IF YOU want a different perspective on skating, BMX and scooters and their relevance to modern culture, Branch Nebula’s inclusion at MY SKATE could be the eye-opener you require.
The group will be “taking over” the Griffith skate park all week, interacting with local skaters and riders and incorporating them - if they wish - in a one-off performance piece to be premiered at the venue on Saturday, September 15.
Branch Nebula’s philosophy is to “champion the exquisite skills of the skater as we do the fluid movement of the contemporary dancer, and we build our work with both.”
Its members take street culture and mash-up its movements with performance to create a sometimes frenetic, always flowing contemporary art form.
One of Australia’s most adventurous performance companies, Branch Nebula blurs the lines between performance, dance, sport and street-styles.
By performing its works in public spaces, the group literally brings art to the people, which enables them to engage with those who are not in the habit of going to the theatre.
Branch Nebula will be “in residence” at the skate part from Tuesday, September 11 to Friday, September 14, jamming moves and tricks with locals in a series of workshops.
This will lead up to a spectacular improvised MY SKATE performance, Snake Sessions, on Saturday, September 15.
Starting with rehearsals at 11am, the performance, which will include a live drummer, will take place at 2pm with bodies and wheels racing each other and blurring into one.
Skaters of all ages can take part each day and then join Branch Nebula as part of the grand finale.
All they need to do is hit the skate park from 11am on Saturday to be included in the afternoon’s performance.