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Thu, 23 June 2016

Choreographers, Stephanie Lake and Ross McCormack in Dancenorth’s

Filed under: Fine Arts, Dance, Gigs — site admin @ 12:56 pm

Australia’s acclaimed Dancenorth presents the Melbourne premiere of
If _ Was _
A double bill choreographed by Stephanie Lake and Ross McCormack

29 June – 2 July Melbourne @ The SUBSTATION
Following performances in Townsville, Mackay, Proserpine and Brisbane
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Delve into the fanciful and illusory worlds of two extraordinary choreographers, Stephanie Lake and Ross McCormack in Dancenorth’s most recent double bill If _ Was _.

The challenge was set by Dancenorth Artistic Director Kyle Page, for each artist to select sound from the one sound score, create costumes from one pattern, utilise lighting from one design and work to a set duration. It is within these parameters that If_Was_ comes to life.

Stephanie and Ross are two of the most extraordinary choreographic talents of our time and they have each generated something profoundly different in response to the equal limitations,” said Kyle.
Multi award-winning Australian choreographer, dancer and director of Stephanie Lake Company, Stephanie describes her new work If Never was Now, as a surreal hive of buzzing life reflecting the beauty and brutality of the natural world.
“From marching automatons to wild hybrid creatures, this work and the dancers within it are continually transmuting and being affected by their rapidly changing conditions. It’s about survival, symbiosis and rebirth. Through intricate choreography and vivid imagery the dancers incubate a strange world of their own making with a desperate forward momentum.”

New Zealand born choreographer and dancer Ross McCormack’s new work ‘If Form Was Shifted’, is a collaboration between McCormack, dancers and composer Robin Fox to achieve a virtuosic reflection of the thought process structured through group manipulation.

“What interests me is to watch the body at odds with its purpose, this is where I try to orientate most of my movement. I see the body as a device grappling with its complexities and place, how it rather unnaturally manipulates itself is somehow spectacular yet also pathetic,” said Ross.

Ross has worked extensively with Alain Platel at Les Ballets C de la B in Belgium. Other companies include the Douglas Wright Dance Company, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Australia’s Chunky Move, Australian Dance Theatre and Lucy Guerin INC and Dancers.

Dancenorth is a contemporary dance company based in Townsville, making new, bold, critically acclaimed work. As a major champion of the arts, Dancenorth balances a dynamic regional presence with a commitment to creating compelling professional contemporary dance that tours the globe, development opportunities for local dancers and choreographers and national and international residencies and exchanges.

STEPHANIE LAKE BIOGRAPHY
Stephanie is multi award-winning Australian choreographer, dancer and director of Stephanie Lake Company. Her major works including Double Blind, DUAL, A Small Prometheus, AORTA and Mix Tape have been presented by Melbourne International Arts Festival, Sydney Festival, Dance Massive, Arts House, Sydney Opera House, Theatre National de Chaillot (Paris), Theater im Pfalzbau (Germany), Dublin Dance Festival, Tramway (Glasgow), Singapore and Aarhus Festival (Denmark) among others. In 2014 Stephanie was awarded both the Helpmann Award ( A Small Prometheus ) and Australian Dance Award (AORTA) for Outstanding Choreography. She also won the Green Room Award for Mix Tape in 2011. In 2013 Stephanie was appointed inaugural Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc, which included working as Guerin’s choreographic assistant at Lyon Opera Ballet. Stephanie received a prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in the same year and the Dame Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship in 2012.

Stephanie has been commissioned by Sydney Dance Company, Chunky Move, Tasdance, Stompin , Frontier Danceland (Singapore), Sydney Symphony and the Victorian College of the Arts. She collaborates across theatre, film and TV, visual art and music video and has directed several large-scale public works involving over 1000 participants. Her performance career spans fifteen years, touring and dancing extensively with Gideon Obarzanek’s Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin Inc as well as with choreographers Antony Hamilton & Byron Perry and Anouk Van Dijk. She was a founding performer in Phillip Adams’ BalletLab. The Stephanie Lake Company was established in 2014.

ROSS McCORMACK BIOGRAPHY
Ross McCormack is one of New Zealand’s leading next generation performance makers. His extensive career includes ten years performing with the acclaimed Belgian company Les Ballets C de la B. Throughout this time Ross maintained connections to New Zealand and Australia, choreographing and designing multiple works for companies in both countries and performing internationally with Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin. In 2014, upon being commissioned to direct and choreograph AGE for the New Zealand Festival, Ross co-founded Muscle Mouth. Ross designed, directed and starred in the company’s second work Triumphs and Other Alternatives, which premiered in 2015 to much acclaim, and recently exhibited new installations at Enjoy Gallery. In 2015 Ross was awarded the prestigious Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship.

Sat, 21 May 2016

Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy

Filed under: Dance, Gigs, General — site admin @ 2:41 pm

Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy
2016 Program
[MIS]CONCEIVE (17-22 May)
Desert Body Creep (17-22 May)
BLAAQ Catt (17-22 May)

Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy fortifies its reputation as a hub of creative audacity, co-presenting seven inspired productions from 4 – 23 May as part of Next Wave 2016 program.
Extending across dance, theatre and music from emerging and early career artists, the program exemplifies the commitment to social and cultural diversity of Next Wave and Darebin Arts Speakeasy, particularly within the Northcote Town Hall’s strong, historical connectedness to indigenous arts.

“We are thrilled to partner with Next Wave for the third time. Our curatorial focus is centred on powerful, political work, with a strong indigenous thread running through many of the shows. Additionally we wanted to capitalise on our previous successful presentations of contemporary dance, so four of the works are by leading young choreographers and performers”, said 
Darebin Arts Programming Co-ordinator Beau McCafferty.

Following stand out performances across theatre and screen, BlaaQ Catt (17-22 May) is the solo debut from writer and performer Maurial Spearim (We Get It, Redfern Now). In an exploration of hope, longing and connection, this darkly comic story fuses the ancient with the contemporary, bringing two worlds into one. Weaving Gamilaraay language together with song, dance and storytelling, Spearim reflects on the complexities and harsh realities of life for a contemporary, young Aboriginal woman.

In his debut full-length dance-theatre work, [MIS]conceive, (17-22 May) rising performer and choreographer Thomas E.S. Kelly (Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company) explodes the misconceptions and prescriptions of what it is to be a young urban Aboriginal person in Australia. Kelly uses a mash-up of traditional and contemporary styles including hip hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern to simultaneously reject, reveal and re-educate modern (mis)understandings of Indigeneity.

Desert Body Creep (17-22 May) feeds on the corpse of a post-everything world and sees dancer and choreographer Angela Goh share the stage with a giant gummi worm. Exploring the transition from dead to undead, wriggles and writhes through an hallucinatory landscape, proposing a strategy towards new forms of life.

DAREBIN ARTS’ SPEAKEASY NEW WAVE 2016 PROGRAM
4 – 22 May @ Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote
www.northcotetownhall.com.au

Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy

2016 Program
[MIS]CONCEIVE (17-22 May)
Desert Body Creep (17-22 May)
BLAAQ Catt (17-22 May)

Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy fortifies its reputation as a hub of creative audacity, co-presenting seven inspired productions from 4 – 23 May as part of Next Wave 2016 program.

Extending across dance, theatre and music from emerging and early career artists, the program exemplifies the commitment to social and cultural diversity of Next Wave and Darebin Arts Speakeasy, particularly within the Northcote Town Hall’s strong, historical connectedness to indigenous arts.

“We are thrilled to partner with Next Wave for the third time. Our curatorial focus is centred on powerful, political work, with a strong indigenous thread running through many of the shows. Additionally we wanted to capitalise on our previous successful presentations of contemporary dance, so four of the works are by leading young choreographers and performers”, said 
Darebin Arts Programming Co-ordinator Beau McCafferty.

Following stand out performances across theatre and screen, BlaaQ Catt (17-22 May) is the solo debut from writer and performer Maurial Spearim (We Get It, Redfern Now). In an exploration of hope, longing and connection, this darkly comic story fuses the ancient with the contemporary, bringing two worlds into one. Weaving Gamilaraay language together with song, dance and storytelling, Spearim reflects on the complexities and harsh realities of life for a contemporary, young Aboriginal woman.

In his debut full-length dance-theatre work, [MIS]conceive, (17-22 May) rising performer and choreographer Thomas E.S. Kelly (Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company) explodes the misconceptions and prescriptions of what it is to be a young urban Aboriginal person in Australia. Kelly uses a mash-up of traditional and contemporary styles including hip hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern to simultaneously reject, reveal and re-educate modern (mis)understandings of Indigeneity.

Desert Body Creep (17-22 May) feeds on the corpse of a post-everything world andsees dancer and choreographer Angela Goh share the stage with a giant gummi worm. Exploring the transition from dead to undead, wriggles and writhes through an hallucinatory landscape, proposing a strategy towards new forms of life.

DAREBIN ARTS’ SPEAKEASY NEW WAVE 2016 PROGRAM
4 – 22 May @ Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote
www.northcotetownhall.com.au

The Australian Burlesque Festival: 28 May to 2 July 2016

Filed under: cabaret, Dance, Gigs — site admin @ 2:31 pm

The Australian Burlesque Festival: 28 May to 2 July 2016
Featured Shows
28 May: Shake-O-Rama Blue Mountains
This show is set to sell out. Featuring some of the best burlesque & variety acts in our opening event.
Alyssa Kitt, Zelia Rose, Jacqueline Furey, Elena Gabrielle, Dolores Daiquiri, Diesel Darling, The Sugar Duchess, Hannie Helsden, Bettie Bombshell

9 June: Funfair Circus Melbourne
Opening night in Melbourne at the fantastic Spielgeltent. Featuring some amazing international and local circus, burlesque and slapstick acts.
Zelia Rose, Aurora, Honey B Goode, Sugar Blue Burlesque, The Cheese Girls, Leo & Teo, Anndala The Hooper, Monet Petit, Skopalova, Grace Cherry, Coney Bow, Carletta The Great, Mike Kay, Hannie Helsden, Johnny Domino

17 June: Shake-O-Rama Canberra
One of our most popular shows. Always sells out. Featuring international star DIRTY MARTINI (USA) and many other sensational performers.
Dirty Martini, Jacqueline Furey, Alyssa Kitt, Zelia Rose, Dolores Daiquiri, Elena Gabrielle, MisRed Delicious, Pickled Tink, Lord of Mis Rule, Gemma Sheree

18 June: The Big Tease Sydney
The Big Tease is by far our most glamorous and classic show. A star-studded event with DIRTY MARTINI (USA) Selling fast.
Dirty Martini, Zelia Rose, Dolores Daiquiri, Alyssa Kitt, Elena Gabrielle, Lola The Vamp, Valerie Stunning, Ruby DeLure, Amber Topaz, Scarlett, Trillian,
Bella de Jac

24 June: Shake-O-Rama Adelaide
ABF is back after a two year hiatus. Come along and see some huge names hit the stage.
Dirty Martini, Jacqueline Furey, Alyssa Kitt, Zelia Rose, Dolores Daiquiri, Elena Gabrielle, Gin House Floozies, Kitty Devine, Lyra La Belle, Rebelle Velveteen, Flavella L’Amour, Sapphire Snow

To book tickets to these shows and others please visit the website link below.
Burlesque Workshops are available to attend in most cities but are sold out or selling fast.
WWW.AUSTRALIANBURLESQUEFEST.COM
Photo credit: 3 Fates Media

Mon, 25 April 2016

The Australian Burlesque Festival

Filed under: cabaret, Dance, Theatre, General — site admin @ 9:52 am

The Australian Burlesque Festival
Dirty Martini currently on tour With Dita Von Teese in the USA!
In Australia very soon for ABF. Shows selling out!

ABF TICKETS 2016
General admission Festival Pass still available for Melbourne Shows
28 May - Blue Mountains: Selling very very quick
9 - 12 June - Melbourne: The Big Tease about to sell out. Handful of tickets left. All other shows selling very fast.
17 June - Canberra: Dinner & show selling quickly
18 - 19 June - Sydney: The Big Tease selling super fast.
24 June - Adelaide: A Reserve Cabaret style selling out. Not many tables left.
26 June - Darwin: Selling quickly (this show sells very well)
1 July - Byron Bay: Grab your discount now (concession available)
2 July - Brisbane: Selling very very fast

Thu, 2 July 2015

listen out dance and electronic fest

Filed under: Dance Party, electronic music, Dance — site admin @ 9:47 am

listen out dance festival 26.9.2015
Catani Gardens St.Kilda
When it comes to representing women, it’s been a bad year for music festivals. DJ and LISTEN member Jo Eaton calls out the latest offender, national dance and electronic festival, Listen Out.

Of the 17 acts announced on the line-up for Listen Out festival, only one, Alison Wonderland, is female. In its announcement yesterday event promoter, Novel Tours, also slung in a homophobic remark. “When done correctly and at the right place,” ran its promo material, “Dance can: attract the opposite sex…”

Thus far, 2015 has seen experimental electronic festival, Unsound Adelaide fail - for the second consecutive year - to schedule any women on its original 3-day line-up, though a late cancellation saw women added to the bill. Vivid Festival didn’t do much better. Overseas, the situation is the same. Music blog, Crack In The Road, posted images of festival posters with the male bands edited out to starkly show the imbalance and this week The Guardian has presented the statistics.

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Slow Dance Social

Filed under: Fundraising, Dance, Gigs — site admin @ 9:32 am

Slow Dance Social will be held on Friday, July 17 from 6.30pm at Little & Oliver 393 Brunswick Street in Fitzroy as part of Leaps & Bounds Music Festival.
Welcoming dancers and non-dancers alike to share a night of vignette moment with strangers and friends, Slow Dance Social is a non-heteronormative soiree and fundraiser for Equal Love (marriage equality advocacy) and Beyond Blue (recognizing that the queer community reports more instances of depression and anxiety than the mainstream numbers).

Slow Dance Social is an evening of class with a slow soul and blues soundtrack, dance cards and a lending library of designated dancers for wallflowers.

Fri, 16 January 2015

Australian Burlesque Festival

Filed under: cabaret, Dance, Workshops, Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 11:44 am

The Australian Burlesque Festival is getting very excited as we are begin to announce our Headliners, Guest Artists, Shows and Tickets! This year will be our 6th year and we plan on delivering an even bigger and better festival. Burlesque fever has begun!!

Shows/Tickets
Melbourne: 11 - 14 June Wonderland Spielgeltent ON SALE NOW
Newcastle: 18 June Lizzottes ON SALE NOW
Sydney: 19 June The Factory Theatre ON SALE NOW
Sydney: 20 June The Metro ON SALE NOW
Byron Bay: 25 June Byron Community Centre ON SALE SOON
Brisbane: 26 June The Tivoli ON SALE SOON
Darwin: 27 June Darwin Entertainment Centre ON SALE SOON
Canberra: 3 - 4 July The Abbey ON SALE NOW

ABF is bringing back our popular ‘Festival Pass’ for Melbourne shows only.

For ticketing and show information wonder on over to our website: ABF SHOWS

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