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From humble beginnings as a fisherman in Brazil, Braz
Dos Santos has seen his hard work pay off, with the
world premiere of his show BRAZOUKA in Edinburgh
recently. “We were all very afraid,” Braz concedes
of his opening night with his cast of 16. “None of us
had ever been in front of a huge, full theatre like that
before. But at the end, everyone started cheering
and were standing up for us and dancing with us –
the whole theatre.” This dance-drama, directed by
Arlene Phillips, will hit Perth to show off the dance
language of the Lambazouk, mixed with the bouncy
Forro style, the martial arts dance of the Capoeira,
Afro-contemporary, Rio Zouk and the cheeky partner
dances of the Samba. “There are show-stopping lifts
and tricks from fantastically skilled dancers, as well as
romantic duos – I am really proud of it all,” says Braz.
He isn’t the only one – comedian Billy Connolly has
been spotted in the audience, supporting his wife
and BRAZOUKA writer Pamela Stephenson-Connolly.
Regal Theatre, Oct 23-26 .
THE WA PERFORMANCE SCHOOL
2014 END-OF-YEAR CONCERT
Enjoy a varied dance program at this concert, which showcases
styles including ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and tap. John Inverarity
Music & Drama Centre, Hale School, Dec 7.
A bit of clever staging over two rooms at Studio Underground enhances the tension of
Danielle Micich’s new work, Overexposed. A woman stands in a tediously long customs
queue at the airport, waiting to be reunited with family after an overseas trip, but she is
being watched. There are two sides to this story but you’ll have to be there to learn the
life-changing outcome. Privacy, detention, and control are examined from two different
points of view in this dance theatre work, featuring Danielle Micich and Humphrey Bower.
Studio Underground, Oct 22-Nov 1.
Tuesday The Mustang Bar gets a south-of-
the-border makeover for its weekly salsa sessions,
all experience levels welcome. Northbridge.
Wednesday Work up a sweat at The
Latin Lounge hosted by The Hellenic Club,
where the salsa and bachata doesn’t stop until
the wee hours. CBD.
Thursday Want to learn the jitterbug? At
Mt Hawthorn Community Centre‘s Lindy Hop
classes, the goal is to relax and dance.
Friday Tucked away in an alley, through a
phone booth and down a set of stairs, you will find
The Jazz Cellar, where live jazz is celebrated and
dancing is encouraged. Mt Hawthorn.
Saturday SOHO Bar and Kitchen makes
room for SOHOP Swing, and a dancefloor full of
retro-loving dancers showing off their best moves.
Sunday With great beer and a free 30-minute
dance class, what’s not to love about this Swing N’
Soul Sunday at the Brass Monkey? Northbridge.
Practise your moves
Get your fancy footwork up to
par with these weekly dance
sessions around Perth.
STRUT Dance and MoveMe present the mini
MoveMe Improvisation Festival at venues across
Perth. STRUT is the National Choreographic
Centre of Western Australia and, for this festival, is
living up to that role. Independent contemporary
dance artists will be signing up to work with local,
national and international dance and movement
improvisational specialists to prepare for a series
of improvised dance programs across the eight
days of the festival. The festival opener is a double
bill with Beast#3, featuring locals Jo Pollit and
Paea Leach, and Rosalind Crisp’s No-one will tell
us.... Crisp, who has been developing her dance
practice between Australia and France since 2005,
will provide an international counterpoint to the
Australian co-works. Various locations, Nov 22-30.
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au
Jo Pollit and Paea Leach in Beast#3
(photography Eva Fernandez).
Braz and dance
partner Romina in the
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