Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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