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Russell Dumas: Raiding The Archive

  • Mon, 06 Nov 2017 - Wed, 08 Nov 2017
  • 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Dance Residency Mon 6, Tue 7, Wed 8 Nov

Russell Dumas, the Australian dance and choreographic artist, will be joining  INHABIT for a three day residency. As part of the residency he will invite experienced dancers to research and experience his philosophy of dance and working methods. Dumas’ approach has produced a distinctive and original body of Australian work, over a forty year period. His dance style has been described as ‘sensuous, non-decorative, pedestrian classicism’ (Larousse Dictionary de la Dance 1999). His method focuses on a symmetry and instability, which he first encountered in Japan in 1969 and later in the dance of Trisha Brown and in Steve Paxton’s practice of Contact Improvisation.

The deceptively simple aesthetic Dumas works with requires prolonged and rigorous work with dancers; each dance and each performance grows out of this process. The dancing, free of narrative and other theatrical devices, is a testament to the simple, always surprising, sometimes humorous beauty of human bodies in action.

Russell Dumas training ranged from Scottish and Irish national dancing in regional Queensland to achieving Solo Seal and an international scholarship from the Royal Academy of Dance. After several professional engagements in musical theatre, he left Australia and worked in companies as diverse as the Royal Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Ballet Rambert and others in Europe, and with Twyla Tharp and Trisha Brown in New York.

You can see the scope of his choreographic work at here

Movement Workshop 
Tue 7 Nov

Are you an experienced dance artist? Russell Dumas will be leading a workshop for accomplished movers and dance students. If you are an experienced dance artist join us for this workshop which will allow you the opportunity to experience Dumas’ choreography and working methods. The group will present their findings from the session to the public in a performance on Wed 8 Nov, 6pm.

If you are interested in attending the workshop please get in touch with Mary Prestidge, INHABIT artist based at Bluecoat. Contact or Mary directly via email:

Free, booking required

Raiding the Archive; presentation and discussion 
Wed 8 Nov

Join us for an evening of discussion and movement led by Russell Dumas, Australia's foremost independent dance and choreographic artist.

Dumas is joining resident INHABIT dancers Mary Prestidge and Paula Hampson for a three day intensive workshop at Bluecoat. He has invited professional level local dancers to experience his philosophy of dance and working methods.

Raiding the Archive is an informal sharing of choreography by Dumas, showing the material developed with Prestidge, Hampson and participating dancers over the course of three days. There will be live performance and video & film screenings of his work. The evening concludes with a lively discussion, which will explore Dumas’ method which values “sensuous, non-decorative" movement work, and aims to answer some of the questions his work raises.

Tickets: £5/4

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