EX­PLOR­ING THE MON­STER WITHIN

Cockburn Gazette - - LOOK LOCAL - Tanya MacNaughton

PERTH’S Co3 and The Farm on the Gold Coast are among the new­est con­tem­po­rary dance com­pa­nies in Aus­tralia, so it seemed a log­i­cal step for the two to col­lab­o­rate on new work Frank En­stein.

Co3 dancers Zachary Lopez, Talitha Maslin and An­drew Searle are per­form­ing in the piece cre­ated by The Farm co-di­rec­tors Gavin Web­ber and Grayson Mill­wood, which pre­mieres on the Gold Coast on March 31 be­fore a Perth sea­son at Stu­dio Un­der­ground from April 5 to 8.

“We needed to think smart about how we present work and build a na­tional pro­file in a very un­sta­ble eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment,” Co3 artis­tic di­rec­tor Raewyn Hill said.

“Projects like this have en­abled us to not only pro­vide valu­able pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for our dancers, but also sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of new work by ex­cep­tional cre­ators and bring ex­po­sure to our art form on a na­tional level.”

A retelling of the Franken­stein story, Frank En­stein de­vel­oped from a re­sponse to themes of self-ac­cep­tance, iso­la­tion and the strug­gle to fit in.

Hill said the piece was a hu­mor­ous fan­tasy full of The Farm’s wicked sense of hu­mour and high-im­pact dance.

“Gavin and Grayson have an ex­tra­or­di­nary abil­ity to tell sto­ries through a unique move­ment lan­guage,” she said. “I'm in awe of them as they con­stantly ex­tend the bound­aries of the genre of con­tem­po­rary dance with their ap­proach to mak­ing work and chal­leng­ing ex­pec­ta­tions about how we en­gage.

“They talk about their de­sire to cre­ate work that con­nects to any­one and is based on uni­ver­sal themes that mat­ter. This work mat­ters.

“We all need to be re­minded to coura­geously look in­ward and ac­cept the self… to be a lit­tle more ac­cept­ing and a lit­tle less judg­men­tal. “We know we have cre­ated a show that speaks to the child in all of us, so we are look­ing for­ward to shar­ing it with our au­di­ences.”

Frank En­stein will be at Stu­dio Un­der­ground at the State Theatre.

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