Art is... dance ex­trav­a­ganza

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Wim­mera dancers and per­form­ers will come to­gether to col­lab­o­rate on an item for Hor­sham’s 2018 Art is… fes­ti­val.

Hor­sham dance teacher and project li­ai­son Amy Anselmi said the In­au­gu­ral An­nual Dance Af­fair was part the­atre per­for­mance, part par­tic­i­pa­tory dance event.

“It will show­case the his­tory of the types of dance in the re­gion, such as rock ’n’ roll, old-time danc­ing and even in­dige­nous danc­ing,” she said.

“It is a big, fun com­mu­ni­ty­driven project that will be pre­sented in Hor­sham Town Hall dur­ing the 2018 fes­ti­val.”

Di­rec­tor Ian Pidd trav­elled from Mel­bourne to meet with dancers and dance groups in Hor­sham last week.

Pidd, Kate Mcdon­ald and Bec Reid cre­ated the con­cept and have de­vel­oped the show within sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties.

Each show is tai­lored to a com­mu­nity to in­clude sto­ries and peo­ple of spe­cific places.

Pidd said the project was in­spired by the rise and fall of the so­cial dance scene, from the 1920s to today, and to show dance was still alive and well.

“The show will be an old-time dance that would have hap­pened here deep into the ’60s – maybe into the ’70s – where every­one comes to­gether to dance a whole va­ri­ety of dances and to see peo­ple danc­ing,” he said.

“At the mo­ment we are just danc­ing with every­one in town we can find – the dance clubs, the rock ’n’ rollers, there’s peo­ple who dance Di­wali, there’s old timers… all sorts of stuff.”

Pidd said the show would em­brace di­ver­sity and cater for peo­ple of all ages. “The au­di­ence gets to dance a lot as well,” he said.

“It’s a bit like a piece of the­atre, a bit like a party and a bit like an old dance, with live mu­sic, sup­per, raf­fles – it’s pretty great. It’ll be a lot of fun.”

Peo­ple can email ar­[email protected]­tiswim­ for more in­for­ma­tion or to in­quire about be­com­ing in­volved.

LET’S DANCE: The In­au­gu­ral Dance Af­fair di­rec­tor Ian Pidd, project li­ai­son Amy Anselmi and key cre­ative Bec Reid help pre­pare a col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­duc­tion for Hor­sham’s 2018 Art is… fes­ti­val. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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