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Body Party

Body Party

I first met Luke Wilkie on the set of the Australian television series, Offspring. We were both hired as dancers from the Body Electric crew to dance in a club called “Tuff Muff“ (I kid you not) behind Deborah Mailman (**in awe**), Asher Keddie and cast. (Spot the leopard print dress!) I love falling in love with people on the dance floor.

A while later I discovered that Luke had a skill set and impressive library, not only as a much loved and followed instagrammer, but in music production. He did a remix of one of the songs off my debut ep micromovements and our collaboration has been growing. We essentially create electro-pop music that makes you move. We’ve created a couple of original tracks, some covers and have performed at a few underground warehouse parties in Melbourne. We are called Body Party. I look forward to sharing more of our journey with you…

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Danica

The Spark Finale

The Spark Finale

Here’s a snapshot of the concert from this year’s Spark Festival – for adults with intellectual disabilities to explore what’s possible inside the Arts. After two days of back-to-back workshops, the participants choose a group (or two) to be in to perform in the grand finale concert.

Walking into the auditorium, the grand reveal was behind heavy black curtains – a world of wonder, colour and awe. The space had been transformed as we walked through the hula dancers greeting us and gazed up at stilt walkers in incredible costumes amongst jugglers, trapeze artists and heart sculptures. It really was moving.

And so the concert began – wait until you see the final act by aerial artist, Paul Nunnari, grand final participant in Australia’s Got Talent. This guy will blow your mind.

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Danica

Put this on your Bucket List

Put this on your Bucket List

When was the last time, if ever, you shared a hug with a person who has Down’s Syndrome? I’m on the dance floor at the Spark Festival Disco when the last song is played and the disco lights are suddenly replaced by fluorescent lights and the night is over. I walk past a group of people I haven’t met yet when a young man turns around and sees me looking over at them. His face lights up with an immense amount of joy at seeing me then he opens his arms and comes straight over. We share a delightful hug and walk out together, waving goodbye at the door. It made me wonder – what would the world be like if all human beings greeted each other that way and received each other that way. I wonder if joy is actually our natural resting state, our natural self-expression?

Love

Danica

 

Vocal memories

Vocal memories

I grew up with my Mum and my three sisters singing in 4-part harmony while we did the dishes. We had a song for calling in the chooks, we had a song for taking out the compost, and we had songs we sang over washing and drying the dishes. We made tapes and sent them over to family in Wales. Let’s do a tape for Nana! Mum wrote her own songs that we sang about living in a full house, Tiananmen Square, peace, whales and recycling. She also taught us songs from Sweet Honey in the Rock and other far flung areas of the globe, like Chile. It made for a rich and fulfilling environment growing up. She used to take us to the Daylesford Singers Festival over New Year.

When I was 14 years old, Mum, Dad, two of my sisters and me travelled to Wales. My brother and eldest sister stayed in Australia. I remember visiting my Uncle’s house. Mum was sitting on the couch between her two sisters who she hadn’t seen in 25 years. Suddenly, they start singing in 3-part harmony. It was magic. The Welsh have a strong tradition of group singing.

Singing in harmony is mostly about listening and giving up the need to lead. Surrendering to following and being one with another – in fact a group of others. And it’s a dance. There are times to lead and times to follow…  I wonder where else this shows up in life?

 

Love

Danica

Preparation for the Spark Festival

Preparation for the Spark Festival

I’ve been invited to lead 9 singing workshops over 3 days this week at the live-in Spark Festival! The whole thing ends with a concert (oh my god, where’s my costume?! Oh, that’s right, it’s not about me.) I’ve created a workshop called:

Sing your Heart Out

Your body is an orchestra with voice as the main instrument. Discover the joy of singing together as we use our bodies and voices to explore sound, rhythm and song. Enter the symphony of music: we will sing our hearts out with an uplifting modern song.

Each group will come in for 45 mins and participate in the workshop. On the third day, the participants get to go back to their favourite workshop and be in that group for the concert.

Did I mention the participants have an intellectual disability? Hardly seemed relevant and yet central and integral as the Spark Festival was developed in recognition of the barriers to participation for many adults with an intellectual disability in the Arts. Adrienne Coulter is the spark behind the Spark Festival – a woman with a big heart and committed to making a palpable and tangible difference.

See last year’s fun here:

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Danica