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Glasgow-based, self-identifying disabled artist Claire
Cunningham will bring her compelling work to the
2016 Perth International Arts Festival as the Artist in
Residence. Her unique performances, Guide Gods
and Give Me A Reason to Live, incorporate the
crutches that have been part of her life since the
age of 14, and rejects traditional dance techniques
to explore physicality and faith. We have it on good
authority these are must-see pieces. Guide Gods,
Victoria Hall, Feb 11-14 and Burt Hall, Feb 17-21;
Give Me A Reason To Live, PICA, Mar 2-5.
Continuing the established legacy of its
predecessors – Buzz Dance Theatre and STEPS
Youth Dance Company – Western Australia’s
newly amalgamated contemporary dance company,
Co3, is an ambitious project.
With the philosophy to ‘curate, commission,
create’, it aims to contribute to contemporary
conversations in WA, says artistic director
Raewyn Hill. “‘Curate’ is breathing new life into
Australasian work; ‘commission’ is to honour
the art form by giving the dance-makers who are
shaping the conversation free reign; and ‘create’
is about engaging with dance in unexpected
ways,” she explains.
Co3 also has an educational unit, offering
residencies and workshops across the state, and will
be exposing its creative process with an audience
development program. “We know dance can be a
little bit confronting and abstract. We want to break
that down, and be transparent about how we actually
create work,” says Raewyn.
Charlesworth Ballet Institute
and Youth Ballet WA are
bringing this Christmas
classic to the stage. Journey
through the Land of Sweets
and see just why this has
become a timeless tale
for all ages. His Majesty’s
Theatre, Dec 18-20 .
THE SECRET GARDEN
The Conservatoire Ballet
a children’s ballet about
the wonder of blossoming
gardens, and their influence
on positive perspectives.
Few performances in your lifetime will whisk you away to another world, leaving you blind to your own existence. Shen Yun is
one such performance. Be seduced by classical dance, orchestra, and animated backdrops chronicling China’s ancient legends.
Chinese dance is known for its elegance, energy, and spirit, an age-old form that expresses its country’s rich culture and spirited
tradition. Shen Yun seeks to revive China’s lost civilisation, igniting the divine land, and reimagining a world where deities and
mortals coexist. Regal Theatre, Jan 30-Feb 6.
If you’ve read the book or
seen the movie, you’ll want
to catch this magical tale
on the stage. John Curtin
College of the Arts, Dec 19.
BURN THE FLOOR
Whether it’s the foxtrot
or the cha cha, there’s
about watching the
energetic connection of
ballroom dancing unfold
on the stage. We’re sure
there’ll be fire in the
ballroom at this event.
Mar 23-Apr 5.
Burn the Floor.
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/dance
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