Practice Sharing with Shaun Johnston

About Practice Sharing: Practice Sharing is an arena to enter into artistic dialogue, an opportunity to share skills, a space for physical thinking, and a way to engage in different creative practices.
STRUT has engaged three local emerging artists to each present a Practice Sharing over the cooler months of 2024. The sessions are presented in an open, workshop-style format that may move between dancing, writing, choreographic research and discussion.

This Practice Sharing is an invitation into the partnering practice that Shaun is currently developing – a fusion of wrestling and grappling practices with contemporary dance partnering.

Through the session, you are invited to engage in a wide palette of touch, ranging from the soft and sensitive, to playful and firm ways of touching. The group will build a solid foundation for understanding how to safely and confidently explore stronger types of touch, and then extend the creative possibilities when partnering.

Many of the ideas in this workshop originate from wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but have been transformed to sit inside a contemporary dance practice. Shaun will share movements, principles, and games that can build your competence across different types of touch so you can play freely and safely. Shaun will introduce different concepts for understanding and applying touch in both choreography and improvisation. Finally, you will explore how these practices can support your creative processes and lead to fun and dynamic work.

This work is physical and playful at heart, so expect some friendly, light-hearted competition! The workshop will involve talking, discussion and plenty of movement. Please wear comfortable clothes to move in.


Saturday 3 August 2024

12:30pm – 3:30pm


Studio 2 – Level 2

King Street Arts Centre

357-365 Murray Street, Perth WA



$10.00 for members

$20 for drop-in


The practice sharing will take place over three hours.

This workshop is open to body-based performers with over one year of experience.

Book here


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