She Would Walk the Sky – artsHub Australia (subscription)

She Would Walk the Sky
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Inspired by the vaulted halls of the Brisbane Powerhouse, She Would Walk the Sky weaves a spell around the audience, drawing them into a world of magic. The simple story is told through the poetic words of internationally renowned Australian playwright ...

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Puppets show a positive Aus-Indo relationship – Brisbane Times

Puppets show a positive Aus-Indo relationship
Brisbane Times
It's a fusion of dance, song and story about the cycle of life, beauty and ugliness, and the destructive power of nature. Freer said while the show was incredibly colourful, it wasn't coloured by the negativity surrounding ongoing issues such as asylum ...

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Brisbane Powerhouse announces new festival – artsHub Australia (subscription)

Brisbane Powerhouse announces new festival
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Festival co-producer Kris Stewart said, anyone who enjoys 'great music, dance, circus and burlesque, delivered with drama, humour and glamour' will be at home at the festival. 'Queensland Cabaret Festival builds upon the Brisbane Cabaret Festival ...

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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

Tarian Baru Dari Indonesia

Title: Tarian Baru Dari Indonesia
Location: Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
Description: Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane Festival 2010 present – Tarian Baru Dari Indonesia(New Dance from Indonesia)

Forging a marriage between ancient tradition and modernism, two compelling and unique Indonesian choreographers bring Tarian Baru Dari Indonesia (New Dance from Indonesia) to Brisbane Powerhouse as part of this year’s Brisbane Festival from Tuesday 7 September to Sunday 12 September.

Two breathtakingly beautiful and original dance works make up this extraordinary presentation: Di Dalam/Di Luar (In/Out) by Hartati and a double bill by Nan Jombang Dance Company, SangHawa (Eve) and Rantau Berbisik (Whisperings of Exile).

The Minangkabau region in Indonesia is famous for food and dance and is home to the country’s most important contemporary choreographers. Its unique alchemy of martial arts, folk dance, spiritual discipline, social formality and a penchant for migration creates the nucleus of these works. The two choreographers featured in Tarian Baru Dari Indonesia, Ery Mefri and Hartati, both have their foundations in the coastal highlands of West Sumatra.

Hartati’s work is a dance of beauty and ideas and of the mysterious but lucid language of the female body. She has performed and presented her work extensively in Indonesia and has collaborated as a choreographer with artists from around the world. In Di Dalam/Di Luar, three women are in boxes. They struggle to escape only to find themselves in another box, and then another, trapped in an infinite regression. The human body becomes the voice exploring the urge for emancipation and the quest for freedom. This season of Di Dalam/Di Luar is the first time this work has been performed outside Indonesia.

Nan Jombang Dance Company first performed outside Indonesia at Brisbane Powerhouse in 2007. In matriarchal Minangkabau culture, property is owned by women and passed from mother to daughter. In SangHawa (Eve), choreographer Ery Mefri contemplates Eve, the first woman in the story of creation as shared by Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Rantau Berbisik (Whisperings of Exile) is inspired by the long tradition of Minang men migrating across the archipelago to make their fortune before returning home.

These works are a remarkable blend of the old and the new, the traditional and the contemporary, to tell the stories that are distinctly and uniquely Indonesian.
Start Date: 2010-09-10
Start Time: 18:00
End Date: 2010-09-12