Gorman Arts Centre to 17 December
Reviewed by Len Power 16 December 2016
QL2 Dance’s ‘On Course’, a choreographic project for senior Quantum Leap ensemble members, is now in its 10th year. This initiative brings back Quantum Leap alumni during their full time study at universities and also welcomes other tertiary dance students from across Australia.
This year, artists from the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), the Victorian College Of The Arts (VCA), the Adelaide College Of the Arts (AC Arts) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) participated with current Quantum Leapers dancing and collaborating alongside the tertiary students.
Nine works were performed and all displayed a high level of imagination and originality in the choreography as well as a display of fine dancing. The most successful works were those that created a theatrical impact to communicate the theme to the audience. In some cases this was achieved purely through dance and in others with particular use of lighting, sound, film and props.
With our different backgrounds and life experiences, each audience member will respond differently to each of the works. While I enjoyed the whole program, for me the following items were the most satisfying and appealing.
‘Permeating Modalities’ by Luke Fryer was a clever combination of film and live performance. Interacting with the film, the live dancers added a startling dimension to this work.
‘The Body Series’ by Oonagh Slater was a visually exciting work danced by the choreographer herself. With thoughtful use of lighting and props, she created a pleasing atmosphere that seemed almost like a series of still-life photographs.
‘Take a right, then go round the bend’ by Samuel Hammat was a work about self-discovery and the influence of others. His choreography had a distinctive and enjoyable flow from one moment to the next and his group of dancers performed it very well.
‘Solus’ by Ryan Douglas Stone was a unique work performed alone by the choreographer. Highly imaginative and atmospheric throughout, the sequence where he danced with his own shadow was particularly delightful.
‘great woman wolf woman bone woman’ by Alana Stenning was a dramatic work involving clever use of lighting. Danced solo by the choreographer, she successfully showed various facets of femininity in a highly exciting performance.
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