘amazed by his incredible grace and how quickly he learned complex choreography. He will be the star of The Beauty Index in Moora.’

He’s got a strong commitment to his community, too. Little Mick and Katie took Annette and Carl to both pubs in Moora. Recruits were thin on the ground and it was Little Mick who finally broke the news: it was Thursday and every man and his dance shoes were likely at the skimpy bar.

So off they went. It was a bit like one of those jokes: The giant electrician, the pregnant lady, the choreographer, and the PhD (aka Dr. Carl Heslop, Tour Manager) walk into a skimpy bar…

Little Mick. Just one of the beautiful humans we met on our 10-day recruitment tour. Five foot, 20 inches of good nature and joy. About to become a father to a very lucky little bub.

Suffice it to say, our first foray into a Wheatbelt skimpy bar went off without a hitch and  with Little Mick on our side, we will get the men of Moora dancing. If you’d like to learn more about The Beauty Index, dates and information are on the website. We’re still looking for performers so, even if you’re a bit unsure, be like Little Mick — just give it a crack.