WHY IS IT ART? Video Reflections
The artists of WHY IS IT ART? have just completed their two week choreographic residency where they explored how their own practice relates to other modes of movement practice and a broader context of ‘contemporary art’.

We asked Maria Tran, Larissa McGowan and Eliam Royalness what the residency has taught them about their own arts practice. Their responses are shared in these videos.

WHY IS IT ART? is a three-year partnership with Critical Path that explores contemporary dance practice in Western Sydney and aims to make space for different movement practices in our culture to share and work together. To find out more about the project, click here.

Maria Tran – 

Maria Tran is an Australian-born Vietnamese actress, martial artist, producer, writer and director. She is known for developing the martial arts action film genre in Australia via the Asian diaspora communities of Western Sydney.


Larissa McGowan –

Larissa is a highly acclaimed dancer and choreographer based in Adelaide, South Australia. Larissa began working with PYT in 2018 when she choreographed PLAYLIST, directed by Karen Therese, which has since been presented by Sydney Opera House’s Festival UnWrapped program. In 2019, she is working with PYT again to develop ACTION STAR.


Eliam Royalness –

Eliam Royalness is a choreographer & performer from Sydney’s south-west and has been creating and performing dance works since his early teenage years. He is the creator and director of New South Wales’ number 1 mega hip-hop company, The Pioneers MC, who have represented Australia at Hip-Hop International in 2014 and 2015, in the U.S.


WHY IS IT ART? is a partnership project between PYT I Fairfield and Critical Path

PYT is proudly supported by the Australian Council for the Arts and the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Image Credit: Daisy Montalvo

Films by: Daisy Montalvo