Mu­sic lights the way

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life -

WA Bal­let dancer Christo­pher Hill did not get much of a break over the festive sea­son.

Not only did the demi-soloist move house but he also worked on com­pos­ing the mu­sic for his chore­o­graphic piece The Clear­est Light, fea­tur­ing in Bal­let at the Quarry in Fe­bru­ary.

The 35-year-old has danced at WA Bal­let for two and a half years and said he had al­ways loved dance and mu­sic, start­ing at his mum’s dance school in Melbourne when he was three.

“I was lucky enough in my fam­ily that when we were young, we were given the chance to do what­ever we wanted: sport, dance, any­thing like that,” Hill said.

“I had to make a choice when I was a teenager be­cause I was do­ing three things: swim­ming, pi­ano and danc­ing. They were all com­pet­ing for time so it was ei­ther swim­ming at 5am or danc­ing un­til 10pm with school in the mid­dle, so I let swim­ming and mu­sic go to con­cen­trate on dance.

“But mu­sic has al­ways been a big pas­sion of mine and in my mid 20s I bought a com­puter and started com­pos­ing dig­i­tally with syn­the­sis­ers and drum ma­chines.

“Over the past 10 years, I’ve just been teach­ing my­self com­po­si­tion and I find elec­tronic mu­sic fused with dance and clas­si­cal dance su­per-in­ter­est­ing. “There will be an or­ches­tral el­e­ment to it but there will be some very edgy elec­tronic mu­sic as well.”

The Clear­est Light has been de­vel­oped from two pieces Hill chore­ographed for the 2016 Ge­n­e­sis sea­son per­formed at WA Bal­let’s stu­dio.

Hill said the nar­ra­tive had de­vel­oped into a love story and the 25minute work had seven dancers: four men and three women.

“The most in­ter­est­ing thing for me is be­ing sur­rounded by all these amaz­ing dancers with their amaz­ing tech­ni­cal abil­ity,” he said.

“I’m try­ing to show them off as best as I can and give them in­ter­est­ing things to dance.”

Hill, who be­gan his ca­reer with the Aus­tralian Bal­let and has danced in London, Nor­way and Bel­gium, said he had al­ways wanted to chore­o­graph but de­cided he would only do so when he could write his own mu­sic for it.

“I’ve only been chore­ograph­ing for three years when those two things came to­gether,” he said.

“I’ve had the chance to work with some re­ally amaz­ing chore­og­ra­phers, which has been a huge in­spi­ra­tion.

“I get to take the best bits of what I learnt for them and whip it up into my own style and go for­ward, hope­fully cre­at­ing some­thing new and in­ter­est­ing that moves the au­di­ence.”

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