Woodford Folk Festival – Festivals within the festival – Dance and Movement – ARTISANIA
Yoga to folkloric dance, through to cultural dance parties every night, the Dancehall at Woodfordia is the place to go to get physical, at this year’s Woodford Folk Festival.
A swag of unique performances, local and international, will encourage you to listen with your feet as you hear other languages translated into a myriad of dance possibilities through workshops, performances and concerts. With interpreters at the standby… swaying in the Hawai’ian hula or waving your hankies with Morris, or taking to the floor with African Hip Hop, Balkan, Samba, Zumba, Tibetan Ritual Dance, English Vintage Dance and more. You will swing, saunter, samba and salsa your way through six days of spectacular dance!
Performing at various locations at the festival, Flamenco Fire presents a heady mix of traditional and contemporary flamenco music, dance and song, not to be missed. A collaboration of Australia’s finest flamenco artists, the group have been thrilling audiences since 1999 with their beautifully crafted shows revealing the flamenco art form in all its glorious guises.
Amidst the cultural journey of dance, patrons are kept on their toes. ‘Dancing with the Gremlins’ presents its own twisted version of Dancing with the Stars on Friday night where contestants are matched with a dancing Woodfordian Gremlin and are left to wow the audience and survive potential elimination in genres; including Latin, Hip Hop and Ballroom dancing. Be sure to catch the finals on Saturday where a glittering affair with celebrity judges, dance displays, awards and a grand prize.
From one part of the world to the next, the Balkan group ‘Dusha Balkana’ will perform songs and dance from the many regions, including Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia. A cultural tour of a region rich in history, traditional arts and natural beauty led by choreographer and artistic director, Yorgo Kaporis.
After another year of world domination, the spectacularly talented RAW crew are back with an explosive show of non-stop thrills. The New York Times described them as ‘untrammelled energy’, so prepare to sweat in sympathy. An exotic mash-up of tap, acrobatics, funk and rock guaranteed to turn the stage into a hotbed of high –octane entertainment, performed at the Grande. The second largest venue on the Woodfordian site, the Grande is a huge big top that covers a grassy natural amphitheatre with ample shade, so you can choose how close you get to the music.
A simply beautiful venue, partnered by the effervescent Carnival Bar, The Grande has seen it all – jazz luminaries, rock stars, solo pianists aided with a bottle of red, and some pretty incredible countdowns to the New Year. Rock, world, folk, dance, dub, speakers, comedians and instrumental excellence, it’s all on stage at the Grande, at this year’s Woodford Folk Festival.
This time each year, the landscape of Woodford begins its subtle transformation into the village of Woodfordia. A growing community of skilled artists, performers and loyal festivillians converge on the land to create a thriving village of artistic energy, which every night becomes a wondrous gallery of visual art and spectacle that is Artisania.
By daylight, Woodfordians are invited to try their hand at spinning, felting, printing, sketching, costume making, pottery and more. All workshops involve in-depth skill development and are generally open to those 12 years and over unless otherwise indicated. All materials and equipment are included in the fee, and the result is a unique, hand-made, take-home piece of artwork. Ancient traditional crafts such as rug-making and weaving in the Earth and Fibre Hut utilise the raw elements of dirt, plant fibres and wool to create beautiful practical items.
All of Woodfordia is conceived as an artwork, manifested at particular points as exhibitions, installations, interactive pieces, projections, and shadow-plays. From the front gate to the Amphi, from the Hilltop to the Art Bars, the site will be adorned with decorations and artwork from this year’s collection of Artists.
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School, the largest chain of avant-garde life drawing sessions in the world, will be led by headmistress Kahlia Litzow. Since its inception by Molly Crabapple in New York 2005, branches have been established in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Tokyo, Paris, London and Hollywood. Featuring beautiful, cheeky and absolutely sketchable burlesque and circus performers, workshop guests will be invited to enjoy a glass of wine or absinthe as they transfer their images to the page.
‘Vespertine Visions’ will have visitors marvelling at a unique display of artisans in full productive flight. Towers of wet clay will come to life as the Potters from Woodford spin the master wheels, and their illuminated hands.
In his fourth year teaching at the Festival, Sunshine Coast artist Peter Hollard, will be providing a workshop like no other. Participants will be encouraged to come to grips with their own image, using black charcoal and white pastels, to produce a wild and weird fantasy self-portrait. No artistic experience is required as Peter draws out the artist in everyone, displaying how these wonderfully pliable and expressive mediums create such striking drawings.
Artisania at Woodford Folk Festival houses a fantastic and diverse array of art and craft workshops suitable for any level of ability from beginners to advanced. Body art, costume designers and houses of silly hats, belt weaving, grass skirts and handmade flowers, will surely satisfy the artistic appetite in everyone.