Dark, joyous dancing

AS the weather cools, we’ve become accustomed to Quantum Leap’s dancers presenting their annual, original creation on grand subjects – our war heroes in “For Valour”, or the natural environment in “Night. Time”.

Now, 30 young artists are turning the spotlight back on themselves in the show “Me Right Now”, coming up at The Playhouse.

“It’s about young people, exactly what they’re like now – some of it is dark, some of it is joyous,” says Ruth Osborne, artistic director of QL2 Dance Centre from which the leapers come.

Many things will be the same, says Osborne who, together with dance artist Adelina Larsson, will choreograph the big finale of the show. Canberra’s Bearcage productions will create the huge visual backdrop, impossible to achieve as a normal set, while Sydney composer Adam Ventura has again created an original musical score.

One thing will be different – because of a touring commitment in Taiwan during July, the usual practice of bringing visiting young dancers from Thailand will not happen this year.

Osborne has engaged three top young choreographers – Lina Limosani, working with boys and girls; Matt Cornell with young men, and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal with young women.

Tyas Tunggal, who lives in Yamba, on the north coast of NSW, is a familiar figure in Canberra from her extensive work with Elizabeth Cameron Dalman at Mirramu Dance Company.

In creating this new work, she told “CityNews” she had considered the myth of the nymph Echo and Narcissus, with reference to narcissism among teenagers. Some of the work is highly symmetrical and geometrical, suggesting controlled ceremonial rites of passage. At other times, the young dancers run the gamut of emotions.

“Me Right Now” at The Playhouse, May 9-12, Bookings to 6275 2700 or canberratheatrecentre.com.au

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