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Sete Tele

Sete's experience as a professional artist and educator spans nearly thirty years of dance as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and artsworker. His formative years were with 2 Dance Plus (which became Buzz Dance Theatre – a dance in education company – and is now reimagined as Co3), where the groundwork was laid for the subsequent opportunities to teach (as an independent dance artist) across the spectrum of professional, tertiary, secondary, primary, and community (urban and regional) dance environments.

Sete has facilitated residencies in various remote indigenous communities in Western Australia and Northern Territory, and has worked with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, refugee communities, and the disability sector (physical, intellectual, mental health, aged care). Sete is a recipient of three West Australian Dance Awards: Outstanding Performance by Male Dancer, Outstanding Teacher, and Outstanding Achievement in Regional or Community Dance. Sete was also an Asialink Artist in Residence at the Guangdong Modern Dance Company in Guangzhou, China.

Sete's practice to date is a compilation of experiences that coalesce to create works that reflect his perspective of the world. His medium is, contemporary dance with flavours from - his Samoan cultural heritage; Aikido (Japanese Martial Art of Peace); pop culture; and found environments. Sete is also influenced by his immediate environment, which, ultimately determines that particular work at that point in time.


What to expect in Sete's classes:

Sete's classes are informed by a series of drills to describe the patterns that "fluctuates" about your centre. Tracing these patterns will allow the describer to traverse the void in a series of undulations designed to simultaneously recover and release the flow of the energetic body. The drills are but building blocks to encourage harmonious interaction within and out of your dimension. We are in constant flux.

More from Sete: "My aesthetic is to re-contextualise the human to human, whereby the rules of interaction are challenged to navigate a paradigm shift arriving at a new protocol. Improvisation is my base that yields all aspects of practice: the constant exploring and shifting of material unveils what is appropriate. This solid foundation continues to evolve, to be reconfigured in response to the requirements of the project at hand. Currently, I am interested in the circles within circles aspect of traversing the space within. How this manifests whilst maintaining integrity of the ambivalent paradigm, ebbs and flows with unpredictable resonance. I invite interested participants to assist in the daily changing ritual of creating an experience. The experience is particular to that moment in time, that space, that place. It is ephemeral. That is the constant."