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© 2019 Lucky Lartey

CHOREOGRAPHY AND DANCE WORKS

Full Circle 2019

A personal journey revealing how hip hop has travelled full circle to Africa.

Full Circle draws on Lucky's knowledge of traditional rhythms and dance as well as his understanding of contemporary movement practices to explore the longstanding relationship between hip hop culture and West African storytelling traditions. In this new solo, Lucky takes us on a personal journey revealing how hip hop has travelled full circle to Africa.

“I want to create a work that highlights the tradition of storytelling in West Africa and how it was used to pass on and share knowledge. How this tradition was then adopted by hip hop culture as a tool for survival and a way of giving a voice to marginalised young people”. Lucky Lartey (2018)

Full Circle debuted at PASSING IT ON, FORM DANCE PROJECTS AND RIVERSIDE THEATRES PRESENT DANCE BITES 2019

INFUSION No Movement No Sound 2018

Unique stories told through world music and dance

“Rhythms are how we keep stories and tradition alive and working with multiple traditions of rhythm we can find connections together.” Infusion, No Movement No Sound is a rhythmic assault on the senses, a collaboration of world music and dance, drawing on ancient rhythms and contemporary and traditional West African dance. Lucky Larety and the Jamestown Collective bring audiences an original composition and choreography inspired by traditional African rhythms with new urban beats and contemporary dance. Presenting their own unique exploration of bringing ancient West African rhythms to life through percussion and dance, Infusion, No Sound No Movement looks at ways to reinvent rhythm in a contemporary setting, using ritual, games and everyday music and sounds from life in Ghana to inspire a rich musical and dance landscape.

Infusion, No Movement No Sound premiered at Parramasala in 2018 @ Riverside Theatre

Exotic Bodies 2018

An examination of exotification and contemporary masculinity

Exotic Bodies is a collaboration between dancer and choreographer Lucky Lartey (Australia) and movement artist and choreographer Ming Poon (Singapore/Germany). Exotic Bodies is Ming and Lucky's personal response to being exotified as persons of foreign origins. They want to come together to share their experiences and use them as the materials to create performance. The body is their main subject of investigation, specifically the foreign body as seen through the lens of exotification. Thanks to the Australia Council and Singapore Dance Exchange Fund, Lucky and Ming undertook the first stage development of Exotic Bodies in Singapore in June 2017 and Berlin 2018. 

Long Walk 2015

A dance tribute to the legacy of Nelson Mandela

The idea for Long Walk began with Lucky developing movements to Nelson Mandela’s speeches in his private studio work. He then developed the idea further in October 2014 as part of one week choreographic lab at Campbelltown Arts Centre by creating an eight minute solo work using the speeches of Nelson Mandela to embody his words and represent his words using movement and sign language. In doing so Lucky drew on a trajectory of movements from both contemporary dance and Afro-contemporary to inform the way in which the words were represented. Upon being invited to India to develop a solo work Lucky thought it would be a fertile training ground for the further development of Long Walk because of the intimate connection between India and African nations shared legacies of freedom fighting, struggle and resistance and the strong connection between Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. In India, Lucky presented Long Walk as a 15 minute solo at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015 using original music by Martin Lutz.

 

Jamestown! 2015

Where recycled rhythm and dance collide

Jamestown! premiered at Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals 2015. Jamestown! is an original work and concept developed by Ghanaian born dancer and choreographer Lucky Lartey, in collaboration with the Jamestown Collective - Yacou Mbaye, Ben Kidson and Sally Hare. Jamestown! tells the story of the community of James Town in Accra, Ghana where daily life is filled with vibrant music, rhythm and dance, and where children, musicians and artists create toys, games and instruments from what is available around them.

 

Jamestown! invites the audience into this vibrant community with its unique sights and sounds using instruments and a set made of recycled materials, live video footage and a fusion of tap, African and contemporary dance and acrobatics. Together, the Jamestown Collective explore the various dimensions of community life – the music, the games and the dances of James Town providing a rare glimpse into the community’s spirit of innovation, creativity and talent. The show includes video footage, photographs and sounds recorded as part of the TUUMATU Festival 2014 and around the James Town area in December 2014.

 

Unik Afro

A uniquely Ghanaian contemporary dance group

Unik Afro is Lucky’s Ghana-based group. Throughout 2010, Lucky developed a number of choreographies for Unik Afro to perform on the Ghanaian reality TV show Boogie Down (Ghana’s version of So You Think You Can Dance) as guest performers for the whole season. The group has played a big role in supporting the introduction of the TUUMATU Creativity, Dance and Music Festival in 2014 and will be performing again at the 2015 Festival. Lucky has worked on a number of key choreographies with the group including Tuumatu a work in progress (2014).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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