CHANCE FOR KIDS TO TOUCH AND GO

Canning Times - - LOOK LOCAL - Tanya MacNaughton

WHEN com­mu­nity dance prac­ti­tioner and di­rec­tor Sally Chance was in Perth for the 2014 Awe­some In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val for Bright Young Things with her show Nurs­ery, de­signed for ba­bies four to 18 months old, ideas for her next show, Touch and Go, were al­ready be­gin­ning to form.

“Touch and Go is ded­i­cated to the fab­u­lous two-yearold; it’s a bit of a ‘Yay for the two-year-olds’ show,” said Chance, who is based in Ade­laide.

“The en­ergy of a two-yearold is in­tense but what we hope is the show meets that en­ergy for the du­ra­tion,” she said. “Touch and Go is sim­ply about mak­ing a spe­cial place for those brave, ques­tion­ing, en­er­getic, cre­ative two-year-olds.”

Chance, orig­i­nally from the UK, has cre­ated a danc­ing game of cause and ef­fect fea­tur­ing two dancers and a live mu­si­cian which chil­dren can ei­ther sim­ply watch or are more than wel­come to join in.

“The show be­gins in a way we hope sup­ports chil­dren to feel safe and their par­ents or car­ers who might be won­der­ing

what to ex­pect,” Chance said.

“There are very gen­tle and sim­ple ac­tiv­i­ties where the en­tire show is an open space, three per­form­ers and mask­ing tape.

“The mask­ing tape makes pat­terns, shapes, path­ways and step­ping stones on the floor, then later we rip the tape up, ball it up and roll it along the ground or build tow­ers. It is a lit­tle hard to de­scribe un­til you’ve seen it.”

Touch and Go will be in Re­hearsal Room 1 at the State Theatre Cen­tre of WA from Septem­ber 30 to Oc­to­ber 4.

It will be per­formed for ages 24- to 36-month olds dur­ing the 2017 Awe­some In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val for Bright Young Things by Chance’s com­pany Sally Chance Dance.

Touch and Go sup­ports chil­dren to feel safe and their par­ents or car­ers who might be won­der­ing what to ex­pect.

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