Danc­ing in the DNA

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Tanya MacNaughton

RIVER­VALE dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Jesse Martin ex­am­ines some of life's hard­est ques­tions in one of six works Ochre Con­tem­po­rary Dance Com­pany is pre­sent­ing in DNA–Sim­ply Hu­man.

WHAT if you were the last per­son on earth and then sud­denly you came in con­tact with another?

What if you heard a heart beat for the first time?

River­vale dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Jesse Martin ex­am­ines these ques­tions in one of six works Ochre Con­tem­po­rary Dance Com­pany is pre­sent­ing in DNA – Sim­ply Hu­man.

“I think it’s fas­ci­nat­ing that we all got a sim­ple tagline ‘DNA-Sim­ply Hu­man, what does it mean to be hu­man?’ and ev­ery­one came up with dif­fer­ent ways to de­liver the same mes­sage,” Martin said.

“It’s a big, di­verse range of pieces.”

The 25-year-old joined Ochre at the start of last year af­ter grow­ing up in Bal­lina, south of By­ron Bay, and study­ing at the Abo­rig­i­nal Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts in Bris­bane.

Martin said he was drawn to the com­pany for its rep­u­ta­tion to tell great nar­ra­tives as op­posed to ab­stract con­tem­po­rary dance.

His own chore­o­graphic skills were put to the test last year for the piece Ghost Gum dur­ing the Ar­tic­u­lat­ing Land­scapes II sea­son, de­scrib­ing the daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as “like pulling each in­di­vid­ual strand of hair out daily”.

“I had no time man­age­ment skills what­so­ever last time,” he said.

“I think I self-doubted a lit­tle bit, but then au­di­ences took Ghost Gum quite well and it boosted me, not in an ego­tis­ti­cal way, but more in a way that it re­as­sured me that I do have some­thing to say.”

Martin’s 10-minute cre­ation, set to a Hans Zim­mer sound­track of mu­sic from films In­cep­tion and In­ter­stel­lar, is among other pieces chore­ographed by Penny Mullen, Gareth Belling, Matthew Tupper, Floeur Alder and Is­raeli guest artist Oded Ro­nen.

Martin will dance in his work, along with those by Mullen and Ro­nen.

“It was amaz­ing to have an over­seas chore­og­ra­pher, es­pe­cially some­one from the Mid­dle East and some­one who lives a com­pletely dif­fer­ent life to us,” Martin said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d439694

A scene from DNA–Sim­plyHu­man.

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