Sandi Woo

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Brisbane-based artist, Sandi Woo joins the creative line up for the most recent creative development of the No Difference project held at the Arts Centre Gold Coast from 4 – 10 February 2017.

No Difference demonstrates the progress that emerging and established artists working together have made on the Gold Coast – that while being inclusive and supportive, the project also challenges the notion that it is the difference that matters. In fact, the connection between people, regardless of background or ability, is what truly matters.

Led by Philip Channells, this project has been a 2-year ongoing partnership between The Arts Centre Gold Coast and Dance Integrated Australia. No Difference engages local Gold Coast and visiting guest artists from Brisbane, Sydney and the NSW Northern Rivers region. At the heart of the project is that we embrace and respect our differences – including negative perceptions of ourselves – regardless of the things that set us apart.

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Dancers: Kerrie Scott & Sandi Wood / Photo: Sam James

Its been such a delight watching this project, and the people in the work, develop. Having this week to play with ideas and explore the concept in more depth through improvisation and reflection has been incredible. Sandi Woo

Other creatives and performers to join this next stage of the process from 4 – 10 February 2017 include Gold Coast-based artists Marissa Burgess, Shenae Howe, Kerrie Scott, Lauren Watson & Gavin Webber (The Farm); Sydney-based artists Tom Hogan & Sam James; NSW Northern Rivers-based artists Tess Eckert, Kayah Guenther, Maitreyah Guenther and Canadian guest artist Meredith Kalaman.

This project is proudly supported by The Arts Centre Gold Coast Benefactors.

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BIOGRAPHY

Sandi Woo is a Brisbane-based independent producer, dance artist, community development facilitator and educator. For over 20 years, Sandi has worked in the arts industry both as a freelancer and with established organisations. She has developed and delivered a number of community projects including Gallery Moves for Broome’s 2012 Shinju Matsuri and Because of You… as part of AusdanceWA’s 2013 Future Landings. In 2013 she was awarded the WA Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Regional and/or Community Dance for her project YouTubeMeDance. Sandi believes in the power of the creative process to reflect, learn, and observe ourselves in daily life. Her work aims at providing opportunities for community to engage with movement and dance to develop their creative voice. Most recently Sandi has undertaken workshops with Leisa Shelton, Dance Integrated Australia and was recently supported by ArtsQLD for professional development, for which she attended the inaugural Salamanca Moves Festival in Hobart. She most recently worked with Philip Channells & Gavin Webber on an inclusive project supported by The Arts Centre Gold Coast, called No Difference.

Photo: Kate Holmes