Complexities of the Sea and Life

Complexities of the Sea and Life

We sat down with choreographer Tahlia Klugman who will be premiering her new work Sea Shadow at our Triple Bill season Triplicity this Friday! She gave us all the behind the scenes insights to her world and how she has created Sea Shadow.

I am most inspired by the people who just keep making dance works and turning up. Persistence is key in this industry and it’s really inspiring to watch people grow through experience.
— Tahlia Klugman

Tell us a bit about your work.
"I don’t like to say too much about my dance works because I think the movement should say it all. So create your own story… but to me Sea Shadow is all about the complexities and simplicities that live within the sea, and in the greater scheme of things; life. The simple beauty of a light ray dancing through the water creating the rippling effect of shadows. The light versus the dark."

What inspired you to make Sea Shadow?
"I had previously made a first development of this work for my second year of my Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) called Cenote Inquisition. I had three very talented creatives work with me on this project but I felt it wasn’t finished and I wanted to play more with the ideas and flesh them out. So came Sea Shadow. I really like being able to make something come to life that lived in my mind. It’s beautiful." 

Where have you trained?
"Last year I completed my three year Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) through Melbourne University. Previously I completed a two year Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) at The Space Dance and Arts Centre. I have worked with Alfie Scalia and Daniel Ryan in multiple Masters of Choreography performances, youth dance company Yellowwheel and hip hop crew Triple8Funk.

During my time at the VCA I worked with choreographers Darren Vizers’ Igneus (2015), Natalie Cursios’ Quiet Death, Quiet Musical (2016), Sarah Aiken (2015), Kate Denborough’s There is No Changing Yesterday (2017) and Alisdair Macindoe’s Reference Material 0.1 (2017) and I undertook an intensive in France (2016). I believe as dancers and artists we are constantly evolving and training our craft. I am still trying to refine my skills as a performer, choreographer and creative and I always will be striving for better - it’s the only way to get out of your comfort zone, try new things and become who we are meant to be."

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Why are you interested in choreography?
"I started choreographing for the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2014, 2015 and 2017 and for student choreographic seasons throughout my time at The Space Dance and Arts Centre and VCA. I have come to love the freedom that creating something of your own brings." 

Who inspires you the most in the choreographic world?
"I have been so privileged to work with some very talented and creative people. I am constantly inspired by so many creatives who live around me in Melbourne. I am most inspired by the people who just keep making dance works and turning up. Persistence is key in this industry and it’s really inspiring to watch people grow through experience."

Which company in the world would you most like to create for and why?
"That’s a tough one. There are so many amazing contemporary dance companies in this big wide world. I’m still finding my feet and learning what I like in my creative body so I can not answer this one yet. Ask me again in a year!" 

Have there been any tough or challenging moments in the creative process?
"Time. Time is always one of the challenging part in a creative process. Some dance works can be made in a short amount of time and others take a very long time. I feel like time is the enemy of creativity. It would be nice to just have as much time as you need on a creative project until it’s at the level it was designed to be, but in saying that the work is never done!" 


What’s your advice for a young person who is maybe interested in pursuing choreography?
"Keep creating. Keep trying new things and pushing what you think you like and stay open to what you might not like but try it anyway. Be ambitious and don’t let someone else’s opinion deter you." 

What do you like about Spark?
"I have always really liked youth dance companies because they not only create a space for different ages and different levels of ability to collaborate but it’s a place where youth can be creative and not just focus on technique but implement their skills in a fun way. I love that Spark has become a family that the dancers can safely learn and grow. Alex is such an ambitious person and has done such an amazing job bringing so many ambitious youth together in one space and what is better than a youth dance company run by youth. It’s very inspiring to watch and be a part of!"

If you'd like to see Tahlia's new work "Sea Shadow" you can book tickets HERE for SYDC's upcoming season of Triplicity at the Meat Market.