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Global Positioning

DANCE FANS CAN TAKE a look at the past, present and future as Tracks Dance makes statements with its latest production Global Positioning. 

Artistic Co-Director David McMicken says audiences will once again be given a new look at the city, with a dance tour across three sites through the Smith Street Mall.

“We like to let people re-vision where they live. We gather the audience at the start and we then divide the audience into three groups and they fly off to three different venues around the Mall,” he says.

One of the sites is top secret, but the other two are laden with history, which is reflected in the choreography.Jenelle Saunders choreographs one segment in the Star Arcade. The performance is inspired by the site’s cinematic history – photos permanently displayed in the Arcade depict racial segregation, contrasted with the site’s history of the world premiere of Jedda, the first Australian film shot in colour and the first to have Indigenous Australians in lead roles.

McMicken says the energetic and explorative show is a chance for Tracks to affirm some of their core values.

“We’re looking at what positions we want to make as a company, both living in Darwin and our global position. For example, one of the elements we’ve decided on is to design and up-cycle our costumes from either what we’ve got or what we can get from op shops, and we’re employing a costume designer that we’ve worked with quite a lot to re-shift and reuse those things. 

“We’re also making statements on our positions on things like water, race, and fast fashion, and saying we want to make sure that you know we’re a company that takes a position on what we think is important.”

Step out from a traditional theatre and experience the Darwin CBD with new eyes watching some fancy footwork.

Global Positioning Sun 18 & Mon 19, Thu 22 - Sat 24 Aug | 7pm | Smith Street Mall | $15-$30 |

Image: Duane Preston

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