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ABOUT LUCKY

Lucky is a Sydney-based dancer and choreographer, originally from Ghana, West Africa. Lucky’s dance and choreographic works look for ways to negotiate what it means to draw on a rich history of traditional rhythm and dance whilst engaging with contemporary movement practices. His work is informed by themes of social justice and explorations of what it means to live as a person of African descent in a Western culture. Lucky's current investigations include the exotification of non-Western bodies and subjectivities, the relationship between hip hop culture and African oral traditions and environmental issues such as plastic consumption and waste. Lucky is an dancer and choreographer at the forefront of exploring intercultural dance practices as part of the contemporary dance space as well as contributing to an ongoing dialogue regarding intercultural dance practice and its meaning in Australia.

 

Lucky’s most recent achievements include the debut of his solo work Full Circle as part of FORM Dance Dance Bites Program 2019 at Riverside Theatre, DirtyFeet’s Out of the Studio Program 2018, Happy Hour 2017 with Ready Made Works, being awarded funds to travel to Singapore to teach and work with Ming Poon through the Australian Council’s Singapore Dance Exchange Project Fund in 2017 as well as the Keith Bain Travel Fellowship from Ausdance and the Innovating Practice Grant from Ausdance NSW to travel to Burkina Faso to work with Serge Aime Coulibaly in 2017. Some of his more recent collaborations include work with Urban Theatre Projects – Trade in Residence (2017 & 2018) and Margie Medlin’s dance and media public art project (2017 & 2018). In 2015, Lucky was invited as part of Critical Path’s Facilitated Program to participate in the 2015 FACETS program at Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in Bangalore, culminating in a performance of the work at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015. Lucky has also been part of Australia Council Delegations to Portugal (2018) and Singapore (2015), OzAsia Arts Connect 2016 (Adelaide) and AsiaTOPA Connect 2017 (Melbourne).

 

Lucky’s original choreographic works include Full Circle (2017, 2018, 2019) INFUSION No Movement No Sound (2017), Made in Ghana (2016), Long Walk (2015), which debuted at the Attakkalari India Biennial and Jamestown! (2015), which premiered at Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals and Meeting Point (2013,2014). In Sydney, he has been part of choreographic labs and residencies including: at DirtyFeet Choreographic Lab (2014), Campbelltown Arts Centre, Dance and Education Program Mentorship (2013 and 2014), and Blacktown Concession Residency, Blacktown Arts Centre (2014) and a residency at with Urban Theatre Projects at Bankstown (2016). As a dancer he has worked with contemporary and cultural artists such as Annalouise Paul as part of Mother Tongue and Marrugeku and Stalker Theatre’s project Listening to Country Dance Lab.

 

Lucky has also taught, choreographed and performed as part of several community cultural art and development projects including Dancing in Harmony at STARTTS and Dance Africa Dance, which have focused on showcasing the artist talent of the African community in Sydney. In 2013 and 2014, Lucky has also received several nominations and awards as part of the Celebration of African Australians National Awards for the Best Contemporary Dancer and The Most Outstanding Troupe of the Year.

 

Lucky is the founder and Director for the TUUMATU Creativity, Dance and Music Festival an annual event hosted in every December in Accra, Ghana – a Festival seeking to celebrate local talent and bring independent artists together.

 

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