American Masters: Merce Cunningham Contemporary Dance Residency
Renata Commisso. Image: Sasha Onyshchenko/Kravetz Photographics
In 2013 Renata joined Les Grands Ballets Canadians as a demo-soloist, performing the works of Mats Ek, Shen Wei, Stephan Thoss and Ohad Naharin and other artists. In recent years Renata has begun exploring independent contemporary performance and dance film projects. Her collective became the resident artists at Le Livart Gallery in Montreal. Having returned to Sydney in 2018 she is pursuing further opportunities to develop accessible dance works for the public, as well as sharing her passion for dance in disability and degenerative disease therapy.
Image: Tyrone Robinson
Scott Elstermann is currently one of four international recipients of the prestigious 2018 Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography. He is the first Australian and youngest ever artist to receive this honour, seeing Scott mentored by Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell and accompanying her to some of the world’s best dance companies including Nederlands Dans Theater. Scott received the Palisade Award for the most outstanding graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). He has a versatile background, receiving titles such as Junior Australasian Jazz champion and Youth Queensland Ballroom champion. Scott has performed for some of Australia’s leading dance artists including Lucy Guerin Inc., Natalie Allen, Shona Erskine and Scott Ewen.
Scott Elstermann. Image: Jon Green
He has been commissioned to choreograph short works for WAAPA, the Royal Academy of Dance and for Perth and Melbourne Fringe Festivals, winning the Overall Dance & Physical Theatre Award at the 2016 Perth Fringe World Festival. Scott has been the audition dance assistant for Matilda: The Musical by the Royal Shakespeare Company and a teaching artist with the West Australian Ballet. All of this has led to Scott being a three-time semi-finalist in the Western Australian Young Achiever Awards and highly sought-after for television, corporate and commercial events.
Banner image: Merce Cunningham in Untitled Solo. Photo by Louis Stevenson (1953). Image courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust. All rights reserved.