Young dancers come back to Canberra - where it all began
Seven young choreographers from tertiary dance courses around Australia will come to Canberra over two weeks from Monday to create "On Course" - an evening of new short dance works. Several are originally from Canberra, having got their grounding in dance with QL2 Centre for Youth Dance's "Quantum Leap" ensemble.
Jamie Winbank, Emily Chapman, Caitlin McKenzie, Gemma Dawkins, Jacqui Cornforth, Ella-Rose Trew and Amanda Phillips are working with dancers Abby Johnson, Gabriel Comerford, Gabrielle Kirchner, Lucy Ingham, Luke Curry Richardson, Paul Jackson, Pia Moore, Rene Miller and Jake Kuzma.
"On Course" grew out of QL2's "Hot To Trot" program, where senior Quantum Leap dancers create short works -- seen this weekend in Canberra. Artistic Director Ruth Osborne decided to open it up to Quantum Leapers who had left Canberra to study, and wanted to 'come home' to show what they were doing. And now, dancers around Australia who have heard about it from Quantum Leapers are wanting to be part of it, so she created "On Course" specially for them.
Here's a snippet of the very beginnings of Jamie Winbank's piece:
Working title is "Hide and Seek". 'The piece explores the hidden secrets behind finding the search for meaning, particularly in dance. It relates to the honesty behind society, from innocent secrets, chinese whispers to world wide calamities (in effect).' The dancers are Pia, Emily, Rene, Amanda, Paul, Ella and Gabi. Music from Conjure One, 'Pilgrimage.'
Its very early days - come and see the final piece!
Choreographer Gemma Dawkins and dancer Pia Moore are both studying dance at QUT, and are being supported by QUT to come to Canberra for this opportunity by the Dance Department at QUT, who see it as a great chance to exchange skills and ideas with dancers from other states.
The works will be presented in a short performance season - three shows only - over the weekend of 13 and 14 December.
6pm & 8pm Saturday 13 December,
6pm only Sunday 14 December 2008
QL2 Centre for Youth Dance Theatre
Gorman House Arts Centre, Ainslie Avenue Braddon.
$10 full, $5 concessions — tickets at the door 30 minutes before each show.