Lucinda Coleman is a PhD candidate at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia and the dance maker for the Australian performing arts collective Remnant Dance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma Education and a Masters in Creative Industries, has presented at conferences in the U.K., U.S.A., Europe and Asia, and most recently been published in the journal Research in Dance Education. Coleman’s creative works have included short and full length contemporary dance theatre pieces, performed in dance industry, education and community contexts. Coleman’s most recent creative works have been performed throughout Australia and in Vietnam, China and Myanmar.
The Australian performing arts collective Remnant Dance has a partnership with a charity organisation that supports an orphaned community in Myanmar (Burma). The creation of a contemporary dance film with this community generated a performance in which young Burmese participants were encouraged to tell their own stories. The film was set in an abandoned glass factory in Myanmar, using glass as a metaphor for a surface that invites reflection as well as open transparency with the young people from the children’s centre. The story of making the dance film Meeting Places offers a case study for reflection on ideas of interconnection through dance making; and a site for engagement with social justice concerns within diverse communities. The creation of new dance through cross-cultural, multi-arts forms and inter-disciplinary contexts enables narratives to emerge through the frontline of dance’s unique communication.