Strength and vul­ner­a­bil­ity

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

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.den­ 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.

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