QL2 Centre for Youth Dance presents "Pig Out"
An exciting new 45 minute dance work by and for young people, about food, eating and not eating. Choreographed by MARKO PANZIC (SYTYCD) & ZOE VENTOURA (Kick, Packed to the Rafters) in collaboration with the dancers.
5pm & 7pm Saturday 11 October,
3pm Sunday 12 October 2008
The Tim Murray Theatre, (Canberra Grammar School),
Monaro Crescent, Red Hill, Canberra
$15 full, $10 (conc), family of 4 $40 — tickets at the door 30 minutes before each show.
Pig Out is a new piece developed with mostly younger dancers (aged 9-19) in QL2's programs, working with professional choreographers and assisted by some of the older dancers who were involved in My Sister, My Brother in July. Choreographers Marko Panzic and Zoe Ventoura with Artistic Director Ruth Osborne and Assistant Director Vivienne Rogis have worked with these young dancers to create a 45 minute dance work about food and eating.
This project is the entry point for dancers to work and develop with QL2 Centre for Youth Dance, in preparation to joining the Centre's Quantum Leap youth dance ensemble. It provides an introduction to working with a choreographer and moving beyond just "learning the steps". Quantum Leap has produced some of the most exciting and innovative work that a young performer could be involved in, and helped young people along the path to becoming professional dance artists. But it also introduces young dancers to the process of creating new full-length dance works – the process of choreography. This is much more than just “putting steps to music” or “telling a story” — it includes thinking about concepts and emotions, creating new movement with improvisation and exercises, selecting and refining the most effective movement ideas, and of course rehearsing till it all flows. Quite a challenge for an 18 year old to grapple with, let alone the 9 year-olds! But Quantum Leap’s Artistic Director, Ruth Osborne, works with the ensemble to develop the skills they need to work with professional choreographers, and selects those choreographers specifically for their ability to bring out the best in young dancers — without resorting to just drilling them in ‘moves’.
Many ex-Leapers continue to study dance into tertiary level; and former members can be seen performing professionally with companies such as Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sue Healey, Australian Dance Theatre, Rafael Bonachela Dance Company and Chunky Move.
Be there on Saturday or Sunday to see the next generation of dance artists in Canberra!