we're an interdisciplinary arts company based in regional West Oz.
our mission is grounded in the discovery of elective affinities to guide artistic occasions across a variety of forms & disciplines.
elective affinites co. was co-founded in 2018 by collaborators Rebecca Millar, Adelina Larsson and Anthony Coxeter
Rebecca Millar was the Artistic Director of the Zest Festival (2012-2016) in Kalbarri which was experienced by over 15000 people in this remote location. Rebecca has a creative vision and strong partnerships with cultural organisations and the community, her drive has brought film making, sculpture, visual arts, dance, theatre performance, puppetry, music, large scale projection and exhibitions to the Midwest of Western Australia.
Rebecca has a creative relationship with the Nhanda community and worked with elders to tell story and create ceremony in landscape. Working with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions she has also created an academic partnership which explores the power of the history of emotions in shaping our modern lives. This partnership won the 2017 Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Australia Prize for Distinctive work in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
Rebecca has written, directed and produced the last five multi-art form performances at the Zest Festival and is currently writing and producing three new works called Creality for regional WA. She continues to work with the Nhanda community on the Message Stick project and is passionate about telling regional stories to international and national audiences.
Adelina Larsson is a Swedish/Mexican choreographer, curator, producer, performer and educator. Since moving to Australia in 2007 she has choreographed for performing arts companies presenting at Melbourne International Arts Festival, Federation Square, Sydney Opera House, The State Theatre Centre of WA, Australian Institute of Sport, The Canberra Theatre Centre, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), The Lock Up, Newcastle and Fremantle Arts Centre.
As an independent artist she has worked with leading figures across Australian performing arts: Robyn Archer AO (Artist and public advocate for the arts), Scott Rankin (Executive Director of BighART) and David Pledger (founder of IETM-Australia Council for the Arts Collaboration Project), Julian Hobba (Executive Director of Blue Room Theatre), Beverly Growden (Executive Director of Shaun Parker & Company), as choreographer and curator in a range of programs and projects.
Adelina is the founder, director and producer of Strange Attractor, a choreographic and interdisciplinary lab now in its seventh year that focuses on experimentation and artistic research. Its partner institutions include Sydney Festival, Powerhouse Museum (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences), Sydney Environment Institute, CSIRO, Critical Path Choreographic Centre for Research, AGAC (Ainslie+Gorman Arts Centre) and CCAS (Canberra Contemporary Arts Centre).
As the Associate Artist with Big hART arts and social change company Adelina has worked extensively in the Pilbara since 2014 and nationally on their projects, contributing to the creative direction with a range of interdisciplinary skills. She recently completed her affiliation with Critical Path Choreographic Centre as Associate Artist (2017-2019) and is currently the co-director of ReadyMade Works, a centre for independent artists based in Sydney and regional NSW.
Adelina currently lectures choreography and dance at Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts.
Anthony Coxeter is an Australian writer, playwright, dramaturge, director, producer and educator. After co-founding the literary journal The Lifted Brow with a team of editors in 2007, he joined the Melbourne Cinémathèque as a Committee Member in 2008 while completing a thesis in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.
Anthony has since lectured and coordinated units at the University of Sydney, with particular research interests in literature and dictatorship, diasporic cinema, transnational governance, and post-conflict societies in the Asia Pacific. After living and working in Germany in 2011/2012, he also served as a staff writer for Phillip Adams AO and Norman Swan for ABC RN’s Late Night Live while continuing to teach at several universities, including as a research assistant for the FASS Literature and Transnationalism project at USyd. Appointed as a Fellow of the Fenner School for Environment and Society at the Australian National University in 2016, he has since embarked on a major research project involving significant annual fieldwork in Timor Leste since 2018.
As a playwright/dramaturge, he has engaged in distinctive collaborative practice through an ongoing series of works that emphasise the agency of the performer, improvisatory practice and critical somatic research methodologies. Such works include the gallery dance-installation No Place (Nishi Gallery, Canberra, 2013), In the Rite I: For Sixteen Performers (WAAPA, Perth, 2016), created through open pedagogies in seminars with first year contemporary dance students, and In the Rite II: Solo (W.A. State Theatre, Perth, 2019) with dancemakers Julie-Anne Long, Laura Boynes and sound-artist Shoeb Ahmad. These process-oriented pieces formed the basis of his artistic partnership with choreographer Adelina Larsson.
HIs work crosses cinema, performing arts and experimental research methodologies that involve participatory practice.
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