Becoming

'Becoming' – a contemporary dance film, celebrates the experience of becoming a Nurse or Midwife through danced duos and in recorded spoken reflections. The narrative is shaped by the stories of experienced Nurses and Midwives, including being with a patient in a crisis, caring for a new mother and baby, and experiencing the death of patient. The genre of screendance provides an innovative space to creatively engage with the voice of the nurse and midwife from within her own profession.

  • Lucinda Coleman
    Director
  • Lucinda Coleman
    Producer
  • Edith Cowan University
    Producer
  • Sarah Chaffey
    Key Cast
    "Dancer"
  • Katie Chown
    Key Cast
    "Dancer"
  • Samantha Coleman
    Key Cast
    "Dancer"
  • Stephanie Khoo
    Key Cast
    "Dancer"
  • Charity Ng
    Key Cast
    "Dancer"
  • Esther Scott
    Key Cast
    "Dancer"
  • Brian Khoo
    Key Cast
    "Father"
  • Nathan William Khoo
    Key Cast
    "Baby"
  • Larissa Collard
    Key Cast
    "Student Nurse"
  • Jigme Gyeltshen
    Key Cast
    "Student Nurse"
  • Fareeha Hasan
    Key Cast
    "Student Nurse"
  • Emily James
    Key Cast
    "Student Nurse"
  • Chloe Sutton
    Key Cast
    "Student Nurse"
  • Alix Hamilton
    Soundscape
  • Laura McFadden
    Soundscape
  • Tania Beament
    Soundscape
  • Di Bloxsome
    Soundscape
  • Patricia Cook
    Soundscape
  • Martina Costello
    Soundscape
  • Annemarie De Leo
    Soundscape
  • Beverley Ewens
    Soundscape
  • Mandie Jane Foster
    Soundscape
  • Chris McCafferty
    Soundscape
  • Emma Ritchie
    Soundscape
  • Deborah Sundin
    Soundscape
  • Rakib Erick
    Cinematographer | Editor
  • Lucinda Coleman
    Choreographer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 8, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Lucinda Coleman

Lucinda Coleman is an Adjunct Lecturer (Research) and sessional Lecturer in Performance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Edith Cowan University. She was the founding Dance Maker of the Australian performing arts collective, Remnant Dance, 2010-2020, during which she produced, directed, and choreographed various and diverse productions globally. Her artistic works have included dance films and site-specific dance works, as well as short and full-length contemporary dance theatre pieces performed in dance industry, education and community contexts throughout Australia, and within Vietnam, China, and Myanmar. Dr Coleman was awarded a grant by WAAPA and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Edith Cowan University to create an artistic work to celebrate the '2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife'.

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Director Statement

The contemporary dance film, 'Becoming', features six dancers performing a series of duos and solos in different locations, accompanied by original, devised soundscape. The dance film integrates choreography, movement composition (use of body, time, space, dynamics) with cinematic conventions to create a hybrid dance form for the screen. The work has been delicately shaped by the reflections of experienced Registered Nurses/ Registered Midwives living in Australia; the recorded words have determined the form of dance and provided the basis for the film’s soundscape. The intention was to create an interdisciplinary piece which playfully challenged stereotypes of nurses through authentic storytelling and reflexive account. 'Becoming' was commissioned by the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia and funded by Edith Cowan Commissions for the ‘2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife’.