We had a great time working in Brisbane with Opera Queensland and performing Abandon to sell out houses at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Here are links to some of the reviews.
Limelight magazine review
Australian Stage online
Next week the company returns to Townsville to continue working on a new production in development.
For those of you in Townsville – on Friday 7th March we will be joining forces with the 1RAR band for a fundraising concert called ‘Let’s Dance’. This is an opportunity for the general public to participate by joining Dancenorth dancers and dancers from Dancensations for a night of fun.
Last week was a great week in Townsville with the dancers returning to start preparing for the upcoming season of ABANDON. This week we’re in Brisbane rehearsing ABANDON with Opera Queensland, and we open on Friday 21 at the Brisbane Powerhouse. It’s fun to be back surrounded by the amazing vocals of the Opera Queensland team.
APAM the Australian Performing Arts Market also opens next week in Brisbane so the city will be alive, a great time to be here. APAM is an exciting chance for the industry to get together to exchange ideas, experience new Australian work, engage in critical dialogue, build skills and partnerships, find new collaborators and investors, and network with national and international peers.
Be sure to check out our Facebook page for regular updates and photos of what we get up to during our trip.
Our well travelled Artistic Director Raewyn Hill returned to the Townsville last week from a successful season of FLOCK in Japan. Since her return Raewyn has been preparing for the upcoming season of ABANDON with Opera Queensland at the Brisbane Powerhouse 21-23 February, and also the tour of THREEFOLD a collaboration with Tasdance that will be touring Tasmania and the east coast of Queensland.
Dancers Alice Hinde, Erynne Mulholland and Andrew Searle returned to Townsville this week to rehearse for ABANDON with Raewyn and Rehearsal Director Bradley Chatfield.
The Community and Education team have been meeting with community groups and working on their exciting program for the year.
A great success over the weekend was the Open Classes Open Day, an opportunity for people to come and try out the classes on offer at Dancenorth. More than 300 people enjoyed taster classes and many took up the annual subscription offer. For more information about what’s on offer click here
We have made a great start in 2014 with an international performance of a new solo work, FLOCK created by Raewyn in collaboration with Japanese visual artist Naoko Yoshimoto. FLOCK opens this weekend at the National Arts Centre Toyko. Rehearsal photo attached.
The dancers will return to North Queensland in early February to prepare for performances of ABANDON with Opera Queensland at Brisbane Powerhouse 21-23 February to book tickets click here
The community and education team have had some great meetings this week with organisations who will benefit from Dancenorth programs in 2014/15.
On Saturday 1st February we will be holding an open day for our Open Classes, with FREE classes for anyone to enjoy. This year for the first time we are adding belly dancing and social dance to the range of classes we offer, to find out more click here.
We are all excited about what the year has in store, to check out our calendar for the year click here
We are looking forward to performing Abandon with Opera Queensland at the Brisbane Powerhouse 21-23 February 2014.
After a whirlwind four days in Tokyo to finalise the work FLOCK for the January performance at the National Art Centre Tokyo, our AD Raewyn arrived in Barcelona, to begin a creative development period with the Spanish award winning Digital Media artist Mariona Omedes and motion graphics artist Carles Morra. She also met the team at http://www.nueveojos.com who created the digital imagery for Dancenorth’s critically acclaimed work MASS. The new project ‘the inside’ will combine mapping and digital projection, having its first development showing at Dancenorth in Townsville, October 2014.
The team have finalised the program for Dancenorth Open Classes in 2014, which will for the first time include Belly Dancing! For more information including the latest schedule CLICK HERE
Photo – National Art Centre Tokyo
Nicola Leahey in a video with Miley Cyrus!
Click on the image below to check out this fun mash up video including Miley Cyrus, Mumford and Sons, Sigur Rós, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and one of our Dancers from last year Nicola Leahey!
This week has been a hectic one for our AD. As well as continued 2014 planning Raewyn flew to Melbourne to met with Author Boori Monty Pryor and Youth Worx to discuss working together on the Dancenorth Community and Education program into 2014, building on the SHAKE A LEG initiative based on Boori’s book of the same name. Today Raewyn has arrived in Japan to meet with Japanese artist Naoko Yoshimoto about an upcoming performance … more about that soon!
Jeremy and Tracey continue to plan for Community and Education in 2014 and helping Happy Feat prepare for their upcoming performance at the Special Olympics in Newcastle. Yesterday they held a contemporary dance workshop at St. Patrick’s College and today they are meeting with community group Kith and Kin.
Rehearsal Director Bradley Chatfield has finalised the dates for the 2014 secondment opportunities, for more information click here.
The team have also finalised the open classes on offer for 2014 more about that soon!!
This week Raewyn is working on content planning for the exciting 2014 programme and preparing for her upcoming working trips to Tasmania, Melbourne, Japan and Barcelona.
Our Community and Education Team are wrapping up 2013 and planning for 2014 AND they are working with local group Happy Feat to help them learn new dances for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Newcastle next month.
Tonight is the last 2013 1RAR fundraising event with Back to the 80′s, a fun night with the big band sound of 1RAR band to raise funds for Soldier On a support group for returning servicemen and women.
This week Raewyn, Andrew and Bradley have been in the studio this week working the development of an exciting new piece for 2014, they also headed out to the burnt bush to film a solo with Andrew and it rained for the first time in months!
Jeremy from our Community and Education team took a trip out to Kirwan State High School to do a hip hop workshop with some of the students. Also this week Jeremy and Tracey spent time with the Happy Feat Dance Group, a dance group with differing abilities. Jeremy and Tracey travelling to Newcastle in December with Happy Feat to support their performance at the Special Olympic Asia Pacific Games.