Michelle’s Story of resilience – InDaily


InDaily

Michelle's Story of resilience
InDaily
It came when Belgian choreographer Alain Platel asked her to dance a three-minute solo in the 2011 Brisbane Festival season of his work Out of Context – For Pina. “I did actually write back to him and said, 'You do know that I've got a walking stick ...

Brisbane Festival: What’s on, September 21-26 – Brisbane Times


Brisbane Times

Brisbane Festival: What's on, September 21-26
Brisbane Times
Brisbane Festival Artistic Director David Berthold said Flexn is an explosive and deeply expressive new dance form responding to an American story that will not go away. "I saw Flexn in New York earlier this year and immediately began talks with Peter ...

Circa brings its physical theatre to Brisbane Festival – The Australian


The Australian

Circa brings its physical theatre to Brisbane Festival
The Australian
Troupe member Kat O'Keeffe, whose background was in gymnastics and dance, has been with Circa for four years, and confirms the gender-blindness is no affectation. “The great thing about Circa is that you do what you're good at,” she says. “So if you're ...

Flexing: the ‘bone-breaking’ dance craze that bubbled up from Brooklyn – The Guardian


Flexing: the 'bone-breaking' dance craze that bubbled up from Brooklyn
The Guardian
This is not a freak show, but a dance. Called “bone-breaking”, it's one of the more wince-inducing moves in the family of flexing, New York's latest street dance craze, an offshoot of Jamaican dancehall that's been bubbling up from the streets of ...

Diversity rules for La Boite in 2015 under new director – Daily Review


Daily Review

Diversity rules for La Boite in 2015 under new director
Daily Review
La Boite's new artistic director Chris Kohn (pictured below), who took the reins of the Brisbane-based theatre company from David Berthold (now director of Brisbane Festival), proudly declared his first full season to be “the most culturally diverse ...

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Heidi Duckler Dance Theater Premieres OCEAN’S SKIN at Brisbane Festival … – Broadway World


Heidi Duckler Dance Theater Premieres OCEAN'S SKIN at Brisbane Festival ...
Broadway World
Today, September 23 through Saturday, September 27, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will present the world premiere of Ocean's Skin, in partnership with Topology Music, for free performances at the Brisbane Festival in South Brisbane, Australia. Ocean's ...

Dance star shares personal journey at Brisbane Festival – ABC Local


Dance star shares personal journey at Brisbane Festival
ABC Local
AKRAM KAHN, DANCER / CHOREOGRAPHER: There is a narrative there; it's very much about a person searching for his homeland, searching for his identity actually. You know my parents are Bangladeshi but I'm born and brought up in London. So I was ...

Waterlogged: experimental dance project fails to engage – Brisbane Times


Brisbane Times

Waterlogged: experimental dance project fails to engage
Brisbane Times
Described as an experimental dance project, Brisbane creative Jeremy Neideck and his Motherboard Productions company have worked with dancers from Brisbane and Seoul to bring 대홍수 (daehongsu) Deluge to the Brisbane Festival. The work explores ...

Heidi Duckler Dance Theater to Premiere OCEAN’S SKIN at Brisbane Festival … – Broadway World


Heidi Duckler Dance Theater to Premiere OCEAN'S SKIN at Brisbane Festival ...
Broadway World
On Tuesday, September 23 through Saturday, September 27, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will present the world premiere of Ocean's Skin, in partnership with Topology Music, for free performances at the Brisbane Festival in South Brisbane, Australia.

Scaling new heights: Australia’s circus love affair shows no sign of waning – The Guardian (blog)


The Guardian (blog)

Scaling new heights: Australia's circus love affair shows no sign of waning
The Guardian (blog)
... city-wide snowfall of feathers from the spectacular Les Studios du Cirque Place des Anges at the Perth festival in 2012 is likely to forget it, and nor will the raw fearlessness of the acrobatic ex-street kids in Circolombia's Urban at the 2013 ...

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Happy as Larry

brisTitle: Happy as Larry
Location: Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
Description: Brisbane Festival 2010 presents – Happy As Larry

The latest work from much-lauded and awarded choreographer Shaun Parker ­ Happy As Larry ­ will be at the Powerhouse from September 15 ­ 18 as part of the spectacular Brisbane Festival programme.

Along with long time collaborators Nick Wales and Bree van Reyk, who provide the electro-acoustic score, Parker delivers a fun, contemporary dance performance that explores the concept and elusiveness of happiness.

Parker’s company of talented dancers explore different personality types and how they respond to happiness. Using ballet, hard-hitting contemporary dance, locking and popping and even roller-skating, they express their characters’ individual ways of interacting, viewing the world and pursuing happiness.
The set is a huge chalkboard that rapidly spins to divide the vignettes, serving as a canvas on which to be drawn. The chalk lines punctuate the music and dance creating a playground for the various styles.
Start Date: 2010-09-15
Start Time: 19:00
End Date: 2010-09-18

The Oracle

Title: The Oracle
Location: Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
Description: Brisbane Festival 2010 presents – The Oracle, by celebrated Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard and featuring Queensland’s own Paul White.

Winner of both the ‘Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer’ and ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’ awards at the 2010 Australian Dance Awards, where the work was described as articulate and intricate…distinctly individual and always entrancing, the Oracle showcases the immense talents of both Tankard and her collaborator, dancer Paul White.

On stage at the Powerhouse Theatre from September 22 ­ 25, The Oracle is set to Stravinsky’s seminal composition for the infamous 1913 ballet The Rite of Spring, which caused riots at its Paris premiere. Inspired by the sometimes disturbing human forms in Scandinavian artist Odd Nerdrum’s work, The Oracle explores the conflicting forces of nature and man, masculinity and femininity, violence and nurturing, strength and vulnerability.

The intensity of the subject, the power of the complex, rhythmic musical score and the stark and brooding aesthetic, created by visual & set designer Regis Lansac, deliver an atmosphere of coiled-spring emotions and conflict in this haunting and critically acclaimed work.

Meryl Tankard is an eminent Australian dancer and choreographer with a long and esteemed career including roles at the Australian Ballet and working with the legendary Pina Bausch and several major European productions and companies. She returned to Australia to take on a number of company directorship roles before becoming a much sought-after freelance choreographer.
Start Date: 2010-09-22
Start Time: 19:00
End Date: 2010-09-25

Shanghai Lady Killer

Title: Shanghai Lady Killer
Location: Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane
Description: Brisbane Festival 2010 presents – Shanghai Lady Killer

Brisbane audiences will be the first to view the on-stage spectacular that is Shanghai Lady Killer when the show makes its international debut at QPAC during Brisbane Festival 2010. This fantastic new work will be on stage at the Playhouse from Thursday 23 September to Saturday 25 September.

Imagine the characters from a classic film noir ­ flawed private eye, femme fatale and underground crime lord ­ meet the superhuman heroines of a Hong Kong Wuxia sword-fighting spectacular. Featuring Wang Fei, one of China’s leading martial arts film stars in the lead role of Lili, this production is set to impress.

The action is set in Chinatown of a futuristic Australian city. Bring in multi-media landscapes, acrobatics, parkour, trampoline, dance, circus and martial arts, and you get a mental picture of the visual spectacle that is Shanghai Lady Killer.

The plot follows an Australian detective, hired to track down a mysterious female Chinese assassin. Her mission is to kill the Mayor, a successful and popular migrant from Shanghai who is in the midst of his re-election campaign. A dark secret looms over the action, threatening to tear the city apart.

Popularised by the Shaw Brothers studios in the 1960s and revisited in Kill Bill and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon – the Wuxia genre is the primary inspiration for this contemporary Australian stage production.

Start Date: 2010-09-23
Start Time: 20:00
End Date: 2010-09-25