Three times the story

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Dance - Rosanna Candler

STEP in­side, make your­self wel­come and re­mem­ber: our house is your house.

It is an ex­cit­ing time for STRUT Dance direc­tor Paul Sel­wyn Nor­ton as he pre­pares to launch Fringe World’s first ever co-pro­duc­tion MiCasaes Su Casa at the Riverview Ho­tel this month.

“Fringe World has a fan­tas­tic his­tory of do­ing lo­ca­tion and site-spe­cific projects, but this is the first time there will be three chore­og­ra­phers with three sep­a­rate shows work­ing in­side one venue,” Nor­ton said.

Mi Casa es SuCasa, lit­er­ally mean­ing ‘ my house is your house’, brings to­gether lead­ing Aus­tralian con­tem­po­rary chore­og­ra­phers Antony Hamil­ton, Gabrielle Nankiv­ell and Nor­ton.

“The main thread run­ning through each of our works is that there is a twist on ev­ery­thing,” he said. “Per­son­ally, I am mak­ing a piece as an in­tro­duc­tion into the foyer, Gabrielle has the chicest room in the apart­ment and Antony has made a piece to be per­formed in the carpark.

“We’re go­ing to cy­cle small au­di­ences to go on that jour­ney to­gether and see what hap­pens.

“There will be the feel­ing that there are other peo­ple experiencing dif­fer­ent per­for­mances in the ho­tel at the same time. ”

Nor­ton said the su­per­star of the evening was Hamil­ton’s piece fea­tur­ing a cor­po­rate cou­ple “trapped in a rit­u­al­is­tic night­mare”.

“It comes from the dark, dystopian side of con­tem­po­rary dance, kind of a weird mat­ing dance be­tween th­ese char­ac­ters,” he said.

Although all three chore­og­ra­phers pre­pared their pieces au­tonomously, Nor­ton said each per­for­mance drew in­spi­ra­tion from the his­tory and haunted ten­sion of the Riverview Ho­tel.

“There is this re­ally in­ter­est­ing and beau­ti­ful coun­ter­point be­tween the fa­cade of Riverview, which is very chic and pol­ished, and then you get this very heavy, 1960s blue col­lar ten­e­ment block be­hind it,” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d431826

Per­form­ers Ni­cole Ward and Lu­cas Marie.

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