Liquid Skin Current Performers
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Paul Schembri. After graduating from Deakin University (Rusden Campus) in 1993, Paul joined WA’s Dance-In-Education company ‘2DancePlus’ (now ‘Buzz Dance Theatre’) from 1995-1997. During this time, he also performed with Danceworks (VIC) in their “Fresh Start ’96” season and also in the inaugural performance season for the Canberra Choreographic Centre (“Dances From Hell” Chor: Kim Vincs) and presented his self devised solo “CLOSET” for WA’s inaugural contemporary dance festival ‘Dancers Are Space Eaters’.
Throughout this time, Paul also undertook extensive training in the Pilates method and obtained his Australian Pilates Method Association ‘Level 1 Instructor’ certificate in January 2000. That same year he co-founded ‘Liquidskin Dance Theatre’ alongside Dancer/Co Founder Larissa O’Brien and Artistic Director/Choreographer, Rochelle Carmichael and appeared in all of her works – many of them award winning – until late 2005.
In 2006, Paul opened his own boutique studio, PRAHRAN PILATES and ran the successful studio until June 2012, where he then became a full time staff member at INFINITY PILATES STUDIO. He obtained his ‘Diploma of Professional Pilates Practice’ with Pilates International/National Pilates Training in Melbourne 2014 and continues to teach at Infinity Pilates (East St.Kilda, VIC). After a 10 year break from Dance and Performance to focus on his Pilates teaching career, and to co-parent his son (who has Cerebral Palsy and is Autistic), Paul returns to the Liquidskin company ensemble for Rochelle’s new 2015 work: “Mimickre”.
JonClarke is a physical theatre performer and performance maker based between Darwin and Melbourne. His work encompasses theatre, circus and dance and is driven by an interest in exploring presence as a performer and the connections between ensemble members and audiences. He has performed and produced work with the Darwin Theatre Company, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Contact Inc., TRACKS Dance Company, the Darwin Cabaret and Burlesque Collective, Born In A Taxi and The Creatures of Habit. He trained in choreography with TRACKS Dance in 2014 and in Physical Theatre with the John Bolton Theatre School in 2015.
“I’m excited to collaborate with Rochelle because of a shared interest in creating performance that is grounded in strong physicality without compromising its theatre. Rochelle’s commitment to create work that disregards prevalent and fashionable trends in theatre and dance performance making greatly appeals to me. As an ensemble member, the subject matter of the project is provocative and daunting. It feels like a topic that will go as far as we can collectively explore it and I am looking forward to the challenge.
The majority of my artistic work has been in the Northern Territory, so working with Liquid Skin will be a great way to develop my networks and artistic output elsewhere in Australia. The scope of the project is an excellent opportunity to apply recently competed physical theatre training with the John Bolton Theatre School.”
Benjamin Hurley: grew up in Alice Springs moving to Melbourne to study dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. Prior to his training he performed works by Miriam Nicholls (Bond), Adam Wheeler and Victoria Chiu with SPRUNG Youth Dance Company. In 2013 Benjamin was awarded the Northern Territories’ Most Promising Male Performer and the Northern Territory Arts Scholarship.
During his time at the VCA he worked with choreographers Rochelle Carmichael, Jo Lloyd, Lee Serle, Anna Smith, Prue Lang, Rheannon Port and Stephanie Lake. In 2015 Benjamin travelled to Paris participating in the CND Camping Festival doing workshops with Jone San Martin and also performed Half Glass by Emma Riches in Singapore as part of the M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival.
Upon graduating, Benjamin has worked professionally with Lee Serle (Multimodal), Victoria Chiu in collaboration with ARTS FISSION (Fire Monkey), the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (the Nutcracker), James Batchelor (Deep Space), Rochelle Carmichael (BeBlocks), Natalie Abbott (Dance House Housemate), Shian Law (Grey Area and Fuck Dog), Lillian Steiner (Noise Quartet) and Emily Johnson (SHORE).