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Kelly O’Meara

About This Project:

Dancers are tactile creatures. Choreographer Kelly O’Meara contemplates how dancers can respond to their “domestic stage”.

How can our space inform the way we move and the choreographic choices we make? With the lack of touch and connection to other dancers, how do we discover dance partners within isolation?

This is a unique process for creating physical theatre, which is usually such a tactile journey. Kelly missed dancing with people, and so as part of her project has asked four of her favourite dancers to record themselves dancing at home. Kelly will then act as a link,  responding to the other dancer’s choreography through her own work.

Sunray is a homemade dance experiment inspired by an original score by music producer Jim Dodd. The music track is a requiem for his grandmother, who worked at a chocolate factory.

The inspiration for Sunray is gentle hope in human kindness, and the warmth that chocolate can bring.

The Project Outcome:

Watch what Kelly and her collaborators created below.

About the Artists:

Kelly O’Meara
Choreographer Kelly O’Meara has worked as a professional commercial dancer since the mid 90s in Australia and the UK. Kelly has a degree in Theatre-Media from Charles Sturt University Bathurst, and takes dance into a new realm of theatricality. Kelly has directed her flavour of theatre for festivals and events such as Woodford Folk Festival, Splendour In the Grass, Glow at HOTA, Brunswick Picture House, NORPA She-Rated Cabaret, Art State Regional Arts Conference, Falls Festival, Bellingen Festival, Mullumbimby Music Festival, Bohemian Beat Freaks and Earth Frequency.
Kelly’s theatrical creations are inspired by unusual characters, playful words, unique dance styles, popular culture and historical references. Kelly’s themes have included – resurrected Russian athletes, “Bon Jovial” (1980s Hair Metal all man dance group) dancers on Space Hoppers, and Alien infiltrators arriving on speed boats. Kelly loves collaboration with artists, and there is always a good story at the heart of her creations.

Viviane Frehner
Viviane was born in Switzerland and graduated at Amsterdam Art School in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in contemporary dance. After many years dancing in Nanine Linning Dance Company in Germany and freelancing throughout Europe, she migrated to the East Coast of Australia in 2014, where she has been dancing, choreographing, teaching and directing numerous classes and dance projects, amongst others for Bleach Festival, Commonwealth Games, Supercell Dance Festival and Crack Theatre Festival.

She is artistic director of Gold Coast funded dance company Gogi Dance Collective. Her short dance film GOGI premiered in 2017 and continues to be screened at film festivals around the globe

Tiana Pinnell
Tiana is a Gold Coast based artist who graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours in Dance Performance. Upon graduating she spent a year working with Expressions Dance Company in a traineeship position and since then has continued working professionally in the industry as an independent artist. Her career has led to work with various interstate and international artists including Swedish based choreographers Anna Källblad and Helena Byström, Opera Australia, Commonwealth Games and Karul Projects. In addition to performing Tiana is also a fully qualified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).

Bec Reid
Bec is a performer, producer, director, choreographer and engagement specialist. Bec encourages people to experience their worlds in new ways through highly physical, participatory, practical, collaborative and celebratory actions. Bec passionately works in the space where professional artists and communities converge locally, nationally and internationally. With Tristan Meecham, Bec leads All The Queens Men. A WAAPA graduate, Bec began her professional career as Artistic Director of Stompin, together with Luke George. Bec was a key collaborator with German theatre makers, Rimini Protokoll as the Associate Director of reality theatre juggernauts, 100% Melbourne, 100% Darwin and 100% Brisbane. Bec has collaborated with Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey and together with Ian Pidd and Kate McDonald, Bec is also founder/Artistic Associate of Everybody NOW! In 2017-18, Bec was a Fellowship recipient from the Australia Council for the Arts. Bec has continually served on various arts boards and regularly mentors young emerging artists.

Kristian Santic
Kristian is an interdisciplinary performance artist specialising in the forms of Theatre, Dance, and Circus with a strong curiosity for experimental and hybrid work. His collaborative nature and holistic training style yields collage-like performances that are heavily influenced by the utilization of diverse modes of expressions: live projection, community interaction/sustainability, large-scale spectacle, installation, and cinematography. Kristian’s experience extends across direction and production, creative consultancy, choreography, dramaturgy, film, and workshop facilitation. Kristian is a strong believer that the role of art is to heal and serve the community and it’s collective consciousness.

Jim Dodd  
Jim Dodd creates visceral electronic music with heart. With bass driven simplicity and staccato beats that melt perfectly together, his hand-crafted elements and sound-design have him in a field of his own. Fluid and funky percussion and rich synth melodies combine with natural atmospheric sounds to give a cinematic feel, that inspires movement and thought that continually propels itself into your subconscious with ease. 


Sunray has been supported by HOTA, Home of the Arts through HOTA’s Artist Fund: Rage against the V(irus).

Read about the other projects supported by the Artist Fund.

Image credit: Photo by Jim Dodd.