O Ranford

a Perspective:

i move, i dance, i groove, i make art, i smoove, i teach, i reach, i make way, i foray, i hooray, let’s play!

I see my fascination with the movement and the placement of objects in space, a direct extension of my dance, my smoovement, the projection of experience and intent. The placement of the “objects” provides room for the essence of the work to emerge. This room, this space, is the slack, is the breath, is the suspended series of moments about to coalesce!


The project Drinking Water with Lisa Hirmer, the object is the water gathered by our volunteer water collectors:

Drinking Water was presented by Tasdance, had it’s world premiere at the 2018 Junction Arts Festival.

Another iteration was presented at the 2019 Fremantle Biennale. Our exhibition ran from 2nd November – 24th November 2019, at the Moores Building in Fremantle.


Working with a gentleman of mature age, and with zero experience with the arts, he was  tasked to interact with the environment via a series of tasks, hence:

Man by River (March 2019)



The following video endeavours to convey a sense of my improvised solo – The Island.

(Programmed at Dancehouse for the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival)


Here, a collaboration with Australian dance artist, Rachel Arianne Ogle. The work resulted from a masterclass with Joao Fiadeiro on his Composition in Real Time method. The event was produced by Strut Dance, Western Australia.

The video here illustrates the process outcome in facilitating the viewer, the audience, to be the ‘incidental’ performer in this iteration.


The following snippet is from – The Watering Hole – a collaboration with Canadian artist, Lisa Hirmer. This work occurred at the Time Place Space Nomad, in Natimuk, Victoria.

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The Watering Hole invited viewers to one by one traverse approx 400 metres across a dry lake bed to taste water that we had collected via a condensation unit (The Watering Hole) that we had constructed with assistance of other artists. To complete the circle, the viewers were then invited to assist in filling the Hole.

Time Place Space Nomad was produced by Arts House, Victoria, and Performance Space, Sydney.


The video below looks at the effects of an introduced species upon local fauna and flora. This dance work was developed in situ with the dancers. The presentation was the culmination of a three month project produced by Southern Edge Arts, and managed by Nikki Green.