Dean talks about not talking about creating new dance

Canberra-based but peripatetic dance artist Dean Cross takes up two Curated Residencies at QL2 Dance this month. In the first, he is working on the very first  research and development phase for a new contemporary dance work choreographed and performed by himslef, and local dancer Jack Riley.

“Conceptually the work will be looking at our similarities and differences as people who are separated by ten years, whilst finding both in a shared and non-shared physical language.”

But Jack is busy elsewhere this week, so Dean is working hard in the studio, thinking and creating from that black void.  Here, on Day One of his Curated Residency, he talks (very quietly) about what goes on.

Update 26 September: a short improvised solo:

Update 1 October: “This time I was joined by hip-hopper Will Tran from the Rockit Crew for some inter-genre dance conversation.”

And in a separate Curated Residency, he will be working at the other end of a creative process: the debut presentation of his new work Finding S___ T____.

“ ‘Finding S___ T____’ is an intimate look into the private life of a convicted criminal. Whilst serving his sentence inmate S___ T____ kept a meticulous hand-written journal describing his surroundings, the people he met, the challenges he faced and the revelations he made.

Finding S___ T____ is morally questionable, theatrically simple and profoundly moving. A work of pure Non-Fiction it provides an unparalleled opportunity to experience first-hand the thoughts, emotions and innermost secrets of a young man searching for himself and his place in the world from the confines of his prison cell. ”

Finding ad 1234280_1386529608245952_1005743500_n‘Finding S___ T____’:
Thursday 3 October – Saturday 5 October @7pm; QL2 Theatre
$15 / $10 Concession

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Dean Cross is a Canberra born and raised dancer and choreographer who grew up on a farm outside of Sutton. His dance career began with Quantum Leap in 2000 in Industrial Hardware. It was this project that started Dean’s journey with dance and led to formal dance training at QUT. He has since worked with many inspiring and passionate artists whilst being able to travel the world working and performing. Dean has performed nationally and internationally with companies such as Lucy Guerin Inc., Legs on the Wall, Motionhouse (UK), Shaun Parker and Company, Theatre of Image, QL2 Dance, Strings Attached, Opera Australia, Buzz Dance Theatre and Torque Show. Dean has choreographed a number of works for QL2 including ‘Hard Yards’, which was awarded an Australian Dance Award in 2011 for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance. He is also the Assistant Director for Legs on the Wall’s Symphony, which was performed as a part of the Sydney Festival 2013; and co-choreographed QL2 Dance’s Hit the floor together in 2013.