Happy feet

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Tanya MacNaughton

Co3 Aus­tralia con­tem­po­rary dance com­pany artis­tic di­rec­tor Raewyn Hill has in­vited Perth chore­og­ra­pher Chrissie Par­rott to cre­ate work for the WA Dance Mak­ers Project.

THERE are a lot of ‘links’ in the cu­ra­tion of Co3 Aus­tralia con­tem­po­rary dance com­pany artis­tic di­rec­tor Raewyn Hill’s WA Dance Mak­ers Project.

Not only has Hill in­vited cel­e­brated Perth chore­og­ra­pher Chrissie Par­rott to cre­ate work In-Lore Act II for the bill, but she also se­lected Unkempt Dance col­lec­tive Amy Wiseman, Jes­sica Lewis and Carly Arm­strong to pre­sent their first main-stage work for Co3 too.

The trio met dur­ing their year danc­ing in LINK, the grad­u­ate dance com­pany at WAAPA which Par­rott estab­lished in 2002 dur­ing her time as a se­nior re­search fel­low at ECU.

“The con­cept of hav­ing a grad­u­ate per­for­mance com­pany meant that we could run the hon­ours pro­gram like a pro­fes­sional dance com­pany, giv­ing them the link or bridge between ed­u­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion,” Par­rott said.

“It’s not only about being a bril­liant dancer, it’s about being able to man­age your bud­gets and di­rect dancers by being on the other side. It’s very re­ward­ing to see the suc­cess of the Unkempt Dance girls and dancers in my project with Co3, many who have also come through the LINK course.”

LINK Dance Com­pany will also show­case a new work by Richard Cilli as cur­tain-raiser to Co3’s WA Dance Mak­ers Project, which launches the 11-day MoveMe Fes­ti­val on Septem­ber 12.

Par­rott said the fes­ti­val, a show­case of WA con­tem­po­rary dance in­de­pen­dent chore­og­ra­phers and dancers, was a nec­es­sary event.

“The Perth Fes­ti­val is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic, there’s no ques­tion about that, but what it of­fers is in­ter­na­tional dance and in­ter­na­tional dancers,” she said.

“What the MoveMe Fes­ti­val of­fers is Aus­tralian dancers, usu­ally in­de­pen­dent dancers, hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to have their work pro­duced and seen at a pro­fes­sional level.”

Par­rott, who has been a pro­fes­sional dance artist since join­ing WA Bal­let at 19 years old, said she felt priv­i­leged to be work­ing in the State Theatre Cen­tre of WA stu­dio with the six Co3 dancers.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Aus­tralian Dance Leg­end and WA State Liv­ing Treasure Chrissie Par­rott.

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