Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

DANCE IT was LINK Dance Com­pany that brought dancers Amy Wiseman, Carly Arm­strong and Jes­sica Lewis to­gether in 2008, so it seems fit­ting the trio – now known col­lec­tively as Un­kempt Dance – re­turn to where it all be­gan, this time as chore­og­ra­phers.

The WAAPA grad­u­ate dance com­pany presents Tip­ping Point this week, a triple bill of works per­formed by cur­rent LINK dancers and cre­ated by Un­kempt, fel­low alumni Emma Fish­wick and South Aus­tralian-based Gabrielle Nankiv­ell.

“We’ve all kind of gone off and done other things, but it ac­tu­ally feels like not a lot of time has passed when we got back in the stu­dio; it just felt like it was back to nor­mal,” Wiseman said.

“LINK is a re­ally chal­leng­ing year in terms of what is asked of the stu­dents, but we feel it’s also so vi­tal in the pro­gres­sion of stu­dent to pro­fes­sional.

“It re­ally gives you the chance to work out who you are as an artist, so we re­ally wanted to give our cast of LINK dancers that same op­por­tu­nity we had, to feel like they have that grow­ing time in a way.”

Drawn to­wards a more the­atri­cal style of chore­og­ra­phy, Un-­mu­ni­ d437728 kempt’s new work in­cludes text, props and some in­ter­est­ing cos­tume de­ci­sions, while ex­am­in­ing hu­man re­la­tion­ships and the small rit­u­als of day-to­day life of­ten left un­no­ticed.

“It might not be what they ex­pect from con­tem­po­rary dance,” Arm­strong said.

“There def­i­nitely is dance move­ment in it but there’s a lot of hu­mour and it’s play­ful, which is great be­cause the other two works are quite phys­i­cally de­mand­ing and tech­ni­cal for the dancers.

“Hav­ing the triple bill al­lows them to have a range of all the dif­fer­ent as­pects.” Tanya MacNaughton

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson

Chore­og­ra­phers Carly Arm­strong, Jes­sica Lewis and Amy Wiseman.

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