Embedding traditional dance stories and modern dance within Bangarra’s signature style, SandSong is a rich, evocative and powerful production.
Bangarra dancer Beau Dean Riley Smith in Bennelong.
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A new film about Bangarra Dance Theatre carries the deep Indigenous knowledge and personal trauma behind its 30-year history.
Grand Finale is a new work from Israeli-born, London-based choreographer Hofesh Shechter.
Hofesh Shechter’s latest contemporary dance work is not the rousing narrative its title might suggest. Its dancers inhabit a global catastrophe and then a brutal new world order.
Ian Wilkes in Kwongkan, an artistic collaboration between Australia and India.
An artistic collaboration between India and Australia, playing as part of this year’s Perth Festival, stirs its audience to action on climate change.
‘The biggest disco on the planet since 1979’: Dancing Grandmothers take the stage in Adelaide.
Josang Young Mo Choe
Korean choreographer Eun-Me Ah tnravelled up and down her native land, videotaping older women dancing.
Akram Khan in Xenos.
Jean Louis Fernandez
Dance can’t literally tell history, but it can tell historical truths, as shown by Akram Khan’s Xenos at the Adelaide Festival.
Ngathu, in Bangarra’s Ones Country, is a brilliant combination of the contemporary and traditional, telling the story of the ngathu, or cycad, in Arnhem Land.
Photo by Daniel Boud
Bangarra’s current season of three new works, Ones Country, is uneven in parts but worth seeing for the diversity of Indigenous stories from some new choreographic voices.
7 Pleasures: to explore body politics with a troupe of muscular, lean, able bodied dancers, limits the kinds of questions one might ask.
Mette Ingvartsen’s 7 Pleasures aims to upend
clichés about nudity. But the ‘confrontational’ use of nudity in dance and performance art is itself now something of a cliche.
East London collective Boy Blue Entertainment have taken their provocative show to the Edinburgh International Festival.
… and does it work?
The Tribhangi Dance Company performs Circles and Squares at the South African Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg.
South Africa’s foremost contemporary dance festival is celebrating its 28th birthday in 2016. It has remained relevant, vital and – despite the format’s esoteric nature – hugely popular.
Lucy Guerin has grown to be a prominent mentor and consistently inspirational dance artist.
Arts House/Lucy Guerin.
Lucy Guerin is a consistent creative and experimental point of contact for many young dancers and choreographers – and her new work, Motion Picture explores the grey area between nostalgia and modernity.
Dancers find their ‘their sultry siren selves’ in Spanish Dance, choreographed by Trisha Brown in 1973.
A retrospective of the work of American choreographer Trisha Brown (1936-) will be presented at the Melbourne Festival this month. In the performance Early Works, we will have a chance to revisit this…
It’s probably easier to say what contemporary dance is
Contemporary dance is a catch-all phrase used fairly indiscriminately, meaning many things to different dance communities across a wide range of cultures. In fact, it’s probably easier to say what contemporary…