|Bom funk Dance Studio performing at the National Portrait Gallery
Portrait Gallery, Sunday May 7
|CDTribe performing "Today I Am".
Ending a busy
week of dance performances and workshops as part of Australian Dance Week,
Ausdance ACT staged a series of pop-up performances which drew a large crowd to
the National Portrait Gallery. The works in the performances were a response to
the NPG’s current Portrait 23 exhibition of new works from multi-award winning contemporary
Australian artists and collectives, which is also entitled “Identity”.
was hosted by the director of Ausdance ACT; Dr. Cathy Adamek, and the theme
proved appropriate given the opportunity it provided for the participating
dance organisations and artists to display their individuality, with performances
ranging through the whole gamut of dance styles.
A large, immaculately
groomed team from Bom Funk Dance Studio, costumed in dazzling red, black, and
gold sequins, got the program off to spectacular start with their spirited
presentation incorporating Broadway, cabaret and jazz styles.
|Dance Central performing at The National Portrait Gallery.
large troupe, this time from Dance Central, demonstrated its prowess in latin
and jazz fusion, while its junior Hip Hop Crew, which followed, proved that it
was no slouch when it came to busting a move.
|Vaidehi Subramanyan performing at The National Portrait Gallery.
Bharatanatyam dancer, Vaidehi Subramanyan, offered a captivating solo which
showcased her mastery of this complex dance style. Canberra Dance Theatre
offered several varying items which began with a demonstration mass warm up led
by Philip Piggin. CDT’s celebrated over 50’s dance group, GOLD, performed a new
work, specially choreographed for them by James Batchelor, entitled “Leaning, Rippling,
|GOLD performing "Leaning, Rippling, Breathing"
display continued with “Today I Am”, a work choreographed by Gretel Burgess
for, and performed by, CDTribe, a group
of nerurodiverse young people; following which a group of CDT’s adult dancers
performed a new work “From, Amongst, Within”, choreographed for them by Josh
|Canberra Afro and Multicultural Art Academy, Passion and Purpose.
The temperature rose sharply when Canberra’s Afro and Multicultural Art Academy, Passion and Purpose, took the floor for its energetic display of afro hip hop, and stayed that way throughout “Multiformity”, a stunning work presented by The Training Ground, which featured a complex pas de deux performed by Larina Bagic and Joshua Walsh, and a fierce group section performed with impressive precision by The Training Ground ensemble which drew cheers from the audience.
|The Training Ground performing "Multiformity"
The Happy Beat Dance Crew, a group of adults, either neurodiverse or living with intellectual disabilities, gave an up-beat presentation which combined solo dance with partnering, before Gretel and Chloe Burgess brought the performances to a close with their performance of “Birds” an excerpt from Gretel Burgess’s award-winning longer work, “A Stroke of Luck”.
|The Happy Beat Dance Crew
Images by Bill Stephens