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.