SLIDE YOUTH DANCE Theatre’s first offering for 2022 aims to bring laughter to students of all ages and make them smile, with humorous and human dance theatre piece, Falling.
By Kate Conway
It features five students that are all falling in different, emotional ways. Whether they are falling apart, falling in or out of love, or when a 7.5 level earthquake interrupts an exam, they are each thrust into a bizarre and chaotic situation.
The production takes inspiration from Benjamin Hoff’s book, The Tao of Pooh, an allegorical tale enlightening readers on the Eastern belief system of Taoism through the lens of A.A Milne’s beloved Winnie the Pooh characters. In today’s social, economic and political climates, the belief system’s central philosophy of finding contentment, happiness and a sense of calm is a worthy tool.
Developed in collaboration with the youth company dancers, the content of the show incorporates input, feedback and ideas from dancers and mentors engaged in the project, and highlights the collaborative ethos of the company. It showcases the fantastic skills, energy and charisma from local, long-term mentoring artists, Arthur Lariosa and Jordan Bretherton, and introduces Darwin audiences to interstate mentors Lj Loci Walmsley and Madeline Turnbull.
Artist-in-Residence Company at Darwin Entertainment Centre, SLIDE Youth Dance Theatre’s program includes, not only contemporary dance training and performance skills, but also involvement in the entire production process – from script and character development, to props and costuming and experience in choreography development.
This well-rounded approach is evident throughout all layers of the production.
As well as dancers benefiting from the skills of accomplished mentors, Artistic Director Joanna Noonan worked closely with production team member Tomm Lydiard on technical aspects of the show to complement the talented on stage display. Look out for some magic and trickery in the areas of lighting and set design.
Falling is an engaging and fast-paced adventure brought to life on the big stage by dynamic, innovative set design and interactive projections. Don’t miss it!