ICONIC WORKS ON DISPLAY
WAAPA STUDENTS PERFORM FIVE choreographers have Fremantle’s O’Hara, who reactions of the students created classical and contemporary has worked extensively in and the energy they create dance works for Belgium, has co-choreographed feed into the work,” he said. second and third year with Busa from “It’s a collaboration between WAAPA dance students. Hungary. the students and us;
Vortex will run for a sixnight O’Hara said their contemporary it’s as much their work as season and features a piece for 23 dancers ours.” diverse program of new had been choreographed Vortex will be performed works by Gareth Belling, with the students. at Geoff Gibbs Theatre, Paulina Quinteros, Justin “We are interested in intuition, WAAPA from April 30 to May Rutzou, Balazs Busa and in what happens 6. Tickets at www. James O’Hara. naturally, how the honest waapa.ecu.edu.au. THE 1970s was a boom period for Aboriginal art in central Australia, the time of big names such as Emily Kame Kngwarreye and the Petyarre sisters.
That area of Australia 270km from Alice Springs was dubbed Utopia in the 1920s after two brothers, lost in the tough climate, claimed a miracle when they finally discovered water and food, before founding Utopia station, where many local Aboriginals worked as drovers.
When the legal title for the land was returned back to the Aboriginals in 1979, the locals turned their hands to art. The art from this era will be brought to life in Artitja Fine Art’s exhibition Standing on Ceremony. Artitja Fine Arts director Anna Kanaris said Janet Holmes a Court would open the exhibition.
“The purpose of this exhibition is to highlight the history and importance of the Utopia artists, who have been documented over the past several decades as highly sophisticated,” she said.
The exhibition will include work from Utopia artists such as the Petyarre sisters, Charmaine Pwerle and Selina Teece.
Standing on Ceremony will be at the Earlywork Gallery from May 5 until May 22.
Vortex will open WAAPA’s 2016 dance program.