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The power of dance in The Body Politic

Thursday, 09 May 2019

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“Collectively we are powerful,” says Michael Whaites, Artistic Director of LINK, WAAPA’s graduate dance company. “That’s the theme for The Body Politic, which showcases our talented dancers in imaginative contemporary dance pieces from a trio of exceptional choreographers.”

The Body Politic is an exciting triple bill of new dance works choreographed on the LINK Dance Company by visiting Israeli choreographer Niv Marinberg, Co3 founding Artistic Director Raewyn Hill, and WAAPA graduate Scott Elstermann, the first Australian to win a prestigious Pina Bausch Fellowship.

The Body Politic will be performed in WAAPA’s Geoff Gibbs Theatre from Wednesday, 22 - Friday, 24 May at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday, 25 May at 2.00pm.

In his original work, Chasing Breath, visiting choreographer Niv Marinberg explores how time is perceived and the way emotion – and breath – affects it.

Marinberg’s international resume includes working as rehearsal director and tour manager for L-E-V Company, the Israeli dance ensemble created by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. He has taught around the world at dance academies and companies, and been an assistant choreographer with StaatsOper Berlin, Royal Danish Opera, Banch National Compania de Chile, Luzern Theater, Israeli Opera House and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company.

Carnivale.3 is the work of Raewyn Hill, founding Artistic Director of Co3 Australia and one of Australasia’s foremost dance practitioners, choreographers and educators.

Set to original music by multi-award-winning composer, Eden Mulholland, Carnivale.3 fuses images of bull-fighting with the trance-like pandemonium of the Dancing Plague of 1518 in France.

“Carnivale.3 intentionally tests the endurance of the performers in order to generate a powerful internal community,” explains Hill. “The work challenges the dancers to negotiate the tight spaces between them and to balance a strong sense of group with an assertion of their own identity.”

The final work on The Body Politic program is Shrink, choreographed by emerging choreographer and dancer Scott Elstermann and with original music by WAAPA Lecturer, Michael Terren.

“The piece examines ideas of power, autonomy and conformity through a flexible and diminishing space,” says Elstermann.

After taking out the Palisade Award for the most outstanding graduate of WAAPA’s Bachelor of Arts (Dance) course in 2014, Elstermann has been awarded a 2018 Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography, making him the first Australian and youngest-ever recipient of this award. This provides Elstermann with a placement with Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell, accompanying her to dance in companies including the internationally renowned Nederlands Dans Theater.

The LINK dancers, this year made up entirely of WAAPA graduates, are ready to impress in The Body Politic, before touring the show to France later in the year – so don’t miss the Perth season!

For all venue and performance details, please visit the The Body Politic performance web page.

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