Throughout human history, rituals have been an opportunity for communities to gather, gain new insight, and let go of old energies.
Womb is a new immersive dance theatre production that invites the community to step inside a contemporary ritual and journey through vulnerability towards ecstatic elation. Reality with stretch and morph into an avant-garde dream as the ritual reaches the depths of the human psyche.
Womb offers audiences an opportunity to connect with one another, shed their old skin, and leave feeling refreshed and rebirthed.
Samuel Hall - Choreographer/Performer
Lily Potger - Performer
Jesse Budel - Sound Designer
Max Brading - Visual Designer
Jacinta Way - Production Manager
Lewis Major - Project Mentor
Samuel (He/him) graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2016. He then went on to work with Perth’s Strut Dance Inc on One Flat Thing, Reproduced by William Forsythe before joining Swedish company Norrdans. In 2018 he joined the cast of the acclaimed Sleep No More Shanghai by immersive theatre company Punchdrunk. Upon returning to Australia in 2020, he has worked with Australian Dance Theatre, Dancenorth, and Lewis Major Projects. Throughout his performance career, Samuel has had many choreographic opportunities. He has choreographed for the New Zealand Fringe Festival, Norrdans, and Light Adelaide, among his own personal projects.
Dancer and choreographer Lily May Potger (they/them) hails from regional NSW, and trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, returning to Australia in 2020. During their time in the UK Lily worked professionally with Christopher Bruce, Anthony Matsensa and Hofesh Shechter. Since returning to Australia Lily has worked for Lewis Major Projects and co-founded Adelaide based community project FLESHSOUP with Andrew Barnes. FLESHSOUP has delivered free weekly classes to professionals in the Adelaide area and developed immersive performances for festival and club settings. Under FLESHSOUP, Lily has received four commissions from Ancient World (SA), Half Strange Festival (SA), Tanamon Valley Festival (NSW) and Hurstville Museum and Gallery (NSW)
Max is a recently Adelaide based creative specialising in digital and multimedia arts. Max uses digital tools to create immersive and interactive pieces for real time performance. Max has a Bachelor of Arts in Photography and experience in theatre, live music and events, behind the scenes in production, lighting, sound, vision and on stage as a performer and musician. Recently Max has found a home at Light Adelaide, an immersive performance space, as the in house creative consultant and visual artist. Primarily creating visual experiences utilising The Lab’s 50 square meters of wrap around LED screens, transporting audiences to different worlds both realistic and abstract.
Jesse Budel is a composer-performer and sound artist based in South Australia. Completing a PhD in ecological sound art at Elder Conservatorium of Music with Dean’s Commendation (2019), his works are for diverse media and spaces, ranging from concert works through to installations and collaborative community projects. Recent ventures include Orange with choreographer Lisa Lonero Allen for Dances for a Small Stage (Adelaide Fringe 2017), Strata for the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre (Country Arts SA 2019) and Das Wasser Im Bade with Ray Harris and Cynthia Schwersik (ADHOCRACY 2020). For more information, visit his website.
Jacinta Way (she/her)
Jacinta has been working in the arts industry since 2015. Particularly passionate about theatre and events she has floated between Stage Management, Production Administration and Tour/Company Management. After finishing university, Jacinta worked as a secondment student at Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Dragone’s The House of Dancing Water in Macau. Following that, she worked again with Adelaide Festival, toured Cranky Bear and Me and My Shadow with Patch Theatre Company as well as Stage Managing for Unsound, National Pharmacies Christmas Pagaent, Great Big Events and Rizer Productions. She continues her passion for making theatre magic with Patch Theatre Company as their touring company manager soon to take their acclaimed show ZOOOM on a national tour.
Lewis Major is an award-winning choreographer, director and creative entrepreneur with a background in sheep shearing and a foreground in contemporary dance theatre. He honed his skills in dancemaking over a decade spent working with seminal contemporary dance makers Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Hans van den Broeck (Cie Soit/Les Ballets C de la B), Hofesh Shechter and Aakash Odedra amongst others. Unabashedly audience driven, the ethos that drives his work is local focus, global outlook. His company Lewis Major Projects presents surprisingly real dance works in multiple mediums to diverse audiences across the world, having created 17 different works both independently and on commission and having presented them on 6 continents to widespread critical acclaim.
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Photo Credit: Alexander Waite Mitchell
Video Credit: Felicity Arts