Body Questions: Bundanon’s first 60+ workshop sets the project in motion.
The Bundanon 60+ Performance workshop series was set in motion on Tuesday 14 February with the Body Questions. A group of 9 gathered at St Andrews Church Hall in Nowra to explore the lived experience through body, movement, and dance.
Led by Philip Channells, founder and creative director of Dance Integrated Australia, the workshop was uniquely tailored to participants over the age of 60. During the 2-hour workshop attendees were guided to tap into their creative potential and find ways of expressing their rich life experiences using movement.
At the core of the project is developing human connections through accessing different modes of creative expression. What’s also great about it is the socialisation aspects, which we sometimes miss when we find ourselves living in remote or isolated situations.
We danced to music from across the decades, listened to each others stories and recalled some of the games we played as kids. I haven’t had this much fun in a long time. Philip Channells
It was an engaging and comfortable workshop that received glowing feedback. Particularly evident was the fact that people felt comfortable to be themselves and share their own story. As one participant put it, ‘No actions are considered silly! Phillip makes you feel very relaxed but energises you’. Only a basic fitness level is required to join in and participants at the first workshop ranged in age from 50-84.
Body Questions is one of five workshops travelling around the Shoalhaven between 14 February and 2 March. Other events include a pool party performance, vocal workshops, and landscape inspired musical workshops. A creative hub at 114A Kinghorne Street, Nowra will support the project to further develop the workshop experiences. The space is open weekdays between 9am-5pm — visitors are very welcome to pop in and find out more.
Photo: Philip Channells
For event dates and bookings click here. For media information, interviews and photographs contact: Regina 0421 754 121 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Main photo: Sam James / Dancers: Max Croot & Julie Sankey
This project has been supported by the Australian government through the Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund.