Span­ish ac­com­mo­da­tion

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Se­gura in show Twin Share.

The 11 hon­our stu­dents of LINK, WAAPA’S grad­u­ate dance com­pany, will present a pro­gram of three works with one WAAPA mas­ter’s de­gree stu­dent and two in­ter­na­tional dancers from Se­gura’s con­tem­po­rary dance theatre com­pany.

“They’re (the two in­ter­na­tional dancers) per­form­ing a work called Osaka that I saw in Spain last year when in­vited to sit on a jury at an arts fes­ti­val in Bil­bao,” Whaites said.

“It in­spired me to ask Carmelo to come and make a work on LINK.”

Se­gura was ini­tially go­ing to ex­pand Osaka, which is a 20-minute duet, into a full-length en­sem­ble piece but is now bring­ing the orig­i­nal work to be per­formed by his dancers and has cre­ated an ad­di­tional new piece, Skin­less, for LINK.

“The new work is about skin – our shell and the thing that holds our or­gans, mus­cles and bones in,” Whaites said.

“It has quite the­atri­cal el­e­ments to it, with some re­ally beau­ti­ful danc­ing as well. It’s mag­i­cal and beau­ti­fully po­etic.

“I think Carmelo has a re­ally good un­der­stand­ing of ma­nip­u­lat­ing move­ment and has a phys­i­calised way of ex­press­ing move­ment which kind of matches our Aus­tralian way.

“It’s hard to de­fine an Aus­tralian style, but be­cause the land is so big here we tend to move big and we like quite ex­pan­sive works of dance.”

Whaites and Pea­cock, who met in 1987 and have col­lab­o­rated on projects since, have cre­ated their work, Ad In­fini­tum (Latin for to in­fin­ity or for­ever more) to Simeon Ten Holt’s mu­sic Canto Osti­nato.

The pair achieved their vi­sion of hav­ing the mu­sic per­formed live, with con­fir­ma­tion WAAPA’S Gen­naro Di Donna and Naples con­duc­tor Ciro Bar­bato would play Canto Osti­nato on two draw­ing-room grand pi­anos.

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