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.”
Robert Brassington. (Co-creator, Rehearsal Director, Dancer) Robert has performed with Erth, and the Ministry of Delight, has appeared in multiple Castlemaine State Festivals, as well as doing improvised performance in The Little Con and with fellow VCA students under the name “One Rehearsal Short of Perfection”. He has since performed “Vanishing Point” with choreography by Stephanie Lake in collaboration with Robin Fox’s Giant Theremin, “The Faders” with Liquid Skin and Menagerie’s triple bill “Fractious”. During 2013 with Liquid Skin he has performed in a remount of “Aoroi”, “Out of No Thing” which won the Geelong Splash Dance competition, and he has performed in multiple dance on film pieces for the ongoing project “Plucked”. In 2014 he performed in “She” (first development) by Creative Behaviours, “Far Flung” co-choreographed long distance with peers from interstate, and “Hooked” an intense and interwoven duet choreographed by Jay Bailey. Robert has been working as co-rehearsal director of Liquid Skin and is co-choreographing Liquid Skin’s new work for Melbourne Fringe 2015 with Rochelle Carmichael.