In 1970’s I studied, performed and taught with Dance Concert, led by Margaret Walker and visiting traditional dance specialists from overseas and indigenous Australia. During the same period I worked with New Dance Theatre and Ruth Galene in contemporary and expressive dance. From that time, the two streams, ethnic/traditional and contemporary/expressive, have formed part of my dance journey.
Then, after a ten year break I returned to performance in 1985 and joined Prepare, led by Mary Jones. For five years we visited and performed in churches of many Christian denominations.
It was a wonderful time, and the blending of my beliefs and artistic practice. As well as freelance teaching and tutoring in schools and universities, I began choreographing, performing and teaching for a number of Christian organizations and contexts.
For Eve (1995) and Fallen Totems (1997). The culmination of this journey was a series of five events as part of Phd, with the overall title Centre of the Storm (1998-2000): Centre of the Storm; Beginnings; Sense of Place, Sacred Space - Arrival; The Fire of the Sun – Survival; and Passage. The thesis title, In Search of an Australian Feminist Spirituality through Performance-Ritual more-or-less describes the content – a search through my religious and family history from North-Western Europe to Australia.
Just prior to entry into the doctoral program in 1997, I became involved in West-African style drumming and dance, and after completing Phd some friends asked me to teach. By 2005, with some of my longterm students, I formed the drum ‘n dance group Doonchicks, and we performed at numerous festivals and special events. I did wonder how this ‘fitted in’ to my spiritual-performance journey, but soon realised what a celebration of, and thanksgiving for, life it is, hence Drum, Dance ‘n Celebration. Doonchicks continued for six years before disbanding. I now continue to teach and perform freelance, sometimes joined by another drummer as Dr A and Mama Doon. For more information: http://annettemaie.blogspot.com.au/