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NAISDA: STORYPLACE. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

Frances Rings: Photo by Jamie James

NAISDA Dance College, Australia’s premier Indigenous dance college, is partnering with Carriageworks for a fifth consecutive year from Wednesday November 21 to Saturday November 24 to present STORYPLACE. NAISDA’s 2018 Sydney season honours Indigenous women and the ” female creative force inherent in our landscape, art and stories and alive within the spirit of our young women today.”

The Guide had a chance to speak with the director: NAISDA’s Head of Creative Studies, Frances Rings.

SAG:                      It’s such a pleasure to speak with you.  I love the work of NAISDA and look forward to the showcase each year but some of our readers may not be aware. I wonder if we could start the beginning, if you could tell us a little bit about your wonderful college and the stunning work you do.

FRANCES:            NAISDA is a training organisation, an RTO. We train Indigenous students in all areas of dancing and performing arts. There’s formal training in units such as ballet, contemporary, urban, tumbling and also we have other units such as critical and creative thinking, dance on film and theory based units such as composition. We also do cultural dance from the mainland and from the Torres Strait Islands. Continue reading NAISDA: STORYPLACE. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

RESTORATION: A DANCE WORK NOT TO BE MISSED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES

Production Images: Branco Gaica

What a bumper way to start the first act of RESTORATION.  After some very impressive warm ups in the large space, the dancers spread out around the stage, some at the barre in the centre of the arena.  What hits the speakers? Big Spender from Sweet Charity and they look great!   It will be a first act of surprises and a second act of certainty and culture.

NAISDA is a dance school providing world class expertise in cultural and creative training.  The college is graduating elite dancers who have culture as a bedrock for their arts practice.  The graduating artists whose work is showcased in RESTORATION are Lillian Banks, Shana O’Brien, Bradley Smith, Mendia Kermond and Jye Uren.  Remember those names.  These are the stars of the very, very near future.

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RESTORATION: NAISDA DANCE COLLEGE

Photo: Wayne Quilliam

NAISDA Dance & Carriageworks proudly present: RESTORATION

Join the critically acclaimed NAISDA Dance College as they reconnect stories inherited through bloodline and shared through breath, restoring the ancient knowledge grounds for a new generation.

Witness the cultural dances of Moa Island alongside the work of celebrated Australian and international choreographers.

Directed by Helpmann Award Winning choreographer Frances Rings & featuring choreography by:

Sani Townson
Taiaroa Royal (NZ)
NAISDA Developing Artists

Based in Kariong, NAISDA Dance College is the training ground for the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers.

DATES : November 22-25

For more about RESTORATION, visit http://carriageworks.com.au/events/naisda-2017/

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