Dancer chan­nels in­ner Fox

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

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.

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