Created by Canberra ensemble Somebody's Aunt with musicians Nitya Bernard Parker and Andrew Purdam, JUICE is a dance performance inspired by McKellar Ridge - the land, the grapevines and the transformative alchemy that brings wine into our lives! Filled with joy, pleasure and humour, this performance celebrates wine and the cycle of life.
Somebody's Aunt is an ensemble of improvising Canberra women creating their own mix of dance, theatre, voice, music and humour, often with a political edge and in unconventional performance spaces. For 12 years, under the direction of Jane Ingall, they have been playing, developing and performing, with a passion to communicate meaning through movement. Their recent work includes: short flat long black white at Smiths; Connectivity in Ainslie Place; “and what do you do?” at the Ralph Wilson Theatre; Carrying Capacity on City Walk; and Niche in landscape at the ANU.
Nitya Bernard Parker is a versatile musician with an insatiable appetite to embrace great musical traditions such as Hindustani, flamenco and jazz. He is a leading exponent of the bansuri, a six-holed transverse bamboo flute, used in both folk and classical Indian music. He currently performs with Mohona, RAMAN, Tapestries of Sound, Mirramu Dance, as well as a solo artist. His CDs include Breath of Love; The Heart Takes Wing; and In Beauty (2013 Mohona).
Andrew Purdam has been supporting multi-disciplinary and international performing artists in Canberra for 25 years as a percussionist and multi-instrumentalist. He is absolutely delighted to be playing with Somebody's Aunt, whom he has been a big fan of for many years.
With a love for connecting people with the dancer in themselves and the possibilities revealed in movement, Jane’s approach to dance encourages anyone, no matter their age, ability or dance experience. Jane’s understanding of human movement and motivation informs her dance work. She has been teaching and choreographing dance for people with Parkinson’s since 2014 and was a collaborator in the Australian Dance Award-winning Great Sport! at the National Museum of Australia. Jane is the Artistic Director of Somebody’s Aunt, an improvisational dance ensemble of women in their 50’s and 60’s, and Co-Director of Canberra Dance Theatre’s GOLD company.