Dancer channels inner Fox
DANCER Rachel Arianne Ogle will make her Spare Parts Puppet Theatre debut this school holidays in the world premiere of Fox.
The fusion of dance, puppetry and digital projection in the production makes for an ideal introduction for Ogle to the performance genre.
“It’s quite a different world to anything I’ve done before,” Ogle said. “I’ve never worked with puppetry, so it’s intriguing and great to be learning new skills and combining it with dance and voice work.
“It’s a whole package deal and I’m really enjoying the challenges of the new role and working in a new environment with different people.”
Ogle, a sessional lecturer at WAAPA, is joined on stage by fellow dancers Jessica Lewis and Imanuel Dado.
Although she has not performed with Dado before, she did direct him in her Helpmann Award-nominated work precipice last year.
“It’s a really lovely team and our dance backgrounds do help, although there’s a lot more to consider,” Ogle said.
“I have to be constantly diligent of the manipulation of the puppet; the puppet has to lead the movement more than my body leading it.”
Fox has been adapted from the Australian children’s book by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks by director Michael Barlow, in collaboration with choreographer Jacob Lehrer and creative consultant Noriko Nishimoto.
It follows the story of a friendship between Magpie, who can no longer fly after being burnt in a bushfire, and Dog, who is blind in one eye.
“They become best buddies and look out for each other,” Ogle said.
“Then sly Fox (Ogle) enters, who is jealous of the friendship, and tries to ruin the friendship.”
Ogle said Fox was a beautiful yet sad story with incredibly rich imagery that translated well to the stage.
“It’s quite sparse in terms of text and dialogue, so it’s really the action and imagery on stage that translates the story,” she said.
The 45-minute production is for all ages, although most suited to six years and older.