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WA Arts Orgs LINK up for IBM

Thursday, 28 September 2017

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Inventories of Bodies in Movement sees 50 performers from local companies, Co3, DADAA/TRACKSUIT and WAAPA’s LINK Dance Company collaborate for the first time. Bringing together dancers and non-dancers to the South Lawn of the stunning Fremantle Arts Centre in a sea of synchronised movement as each performer explores their own ideas of ‘body’ in a mass contemporary dance display for two performances only Thursday, 5 October at 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

Choreographed by revered French artist Christine Fricker, Inventories of Bodies in Movement was originally performed in Marseille and has subsequently travelled to nine cities around the world with each production tackling a different theme. LINK Artistic Director, Michael Whaites explains, “The Fremantle iteration of IBM takes the environment, islands and isolation in relation to Australia as its inspiration. The 50 performers will be creating the material from scratch over the next two weeks with Christine at the helm and LINK and all the organisations involved are very excited to present this Australian Premiere.”

Performed over 30mins this work is like a jigsaw, set in a grid and like a sophisticated flash mob with each performer inhabiting a 1.6m square indicated on the ground. Specially designed for novices and professionals alike this work breaks open the divide between these two worlds. It brings, young and old, professional and aspiring dancers, able-bodied and disabled people together. The result is a beautiful, arresting patchwork of humanity, people from different walks of life moving in their own worlds and connected together with intent. Imagine a ‘happening' from the 60’s with the relevance and immediacy of our lives today.

“The opportunity to collaborate through this community engagement project with Co: Youth, DADAA and Tracksuit is a first for WAAPA and will blow the LINK dancers worlds apart. I am extremely excited to see this work inspired by Australia come to life and our incredibly diverse cast of dancers cannot wait to share this visual feast with their family, friends and general public.”

This is the first time WAAPA and LINK have collaborated with TRACKSUIT which is one of the suite of arts initiatives of Community Arts and Cultural Development organisation DADAA. Building on an expanded artistic program and a reputation for best practice, inclusivity and integration in dance-based theatre, TRACKSUIT celebrates 8 years of operations in 2017.

Co3 is WA’s flagship contemporary dance company, contributing a unique voice to the national cultural environment and already enjoying a great working relationship with WAAPA, employing many of its graduates in their company of dancers, as well as in administrative and creative roles. Co3 also offers ongoing opportunities to LINK who recently had dancers seconded with Co3 for the company's latest show The Zone. Co3 offers Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble for aspiring young dancers aged 7-18 years to extend their creative and technical development in dance.

For all venue and performance details, please visit the Inventories of Bodies in Movement performance web page.

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