An affecting showcase of flowering expertise

The Chameleon Collective performs “Golden Ratio” as a part of the “A Stellar Lineup” present. Picture: Andrew Sikorski

Dance / “A Stellar Lineup”, devised and directed by Liz Lea, Belconnen Arts Centre till December 4. Reviewed by BILL STEPHENS.

DESIGNED and introduced to coincide with the Worldwide Day of Individuals with Incapacity, “A Stellar Lineup” proved to be a surprisingly affecting showcase for the numerous Canberra organisations engaged in offering inclusive applications and alternatives for individuals who establish as disabled, HOH (arduous of listening to), chronically unwell, neurodiverse or have lived mental-health expertise.

Drawing on the abilities of such various teams as Ignite Makers, the Zest Dancers, the Chameleon Collective, Mission Mud, The Deaf Butterflies and Canberra Dance Theatre’s GOLD Firm, Liz Lea has drawn on her personal appreciable skilled theatrical abilities and brought benefit of the very good staging services of the Belconnen Arts Centre to offer an expert setting to showcase the numerous methods the gifted enablers concerned in these numerous organisations present alternatives for hitherto surprising abilities to flower.

Even earlier than the viewers entered the auditorium a procession of white figures wearing spectacular wearable artwork devised by IGNITE Makers signalled that this was to be a memorable efficiency. Following these figures into the auditorium the viewers was greeted by about 30 members of the ZEST dancers seated on stage. 

Led by Jane Ingall, Philip Piggins, Jacqui Simmonds and Debora Di Centa, The ZEST dancers, who embody individuals with Parkinson’s and different mobility and neurological points concentrate on chair dancing and their entertaining interpretations of a number of Elvis Presley songs had been convincing proof that these situations needn’t be a bar to busting a transfer. 

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An inspiring quick movie by Christian Doran, edited by Arianna Bosi, and filmed within the burnt-out ruins of Mt Stromlo that includes members of the Chameleon Collective performing to music of the constellations recorded by the Griffyn Ensemble, was adopted by a efficiency by an rising First Nations dance group, Mission Mud, directed by Emma Laverty, which included a really younger dancer who captivated the viewers together with his dedication to execute all of the dance strikes accurately.

The Deaf Butterflies, led by Gretel Burgess and Debora di Centa, additionally smitten by two objects, each carried out in entrance of gorgeous atmospheric movies by Justin Ray and Liam Budge and edited by Liz Lea. “Singing In The Rain” for which the Gene Kelly lyrics had been interpreted by Auslan interpreter, Brett Olzen, and “Spring”. 

An attractive duet carried out by Nat Thomas and Charlie Wan, loosely primarily based on the ABC program “You Can’t Ask That” however entitled “Why would you SAY That?” gave a sneak peek into the day by day interactions they expertise as Disabled moms, queer individuals and performers.

Dancer Emily Knight, of the Chameleon Collective, adopted with a putting solo that she choreographed with Courtney Tha to the music of John Metcalfe in entrance of visualisation by Dylan Nelson.

A program spotlight was offered by the GOLD (Rising Previous Disgracefully) dancers with the world premiere of a pleasant new work, choreographed by Liz Lea, entitled “No Regrets”. Outrageously costumed in feathers and spangles the group lived as much as its identify with some cheeky enjoyable, carried out with precision and gusto, which had the viewers in stitches through-out, and positively justified the title. 

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Nevertheless, the perfect was saved until final when the Chameleon Collective carried out a surprising new work to music by Vivaldi, and choreographed by Liz Lea. 

Entitled “Golden Ratio” and primarily based on the Fibonacci Sequence, Brydie Bulley, Anna Connelly, Katie Senior, Emily Knight, Neave Darmody, Lataesha Marsden, Karin Adriansdatter, Sabrina Madafarri, led by Liz Lea, and costumed in glittering white sequins, carried out collectively and individually.

To a poetic spoken soundtrack expounding the great thing about distinction, every of the dancers was spotlighted in entrance of glowingly lovely photos of themselves, filmed by Andrew Sikorski and edited by Arianna Bosi. 

It was a strong, revealing and masterful work which offered a surprising finale to a perfectly introduced program. 



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Ian Meikle, editor