In association with March Dance 2022


Site-responsive work relies on listening that moves beyond what is heard. This interdisciplinary panel examines human bodies’ relationship with places: how different spaces can shape the ways we feel and perceive, how we make sense of the world through our bodies, and how our bodies in turn shape and make places. The conversations will include Sarah Pini’s experience of dancing through illness, St Anne’s body palette and Reinhardt how architecture shapes the way we move.

Sarah Pini is Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), where she teaches dance and performance. She works interdisciplinary across the fields of anthropology, phenomenology, performing arts, dance and cognition in skilled performance. Her research addresses notions of presence, embodiment and agency in different performance practices and cultural contexts. Alongside her academic research, her artistic practice captures the interconnections of movement, emotion and environment and how their dynamic entanglements shape storytelling and sense making.

Dagmar Reinhardt is a practising architect, and a researcher and educator at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney. Reinhardt’s research focuses on the intersection and integration of architecture, acoustics, structure, robotics, fabrication, material and constructions constraints into design and interdisciplinary collaborations. She investigates opportunities for leveraging robotic fabrication methods to adapt geometry, materiality and construction methods within design technology, so new solutions become available for the difficult relationship between human labor and construction automation in the building trades. As a practising architect, her built works, competitions and installations are research-based, widely published and have received numerous recognitions and awards for affordable and multi-generational residential works.

Michelle St Anne is a multidisciplinary theatrical artist and artistic director of The Living Room Theatre which she co-founded in 2000.  Her extensive body of work is centred upon themes of violence, complicity and women’s bodies. Her stories are meted out through the elongation of time, using object & light; film & movement; body, sound and space. Building a reputation as a site-responsive artist whose immersive and intimate works eschew traditional narrative-driven performance, Michelle’s work is known for its unique, and often profound, audience engagement.

Blanche Verlie is an Australian climate change educator and researcher currently living on unceded Gadigal Country. Blanche has over 10 years’ experience teaching sustainability and climate change in universities, as well as experience in community-based climate change communication and activism. Blanche has a multidisciplinary background, brings an intersectional feminist approach to her work and is passionate about supporting people to engage with the emotional intensities of climate change. Blanche is currently completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney.