Rhiannon Newton

Rhiannon is an Australian choreographer and performer. She creates performance works for theatre, gallery and public spaces that draw attention to patterns of change and stasis within the body and our world. Her works have been presented in festivals and venues such as Dance Massive, Dancehouse, Brisbane Powerhouse, Eyes Wide, Tanzhaus Zurich (Switzerland), Nagib (Slovenia) and The Judson Church (USA) and been a part of international exchanges involving Croatia, Singapore and Switzerland. Rhiannon also works as a performer and collaborator with artists such as Mette Edvardsen, Amrita Hepi and Rosalind Crisp, co-directs the artist-run-space ReadyMade Works, Sydney and leads programs such as Talking Bodies and First Run.

During my time at HIAP I’ll work on a new project called ‘Long Sentences’. Through different experiments and collaborative processes I consider thoughts as weird bodies that move in odd and predictable choreographies, and take an interest practices for thinking longer durations and webs of relation. Using processes relating to text, memory, touch, scale, conversation, one-on-one formats and embodiment, the project reflects on the performative nature of the verb ‘to sentence’ to think about sentences of personal and planetary scales, and proposes long and clumsy sentences as a feminist practice for attending to complexity. I’ll work with local artists and Baltic Circle to share and develop the project during the residency.

The residency is realised with the support of The Australia Council for the Arts.