DANCE TRIO BACK TO THE BEGINNING
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-
www.communitypix.com.au 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
Choreographers Carly Armstrong, Jessica Lewis and Amy Wiseman.