Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Choreography by Natalie Weir
The Q Theatre, Queanbeyan to 22 June
Reviewed by Len Power 21 June 2019
Expressions Dance Company’s work, ‘The Dinner Party’, is over-flowing with the full range of human traits, needs and emotions. It doesn’t flinch from showing us as we really are, including our dark side. At a smart dinner party held by a dominant and flashy young man, his well-dressed guests compete in a play for power that opens a Pandora’s Box of greed, anger, ambition, competitiveness, jealousy, betrayal and disappointment. It’s a beautifully realized work of great power and beauty.
Since 1984, Queensland’s Expressions Dance Company has created more than 170 works by national and international choreographers. They have toured nationally and internationally. Their work, ‘Carmen Sweet’ was performed memorably at The Q in 2015.
Choreographer of ‘The Dinner Party’, Queenslander Natalie Weir, was artistic director of the company until last year. As well as her work with Expressions Dance Company, she has choreographed for the Queensland Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre and for many overseas companies.
This fine production shows the company at its artistic best. The choreography is superb. The intention is clear and accessible and danced with great confidence and skill by the company of six dancers. The simple setting of a dinner table and chairs is used imaginatively and it’s complemented by a strikingly atmospheric lighting design by Ben Hughes. The costumes of the well-dressed dinner party members by Gail Sorronda are the height of fashion and also give each dancer an individual look and character.
Once again, Expressions Dance Company has produced a work that is visually stunning, full of passion and highly entertaining.
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