Corpora Lab consists of the collective ‘bodies of work’ of a group of artists who brought their respective practices to bear on joint projects in Western Australia and Tasmania across the years 1999-2019, prior to the formation of Great Southern Dance. Corpora Lab is dance-led. Choreography, architecture, design, story, lighting, film, original sound and music, a critical eye on culture, dramaturgy, social engagement, and education figured variously in works by Corpora Lab artists in a range of independent and company settings across these years. The work of Corpora Lab commenced in independent practice in 1999 and then wove its inter-disciplinary way through:

– in-theatre, site responsive and nationally toured performance works of Steps Youth Dance Company, 1999-2003;

– nationally and internationally toured socially engaged Buzz Dance Theatre productions, 2003-2009;

– back into independent practice, 2009-2012;

– into large-scale community (Dance 100) and regional (Future Landings) projects for Ausdance WA, 2013-2015;

– through regionally toured, filmmaking and Dark Mofo projects by Tasdance, 2015-2018,

– back again into independent practice 2018-19 immediately prior to the formation of Great Southern Dance.

Four of the artists working with Corpora Lab across these years continue within Great Southern Dance in the present day: Felicity Bott, Paul Wakelam, Nicholas Higgins Chrissy Best.

The works below comprise the Corpora Lab archive across the twenty years prior to the incorporation of Great Southern Dance.

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Great Southern Dance pays its respects to the original owners of the land upon which we work, the Muwinina and the Mumirimina people.

We acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community as the continuing custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and honour Aboriginal Elders past and present. We value their history, culture and resilience and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

lutruwita milaythina Pakana – Tasmania is Aboriginal Land