Young dancers go NEON

NATIONAL Science Week was a kaleidoscope of colour for DRILL’s Senior Company when it presented ‘NEON’, a professional contemporary dance work with musical scores recorded by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

More than 600 people attended the performances in both matinees and public performances, with the dancers performing the three works three times simultaneously.

The musical compositions were heard through wireless headphones, with audience members given the option to change between the three tracks on three channels.

DRILL artistic director Joshua Lowe said he believed their audiences appreciated that DRILL made shows that weren’t in the traditional sit-down-and-watch format.

“During NEON, the audience got to wander around and choose how and from where they saw each section, which made them feel like they were discovering something for themselves,” he said.

“I watched with my niece and nephew (aged three and five) and even they loved going to find each new section.

“I’m so proud of our whole team, particularly the cast of young dancers who created and performed a dance work that was just as difficult and complex as a professional production.”

DRILL is Hobart’s youth dance company and is a prime driver for the development and provision of dance engagement opportunities in Hobart, working across a range of projects with local young people.

DRILL’s next dance program for young people, Junior Company, is here and is looking for dancers to become a part of its 2019 Company.

Junior Company is a contemporary dance program for young people aged nine to 14, running for eight weeks over October and November.

In 2019, DRILL will be offering two Junior Company programs, one in Glenorchy and one in Clarence.

Junior Company is a non-competitive, collaborative dance experience that values the young dancers’ input, and encourages them to engage with a theme and respond with their own choreography.

Registrations close Tuesday 24 September.

For the first time, DRILL is also offering the opportunity for aspiring makers to create and present their own short dance works as part of its inaugural Choreographic Program.

Those with dance experience can apply to participate as a choreographer and performer, or as a performer only.

This is a free program and interested participants must apply by 25 September 2019.

For more information and registrations, visit www.drillperformance.com/cp2019.

Caption: DRILL’s Senior Company presented its contemporary dance NEON recently. Photo credit: Joshua Lowe.

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