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Shopfront Movement & Storytelling Workshop

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By registering for this workshop series parents/carers are providing their consent for participants to be taken on a walking excursion around The Rocks to gather inspiration as well as consenting for participants images to be used for exhibition, archival and promotional activities.

These workshops are for ages 18 - 26 years old and will take place Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 April 10am – 3pm.

    Participants will explore The Rocks on foot. Due to limited access to Atherden Street space this workshop is not accessible for those with mobility concerns. By registering for this workshop you are providing your consent for your image to be used for exhibition filming, archival and promotional purposes. 

    Please be advised participants will need to bring lunch or purchase lunch nearby each day.


    Shopfront Movement & Storytelling Workshop

    Reimagining the City 

    This workshop aims to reimagine the city experience through a blend of movement and spoken text. We will explore various improvisational and compositional strategies to generate, structure and analyse solo performance material that captures our experience of the city, specifically that of The Rocks. The focus of the workshop will be on improvisation within predetermined structures and the interplay between physical and vocal scores. We will also conduct brief research excursions into The Rocks to inform our movement language and storytelling.  


    MARTIN DEL AMO, originally from Germany, is a Sydney-based choreographer and dancer. He started out as solo artist, acclaimed for his full-length solos fusing idiosyncratic movement and intimate storytelling. In the last decade, Martin has also built a strong reputation as creator of group works and solos for others. His large-scale ensemble piece Champions (2017) featured an all-female cast of 11 dancers, drawing parallels between football and contemporary dance. It premiered at Carriageworks as part of the 2017 Sydney Festival and went on to win the 2018 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance.

    Other notable works include ARENA (2019); Slow Dances For Fast Times (2013); and Mountains Never Meet (2011). Martin’s Helpmann Award-winning Anatomy of an Afternoon, a solo for Paul White, which premiered at the Sydney Opera House in the 2012 Sydney Festival, was presented with great success at Southbank Centre London in 2014. 

    Martin regularly teaches for a wide range of arts organisations and companies, and has extensively worked as mentor, consultant, dramaturg and dance writer. His work has toured nationally in Australia and internationally to the UK, Japan and Brazil. Martin’s contributions to the Australian arts sector have been recognised with the prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship (2015).


    SHOPFRONT ARTS CO-OP is the home of youth arts. We stand as Sydney’s only cross-art form organisation led by and dedicated to the artistry of Young People. For over four decades, Shopfront has amplified the voices of Young People.

    Supported by practising, professional artists, our members make bold and ambitious works of creative expression. We champion acts of artistic bravery. We are acknowledged for this bravery through awards, recognition and support of arts bodies, and by the thousands of people who have at one time or another in the last four decades considered Shopfront to be their second home. Being a member of Shopfront means you are part of something. Our co-operative is an inclusive community of artists sharing a common goal of making great art (and having a lot of fun along the way).


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