Performing at their first Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Austinmer Dance Theatre, a youth based New South Wales dance company, breathes life into the contemporary dance scene at the Adelaide Fringe with their show T W O.
The company has made great strides since its establishment in 2011, to offer young, talented and enthusiastic dancers the opportunity to explore a professional career in dance. Under the guidance of artistic director Michelle Forte, and internationally renowned patron and choreographer Maurice Causey, these young dancers from coastal New South Wales perform with grace and vivacity.
The troupe performed ’T W O’ routines, both which were confronting and bold with layered social nuances and smashed gender roles. Dance is an art form that challenges you, and the Austinmer Dance Theatre certainly achieved this. The skill, technique and strength the dancers have is undeniable.
The first of the ’T W O’ numbers was titled ‘Corners’, and was choreographed by Dutch dance engineer Sagi Gross. The four dancers - Jack Tuckerman, Madi High, Adrian Stoll and Carina Serray - performed with such synchronicity, it was magnetic to watch. The second routine, ‘Seeing the Light’ was choreographed by Maurice Causey and was profoundly existentialist, playing with the ideas of peace, serenity and happiness.
The choreographers and dancers should be commended for bringing an interpretive contemporary dance performance unlike anything ever performed at the Fringe before.
Star Rating: 3/5
Where: Carclew Ballroom
When: March 16 - 18
Header image via adelaidefringe.com.au
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