New Breed Choreographer Spotlight: Tyrone Robinson


13 November 2017

New Breed 2017 choreographer Tyrone Robinson will explore intimacy, connection and raw emotion with his work, created for the Sydney Dance Company dancers and premiering at Carriageworks this year.


1. How would you describe the music for your piece?

At the moment I’m working with found music from New York DJ L S D X O X O, and London-based musician Arca.

I would describe their sounds to be rather different, L S D X O X O being a sexy-house-pop-club-vibe, whilst Arca is devastatingly melancholic.

2. What was your inspiration?

The inspiration for [bio]Curious, came about from the eco-sexual movement.

As a form of conservation, sexuality and identity, eco-sexuality encourages people to connect with nature as they would a lover.

Whether it be Mother Nature or Lover Nature, I am fascinated by the every day exchanges with our natural surroundings and want to explore the unconscious intimacy of those actions.

3. Do you normally work with dancers? Tell us more about your experience

Yes I have always worked with dancers or movers of some description. It’s a much more cohesive environment to create in when everybody in the room understands the language of dance.

4. What has been you career highlight so far?

Getting to work with Lucy Guerin was a fantastic experience. Especially because it meant that as a Perth based artist I had the opportunity to be seen on the east coast, which because of the distance rarely happens. All too often I hear “I have no idea what’s going on in Perth”; so it’s nice to be able to bring a bit of Perth into everything I’m doing, wherever I’m doing it.

5. What can audiences expect from your piece?

Something oddly arousing. I want to create a work that is quite immersive and visceral, hoping that it allows the audience to connect with the subject matter.

6. How would you describe your choreographic style?

Primal Alien baby. I find interest in exploring the awkwardness that comes from playing with muscular tension and pathways of animalistic and pedestrian movement; contrasted with really common ways of touching. I find the relationships between performers and their connection to the space, becomes more fascinating.

7. What do you love most about contemporary dance?

That it’s often one of the most stripped back, genuine forms used to study the human experience through the most universal forms of communication.

New Breed 2017 is at Carriageworks 30 November – 9 December.



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