Jonathan Homsey is an arts maker and manager interested in the intersection of street dance, visual art and social engagement.

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Jonathan Homsey is an arts maker and manager interested in the intersection of street dance, visual art and social engagement; he has a passion for community outreach using the moving body as a source of empowerment. Born in Hong Kong and raised in the United States of America, he immigrated to Australia in 2010 where his award-winning choreographic practice has evolved from a theatrical context to interdisciplinary installations across Australasia and Japan. Working with mediums from ceramics to augmented reality, Jonathan’s choreographic practice uses street and queer dance movement to inform his works that explore utopian worlds and emotional connection.

The Project

Jonathan will undertake creative research focussed on pedestrian movement, social dance and improvisation; he will undertake mentorships with leading choreographers, somatic practitioners and theatre makers Melanie Lane, Jodee Mundy and Wendy Smith. Jonathan will start his researching during Seattle's Pride month and with American choreographer Stephanie Skura. Connecting with Asian and queer choreographers along with cultural leaders across two continents, Jonathan will explore how improvisation and ‘freestyling’ empowers both trained and untrained dancers; he will test his research through a podcast, and in a series of inclusive free public workshops.

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What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?

It is such a honour that I am still gobsmacked! Being awarded this fund is a milestone for me, especially when it was awarded to me at the age of 29. To have time and funding to delve into creative research around street and contemporary dance and to work on inclusion for all bodies is something I value and cherish. I hope through this grant I can remind everyone that they can dance and together we can create safe spaces to explore our bodies through movement. 

How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?

Time I feel is something I have been chasing. I am always creating on a project to project basis; I feel time has always been an issue for my practice and the works I produce. I am constantly creating works that are proficiently using time because I am so time-poor and juggling multiple projects. To have time to let ideas cook, like a roast chicken in the oven, is insurmountable. Tending to creativity in a methodical manner is a luxury and privilege; with this fund I have that time and I am so grateful. 

What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?

Time!! In my practice I have always worked on project to project not having time or resources to be innovative with new techniques and modalities. I am looking forward to the unknown results of this research free from pressure of making a 'show.' There are numerous highlights for me I am imagining but some will include transposing the research I learn from Seattle's Pride month and with Stephanie Skura and applying that information to the Australian dance sector. 

Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?

In my practice, I feel I consistently live two lives, street dance where I engage with the community in public events and contemporary dance where I engage academically. I have never had the time to work in the ‘limbo’ between the two genres and innovate techniques that exist between social and conceptual dance. This result from the intersectionality and being able to give that back to the state of Victoria is where I see myself at the end of this process.