Based in Perth, Western Australia, Co3 is the state’s flagship contemporary dance company, contributing a unique voice to the national cultural environment.
Co3 reinvigorates the conversation about, and experience of, contemporary dance. The company supports and inspires the development of contemporary dance, dancers and dance culture.
Co3 is guided by the key programming principles of curate, commission, and create.
In late 2016 Co3 was invited to be a resident company at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.
Co3 supports the on-going development of the next generation of Australia’s dance-makers by investing in the reshaping of existing repertoire. Under curate, Co3 focuses on giving a second life to works of potential, allowing future artistic leaders to revisit and re-imagine their works.
Curate enables Co3 to introduce a diversity of creative voices, contributing to the cultural conversation around Australian contemporary identity.
Co3 presents new work by established dance-makers and cultural shapers. Focused on presentation in main-stage theatres, these commissions range from short pieces in multi-bill seasons to full-length works.
By commissioning some of Australia’s most highly regarded creatives alongside international experts, Co3 aims to showcase the very best of Australian dance-making nationally and internationally.
Co3 prioritises significant and innovative new works-of-scale by leading choreographers. These works will often be produced in partnership with festivals and cultural institutions, and involve collaboration and exchange with other leading artists and groups in order to expand the artform.
For Co3, works programmed under create are in our risk-space, where projects contribute to setting the agenda for the artform, encourage experimentation, and shift the dialogue on dance into non-traditional performance venues and formats.
STATE THEATRE CENTRE WA
Located on the corner of Roe and William Streets in Northbridge the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia opened in 2011 and features the 575-seat Heath Ledger Theatre and the 234-seat flexible Studio Underground. Also included in the Centre is The Courtyard, a multi-purpose outdoor events space, two rehearsal rooms and two flexible-use private suites.
Designed by award-winning Kerry Hill Architects, the design has delivered a building which not only provides a functional and inspiring venue for performers and their audiences, but is a defining architectural landmark for Perth.