Dance

BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE TO TOUR CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES

In its 30th anniversary year, Bangarra Dance Theatre will travel to Canada and the United States to present the company’s 27th international tour.

Throughout October-November, Bangarra will deliver its first major national tour of Canada, presenting an ambitious five-city tour to Brantford, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as an inter-cultural residency at Six Nations of the Grand River; the country’s largest First Nations reserve. To complete the tour, the company will perform in Chicago for the first time at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, known for its world-class programming and work as a cultural anchor in the United States.

International touring is an essential part of Bangarra’s role as ambassadors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, underpinning the company’s commitment to sharing the strength and resilience of Australia’s First Peoples on the world stage.

TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY FOR BILLY ELLIOTT THE MUSICAL

Universal Theatrical Group, Working Title Films, Greene Light Stage, Michael Coppel and Louise Withers Presents are delighted to announce that tickets for the Sydney season of Billy Elliot the Musical are now on sale at billyelliotthemusical.com.au

This 10th Anniversary Australian Tour will premiere at Sydney Lyric Theatre from October 10 followed by seasons in Melbourne at the Regent Theatre from February 2020, Crown Theatre Perth from June 2020, QPAC’s Lyric Theatre inBrisbane from July 2020 and the Festival Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre from September 2020.

Featuring music by the legendary Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical has been seen by over 12 million people worldwide.  Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, it is the recipient of 85 awards internationally, including 10 Tony Awards, 5 Olivier Awards and 8 Helpmann Awards.

Starring as the tough but supportive ballet teacher Mrs Wilkinson will be Kelley Abbey, one of Australia’s most accomplished performers, internationally renowned choreographer and award-winning creative director.Kelley began her career in the long running TV series E Street before starring on stage in productions including Sweet Charity, Grease the Arena Spectacular and Fame the Musical. Her incredible choreography earnt her a Helpmann Award forThe Boy from Oz Arena Spectacular as she has proved to be one our country’s most creative and innovative doyens of dance and live performance. It is only fitting that she now steps into the shoes of Mrs Wilkinson to guide Billy through his unique dance journey. Continue reading TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY FOR BILLY ELLIOTT THE MUSICAL

SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY JOINS THE MARDI GRAS PARADE

Sydney Dance Company is thrilled to be participating in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade for the first time on Saturday 2nd March.

Sydney Dance Company’s float, Turning 50, in honour of the Company’s 50th anniversary in 2019, features a high energy, tightly rehearsed dance routine with 80 members of Sydney Dance Company’s community, led by Dance Class Manager Ramon Doringo.

Ramon will lead the synchronised marching troupe from the back of a golden Sydney Dance Company Studio float, complete with ballet bar, mirrors and performing drag divas.

Participants will wear gold costumes designed by Aleisa Jelbart that reference our golden 50th anniversary and will be an explosion of gold glitter pom poms and retro styled dance wear as the troupe perform down Oxford Street to the disco beats of DJ Sveta. Continue reading SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY JOINS THE MARDI GRAS PARADE

WE ARE DANCE PROJECTS : FOUND

WE.ARE Dance Project … a not-for-profit commercial dance company “… by dancers, for dancers …” with a mission to create exciting new works and employment opportunities for Australian performers and creative talent presents its premiere season FOUND‘ at Parade Theatre, NIDA for 5 shows only from 12 to 14 April.

Choreographed by renowned commercial choreographer Stephen Tannos (So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Dance BossThe Dream Dance Company – Genesisand a stellar cast of Sydney’s most captivating, one-of-a-kind dancers Tannos begs the question throughout this dance-centric show, “What does it mean to be FOUND? … What are you searching for? How do you get there? What does it take?”             Continue reading WE ARE DANCE PROJECTS : FOUND

KING : DARE TO DANCE THROUGH FEAR

To break the chains that turn flesh rancid and to breach the fetters that bind the heart, takes the gall and grit that only a freak of Shakespearean audacity can ignite without being consumed in the brazen fire of Art.

Very few have what it takes to throw off the well tried practice of well worn kudos and established norms and come out triumphant. Among the rare, happy few is choreographer Shaun Parker.

If you want to be blown away by a choreographic language as gutsy and heart wrenching as Shakespeare’s poetry, don’t miss KING by Shaun Parker and Company.                   Continue reading KING : DARE TO DANCE THROUGH FEAR

RECITAL. THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN MOVEMENT AND SOUND.

RECITAL – featured image by Ross Coulter

Three time APRA Art Music Award-winning percussionist Claire Edwardes and Helpmann Award-winning dancer Richard Cilli will unite in the hauntingly hypnotic dance and music work, RECITAL. 

Presented by FORM Dance Projects, a dancer and percussionist come together in this strange, mesmerising double act about how movement sounds and how sound moves.

Set in the orthodox world of a music and dance recital, the ambiguous relationship between the two performers intensifies; the outcomes are impressive, disturbing and wildly ecstatic.

RECITAL brings together Edwardes and Cilli’s distinct virtuosic talents in this collaboration directed by acclaimed choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, with composition and sound design by Australia’s leading electro-pop composer, Paul Mac.

RECITAL from FORM Dance Projects [Facebook]  plays at Riverside Theatres from 28th February to 2nd March.

Performers Richard Cilli and Claire Edwardes 
Director Gideon Obarzanek 
Lighting Design Bosco Shaw 
Composition and Sound Design Paul Mac and Claire Edwardes 
Producer Erin Milne 

ONE INFINITY @ CARRIAGEWORKS

One of the major highlights of this year’s Festival of Sydney, this stunning show is a hypnotic, cross-cultural music and dance collaboration, where the audience are also performers. ONE INFINITY blends traditional Chinese music and contemporary dance, the audience an essential part of the performance, in an intricate, mirroring dialogue.

It started with the music: Australian recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey working with Chinese guqin master Wang Peng, and later English composer Max de Wardener and the Jun Tian Fang Music Ensemble.

Eventually they decided their work required a sense of theatre and engaged Gideon Obarzanek as choreographer and director who brought together 10 dancers from Townsville-based Dancenorth and the Beijing Dance Theatre.

When we enter we discover that the audience is divided into two sides and the assorted musical instruments are on stage. There is a glossy reflective covering on the floor like a dividing river.

As director-choreographer Gideon Obarzanek informs us at the start of the performance, the audience does not just watch ONE INFINITY but is an integral part of the work. We are briefed to copy the gestures made by two dancers (Amber Haines and Gao Jing) when they are spotlit throughout the show. Continue reading ONE INFINITY @ CARRIAGEWORKS

TANGO POEMA : ARGENTINE TANGO IN A MODERN WORLD. GIVEAWAY

Premiering in Sydney, TANGO POEMA brings together world renowned tango dancers, Diana Cruz and Nick Jones and leading tango orchestra  Mendoza Tango Quintet (Brisbane) to perform a night of elegant, intricate and sassy tango – through music and dance.

Diana Cruz and Nick Jones have made a name for themselves internationally through their unique and modern take on Tango. While respecting the traditions of the dance, Nick and Diana add their own flair to Tango, showcasing their respective multidisciplinary art forms, and giving them an edge on the traditional dance. Continue reading TANGO POEMA : ARGENTINE TANGO IN A MODERN WORLD. GIVEAWAY

MARCH DANCE. NEW CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL

This image: Rhiannon Newton. Photo credit – Jennifer Large
Featured image: March Dance – Anja Mujic

MARCH DANCE is a new month-long contemporary dance festival,  featuring over 50 dance events in 31 days by 9 companies and 45 artists.

MARCH DANCE is a project of Independent Dance Alliance (IDA) a collaboration between Critical Path, DirtyFeet and Readymade Works who have joined forces with other companies and organisations to facilitate artists’ participation in this month-long dance festival, celebrating the culture of independent dance in Sydney.

Together they have created MARCH DANCE a place to shine the spotlight on independent dance. A remarkable collection of independent dance artists and organisations will present new works at venues across Sydney for the month of March.

In addition to performances, dancers and enthusiasts alike, have the chance to engage in workshops, classes, residencies, sharings, forums and talks throughout the month of March.

March Dance has something for everyone” says festival manager Anthea Doropoulos. “Our aim is to increase the awareness of contemporary dance in Sydney, and to share the amazing work being done by Sydney artists. NSW is the only state without a dance festival, for a city that is so vibrant and rich in culture the dance sector has been missing out

MARCH DANCE [Facebook] will take over Sydney from the 1st to 31st March 2019 and tickets are now on sale.

Richard Cilli and Claire Edwardes in Recital. Photo credit – Ross Coulter

THE NUTCRACKER AND I : A SUBLIME AND ENCHANTING EXPERIENCE

 

The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu, with ballerina Désirée Ballantyne, animations by Yeast Culture, and choreography by Jenna Lee. Photo by Mark Allen

Blending a piano rendition of Tchaikovky’s romantic melodies with 35,000 digital images and a live ballerina THE NUTCRACKER AND I produces a purely enjoyable and magical creation. Having both a world renowned concert pianist and ballerina performing against constantly changing colourful backgrounds and characters is a sublime and enchanting experience.

The production of THE NUTCRACKER AND I is quite beautiful but an unusual format. Images are projected onto a see-through black gauze screen at the front of the stage. Pianist Alexandra Dariescu and ballerina Désirée Ballantyne are illuminated behind the screen. The images tell the classical Nutcracker story. Snow is falling as the Silberhaus family decorates their Christmas tree. The magician and toymaker Drosselmeyer arrives. Presents are exchanged including a nutcracker. Clara’s dream that night includes the nutcracker fighting with the Mouse King before being transformed into a prince. The familiar story continues with matching images, both static and dynamic, on screen.                                               Continue reading THE NUTCRACKER AND I : A SUBLIME AND ENCHANTING EXPERIENCE

MOVE BABY MOVE @ CEMENT FONDU

Amrita Hepi’s video installation “The Pace” at the Paddington gallery Cement Fondu showcases the human body in its inspirational gift to move, play and dance. This video installation cheekily, metaphorically says “break out of any customary ruts into insouciant and authentic embodiment of skipping through your life.” Pick up the skipping rope of your creativity and have some fun at the expense of staid and stuck-up conformity. Continue reading MOVE BABY MOVE @ CEMENT FONDU