Snake Sessions, Harry Sawkins Park, Nowra. Image: Heidrun Lohr
Snake Sessions was a two week residency at Nowra Skate Park, Harry Sawkins Park, by Sydney based performance company Branch Nebula. This residency coincided with Youth Week 2016, and at the conclusion of the residency the company presented a free innovative and energetic site-specific performance with spontaneous support from around 70 local skaters, bikers and scooter riders.
Throughout the residency, the Branch Nebula team of six (including two skaters, a BMX rider, a parkourist and two dancers) shared tricks and tips with locals and improvised to the live rhythms of experimental percussionist Robbie Avenaim. The team crafted a performance based on an organic process of improvisation, responding to who and what was on site. The result was a spontaneous and innovative street theatre work, accompanied by live mechanical drums, that captured the very essence of street-styles: anarchic, inter-generational, fun and inspiring, attracting approximately 70 participants from the local community.
Snake Sessions was created by Branch Nebula (Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters), a Sydney-based performance company acclaimed for their innovation work across all disciplines in performance, dance and design to challenge mainstream cultural conventions, often with non-conventional performers. Artists involved were: Danny Campbell, Noah Fuzi, Antek Marciniec, Marnie Palomares, Kathryn Puie & Kat Williams.
Included as part of Shoalhaven City Council's Youth Week program, Snake Sessions was developed with support from the State and Federal government and produced by Bundanon Trust.