NAME: Annelise Kirk // ROLE: Co-Producer of Topographs and Director/Choreographer of fuite pt. deux // SHOW: Topographs
What item can’t you live without in the rehearsal room?
I absolutely can’t live without my choreography journal in the rehearsal room. Although, I actually think I pretty much carry it everywhere. There’s rarely a time that it’s not in my handbag. It’s a place I document everything from the very initial idea of the work to the final product. It contains an abundance of notes, to-do lists, LX and space plotting diagrams, costume designs, and everything else in between.
What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
The best show I’ve ever seen… wow, that’s a hard one.
Definitely a work that really stuck with me was Plexus by Aurélien Bory, which I saw as part of the 2016 PIAF program. That worked really sparked the creativity inside me and had me writing poetry about it for days. Another mouth-dropping work I saw was Decadance, choreographed by Ohad Naharin and performed by STRUT dancers as part of the 2016 MoveMe Festival. To be honest though, I’ve seen so many incredible works it’s really difficult to pinpoint the best one.
What was the first ever performance you were in?
The first low-key performance I was in (for memory) was with the little dance school I started at in the nearby church hall. The performance was at the local community Christmas festival and we danced to “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey.
The following year I went to a much bigger dance school and I performed as a starfish to the music “Under The Sea” from The Little Mermaid on The Sydney Opera House stage. I actually still have the costume in Sydney for memory’s sake. That performance was the first of a decade of performances at The Opera House!
Why do you do what you do?
I am especially interested in dance-making in terms of research and the embodiment of concepts as a way of better understanding life, humanity, and society.
I especially enjoy the process of choreographing, as it’s always so interesting to observe and reflect upon the serendipitous transformations that occur from initial idea to final product.
Making art is such an incredible way to connect with others. The process of making fuite pt. deux has been especially extraordinary. My team has been so wonderful and interesting to work with. I’ve loved being able to talk really in-depth about my ideas and crazy imaginings with them. They’ve understood my thoughts and visions so well, bounced a lot more ideas off me, and then together we’ve created magic in the most collaborative of ways. I can’t thank them enough.
What excites you about Perth?
This probably sounds super naff or cliché but when I think deeply about Perth and what excites me, I think of the Japanese word Satori, which refers to “A sudden inexpressible feeling of inner understanding or enlightenment.” I grew up in a big family with four older brothers, the only girl and the youngest. I moved here from Sydney three years ago to study at WAAPA, which was my first time living out of home. It’s inevitable then that the move would catalyse some sort of change in me, but particularly in 2016 I really found my feet in life and Perth has really become my home. The crux of it though, is probably the sense of feeling completely at home that excites me the most about this city.
What’s your favourite thing about summer?
I think one of my favourite things about summer in Australia is Christmas. It’s a very family focused event, especially since I come from a big family where a couple of us live interstate and overseas. If possible we try to get the whole family together each year and we have a very traditional English Christmas lunch. My family goes all out with presents, even more so now that there’s a 2 and 4 year old in the family, and my parents’ lounge room always ends in an avalanche of wrapping paper.
What show/s are you looking forward to during Summer Nights or Fringe World?
There are actually a lot of shows in The FRINGE WORLD Festival I’m looking forward to this year. I have a lot of friends producing and performing in shows, so of course I’m really looking forward to supporting them and seeing the incredible things they’ve all created. These include the shows: Her Crown, Ru (//) Cercle, Sublime…., The Art of Intimacy, Make ‘Em Laugh, and Frankly Hank.
I’d like to see La Soirée again. It will be the third time I’ve seen it (the first was in Sydney for my eighteenth birthday with one of my older brothers). I’m also excited to see LIMBO by Strut & Fret, as I saw another work of theirs (‘Blanc de Blanc’ in Sydney), which was sensational.
Find out more about Topographs from Anneliese Kirk here.