Multidisciplinary artist Cynthia Florek creates a performative installation within PHIVE as a direct response to the building, exploring connections, accessibility and belonging. Born to migrant parents from Peru and Poland, and raised in Western Sydney, Florek’s practice encompasses dance, image making and holding space for community.
PHIVE Alive forms part of the Building Communities program curated by Kate Goodwin with Qianyi Lim from Architecture Amplified. This program explores the inter-relationship of architecture, community and equitable environments through a program of walks, talks and site-specific performances.
Cynthia Florek is a multidisciplinary artist based on unceded Dharug land. She aims to achieve a dance practice that is dreamy, evocative and rich with texture and colour, exploring ways to weave feminist theory into dance methodologies. She has previously worked with and learnt from Leizel Igadna, Dwell Chen Serra, Rajni Shah, Paul Cordeiro and Agatha Gothe-Snape (Lion’s Honey, Kaldor Public Art Projects), and recently took part in Riana Head-Toussaint’s choreographic lab. She is a member of Utp Rising, Feminist Killjoys Reading Group and We Are Here (Emma Saunders, Form Dance Projects). Florek is currently studying history at the University of New South Wales.
PHIVE is the City of Parramatta's new community, cultural and civic hub, located in the heart of Parramatta's CBD at 5 Parramatta Square. The six-level building is home to the Parramatta Library, exhibition, events and community spaces to gather, learn, work, play and collaborate.