Off The Record creative development

Marnie Palomares and Alex Jones

The new collaboration between Dance Integrated Australia and Force Majeure, OFF THE RECORD underwent a first stage creative development at Carriageworks in Sydney during the first two weeks of December 2015.

Co-directed by Philip Channells & Danielle Micich with writer/dramaturg Zoe Coombs Marr, this work in progress is part of Carriageworks’ New Normal initiative and is commissioned as part of their 2016 program.

Off The Record is a light-hearted exploration of the rituals that govern the way we live; weighing up the consequences of playing it safe and toeing the line, versus breaking the rules.

Collaborators for the first stage development included: Jana Castillo, Alex Jones, Gerard O’Dwyer, and Marni Palomares with Anna Healey (as understudy and personal assistant). Auslan Interpreters included: Neil Phipps, Jasmine Rozsa & Rozsa-Brown.


Performers: Alex Jones & Neil Phipps

Photo: Philip Channells

Through using a devised process, the collaborators revealed sensitivity and vulnerability within both their written and physical material, which often derived from an intimate situation or environment. The performer’s responses were inspired from a lived or personal experience and were the starting points for this initial investigation.

We would like to thank all the collaborators who made this first stage development such a rewarding and enriching experience and we look forward to continuing the development of the project and bringing it to fruition in 2016.

For more information about Off The Record, click here.

Off the Record is commissioned by Carriageworks for the National Arts and Disability Strategy New Normal.

The project is supported by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and Arts NSW and by devolved funding administered by Accessible Arts (AARTS) on behalf of the Lifetime Care and Support Authority (LTCSA).


Main Photo: Philip Channells / Dancers: Marnie Palomares & Alex Jones