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WAAPA dance restarts for 2021

Thursday, 25 March 2021

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WAAPA’s first dance season for 2021 kicks off with an exciting interdisciplinary performance that brings Dance and Music students together on stage for a program of fresh, new classical and contemporary dance works.

Restart showcases 3rd Year Dance students performing to music played onstage by WAAPA Classical Music students, with one of the longest and most challenging violin solos performed by Honours student, Ciara Sudlow.

Restart will be performed for five performances only in WAAPA’s Geoff Gibbs Theatre from Friday, 26 to Wednesday, 31 March at 7.30pm.

Kim McCarthy, WAAPA’s Classical Dance Coordinator, describes his new work Barroco as exploring “life, death and other frivolities”. It will be performed by the Classical dance students with a chamber orchestra of nine student musicians, led by WAAPA’s Head of Strings Paul Wright, playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s ever-popular Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major live onstage.

This will be followed by a new classical dance piece accompanied by Music student, violinist Ciara Sudlow performing Bach’s Chaconne, Partita No. 2 in D minor.

The Chaconne is considered to be one of the crown jewels of violin repertoire, so to see it performed live onstage with a performance by Classical Dance students will be an absolute treat.

Before joining WAAPA, McCarthy enjoyed an international career as soloist with the Hamburg Ballet under the direction of John Neumeier, and was principal dancer with the Compañía Nacional de Danza under famed Spanish modern ballet dancer and choreographer, Nacho Duato.

Rounding out the Restart program will be an original work choreographed for the Contemporary Dance students by WAAPA Senior Contemporary Dance Lecturer, Justin Rutzou.

Rutzou says his whimsical, poignant new work, Are You Even Watching?, is about “the arts, budgets, woman and a director… called Bob”.

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and The Australian Ballet School, Rutzou has danced with Sydney Dance Company, Queensland Ballet Company, Leigh Warren and Dancers, Expressions Dance Company and numerous independent companies, both nationally and internationally. He has also worked extensively around the world as a choreographer and dance lecturer.

Get ready to be amazed by the combined talents of WAAPA’s final year Dance and Music students!

For all venue and performance details, please visit the Restart performance web page.

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