Presented by ADT’s International Centre for Choreography with Mathew Bergan, from Dancing Warrior Yoga, as part of FEAST.
14 November 2021
Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm
Location: The Odeon, 57A Queen Street, Norwood SA 5067
Title: Embodied Queer Sound Healing Workshop
Presented by ADT’s International Centre for Choreography with Matthew Bergan, from Dancing Yoga, as part of FEAST
Tickets available here (Limited Places Available)
Embodied Queer Sound Healing is a physical movement and auditory experience which offers a sacred and safe space for LGBTIQ+ people to connect and awaken to a deeper sense of identity and community.
Facilitated by Mathew Bergan, from Dancing Warrior Yoga with a recorded sound score by Australian music legends, Paul Mac & Jonny Seymour; Bergan is one of Sydney’s leading identities in yoga and a former queer performance artist and choreographer.
Over the past 25 years Bergan has been exploring yoga, Tantra & urban spiritualism while Seymour and Mac have been producing and DJ’ing electronic music around the globe. Embodied Queer Sound Healing is a collaboration between these divergent queer artists, together they are enquiring into the nature of sonic embodiment and the effects sound has upon human movement and mindful listening. This immersive sound journey takes a deep dive into the nature of being, while celebrating queer identity & survival. It is a multi-sensory transcendental sonic meditation, designed to shake the bodies physical foundations, uplift well-being, while connecting to our spiritual selves and to positively impact mental health. It is founded upon ritualistic physical movement, narrative and vibro acoustic therapy, sonic vibration, breath work, meditation and relaxation. You don’t have to have any dance experience to participate in this event.
During the 2020 lockdown, an online version of this event enjoyed great success in Australia and Europe, effectively shining a ray of light to the hearts and souls of global queers experiencing the trauma of isolation and the subsequent loss of community. It also received full houses during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Festival 2020 season, presented as a satellite event. The organisers are excited to be invited to the Adelaide Feast Festival to share in the therapeutic benefits of Sound Healing, which reflects their global mission to continue to instill hope, joy and love in the queer community, their mantra for the future of humanity.
Floor mats provided, please wear loose clothing. Please note – Mathew Bergan is based in Sydney and will be conducting the workshop via Zoom.
Since 2000 Bergan has been running Dancing Warrior Yoga in Sydney, directing yoga teacher training programs & workshops. Prior, he was a dancer & choreographer in London and Australia. Bergan has a BA in film & cultural studies from UTS. He has written & produced his own full-length show, Tales of Helpmann, later adapted into Lyrebird and staged by Sydney Theatre Company. He co-curated Anti-Static Dance Festival, with The Performance Space, Sydney, premiering international dance artist. He has written & choreographed his own dance films for ABC & SBS TV: The Father is Sleeping, Body Corporate & Resonance. He has been the recipient of artist development grants from the Churchill Fellowship, the Australian Council for the Arts, NSW Ministry for the Arts for shows including Dance Camp, Pendulum, Boys Toys and Freud, Club Bent, Resonance and Scary Kiss.
Stereogamous, believe they are “the gayest band since The Village People”. Based in Sydney Australia, they make electronic music and throw awesome dance parties and events. Paul Mac and Jonny Seymour have remixed and collaborated with Rufus Du Sol, Kylie, George Michael, Sia, LCD Soundsystem, The Presets, Sam Sparro, Hard Ton, Jake Shears, Light Asylum, Beni, and loads more. They have played in backroom dance floors all over the planet (Panorama Bar, Razzmatazz Barcelona, Horse Meat Disco London, Trough Melbourne) mega festivals (Lovebox, the Big Day Out, Burning Man, Glastonbury) sound tracked fashion parades (NYC, Paris, Melbourne, Sydney and Melbourne fashion week) and also presented at Gay Pride events (Folsom Street Fair San Francisco, Sydney Mardi Gras, Madrid Pride). They also play music and collaborate with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on their music programs while adding exposure to emerging talent.
DJ & composer, has been an institution in Queer gay nightlife over many years with the famous Kooky parties he hosts with DJ Gemma, and Trough X parties at Club 80, Melbourne. Seymour also curates Queerbudjuhood, a weekly queer performance night for people of colour, including first nations drag artists, at The Bearded Tit, Redfern. He has composed for Sydney and Melbourne Fashion Week for the past 8 years & composed scores for Sydney Theatre Company /ATYP collaboration M.Rock and Force Majeure’s, Nothing Left To Lose. He collaborated with Jenny Kee & Linda Jackson on their recent fashion retrospective at the Powerhouse museum. Jonny is infamous for his gay bath house music compilations, ‘The Sauna Sessions’, and the Bearded Tit, Toilet Sessions.
Paul is a leading figure in Australian electronic music, composer, songwriter, musician & producer. A conservatorium graduate, multi ARIA Award winner for dance pioneers Itch-E & Scratch-E. He has collaborated with Sia, Kylie, Daniel Johns, and Ngaiire. Paul scores music for films, TV & theatre, he has worked with Bangarra on Blak, Miyagan from OUR land people stories. Paul also presented his new music concert The Rise and Fall of St George, at Mardi Gras Festival 2019 and Midsumma Festival 2020, Sydney Festival 2021.