Dance prizes open doors world­wide

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

TOWNSVILLE- BASED dance com­pany Dan­cenorth is still on a high af­ter scoop­ing two pres­ti­gious Help­mann awards for its pro­duc­tion At­trac­tor.

It is the first time the com­pany has claimed a Help­mann, Aus­tralia’s equiv­a­lent to the Tony Awards of Broad­way or Lon­don’s Olivier awards, while Dan­cenorth was the only Queens­land- based com­pany to win an award.

Dan­cenorth artis­tic di­rec­tor Kyle Page said they hoped to lever­age on the recog­ni­tion the awards would pro­vide to gain more work around the globe.

“It def­i­nitely gives us ku­dos and amaz­ing recog­ni­tion. This will open doors and op­por­tu­ni­ties for us around the world,” Mr Page said.

The awards were an­nounced at a gala event in Syd­ney’s Capi­tol Theatre this week.

At­trac­tor col­lected awards for Best Dance Pro­duc­tion and Best Chore­og­ra­phy in a Bal­let, Dance or Phys­i­cal Theatre Pro­duc­tion.

The pro­duc­tion is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Dan­cenorth, In­done­sian mu­sic duo Senyawa and Mel­bourne chore­og­ra­phers Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek.

It opened to rave re­views at a pre­miere at Asia TOPA in Mel­bourne in Fe­bru­ary.

Mr Page said the awards were a real coup for Dan­cenorth, Townsville and Queens­land.

He said they were the only re­gion­ally based and Queens­land com­pany to win an award al­though QPAC in as­so­ci­a­tion with Bris­bane Fes­ti­val col­lected the Best Bal­let award for the stag­ing of French com­pany Bal­let Preljo­caj’s Snow White.

Mr Page said At­trac­tor epit­o­mised the artis­tic growth and di­rec­tion of the com­pany.

“Dan­cenorth is fo­cused on ac­ces­si­ble works that en­cour­age col­lab­o­ra­tion and en­gage­ment, and connect cul­ture, au­di­ences and com­mu­nity through sto­ry­telling,” he said.

“Our abil­ity to re­ally de­liver to that brief through pro­duc­tions like At­trac­tor has seen us emerge as a mod­ern leader in the in­dus­try and is demon­strated by th­ese awards.”

The work is in­spired by Senyawa’s rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Ja­vanese tra­di­tion of en­ter­ing trance through dance and mu­sic and blends mod­ern and In­done­sian folk mu­sic.

The pro­duc­tion will be fea­tured at Bris­bane Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber and will tour the United States in Oc­to­ber and Canada and Euro­pean fes­ti­vals next year.

Dan­cenorth will show­case a per­for­mance called Tec­tonic on a beachfront stage daily dur­ing Strand Ephe­mera from July 29 to Au­gust 5.

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