CoCA Presents: Dancenorth Masterclass

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Dancenorth Professionals Offer One Off Masterclass 


Cairns, 15th May, 2017 –  Dancers and dance students have a rare opportunity to experience a masterclass with leading professionals from Townsville-based company Dancenorth when it tours its celebrated production of Rainbow Vomit to the Centre of Contemporary Arts this month.

Jess Devereux and Susan van den Ham will lead the workshop at CoCA on Wednesday, May 17. It will be the only public workshop offered in Cairns by the company during this tour.

This one-off opportunity will enable participants to gain insight into the rich artistic culture of Dancenorth while experiencing first-hand the choreographic processes devised by artistic director Kyle Page and his partner Amber Haines.

Mr Page and Ms Haines are co-creators of Rainbow Vomit, a sensory-blazing extravaganza of movement, light and fantasy that has at its core a scientific quest for reconnecting people, particularly the young, to their inner world of human imagination and sense of wonder.

The show was inspired by their curiosity about the impact of technology and sensorial saturation on young viewers and their developing brains.

“Along with our amazing cast, we set out to explore the effects of this relatively recent phenomenon, in particular the impact on imagination and creative cap
acity in children,” Mr Page said.

In addition to Rainbow Vomit, Ms Devereux and Ms van den Ham will share repertoire from Dancenorth’s list of respected works. 

The workshop will begin with a class based on warm-up methodologies that ensure safe dance practice to enable strength and fluidity, balance and power. Improvisation and energetic exercises have been designed to free up inhibitions and enable participants to explore and discover.

“The workshop is drawn from a range of different warm ups and physical techniques that inform most of the work we make,” Mr Kyle said. 

“It will quite deliberately be homing in on the experience of making and performing Rainbow Vomit. Participants will be encouraged to explore their intuition, let their bodies take the front seat and their heads the back seat so they can really discover what they are experiencing.

There is a broad range of physicality and nuance and detailed texture, where conceptual ideas are played and experimented with.

“There will be lots of experimenting with various stage tricks and games for generating physical representations of imaginary creatures and animals.”

Dance practitioners aged 16 years and over and of intermediate level or above are invited to take part in the master class workshop on May 17 from 5.30pm till 7pm. Tickets cost $10.

Performances of Rainbow Vomit will be staged at 11am and 6.30pm on Friday, May 26, and at 11am only on Saturday, May  27.

Tickets cost $24 for adults, $19 concession holders, family pass $76 (two adults and two children/concession holders), school groups (10+) $15 each (includes one complimentary teacher ticket per 10 students).

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