2018, Live Performance
What happens when a parcel of props is sent from one dancer to another and a new dance piece is born? Earlier this year Rob McCreddie (NSW) posted Mitch Runcie(QLD) a parcel full of props to inspire a new dance work. These props were accompanied by emergency instructions… just in case! Mitch has been supported by established choreographer and performer Fiona Bryant to develop his first full length solo – Present-ing Fierce.
The experience of being fierce enters one’s awareness with the recognition of a vital force or power…One feels at home, where one has been out of control, able to act, a sense of being empowered…
The power is impelling. It moves or drives the fierce person toward a certain goal. It presses for action. It incites new ideas. It urges one to embrace its cause. The power is so compelling. It demands the total attention of the fierce person. It commands absorption in the moment of its emergence. It leaves the fierce person with a “must,” a “have to,” a “pressure.”
The felt-illumination integrates in such a manner that one feels directed. The sense is that of seeing what one must do, knowing how to do it, and having the will to carry it through.
(Adapted from Rourke The experience of being inspired, 1984)
“I met Mitch around six months ago through his work in the Spiral dance company and Sunshine Troupe Inc. Mitch experiences both an intellectual disability and identifies as part of the LGBT community – these two things presenting challenge and inspiring artistic response. Through Skype, I have been able to connect Mitch with my dear friend and dancer Rob McCreddie who lives in Bega in NSW. The dance Mitch has created is a mediation on the multi colors that represent being gay. I believe that through the collaboration between Mitch and Rob toward the creation of a dance, a very special social, political and spiritual reflection is born.”
Mitch Runcie has established himself as a very passionate dancer, actor and performer through work the Sunshine Troupe Inc. and Access Arts in Brisbane. Last year he was chosen to participate in the prestigious Royal Ballet workshops in Brisbane – a highlight of his dancing career to date. Two years in a row Mitch has performed at Having a Say conference in Geelong, Victoria. Just last week Mitch performed with the Sunshine Troupe Inc. at the Anywhere Festival. On this occasion, he danced a key part in Abandoned – a work using dance and drama to share experiences of physical and emotional abandonment toward restoration and renewed hope. Present-ing Fierce is Mitch’s first full length solo. He hopes to create many more works to share with audiences in years to come.
Mitch’s profile can be viewed at https://p2pqld.org.au/member/mitchell-runcie/.
Season: USC Art Gallery 2018, Lend Lease Sunshine Plaza 2018, Horizon Festival 2018
Artists: Mitch Runcie (Solo performance and choreography), Fiona Bryant (Direction and choreography)