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The Top End, In Motion

Darwin Entertainment Centre (DEC) started the year with a bang, the 2020 season promising an exciting year of music, theatre, dance, and more.

Off The Leash readers will remember the Live at the Studio initiative featured in the March edition, giving local performers the opportunity to showcase their talents as well as special behind-the- scenes industry insight with headliner acts.

The global health pandemic resulted in DEC temporarily closing its doors, but this month DEC’s back, and the desire to support the localarts industry remains at the heart of their program.

Every Saturday night in July, you’re invited to In Motion – a special showcase of local Top End talent.

You'd be familiar with roving performances, when street performers move through a crowd of static spectators. This time, it’s you that is invited to move through the spaces of Darwin Entertainment Centre, treated to a diverse rolling montage of four 15-minute performances.

As you navigate through DEC’s balcony, studio, amphitheatre and loading dock spaces, local comedians, dancers, musicians and thespians will delight. Groups are limited between 24 to 40 people, so it’s set to be an immersive, intimate experience.

The best thing? All ticket proceeds go towards the performers. Darwin Entertainment Centre Acting General Manager Coryn Huddy says supporting local creatives at this time is paramount.

“The arts and entertainment sector has taken a big hit during this time of the pandemic. We’re in the business of bringing people together, so In Motion has been developed directly in response to the current situation and the new health and well-being measures we all need to adhere to,” he says.

“It’s a bit of a different concept from what you’d typically see in the Centre, but we wanted provide an opportunity for our local artists to connect with our local audiences. All proceeds go back to the artists and the ticket price is extremely accessible, so we encourage everyone to ‘bring their bubble’ of friends and family, and come on down. We just can’t wait to see people coming back into the Centre with smiling faces.”

Round up your mates, grab a ticket and head along to DEC to see the Top End in motion.

In Motion

Photo: SLIDE Youth Dance Theatre (Artist in Residence at DEC)

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