Paea Leach & Alexandra Harrison

The Difficult Comedown   

Paea is an independent dance artist, writer, mother, minor academic, shiatsu practitioner and world citizen. Her current work prefaces sensation over sensationalism, activating and amplifying choreographies emergent from working with kinaesthetic attention and somatic practices. She is deeply taken by the matter of the body when in movement, and in then naming all of it dance. Having worked professionally for companies such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman, Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, Perth Theatre Company and a swathe of independent dance and theatre makers in Australia and overseas, she is interested in expanding her collaborative and writing fields. Paea has made work for Strut, Chunky Move, WAAPA and Keir Choreographic Award. She was an Asialink artist in residence and has taught for many years across a wide spectrum of trained and untrained bodies in Australia, Europe and Asia. Paea is also interested in resilience and survival of artists, especially and of course, the dancers.

Alex is a trained anthropologist who has never practiced. She is an untrained dancer who has practiced for 20 years. She is also a mother – definitely untrained.  She used to listen to her feet when she danced and probably still does. This has its limits as well as advantages. She has made visible lots of devised physical theatre, dance and performance. In 2010 she made Dark, Not Too Dark. This piece was her first solo, full-length work. It is a strange and special treasure, which disappears into a past she can only glimpse. Today, she is interested in vitality, being the whale and doing charcoal and movement workshops with lawyers. She knows there is no line really and yet she is following something. Yesterday she learned to use a ride-on mower on her farm in regional Victoria. She would like to thank both Gertrude and Alice.