Richard Cilli & Claire Edwardes



Two award-winning artists – percussionist Claire Edwardes and dancer Richard Cilli – collaborate on a new work for FORM Dance Projects (Sydney) & The Substation (Melbourne) for Dance Massive 2019.

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Dancer. Percussionist. Rivals. A strange and mesmeric double act.

Three-time APRA Art Music Award-winning percussionist Claire Edwardes and Helpmann Award-winning dancer Richard Cilli unite their distinct virtuosic talents in an unusual presentation of how movement sounds, and how sound moves.

From formal beginnings into virtuosic performance and competitive play, Edwardes and Cilli collaborate with acclaimed director and choreographer Gideon Obarzanek and Australia’s leading electro-pop composer Paul Mac to create an intriguing display.

Set in the orthodox world of a music and dance recital, the ambiguous relationship between the two performers intensifies. The outcomes are impressive, disturbing and wildly ecstatic.

We have brought together an impressive team of some of Australia’s leading independent artists to collaborate with us on this work. As individual practitioners, we work without direct institutional support and seek to establish a network of like-minded art lovers to help us make this vision a reality.

Your donations will enable two key areas of production: artist fees and set & costume design.

We have a target of $5,000 to achieve our vision for this work. We have already secured the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, FORM Dance Projects and The Substation; with 90% of our budget confirmed.

The Melbourne season of the work will form part of Dance Massive 2019, an internationally-focused showcase of the best of Australian contemporary dance. Many past productions showcases during Dance Massive have gone on to tour nationally and internationally, and this is a goal for Recital.

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Dancer and choreographer Richard Cilli has performed the work of renowned Australian and international choreographers, including Anouk van Dijk, Gideon Obarzanek, William Forsythe, Lucy Guerin, Rafael Bonachela, Alexander Ekman, Jacopo Godani, Emanuel Gat, Kenneth Kvarnström, Alexander Whitley, Gabrielle Nankivell and Kristina Chan.

He trained at STEPS Youth Dance Company, and then the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, graduating as Most Outstanding Student. Cilli joined Sydney Dance Company in 2009. He won the Helpmann award for Best Male Dancer in 2010 for his performance in Rafael Bonachela’s we unfold. He has been a member of Sydney Dance Company, K.Kvarnström & Co (Stockholm), Lucy Guerin Inc and Chunky Move.

As a choreographer Cilli has created work for Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Ballet, LINK Dance Company, and WAAPA, as well as independently produced work. Richard is a certified Countertechnique teacher, and continues to perform, teach and make work around Australia.


Julianne Maxwell