Partners in dance
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.”
Artistic director Raewyn Hill in development for here 2021 work.