MILL STREET STUDIOS – Launch

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On Friday the 24th of January, Mill Street Studios was officially opened. Guests included members of the community, friends, family, industry and students and parents of the new DANCE4300 school of dance. I was particularly delighted that Councilor of Goodna, Paul Tully came along.

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GUIDED TOUR:

I took guests on a guided tour of the space as I explained my intended use for the various spaces and showed guest the results of the eight weeks of renovations and refurbishments undertaken! I explained my intentions for the use of the different spaces, as well as the flexibility of the spaces.

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THE BLACK SPACE:

The audience was lead into the black studio space where two demonstrations occurred, showing the space in performance mode and studio mode. I spoke about how I planned for the space to be used… and made a few notoriously bad visual jokes.

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The first demonstration (photo below) was a ballet demonstration by dance students Anastasia Lonsdale, Imogen Crowell and Clare Cannons and saw the curtains opened, rostra moved, and rehearsal lights turned on – showing how the space is used in the context of a dance class.

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The second demonstration (photo below) was a short snippet of a solo performed by Frances Hannaway – showing  the space in performance mode (for small scale showings of work). I used some rostra (from one of my shows), lights, and closed the curtains. Thanks to Christine Johnstone who snapped the above and below photo on her phone.

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THE WHITE SPACE:

Mill Street Studios is my new base where I will rehearse for my own projects, rather than hiring other spaces. So in the white space was a demonstration of a rehearsal – I picked something recent from a new project of mine, called Ward of State. Of course costumes were required :)

Sarah Fitzgerald and Hope Wilson (10 years) demonstrated a section of choreography from a scene and I spoke about using the space for my own projects.

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Retro themed food and drinks were served:

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And an amazing Mill Street Studios inspired cake was made by Cassy Lee:

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PHOTOS

I want the space to reflect that it welcomes dancers of all ages and stages so Frances Hannaway selected photographs of my choreography from shows, dance films, music video choreography, youth works, and student works to put up around the space.

Many of the photographs displayed at Mill Street Studios have been taken of my work over the years by dance photographer FenLan who photographed the launch.

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I was happy to have the space officially opened after eight weeks of renovations and revamping the space. Here’s a few more of FenLan’s images from the Mill Street Studios Launch :)

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The next challenge was getting the space operating on daily basis, setting up the school, hiring out the space, and putting the space to use!!!

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