Rockingham dancers part of the WA youth-produced Project NEXT

Victoria Rifici, Weekend Courier

 

TWO Rockingham dancers will perform in Project NEXT this week as part of a WA youth-produced contemporary dance showcase.

Baldivis resident Jocelyn Boucher (16) and Waikiki resident Elloise Hayes (17) joined the Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble program, a Co3 Australia initiative, this year.

Project NEXT is an annual program for the Co:Youth Ensemble, where young dancers would create their own version of existing Co3 dance shows, to produce fresh and original dance works.

Dancers from around Perth, including 37 youth performers, will perform in Project NEXT.

Miss Boucher will be one of the 10 performers in ‘The Aftermath’ section, choreographed by Ella-Rose Trew.

She said she loved using dance to express emotions.

“We started rehearsing a few months back, starting with processes or tasks based on the concept of natural disasters, and then interpreted that through dance,” she said.

Miss Hayes will perform in the surrealist art section.

“We looked at pictures of surrealist art and then manipulated them through movement to create the image with our bodies,” she said.

Co3 Artistic Director Raewyn Hill said the inclusion of the youth program was central to her vision for the state’s contemporary dance company.

“It’s vital that Co3 provides pathways for young West Australian’s, to give young people a platform to express themselves and to reflect the world around them,” she said.

“Members of the Co:Youth team don’t necessarily have to go on to become professional dancers, however it’s so important that we support a framework of creativity an positive self-expression.”