Part­ners in dance

Canning Gazette - - DANCE - Tanya Macnaughto­n

THE fu­ture of Co:3 Aus­tralia has been strength­ened with the con­tem­po­rary dance com­pany's an­nounce­ment of a new two-year cy­cle of pro­gram­ming and dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives.

Formed in May 2014 through the amal­ga­ma­tion of Buzz Dance The­atre and STEPS Youth Dance Com­pany, the State The­atre Cen­tre of WA res­i­dent dance com­pany will ded­i­cate 2020 to part­ner­ship pre­sen­ta­tions with Circa's WA Bal­let's

Aus­tralia Dance The­atre's and WA Opera's

“Then in this part­ner­ship year it means we have more time to fo­cus as a com­pany on the de­vel­op­ment of new work in the sec­ond year (2021) and the pre­sen­ta­tion of that work,”

Co:3 Aus­tralia artis­tic di­rec­tor Raewyn Hill, of North Perth, said.

“As a con­tem­po­rary com­pany you have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to in­no­va­tion. We are ex­cited about this idea of part­ner­ships be­cause it means we can present works across dif­fer­ent gen­res: cir­cus, bal­let, opera.

“The def­i­ni­tion of con­tem­po­rary dance is so broad now. I think it's re­flec­tive of the con­tem­po­rary na­ture of our com­pany and in the qual­ity and cal­i­bre of the prac­ti­tion­ers we work with; there is a di­ver­sity to our per­form­ers.”

A new work by Hill will fea­ture in the sec­ond year of pro­gram­ming and she said she was grate­ful for the com­pany's com­mit­ment to the cre­ation and de­vel­op­ment of her work as an artist.

“I've al­ways been in­ter­ested in peo­ple and hu­man­ity, look­ing at how we in­ter­act and ex­ist in the world, while the dancers go to emo­tional and phys­i­cal ex­tremes,” she said.

“This new work will em­body these things quite mag­nif­i­cently.”

Mov­ing into the dig­i­tal realm, the com­pany has part­nered with fit­ness in­dus­try dis­rupter KIXXFIT on a new health and fit­ness app to cre­ate an ad­di­tional rev­enue stream.

Each dancer has filmed a video that plays to their in­di­vid­ual strength, from fit­ness to yoga.

“Their fit­ness, de­vel­op­ment and well­be­ing is a big part of our con­ver­sa­tion as a com­pany,” Hill said.

“I'm re­ally proud of the growth of the com­pany in such a short amount of time and that it's re­flected in the qual­ity of all these part­ner­ships.”

Ste­fan Gosatti Pic­ture:

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Raewyn Hill in de­vel­op­ment for here 2021 work.

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