Watch the next wave of ballet

bodytorque.Digital

STARTS FRIDAY 31 JULY 2020

OVER 25 ARTISTS, COMPOSERS, FILMMAKERS AND MUSICIANS

View all works released as part of the Bodytorque.Digital program.

Bodytorque was originally conceived to uncover the creativity of The Australian Ballet’s dancers and develop their choreographic talents. This development program has been a breeding ground for our company's brightest talents including Australian legend Graeme Murphy and resident choreographers Stephen Baynes, Tim Harbour and Alice Topp.

In 2020, Bodytorque goes digital.

Showcasing the endurance of creativity during isolation, five up-and-coming choreographers were tasked with developing new works designed specifically for the digital space. Bodytorque.Digital combines all elements – choreography, dancers, music, and cinematography – together through digital screens and virtual rehearsals.

Bodytorque.Digital will showcase the choreographic talents of François-Eloi Lavignac, Mason Lovegrove, Jill Ogai, Amelia Drummond, Paul Knobloch and Tim Coleman.

Watch the next wave of ballet and the future of movement.

PLACELESS

“Who are we without a place to perform and without an audience to perform to?”

The final work in our Bodytorque.Digital season is Timothy Coleman’s ambitious ensemble piece Placeless, produced in partnership with Orchestra Victoria. Filmed in the Joan Hammond Hall at Orchestra Victoria, with the musicians onstage becoming part of the movement, Placeless examines different facets of this question.

Choreographer Timothy Coleman
Dancers Jasmin Durham, Montana Rubin, Drew Hedditch, Marcus Morelli, Katherine Sonnekus, Jade Wood and Jett Ramsay
Composer Georgia Scott, "Placeless"
Piano Duncan Salton
Percussion Mathew Levy
Cello Melissa Chominsky
         

Choreographer's Note

This piece began its life at the beginning of 2020 as a congregation of placeless phrases I had created as movement experiments over the last few years. I had intended the choreography to stand on its own without an underlying structure of narrative or context but as 2020 showed its hand the placelessness took on new meaning. All our performances were cancelled and we were confined to our living rooms. As performers we had become placeless ourselves. This brought to light the question of how we draw identity from the places we inhabit – who are we without a place to perform and without an audience to perform to? Each section of the film became an embodiment of different facets of that very question.

Timothy Coleman.

   

Composer's Note

When I first sat down with Tim (over Zoom) I was immediately electrified by the idea of placelessness, which is so beautifully represented through his choreography. 

It was incredibly exciting for me to have the opportunity to explore how this concept might be sonically represented, both in terms of rhythm and tonality, and to be able to be able to gain inspiration from the contrast between restless energy and sweeping choreographic gestures used throughout the work. 

Georgia Scott

PAST WORKS

Capriccio
Choreographer François-Eloi Lavignac
Dancer Benedicte Bemet
Composer J.S Bach "Lament" from Cappricio in B Flat
Pianist Kylie Foster
Cinematographer Brett Ludeman

    

New Ghost
Choreographer Mason Lovegrove
Dancers Serena Graham and Joseph Romancewicz
Composer Tomas Parrish, "New Ghost" 
Violin Erica Kennedy
Cello Melissa Chominsky
Cinematographer Brett Ludeman

     

Forma
Choreographer and Performer Jill Ogai
Music Telemann: 12 Fantasies TWV 4017: Fantasia no.4: Grave
Bach: Violin Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double
Violin Yi Wang
Cello Melissa Chominsky
Cinematography Jill Ogai
Production Brett Ludeman

       

Ground Level
Choreography Amelia Drummond
Performed by Belle Urwin and Adam Elmes
Music 'Ground Level of my Mind’s Eye' Natalie Nicolas
Violin Yi Wang  
Viola Thomas Higham
Cello Diane Froomes
Cinematography Brett Ludeman and David Ward  
Production David Ward

 

Breathe
Director and Choreographer Paul Knobloch
Performed by Robyn Hendricks, Amy Harris, Jarryd Madden, George Murray Nightingale, Lucian Xu 
Music Concerto in D Minor BWV 974: Adagio J.S.Bach/Alessandro Marcello (transcribed for cello and piano)
Piano Duncan Salton (The Australian Ballet)
Cello Melissa Chominsky (Orchestra Victoria)
Cinematography and Production Sean Higgins Shotography

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