Com­pany has sto­ries to tell

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Dance - Tanya MacNaughton

CO3 con­tem­po­rary dance com­pany, a res­i­dent com­pany at State The­atre Cen­tre of WA, is near­ing the end of its first year of op­er­at­ing and Raewyn Hill could not be more ex­cited about see­ing her vi­sion as artis­tic di­rec­tor come to fruition.

“It’s been very ful­fill­ing in both as­pects of see­ing our main com­pany (pro­fes­sional dancers) stage pro­gram come to life as well as look­ing at the con­sol­i­da­tion of our youth and education pro­grams,” Hill, of Shen­ton Park, said.

“For us it’s about how those three parts of the com­pany work to­gether.

“It’s been quite heart warm­ing af­ter a lot of con­ver­sa­tions to get to this point.

“It’s been a very full year for the com­pany and you’ll see our con­ver­sa­tions evolve over the next three to five years.”

But 2016 is not over yet, with the Co:Youth En­sem­ble pre­sent­ing Our City, Our Sto­ries at UWA this week.

The sea­son fea­tures two 30-minute works, each with a cast of 15 young dancers aged from seven to 18.

The con­tem­po­rary dance pieces are in re­sponse to a frame­work Hill gave then at the start of the year.

“I said we would like to see what liv­ing in Perth city is like for you as youth,” Hill said.

“What are your con­cerns? What do you have con­ver­sa­tions about? How do you in­ter­act with the city?

“The two con­sis­tent themes they iden­ti­fied as being im­por­tant to them were around trans­porta­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a youth voice in their city, their school and their home life and the ten­sions that some­times are ap­par­ent in those do­mains.”

With as­sis­tance from youth and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment di­rec­tor Richard Long­bot­tom and Co3 pro­fes­sional dancers, the en­sem­ble di­vided into ar­eas they were pas­sion­ate about; chore­og­ra­phy, cos­tume, mar­ket­ing, de­sign or mu­sic.

“One of the works trav­els from ru­ral WA into the city cen­tre and it’s a con­trast be­tween the seren­ity of the bush and the high tempo pace of the CBD,” Hill said.

“The other per­for­mance uses the Perth train sys­tem to move through sta­tions rel­e­vant to the young dancers’ lives. They in­cor­po­rate light-hearted mo­ments and re­flect on life in the city.

“I adore watch­ing them; they’re so hon­est and have such in­tegrity and passion.”

Co3 dancers in re­hearsal for Our City, Our Sto­ries.

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