Bodytorque on Stage

Posted on 30 October 2019 By Rose Mulready

This year’s edition of bodytorque.atelier, in a season held at Melbourne's Lawler Theatre, took us on a ride through seven very different works and a cascade of emotions. In an intimate environment, seven choreographers (three of them from our dancer ranks) presented work freshly made on our dancers. We were there to capture each world premiere.


Rani Luther, a former dancer of The Australian Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, made a work about emotional connection, with music by Louis Verne. It featured Lisa Craig, Luke Marchant, Amanda McGuigan and Jake Mangakahia

Lisa Craig and Luke Marchant / Amanda McGuigan and Jake Mangakahia. Photography Lynette Wills


François-Eloi Lavignac collaborated with artist Lani Mitchell to make a silk motif for his work, which used music by Ravel and featured Isobelle Dashwood, with either Jill Ogai and Jasmin Durham, or Riley Lapham and Sara Andrlon.

Jill Ogai / Isobelle Dashwood, Jill Ogai and Jasmin Durham / Jasmin Durham, Jill Ogai and Isobelle Dashwood. Photography Lynette Wills


Mason Lovegrove's piece revolved around the intangibility of the fleeting moment. It was set to Philip Glass' Company and featured Nathan Brook, Serena Graham, Cameron Holmes, Annaliese Macdonald and Joseph Romancewicz.

Serana Graham and Nathan Brook / Artists of A Timepiece. Photography Lynette Wills


Amelia Drummond is the winner of the 2019 Emerging Female Choreographers Award, an initiative of The Australian Ballet, Sydney Opera House and Dance Australia magazine. Part of the award is the opportunity to make a work on our dancers. Einsamkeit, a relection on loneliness, is the piece she developed; it was set to Elena Kats-Chernin's Blue Silence, and featured Saranja Crowe, Evie Ferris, Sean Kiley and Kelsey Stokes.

Evie Ferris / Kelsey Stokes. Photography Lynette Wills


Petros Treklis, formerly a member of Sydney Dance Company, made a duet about "loss, grief and denial", with music by Fauré, featuring Corey Herbert and Shaun Andrews.

Corey Herbert and Shaun Andrews. Photography Lynette Wills


Timothy Coleman created a sensual pas de deux, set to originally commissioned music by Stuart Greenbaum and featuring a lush red dress by Anna French (originally created for Stephen Baynes' ballet Raymonda in 2006). There were two casts: Jake Mangakahia and Katherine Sonnekus, as well as Marcus Morelli and Jade Wood. 

Jake Mangakahia and Katherine Sonnekus. Photography Lynette Wills


Lina Limosi, a former member of Australian Dance Theatre (among many other companies), made a work about social conformity, set to Arvo Pärt's Summa and featuring Jacqueline Clark, Rohan Furnell, Drew Hedditch and Montana Rubin.

Montana Rubin and Rohan Furnell / Drew Hedditch. Photography Lynette Wills