Strength and vulnerability
Men of the Great Southern dance in a performance of strength, vulnerability and visual poetry with The Beauty Index as part of the Denmark Arts Brave New Works #24 Festival.
The contemporary dance performance takes place in an outdoor industrial site.
Men aged 16-70 dance to original music by local musician James Gentle, which transforms the space into something special.
Choreographer Annette Carmichael said the performance was a search for beauty in a world riddled with fear.
“While fear might persist in our world, if we are vigilant and keep our minds open to beauty, we can preserve our sense of humanity,” she said.
“Together and individually, in both natural and industrial environments, we can experience moments that are visually and emotionally satisfying.”
Carmichael said she began planning out The Beauty Index two years ago when she was overwhelmed by news of terrorist attacks and fear.
“I asked myself what is the use of the arts in this world,” she said. “I challenged myself to offer a project where ordinary men could come together to create something extraordinary, something that showed the potential of dance to be a powerful force against fear.”
Carmichael used mathematics to create movements that create visual patterns with the dancers.
The show features a set by award-winning artists Kevin Draper and Indra Geidans, to reference the ideas of balance with natural and constructed forms.
The Beauty Index is on November 2, 3 and 4 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for children. The performance is suitable for all ages and shuttle buses will run every 20 minutes from Denmark CRC Car Park from 6.30pm.
Tickets are available online at www.denmarkarts.com.au/ brave-new-works/.
Men aged 16-70 years old are involved in the performance.
The Beauty Index is a powerful dance by Great Southern men.