FESTIVAL OF DANCE

P1: 146 MINS | P2: 124 MINS From $30 per part*

It’s time to come together. 

This September, dance companies from around Australia will gather at Arts Centre Melbourne for this inaugural event. DanceX is a two-part festival conceived and curated by The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David Hallberg that will showcase the depth, range and diversity of the nation’s dance community. Eight companies – The Australian Ballet, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc, Australian Dance Theatre, Queensland Ballet and West Australian Ballet – will perform in two parts.

The Australian Ballet will perform in both parts, presenting the Australian premiere of Johan Inger’s comic, romantic dance theatre piece I New Then, set to songs by Van Morrison; Inger, a Swedish choreographer, danced with Nederlands Dans Theater and has made works for leading companies all over Europe.

As well as initiating and presenting DanceX, The Australian Ballet has commissioned two companies, Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin Inc, to create brand new works.

DanceX is an opportunity for audiences to experience diverse works from Australia’s leading dance companies, celebrating and paying tribute to the richness of Australia’s dance community.

PART ONE | 24 – 27 SEPTEMBER

The Australian Ballet I New Then
A comic, romantic dance theatre piece set to songs by Van Morrison.

Queensland Ballet Glass Concerto
An assemblage of high energy, dynamic and emotional movement, Glass Concerto will captivate and inspire audiences.

Sydney Dance Company ab [intra] (excerpt)
From tenderness to turmoil, ab [intra] is a journey through the intensity of human existence that will command your attention.

Lucy Guerin Inc How To Be Us*
A duet for two women on the limits of freedom.

Bangarra Dance Theatre Ochres and Walkabout (excerpts)
Three powerful, spiritual and grounded excerts from Bangarra’s seminal works Ochres (1995) and Walkabout (2002).

Duration: approx. 146 mins (including two intervals)

PART TWO | 30 SEPTEMBER – 2 OCTOBER

Australian Dance Theatre The Beginning of Nature (excerpt)
The Beginning of Nature explores the complex symphony of overlapping rhythms that constitute the very fabric of nature.

Chunky Move AB_TA_ Response*
AB_TA_Response explores the rhythm of forms between dance and design and considers the dialogue between biological and technological systems.

West Australian Ballet 4Seasons
The stages of life and love – the youth of spring, storms of summer, tenderness of autumn and the aging of winter.

The Australian Ballet I New Then
​A comic, romantic dance theatre piece set to songs by Van Morrison.

Duration: approx. 124 mins (including two intervals) 

*commissioned by The Australian Ballet

The festival is made up of Part One and Part Two.
Buy both Parts to experience everything that DanceX has to offer and receive a 15% discount.

What a significant moment to share with audiences: a moment that brings eight companies together, along with two commissions specifically for DanceX.

David Hallberg

ab [intra] Sydney Dance Company | The Beginning of Nature Australian Dance Theatre | Bangarra Dance Theatre | Glass Concerto Queensland Ballet | Chunky Move | 4Seasons (Spring) West Australian Ballet

PHOTOGRAPHY PEDRO GREIG | PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID JAMES MCCARTHY | PHOTOGRAPHY DANIEL BOUD | YANELA PINERA. PHOTOTOGRAPHY DAVID KELLY | PHOTOGRAPHY BENJAMIN THOMPSON | JUAN CARLOS OSMA AND GLENDA GARCIA GOMEZ. BRADBURY PHOTOGRAPHY

PRODUCTION CREDITS

4Seasons (West Australian Ballet)
Choreography Natalie Weir
Costume design Bruce McKinven
Music Antonio Vivaldi, recomposed by Max Richter
Artistic Director (West Australian Ballet) Aurélien Scannella

ab [intra] (Sydney Dance Company)
Choreography Rafael Bonachela
Music Nick Wales
Lighting design Damien Cooper
Costume and set design David Fleischer

AB_TA_ Response (Chunky Move) 
Choreography Antony Hamilton
Performers Amber McCartney, Kyall Shanks and Tra Mi Dinh
Understudy Nikki Tarling 
Costume design Paula Levis
Video design Robin Fox
Original design and fabrication Creature Technology Co.
Original concept art Peter Gregory
Additional design and fabrication Antony Hamilton and Blair Hart

Glass Concerto (Queensland Ballet)
Choreography Greg Horsman
Music Violin Concerto by Philip Glass recorded by Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi
Costume design George Wu
Lighting design Cameron Goerg

How To Be Us (Lucy Guerin Inc)
Choreography Lucy Guerin
Dancers Samantha Hines and Lillian Steiner
Executive Producer Brendan O’Connell

I New Then (The Australian Ballet)
Choreography and set design Johan Inger
Music Van Morrison
Lighting design Tom Visser
Costume design Bregje van Balen
(World Premiere 23 February 2012, Lucent Danstheater, The Hague, the Netherlands, Nederlands Dans Theater 2)

Ochres and Walkabout (Bangarra Dance Theatre) 
Black (Ochres)
Choreography Stephen Page
Traditional Chorographer and Cultural Consultant Djakapurra Munyarryun
Music David Page and Djakapurra Munyarryun
Set design Jacob Nash
Costume design Jennifer Irwin
Lighting design Jo Mercurio

Yellow (Ochres)
Choreography Bernadette Walong-Sene
Cultural Consultant Djakapurra Munyarryun
Music David Page
Set design Jacob Nash
Costume design Jennifer Irwin
Lighting design Jo Mercurio

The Call (Walkabout)
Choreography Stephen Page
Cultural Consultant Djakapurra Munyarryun
Music Steve Francis
Set design Jacob Nash
Original set design Peter England
Costume design Jennifer Irwin
Lighting design Trudy Dalgleish

Lighting realiser Matt Cox

The Beginning of Nature (Australian Dance Theatre)  
Conceived and directed by Garry Stewart
Choreography Garry Stewart and the dancers of Australian Dance Theatre
Music Brendan Woithe performed by Zephyr Quartet
Singers Georgia Hall and Heru Pinkasova
Indigenous Language Consultant Jack Buckskin
Costume design Davis Browne
Lighting design Damien Cooper

WE THANK OUR PRODUCTION PARTNER

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