Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK

BURIED fit balls have set the stage for a world- first col­lab­o­ra­tion a Townsville dance group will bring to life on The Strand.

Con­tem­po­rary dance com­pany Dan­cenorth has cho­sen Strand Ephe­mera, the city’s bi­en­nial pub­lic art fes­ti­val to show­case Tec­tonic – a show unit­ing sculp­ture, move­ment and sound in a daz­zling site- spe­cific per­for­mance.

The beach­front stage has been set up with 180 fit balls buried with their tops ex­posed for seven dancers as they run, bounce, flip, soar and ric­o­chet across the stage.

Dan­cenorth artis­tic di­rec­tor Kyle Page came up with the idea af­ter a com­mu­nity en­gage­ment pro­gram with the Urab dancers and the com­mu­nity on Po­ruma Is­land in the Tor­res Strait.

“It’s the first show of this kind that we’ve ever made,” he said.

“It’s a great con­cept for Townsville to be able to en­gage in.”

The fit balls will re­main buried dur­ing Strand Ephe­mera with dance work­shops sched­uled, in­clud­ing with the Urab dancers.

Strand Ephe­mera will be held from July 28- Au­gust 6.

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