Company has stories to tell
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.