Southern Edge Arts presents

Wintering is a new contemporary dance work inspired by the fragility and strength of an iced landscape. Created by West Australian choreographer Aimee Smith, Wintering uses dance along with imagery and sounds collected from the Arctic environment to explore the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. This meditative and immersive work asks audiences to consider what it is to live in a changing and disintegrating world, to sit with the tension of beauty and destruction, hope and fear. Wintering opens a conversation about climate change not by facing the familiar politics of the issue but instead bravely attempting to reveal the subtle, emotional and disquieting nature within.

Putting the Arctic Center Stage

In 2010, Western Australian choreographer Aimee Smith voyaged to the Arctic Circle. From this extraordinary experience comes her latest work Wintering, which was premiered at The New Wave Festival in 2012 and will make its Western Australian debut in June 2013 at The State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.
Inspired by the fragility and strength of an iced landscape, Wintering uses imagery and sounds collected by the artist from the Arctic environment together with the moving, dancing body to explore the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. Through this immersive and chilling contemporary dance work Smith asks the questions:
What is it to live in a changing and disintegrating world? And how do we sit with the tension between beauty and destruction, hope and fear?
As Emily Sexton, Next Wave’s Artistic Director comments, “Aimee’s choreography manages to rise to the challenge of compelling contemporary dance driven by relevant questions.. it’s vital that we listen to the generation that will most keenly feel the impact of our choices.’
Smith joins forces with acclaimed performers Rhiannon Newton and Jenni Large, with live music by Craig McElhinney and visuals by Kynan Tan to create a wintered world from which we can meditate on our own.

Wintering – Dance Workshop

Aimee Smith presented an insightful contemporary dance class and taught students repertoire from Wintering. Students had the opportunity to learn some fresh dance moves from a well regarded Perth choreographer and meet the dancers performing in the show.

Friday 21st June 3.30 – 4.45pm
North Albany Senior High School Gym

Wintering – Performance

Friday 21 June, 7.30pm
Albany Town Hall

Choreographed by Aimee Smith
Performed by Rhiannon Newton & Jenni Large
Sound composition by Ben Taaffe, Craig McElhinney & Kane Ikin
Costumes by India Mehta
Lighting design by Trent Suidgeest
Premiered at Arts House as part of the Next Wave Festival 2012 in Melbourne

About Aimee Smith

As one of Australia’s most compelling emerging choreographers, Smith is known for her innovative and thought-provoking works. For two years running Smith has received nominations for Most Outstanding Choreography at the WA Dance Awards (Accidental Monsters of Meaning and Breakings). Smith has also been recognized as Most Interesting Australian Artist in the 2007 and 2010 Dance Australia Critics’ Survey.