Dance

FORTE: A SHOWCASE FOR STRENGTH AND TECHNIQUE

FORTE is a collaboration between Australian choreographer Tim Podesta and Principal Guest Artist of the Royal Ballet Mara Galeazzi.  It brings together James Pett and Travis Clausen-Knight, contemporary dancers from the UK who for the past four years have danced with Company Wayne McGregor, and a cast of Australian and international dancers. Forte is a programme of five short works produced by M&T In Motion for Projection Dance Company. The word Forte means strong or strength and showcases the great strength and excellent technique of the dancers .

There were no set designs as such , rather the stage of the Concourse Theatre was stripped right back . Continue reading FORTE: A SHOWCASE FOR STRENGTH AND TECHNIQUE

PITE-PEREZ- SHECTER-THIERRE: PARIS OPERA BALLET

 

The latest in the Palace Opera and Ballet season of dance is a striking mixed programme of works by four of the world’s most exciting contemporary dance makers as performed by the Paris Opera Ballet

 Frôlons , a new work from Switzerland’s James Thiérrée, opens the programme. The dancers in Thiérrée’s work invade the magnificent public areas of the Palais Garnier and introduces us to his dream-like world. There are also singers and musicians involved. The costumes are extraordinary – inspired by some of the various statues and decorations around the Opera building. Featured performers include huge slithering dragons, and a lady with an incredible lamp headdress.  There are some sections where the lighting is isolated and concentrated and the various ‘balls’ of light can be hand held and manipulated.  Continue reading PITE-PEREZ- SHECTER-THIERRE: PARIS OPERA BALLET

LA SCALA – BALLET LE CORSAIRE: THRILLINGLY TRADITIONAL

For I am a Pirate King! 
Hurrah for our Pirate King! 
And it is, it is a glorious thing
To be a Pirate King. 

Sorry , but I just had to start with the above from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Conrad our hero is a pirate and at times you could just imagine him and his band of followers singing this .

This is La Scala’s first staging of LE CORSAIR since the 19th century, where Giovanni Galzerani’s production was presented on the Piermarini stage in 1826, and Domenico Ronzani’s in 1857. Based on ‘The Corsair‘ by Lord Byron, the narrative follows a dashingly handsome pirate, Conrad (Timofej Andrijashenko), as he journeys across the high seas to save his love, the beautiful harem slave Medora (Nicoletta Manni).The work is packed with passion, action and romance. The antiquated ballet LE CORSAIR has an absolutely ridiculous plot but is a fabulous example of nineteenth century Russian ballet glitz and glamour, an excuse to showcase bravura spectacular dancing , and the dancing in this production is absolutely incredible , totally jaw dropping at times . Continue reading LA SCALA – BALLET LE CORSAIRE: THRILLINGLY TRADITIONAL

ABOVE GROUND – DANCE LIFTED ABOVE THE BODY

This image: Cat’s Cradle
Featured Image: Soft Prosthetics and Metal Gods
Production photography: Heidrun Lohr

ABOVE GROUND played recently at Riverside Theatres and what a stunning evening of dance it was.  The two pieces presented took to the air and, despite their differences, each experience caught the breath as aerial practice deepened our corporeal understandings.

SOFT PROSTHETICS AND METAL GODS from Kathryn Puie and Lux Eterna began as we entered the theatre.  Continue reading ABOVE GROUND – DANCE LIFTED ABOVE THE BODY

FORTE NATIONAL TOUR: SYDNEY DATE ANNOUNCED

As the contemporary brilliance of FORTE returns to the stage after a critically acclaimed premiere in May, lovers of dance will get another fix of PROJECTion Dance Company’s edgy but classically grounded style when it embarks on a wider Australian tour.

The FORTE program is a modern dance bill curated to fulfil an insatiable curiosity about movement and its expressive potential. It dives into an exploration of strength in its many forms and uses exquisite design and musical composition to push the dancers to their physical and emotional boundaries. Continue reading FORTE NATIONAL TOUR: SYDNEY DATE ANNOUNCED

LIZ LEA’S RED @ THE RIVERSIDE

RED pushes emotional buttons as it portrays a personal story about a dancer’s ordeal with a life changing disability. Written and directed by Liz Lea (London Contemporary Dance School), who also plays the part of the dancer, she wrestles with issues of loss, love and time passing.

Pulling heartstrings, RED has tragedy as its core but this show is anything but a downer. Having used the beat of her feet and a sense of humour, she weaponised herself against her condition.

Lea communicates patently and with a quick and delicate wit about human sensibilities of illness, whilst all along, never stopping to entertain. With a twirl of her tongue, she turns the audience’s discomfort firstly into tittering, then into giggling and finally into lurid laughter. When her heart leaps, Lea’s audience again follows her with all of their endorphins, leaving their stress hormones at the box office. Continue reading LIZ LEA’S RED @ THE RIVERSIDE

MUT BY MOTIMARU: INTENSE, DARK, FEMALE

photo-by-Hiroshi-Makino

Tiziana Longo in MUTMotimaru’s MUT is the second work the company has brought to Sydney – last week I reviewed their TWILIGHT. Motimaru is a dance company founded in Tokyo by Motoya Kondo and Tiziana Longo, based in Berlin since 2010, who have taught and performed internationally. Their background is in performing arts, modern dance, martial arts, and Butoh.  Motimaru define dance as a way to experience deeper reality of our existence and are experimenting to create a new authentic dance method beyond any genre. This new work, MUT, is a solo work, choreographed and performed by Tiziana Longo.   Continue reading MUT BY MOTIMARU: INTENSE, DARK, FEMALE

ABOVE GROUND: DANCE WORKS OF AIR FOR RIVERSIDE

Lux_Eterna_©2017_KP_Stilts_Postquam Terrae

From 21st to 23rd June, FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres will present the exciting double bill, ABOVE GROUND, exploring the subtleties of above ground movement with apparatus.

The double bill will feature the new work, CAT’S CRADLE, from Australia’s celebrated physical theatre company, Legs On The Wall. Expertly utilising a commanding apparatus that looms over the space, like a curtain of tentacles, CAT’S CRADLE will explore the depths of what is private and what is public. It will tantalisingly coerce the audience to look at their own desires, where reality and fantasy collide. Continue reading ABOVE GROUND: DANCE WORKS OF AIR FOR RIVERSIDE

TWILIGHT: MOTIMARU AT OLD 505

Motimaru in Twilight

Motimaru is a dance company founded in Tokyo by Motoya Kondo and Tiziana Longo, based in Berlin since 2010 , who have taught and performed internationally. Their background is in performing arts, modern dance, martial arts, and Butoh. Motimaru define dance as a way to experience deeper reality of our existence and are experimenting to create a new authentic dance method beyond any genre.

TWILIGHT the first of two productions they are performing here in Sydney is dark and mysterious , powerful and hypnotic , taking us to a trancelike meditative state. Is the work perhaps evoking the creation of the world aeons ago? It is full of the elemental forces of nature, combining and contrasting quietude and forceful movement. Continue reading TWILIGHT: MOTIMARU AT OLD 505

FREE DANCE CLASS FOR PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS

Sydney Dance Company’s new program Make your Move is an exciting initiative for people with mobility restrictions who want to dance.

These weekly dance sessions are FREE of charge and take place at three locations around Sydney:  Burwood, Fairfield and Strathfield.

The course, which runs for 8 weeks and is open to adults over the age of 18 and is designed as a series of creative workshops to get people moving, making and participating in contemporary dance. Over the course of the 8 weeks participants will develop skills and confidence in movement and explore some of the ideas that inspire Sydney Dance Company’s productions. Sessions will include a gentle warm up and a range of creative dance activities in a safe and fun environment.

More information at Sydney Dance Company [Facebook]. SDC invites you to bring along a friend, family member or carer to dance with you.  Limited places are available.

MOTIMARU – BUTOH DANCE WORKS FOR OLD 505

Images from MUT. Photo by Hiroshi Makino© Copyright Motimaru 2018

Following sell out extended seasons in Berlin in 2017, Motimaru Dance Company (Berlin) will be performing and teaching in Sydney from 29 May to 17 June 2018!  The prestigious company will be performing two works in successive weeks at Old 505 Theatre, Newtown.

The two shows are TWILIGHT: 29 May – 3 June 2018 and MUT: 6–10 June 2018.

Motimaru is a dance company founded in Tokyo by Motoya Kondo and Tiziana Longo, and based in Berlin since 2010. Their background is in performing arts, modern dance, martial arts, and butoh. After they trained for 5 years at the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, studying and working as dancers and stage assistants of Yoshito Ohno – a son of Kazuo Ohno, they left Japan and have started fieldwork research about traditional and ritual dances in Japan, India, Bali, and Tibetan area in Nepal.

Motimaru define dance as a way to experience deeper reality of our existence and are experimenting to create a new authentic dance method beyond any genre.

Motoya Kondo and Tiziana Longo, co-founders of Motimaru Dance Company say: “What we need to learn from the founders of butoh is not the style, but the method to go deeply into our body-mind through dance, the method that could enable us to go beyond
 our ego and to metamorphose into everything of the universe. This process is not a narrow genre called “butoh”, but the most fundamental theme of human beings, dance and cultures. The revolution of the dance has just started.”

TWILIGHT and MUT from Motimaru Dance Company [Facebook] will play at Old 505 Theatre [Facebook] from 29th May.  You can see a trailer for TWILIGHT here.