The Sum Total

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Esperanza Rimando and Rechelle Gayler are two contemporary dance artists who have been collaborating extensively for the past five years. Both dancers re-located to Melbourne in 2010 (Esperanza from Darwin, NT, and Rechelle from Temora, NSW) and they have been working together ever since. This year they will be creating and performing their inaugural duet work ‘the sum total’ which will be part of the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

What is the Sum Total?

The Sum Total of something is the whole of it, or everything... 

What makes a sum total unique? Memories/Experience/Cultural Heritage? Are we bodies conducting separate experiences yet moving closer together? Are we contributing to each other’s memories and blending into the one sum total? What makes a sum total? In our interactive society would an independent sum total even exist?


We are collaborating through movement and use individual vocabularies in an attempt to understand the independent sum total, and the instant where we unavoidably collide to share the one sum total. Using the foundation of  memory, the feeling of an experience and the moulding of personality, with shadows of cultural influence. 

In the work we are also exploring our own sum total - the significance of an Indigenous Australian heritage, and acknowledging the remnants of an upbringing in traditional Filipino dance.


"two bodies weave in and out of their own specific vocabularies and short gestural solos, as culturally influenced patterns and improvised phrases seamlessly evolve into fast-paced physical conversations between the two contemporary bodies".

We are still in the early stages of our work but we are discovering and creating more and more as The Sum Total continues to grow. We are also collaborating with emerging musician/producer Sean Hutton (VIC) to create some original soundscapes and interactive media. 

How The Funds Will Be Used

We are asking for your support and generous pledges so that we are able to create and produce ‘the sum total’ to the capacity that we have envisioned it. 

How will the funds be used:

  • Integration of interactive multi-media 
  • Creation of original soundscapes  
  • Intensive workshops and production consultation with a Senior arts professional 

The Challenges

We are two independant artists who still live half our lives as 'normal' humans working a 'normal 9-5' job. We are yet to find a permanent home where we can rehearse and focus on our craft. We have been working very hard on ourselves and work very hard towards transitioning and emerging into full-time artsists.


As emerging artists we consider everything we have accomplished thus far to be exhilarating and satisfying, especially when we are able to share our work with the community.  

We are recipients of the Ralph Mclean Micro Grant (Melbourne Fringe Festival) which has, and will, relieve some strain on our production costs. Your donations will provide us with the extra 'oommphf' needed to get our work off the ground and to help us, as individuals, to take a further step into our artistic careers. 

on 28th Aug 2016 at 9:00am. The payment portal is closed now.
AU$20 +The HeartfeltBy being 'The Heartfelt' you will receive a very special heartfelt thank you from both dancers, and a personalised shoutout on all our social media pages! (Tags and hashtags included - for no extra price).
6 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2016
AU$50 +The HumbleBy choosing to be 'The Humble' you will not only receive our gratitude forever. We will also make you a sum total friendship band, sent in a handmade 'thank you' card signed from both dancers.
15 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2016
AU$100 +All GoneThe GenerousWhen you choose to be 'The Generous' you will not only receive a whole lot of gratitude from us! To show this gratitude we will make you two friendship bands and send them in a handmade 'thank you' card signed by both dancers, with an A5 image from the performance.
4 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2016
AU$150 +All GoneThe Super GiverWhen you are 'The Super Giver' you will receive our super gratitude! To show our gratitude we will make you 2 sum total friendship bands sent in a handmade 'thank you' card, signed by both dancers, with an A5 image from the performance. And if you are in Melbourne, 1 x complimentary ticket to 'The Sum Total'.
3 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2016