PAPER, SCISSORS, ROCKET! – WA’S PREMIER CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY TAKES ON THE REGIONS.

This November, Co:3 Australia, Western Australia’s state contemporary dance company, will tour WA’s Southwest region to bring an exciting and energy-filled dance performance and workshop incursion, ‘Paper, Scissors, Rocket!’ to local primary schools. The professional dancers will be on the road from 11-22 November, visiting schools throughout Bunbury, Busselton, Albany and surrounding areas.

Commissioned in 2016, ‘Paper, Scissors, Rocket!’ visited 22 primary schools delivering over 20 performances and 50 workshops. The world-class contemporary dance company is thrilled to return to the regions to deliver the combined performance and workshop program, fully subsidised and at no cost to local schools, thanks to the support of the State Government of WA through the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries and Healthway.

‘Paper, Scissors, Rocket!’ encourages primary school students to engage in a vibrant and collaborative experience, witnessing and working with professional contemporary dancers to explore themes of personal resilience, teamwork and self-confidence. Choreographed by Perth-based dance collective Unkempt Dance, the interactive production follows the adventure of two friends discovering their similarities and differences, harnessing the imagination to explore how each person is valuable in their own way.

“Paper, Scissors, Rocket! places personality and, recognition of individuality at the core, creating a unique offering that builds trust within a reciprocal learning environment, motivates creative thinkers and empowers our next generation in their own creative expression”, said Artistic Director Raewyn Hill, nationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer.

“I am so pleased for the opportunity to provide this program at no cost to primary schools throughout the Southwest region, and I’m looking forward to again having our Company Dancers provide a unique and enriching educational experience to young people throughout the State”, she said.

Co:3 Australia frequently connects with communities based outside the Perth-metropolitan area, touring regionally to primary schools annually since 2016. In 2017, in collaboration with Sydney Dance Company, Company Dancers toured nationally and throughout regional areas performing ‘Crazy Times’; a production for primary-aged audiences, which premiered at the Sydney Opera House.

Based in Perth, WA, Co:3 Australia is the State’s flagship contemporary dance company and resident at the State Theatre Centre of WA. Led by Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill, Co:3 Australia is a contemporary organisation, generating contemporary conversations through dance. With art at our core, we inspire people and enrich lives through dance. We present an annual program of main stage works by our professional company, present performances by our youth company, deliver dancer professional development and pathway programs, deliver education programs for students and produce regional touring programs throughout the State.

‘Paper, Scissors, Rocket!’ Tour Schedule:
11 Nov: Bunbury, 12 Nov: Cowaramup, 13-15 Nov: West Busselton, 18 Nov: Bremer Bay & Manypeaks, 19 Nov: Ongerup & Kronkup, 20 Nov: Denmark, 21 Nov: Yakamia, 22 Nov: Walpole & Pemberton

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Rosharna Femia, Marketing Coordinator marketing@co3.org.au

Co:3 Australia Announces appointment of Margrete Helgeby Chaney as Chair

Co:3 Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chair, Margrete Helgeby Chaney.

Margrete is a founding director of Co:3 Australia and a leading donor. With a career focused on performance, Margrete’s experience also extends to advocacy, project management, audience and membership engagement, strategy and policy development in the arts.

Executive Director, Alana Culverhouse, said “The company and the Board are excited by the passion and great understanding Margrete has of the industry and we look forward to her leadership in propelling the Company into its next stage of growth.”

Margrete danced with West Australian Ballet, Chrissie Parrott Dance Company (Perth) and Rambert Dance Company (London). With Stefan Karlsson, she founded and performed in loaded and co.loaded which toured nationally and to New Zealand, and was presented as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. In 2005, she was awarded Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer at the Australian Dance Awards. Margrete was named in the best individual performer category by Dance Australia Critic’s Choice in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2005 and nominated for several Green Room Awards and Australian Dance Awards.

Other roles have included lecturing in both Contemporary and Classical Dance at WAAPA, Assistant Director at Opera Queensland, State Opera of South Australia and West Australian Opera, Director at West Australian Opera, Rehearsal Director at Buzz Dance Theatre (of which she later became Patron), Associate Producer at Performing Lines WA, Project Manager at Nova Ensemble and the Future Moves Project Facilitator.

She is passionate about dancer wellbeing and career transition pathways.

Over the course of her career, Margrete has served at the national, state and local level on funding, awards and strategic panels and boards, and, in the 80’s, as a dancer representative for the West Australian MEAA. She was the Chair of West Australian Ballet’s Artistic Review Panel from 2015 to 2018. She is currently a member of the Helpmann Awards Dance and Physical Theatre Panel. Here at Co:3 Australia Margrete was previously Chair of the Artistic Advisory Committee and, most recently, our Deputy Chair. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Holding two Bachelor of Arts degrees (WAAPA at Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia), Margrete is MBA candidate at UWA.

“It’s a great honour for me to have been asked to Chair a company like Co:3 Australia which plays such an important role in developing contemporary dance in this state” Margrete said.

Co:3 Australia

Based in Perth, WA, Co:3 Australia is the state’s flagship contemporary dance company, contributing a unique voice to the national cultural environment. Led by Artistic Director Raewyn Hill, Co:3 Australia is an artistic house producing contemporary dance by expert contemporary dance-makers. With an ensemble of nine dancers, Co:3 Australia is a company of many creative voices, commissioning a variety of choreographers who create physically inspiring, thought-provoking and emotionally engaging work.

Co:3 Australia presents a range of curated, commissioned and created works. The dancers’ development is supported through an elite performance culture and a sector leading physical training and wellbeing program.

Co:3 Australia support and nurture the next generation of dance artists
through their twenty member Elite Training Squad and 60 member Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble. Co:3 Australia is a resident company at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.

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New partnership to strengthen contemporary dance sector

  • Co3 Australia is partnering with Australian Dance Theatre
  • WA and SA Governments providing matching $50,000 investments
  • Partnership to increase exposure and employment opportunities for local dance artists

 

Western Australian contemporary dance company, Co3 Australia has embarked on a partnership with prolific South Australian dance company, Australian Dance Theatre.

Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman announced the partnership today at the annual Meeting of Cultural Ministers, currently being held in Adelaide.

The dance companies will partner to present a major work, which will be shown at the Heath Ledger Theatre in Perth and Adelaide’s Dunstan Playhouse in 2020.

The production will be performed by both Western Australian and South Australian dancers.

Youth and education programs will be presented alongside the production, further assisting the dance companies to develop current and future audiences.

The McGowan Government is providing $50,000 to the partnership to match the investment from the South Australian Government.

 

Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:

“This partnership is an example of the benefits that can come from government-to-government co-operation.

“There are so many opportunities for Co3 and local dance artists in partnering with Australian Dance Theatre – the longest-running dance company in Australia.

“The partnership will not only increase exposure and employment opportunities, it will promote and develop new audiences for contemporary dance in both States.

“I’m also delighted audiences in South Australia will be given the opportunity to see the extraordinary talent of our local dance artists.”

Minister’s office – 6552 5400

Project NEXT 2019

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Project NEXT 2019: Presented by Co:3’s Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble

 

Co:3 Australia is WA’s flagship contemporary dance company and proudly supports young West Australian talent through the Co:Youth Ensemble program.

A new generation of West Australian young dancers, who are members of Co:3 Australia’s Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble, take to the stage in July as part of Project NEXT 2019, an impressive contemporary dance performance jam-packed with youthful energy, creativity and local talent.

Project NEXT 2019 brings together young dancers from across Perth to collaborate on a new artistic project. Students involved attend Applecross Primary School, Bassendean Primary School, Floreat Primary School, Hampton Senior High School, John Curtin College of the Arts, Melville Senior High, Mount Lawley Senior High, Perth Waldorf School, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, School of Isolated and Distance Education, St Brigid’s College and St Mary’s Anglican Grammar.

Project NEXT is an annual program for the Co:Youth Ensemble, where the young dancers reimagine and produce their own version of Co:3 Australia’s dance repertoire, creating an important artistic dialogue between generations, and producing fresh and original dance works, proudly made here in WA.

Co:3 Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill, says that the inclusion of the youth program is central to her vision for the state’s contemporary dance company. “At the heart of Co:3 are our young people and to honor that Co:3 provides pathways for young West Australian’s, giving young people a platform to express themselves and to reflect the world around them. It is vital that we support a framework of creativity and positive self-expression; in this instance using contemporary dance as the tool for communicating new ideas” Hill explains.

For 2019, the Co:Youth Ensemble have crafted a work, occurring in multiple segments, inspired by the permanent collection at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), exploring themes of light and shadow, what’s hidden and what’s revealed and the public behavior of ‘us’ in the gallery. These themes are aligned with and stem from Artistic Director Raewyn Hill’s exploration through her Reason For Being AGWA residencies from 2017 – 18.

Combining movement, text, props, light and design the youth, guided by choreographic leaders Laura Boynes, Brooke Leeder and Scott Elstermann have crafted an imaginative, bizarre, sometimes elaborate but always energetic journey through their gallery created on the stage.

Reinette Jordaan (15 years old from Nedlands) says of her experience;

“Project NEXT is a chance to be creative. Choreography isn’t just given to you. It’s created by you and transformed by you. As a young person it is an opportunity to be a part of a collaborative choreographic process driven by our own ideas. This year it’s been exciting to watch one small idea inspire the creation of characters and multiple movement qualities. Our group was drawn to the dramatic effect of light in paintings. We have been working with hand held light sources as a prompt and prop. I’ve enjoyed creating an aesthetic and exploring the different illusions light can cause.” Reinette Jordaan, CoYouth Ensemble dancer (John Curtin College of the Arts).

Project NEXT 2019 celebrates a new generation of contemporary dance and creative thinkers and is on at Centre for Performing Arts, All Saints’ College, Friday 19 July, 7.30pm and Saturday 20 July, 2pm & 7.30pm.

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Media Contact: Rosharna Femia, marketing@co3.org.au or 08 9226 2322.

 

Project NEXT 2019

Dates:     Friday 19 July, 7.30pm

Saturday 20 July, 2pm & 7.30pm

Venue:   Centre for Performing Arts, All Saints’ College, Bull Creek

Tickets: General Admission $20

Booking: https://www.trybooking.com/BCXIX

The Line – a shared history deeply soaked in place, land and memory

The Line is a story of segregation, confinement, abandonment and cross-racial relationships loosely-set in the 1930s in Perth. Co-created by Artistic Director Raewyn Hill and Co:3 Australia Associate Artist Mark Howett this powerful dance-theatre work draws on the rich history that resulted from the enforcement of the prohibited areas for Aboriginal people in the City of Perth and other areas of Western Australian between 1927 and 1954.

On 18 March 1927, the Governor of Western Australia relied on the 1905 Act to declare the City of Perth a Prohibited Area for Aboriginal people. Aboriginal people now committed an offence if they came within a boundary of approximately five square kilometres encompassing the city, unless they could show they were in ‘lawful employment’. In an attempt to discourage ‘camp natives’ from loitering, Chief Protector of Aboriginals, AO Neville, introduced a special ‘native pass’ to allow those Aboriginal people who had ‘legitimate reason’ to pass through the city.

During one of their regular Co:3 collaborations Mark Howett relayed the story of the Prohibited Area to Raewyn Hill. They realised there was an opportunity for Co:3 to bring to life an important local story, reflective of national and international experiences of racial segregation.

The Line also includes references to White City, a notorious entertainment area behind the Supreme Court Gardens, featuring swings, games of chance, boxing, log chopping, bands, canned music and dancing. It was popular with Perth’s indigenous people as well as the white population and considered a ‘gambling blot’ on the whole state, a den of inequity, a magnet for larrikins and loafers and a terrible menace to the youth of the city.

The 1927 Prohibited Area declaration, compelling those indigenous people not on “lawful business” to leave the city, gave Neville the excuse he needed to control the movements of Aborigines in White City and the Prohibited Areas.

Howett and Hill along with Co:3 dancers Andrew Searle and Katherine Gurr and Guest Artist, Noongar dancer, Ian Wilkes have researched the period together during the development of the work. They have drawn on information in the State Records; Stephen Kinnane’s family memoir ‘Shadow Lines’; and consulted with elders including Lynette Narkle, Richard Walley, Darryl Kickett and author Professor Anna Haebich.

Raewyn Hill said, “The Line began with us looking at the Prohibited Area, but the work initiates a global conversation about separation, segregation, and social expectations. We discuss humanity, and the quality of being humane, privilege and trauma, truth and listening, and importantly The Line is an opportunity for us to acknowledging the history that lives in the veins of so many of us that reside in our glorious city. “

“I believe, that in order to grow one has to go through a journey of truth telling, and to do that there needs to be acknowledgment, recognition and compassion. It is crucial so that that we actually start having a conversation about healing and equality.”

Mark Howett said that what he finds intriguing are the parallels between the enforcement of the prohibited areas and recent State initiatives to protect indigenous youth. For instance, the 2003 curfew that gave police and community development officers authority to enforce powers under the Child Welfare Act to remove unaccompanied children and young people from Northbridge in Perth’s CBD after 10pm. These measures to keep youths off inner-city streets in Perth were slammed for unfairly singling out Aborigines.

The Line investigates a difficult and sensitive subject, the performance is imbued with Hill’s distinctive image and movement language, Howett’s impeccably directed story and song, alongside humour, sarcasm and comedy. Co3’s cast are joined on stage with live accompaniment by Co:3 Associate Artist and award-winning musician Eden Mulholland and internationally renowned classical accordionist, James Crabb.

The Line shifts and shudders with the strength of contemporary voice, consciously echoing with the energy and movement of an unjust and painful past. A living history, a line that connects to an experience of the local community that is deeply soaked into place, land and memory.

 

The Line

Dates: 15 – 19 May 2019

Venue: Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia

Performances: 15 ­– 18 May, 7:30pm; 19 May, 4pm

Tickets: Perth Theatre Trust  www.ptt.wa.gov.au $25-$55

 

Media Contact

Tracy Routledge tracy@trpr.com.au  or 0412 223 221

Alana Culverhouse appointed as new Co3 Executive Director

Western Australia’s flagship contemporary dance company, Co3 Australia, is delighted to announce the appointment of Alana Culverhouse as its new Executive Director. Alana joins Co3 after 10 years with the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries where she has steered arts investment and development in Western Australia, and with more than two decades in the arts sector. She will take up her position in mid-October.

Alana steps into the role as current Executive Director, Richard Longbottom, resumes and expands the position of Engagement Director allowing him to focus fully on his passion for youth dance, education and community engagement.

Co3 Australia Chair, Mario D’Orazio said, “After a dedicated search to find the person with the exact skill-set, integrity and values that align with those of Co3, the Board could not be more thrilled to appoint Alana to this vital role as the company looks to its next stage of growth. 

“We began our search a few months ago when Richard approached the Board about succession planning and also expressed his desire to focus and build on the company’s success in youth dance and education – recognised by our recent Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance for Project NEXT 2017.

It’s fantastic that Alana’s coming on board and that we get to keep Richard in the Co3 family, driving his passion.  The Board whole-heartedly thanks Richard for stepping into the role 18 months ago, wearing so many hats and steering the company while successfully growing our education and engagement programs. Richard has driven our strong values-based culture.

Alana is committed to leading contemporary arts practice and is a champion for investment in the arts and said, “I’m very excited by this opportunity to work for such an innovative company alongside world-class Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill. Co3 Australia is absolutely committed to leading contemporary dance practice and creating experiences that enrich lives. Co3 not only produces some of the best contemporary dance works you would see anywhere in the world but fuels creative practice.

The company has a unique approach to dancer development, wellness and professional pathways to create opportunities for Australian choreographers and artistic talent. I believe that Co3 can position itself as one of the key performing arts companies in Australia and bring Western Australian contemporary dance to the forefront of both the national and international stage.

Co3’s Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill said, “I am so proud of what Co3 has been able to achieve since we began four years ago and of the talented team of people that make up the Co3 family.

I am excited about Co3’s future, with this appointment that rounds out our senior team and takes us closer to becoming Australasia’s leading contemporary dance company.

Media Contact

For all media enquiries and interview requests contact Tracy Routledge tracy@trpr.com.au or 0412 223 221

Renowned Japanese Architect sets the stage

His designs can be found throughout Japan and worldwide, and for the first-time renowned architect, Satoshi Okada, is making work for stage collaborating such Co3’s Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill, Okada’s large scale set piece will transform the Heath Ledger Theatre in September for THE ZONE.

Raewyn discovered Okada-san’s work over a decade ago, when drawn to the simplicity of form, and the importance of light within the design of his Mt Fuji House (2000). They eventually met in Tokyo 2012 when both their works were presented at the National Arts Centre, Tokyo. During Raewyn’s AsiaLink residency to the Tokyo Wondersite in 2016 she finally invited him to create the set for her new work, THE ZONE, a work about community.

Of Satoshi, Raewyn says:

“Satoshi Okada’s architectural work is breath taking in beauty and simplicity, and it is an honour that he has agreed to design the set for THE ZONE. This is Okada-san’s first foray into designing anything for stage, and I am deeply honoured to have the opportunity to work with him and his team.”

Raewyn has long been interested in the intersection of human movement with architecture. It can be argued that architecture is inherently social; it has no functionality unless humans interact with it, explore it, live in it. The same can be said for contemporary dance; it is a form that is embodied and requires a viewer to engage with it, and meaning can only be discovered through this engagement.

“For me, dance is the ultimate in figurative sculpture, an emotionally engaging, embodied language communicating through the magical third space between performer and viewer. As a creator, I seek to make the invisible visible, relying on the viewer actively engaging with my work and connecting to the emotionality represented in movement by the dancers.” Raewyn said.

With the support of Jonathan Lake at HASSELL architects, the set will be constructed at MosArts in Mosman Park for the duration of the rehearsal period before being installed at the Heath Ledger Theatre for the opening of THE ZONE that runs 7–16 September.

 

Tickets to THE ZONE can be purchased through Ticketek.

A New Lead for Co3

Co3, Western Australia’s leading contemporary dance company, is pleased to welcome Richard Longbottom to the seat of Executive Director, commencing April 2017.

Richard is currently the Community Engagement Director with the Company and will take over the reins from outgoing Executive Director, Aaron Beach.

On the appointment of Richard Longbottom, Aaron Beach says, “I couldn’t be leaving the position and the company in better hands. Richard’s wealth of experience and passion for industry will ensure continued success for Co3, I look forward to watching the company’s growth over the next few years.”

This appointment strengthens the company’s position in the Perth dance sector with an ongoing commitment to community engagement, education and the development of the company of professional dancers.

Richard Longbottom started his career as a dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and has worked in a number of roles including General Manager, Tasdance; Community and Education Manager, DanceNorth; other roles as a dancer and repetiteur; and since January 2015, Richard has been working as strategy and investment consultant to Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative, supporting young people in alternative education to successfully transition into employment, tertiary training, or back into mainstream schooling.

Of the new role, Richard says: “I have relished the opportunity over the past two years at Co3 to build the Community Engagement Program to a strong and sustainable model that is an anchor for the company. It not only provides training for young dancers but also employment for Co3’s dancers. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead of us as a Company and can’t wait for an amazing 2017!”

Co3 enters its second full year of programming in 2017 since its launch in October 2015. Of the transition in the company, Chair Wendy Wise says: “Co3 is unique in its organisational structure and an internal appointment ensures a continued understanding and commitment to the ethos of the Company. The Board of Directors and I are looking forward to working with Richard into the future.”

Aaron Beach will finish up with Co3 in April 2017, following the Perth premiere of Frank Enstein, the Company’s first collaboration with THE FARM. Aaron will commence the role of Deputy Executive Director of Belvoir in Sydney in April.For all media enquiries, please contact Georgia Malone on 0411 100 340 or Georgia@co3.org.au

About Co3

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.

Co3 is currently a resident company at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.

New opportunities for Co3 founding Executive Director

WA’s leading contemporary dance company is excited to see extraordinary opportunities open for its Executive Director, Aaron Beach, who will be taking up the position of Deputy Executive Director at Sydney’s Belvoir.

Aaron has been a part of the company since its inception and has played an integral role in ensuring the rapid growth of the company. Aaron has worked closely with founding Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill, setting the strategic direction of the Company; the recruitment of the team; development of the philanthropy and partnership program and the growth of the community engagement program.

Of her colleague, Raewyn Hill says: “It’s been an honour working alongside Aaron these past two years, working in a partnership to get this company off the ground. We have achieved so much over this time and we couldn’t have done it without Aaron’s expertise, support and of course his sense of humour! The team will miss him immeasurably, however we know he’ll bring great strength and inspirational leadership to Belvoir and the theatre industry and we look forward to supporting him in his new role.”

Of his time with Co3, Aaron says: “To come to a company at its infancy and to see it grow into the strong, self-assured company it is today has been a rare opportunity. The team we have pulled together has allowed us to break convention and do things differently. I am proud of all we have achieved as a company and know I’m leaving it in great hands. I can’t wait to see the company continue to grow and flourish through national and international collaborations and beyond.”

Belvoir is located in Surry Hills, Sydney and presents a diverse program of theatre in its two spaces. Belvoir is a Major Performing Arts Company and has toured work around the world including an acclaimed season of The Wild Duck at the 2016 Perth International Arts Festival.

Chair of Co3, Wendy Wise says: “Aaron has been instrumental in ensuring the success of Co3 and I thank him from the bottom of my heart for his commitment and expertise in setting the company up to be in such a strong position. I am very pleased that Aaron now finds himself working at the heart of an established major arts organisation with prospects of a strong and rewarding future.”

Aaron remains with Co3 until April 2017 following the company’s world premiere season of Frank Enstein in collaboration The Farm and the Bleach* Festival. The recruitment of the Executive Director for Co3 will commence in February.

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For any media enquiries, please contact Georgia Malone at georgia@co3.org.au or 0411 100 340.

2017 – a year of growth and partnership

The first 18 months of Co3 Australia, WA’s flagship contemporary dance company, has delivered opportunities for artists and audiences to further grow contemporary dance in Western Australia. In this short time, the company has engaged over 100 artists and attracted more than 16,000 people to the artistic and engagement programs.

 

Reflecting on Co3 Australia’s first full program in 2016 Artistic Director Raewyn Hill says: “2016 was such a massive year for this little company. I am constantly in awe of the commitment and dedication of the team around me from our small admin team to the Company artists and the Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth ensemble members. I’m so proud to be the founding Artistic Director of Co3 and in a year where I presented my first full length work for the Company, and our Youth present their own performance season at the Dolphin Theatre, we are ready to take 2017 head on and continue to offer a full program for dancers and dance lovers of all ages.”

 

2017 will be Co3’s second full artistic program, with a focus on partnerships in creating and presenting new works, we continue to lay the foundations for opportunities to engage with dance in Perth and beyond. Company dancers will be split across a variety of projects and we invite local, national and international artists into the Co3 creative team.

 

As resident company at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Co3 will be presenting two new works in 2017. The Company partners with The Farm Directors Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood on Frank Enstein, a new work that will have its world premiere at the 2017 Bleach* Festival on the Gold Coast, before heading to Perth for a public and schools season. With a cast of Co3 dancers and The Farm collaborators, Frank Enstein is a retelling of the classic tale for children and adults – magical dance-theatre illuminating a path to self-acceptance. This is theatre as if made by Michel Gondry, handcrafted and full of the love of old fashioned techniques.

 

In September, Co3 returns to the Health Ledger Theatre with THE ZONE, an explosive dance work that explores the notion of community forming in extraordinary circumstances. Profound yet playful, the performance chronicles the creation of community told through Hill’s stunning movement language. Artistic Director and choreographer Raewyn Hill will be joined again by music collaborator Eden Mulholland to play the live score, and world renowned Japanese architect Satoshi Okada will join the creative team as set designer.

 

Of the mainstage artistic program, Artistic Director Raewyn Hill says: “In Co3’s second annual program we continue to explore partnerships and welcome some of the best makers and artists from around the world. Following on from an Asialink residency to Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo in mid 2016, I am thrilled to be working with the incomparable architect Satoshi Okada for my next full length work, THE ZONE. As Co3 continues to grow, these collaborations and partnerships allow the company to not only bring some of the world most renowned artists to Perth but gives us flexiblity in our artistic presentations each year”.

 

2017 will see the continuation of Reason for Being, a partnership with the Art Gallery of Western Australia. This residency has been popular with visitors to the gallery this year with more than 5,000 people visiting the gallery view the company in action and engage with the creative process along the way. The first Reason for Being in 2017 will be in February and throughout the year Raewyn will invite several WA artists to join her in the development of work in response to the Sate Collection and the architecture of the building.

 

Co3 is excited to be collaborating with Sydney Dance Company on a new work made especially for Primary-school-aged children. This collaboration with Sydney Dance Company, Crazy Times by the brilliant choreographer Anthony Hamilton and dramaturg Matthew Whittet, will premiere in March at the Sydney Opera House, with a Perth and regional Western Australian season to be announced in early 2017.

 

Also in 2017, Co3 invites the prolific WA artist and dance maker, Chrissie Parrott to the Co3 artistic family to develop her most recent work, Elk. “I am passionate about creating an ongoing opportunity to support WA artists to develop a new work for the company,” says Raewyn Hill. “In 2017 Co3 launches Co: Lab as a way to begin to support choreographic voices of the local independent dance community in Perth. We also welcome the inaugural Co:Lab artist Tyrone Robinson to the Co3 family in early 2017.”

 

This nurturing is again reflected in the strengthening of the Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble, the centrepiece of the company’s community engagement program. The Act-Belong- Commit Co:Youth ensemble offers 60 young dancers regular training and development and have three performance outcomes next year including a new co presentation with companies LINK and Tracksuit. In 2016 the Elite Training Squad was introduced and was offered to 20 of the most promising young dancers with a focus on technical development, strength and conditioning.

 

The company’s community engagement program in 2017 with a remounted tour of Paper Scissors Rocket! created by independent WA artists, UnKempt Dance, which will be performed alongside Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s presentation of Saltbush at the State Theatre Centre of WA in July.

 

For full program details, including the full community engagement program, see co3.org.au

 

2017 Program

Frank Enstein

Made by The Farm in collaboration with Co3 Australia

Presented by Co3 Australia, The Farm and Bleach* Festival

Wed 5-Sat 8 April, 7.30pm

Wed 5 April, 1pm (School Matinee)

Thurs 6 & Fri 7, 11am (School Matinees)

Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA Tickets from $25

THE ZONE

Thurs 7–Sat 16 September, 7.30pm

Fri 8, Tues 12, Thurs 14 September, 11am (School Matinees)

Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA Tickets from $40

TWO SHOW PACKAGE: Buy both Frank Enstein and THE ZONE and save! Premium $90 / A Reserve $80 / Concession $55

Single tickets on sale from 16 January All tickets available through Ticketek: ticketek.com.au

For all media enquiries, please contact: Georgia Malone, Marketing & Communications Manager

M 0411 100 340

E georgia@co3.org.au

 

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