Three times the story
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.
Performers Nicole Ward and Lucas Marie.