Younger choreographers are sizzling to trot

“Scorching to Trot” dancers. Photograph: Lorna Sim.

Dance / “Scorching to Trot”, QL2 Dance, QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, till November 27.  Reviewed by LEN POWER.

THE annual “Scorching To Trot” efficiency offers QL2 dancers the chance to step into the function of choreographer, mentored by workers and supported by the dancers as collaborators and performers.

This yr eight dances and one dance movie have been introduced by choreographers aged 15 to 19. All have been of a persistently excessive normal, imaginative and danced very properly by the enthusiastic performers.

The standout dance was “F.A.S.T.” by Akira Byrne. This piece explored the warning indicators and development of stroke. Taken from the expertise of a member of the family who suffered a stroke, Akira Byrne produced a piece of searing high quality. Its intention was clear all through, the angular and fluid actions have been executed very properly by the dancers and the music, “Tree’s Sacrifice”, by Ezio Bosso was a good selection. Lighting was cleverly used to boost the environment.

There was wonderful use of lighting within the finale, notably, in Emily Smith’s “Cowl It Up”, a piece discovering compromise amidst conflicting views. It was dramatic and danced with assurance all through.

The usage of masks in “Vulnerability of the Particular person” by Natalie Hardy was particularly efficient in conveying the message that people don’t want to evolve to society’s beliefs and stereotypes to achieve their full potential. The dancers displayed very efficient physique management on this interesting work.

In “Simplistic Pleasures” by Arshiya Abhisree, about breaking free from routine and permitting your self to embody a way of delight and happiness, there was a very efficient use of sunshine with the wonderful dancing. The facial expressions of the dancers and the motion conveyed the intention of the dance very properly.

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“Not Goodbye” by Mia Canton was a private work symbolising the connection between her and her twin sister. The music, from the movie “Driving Miss Daisy” by Hans Zimmer, produced a sense of nostalgia that was matched by the delicate dancing of two younger performers. There was additionally a great use of sunshine and the energetic, unison dancing of the older performers was additionally properly completed.

The dance movie “Ready” by Magnus Meagher was closely influenced by the surreal, geometric city work of Jeffrey Sensible. Utilizing his dancers within the suburban panorama in and round one in every of Canberra’s iconic bus shelters, filmmaker and choreographer, Meagher, produced a extremely efficient movie, mixing actuality, daydreams and creativeness.

The remaining works have been no much less efficient, reaching their targets with intentions very clear, good use of sunshine and dancers properly in a position to assist and improve their visions.

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Ian Meikle, editor