Creating opportunities for dance and collaboration worldwide, Expressions Dance Company (EDC) has set the mark high for 2018.
Launching their latest season for the New Year at QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre, supporters and guests were welcomed to a night of intrigue and excitement.
Highlighting what was on offer, Expressions Dance Company made it clear that their latest season was going to showcase refreshing and bold contemporary works from a number of emerging and established choreographers.
One of the biggest initiatives however, to come from the event, was the announcement of a pilot Youth Dance Ensemble.
Artistic Director Natalie Weir, shared her dream to a very enthusiastic audience and spoke about creating a future for dance in a safe and supportive learning environment. The new Contemporary Youth Ensemble will provide many opportunities to emerging artists and creators in Brisbane and in the early stages of their career.
Kick-starting EDC’s official programme in March is its first work entitled ‘Converge’; a new contemporary piece derived from four of Australasia’s hottest young choreographers - Richard Causer, Stephanie Lake, Jake McLarnon and Xu Yiming.
The audience was treated to a sneak peek of one of the numbers for this upcoming performance. Dancers fluidly moved to orchestral music, highlighting their strength, trust within each other and their extensive abilities. The crowd was in awe and was successfully introduced to an electrifying 2018 season.
From here, EDC will partner with Hong Kong’s City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) to present an Australian premier of ‘4Seasons’. This triple bill of new work – choreographed by Natalie Weir, Dominic Wong and Kristina Chan – is part of EDC’s collaboration with leading Chinese Dance Company’s, in a five-year Chinese Australian Dance Exchange Program. It was interesting to note how the varying cultures will affect different styles of movement – something definitely set to grab the curiosity of many when it shows in June.
EDC’s third performance for the year is ‘Everyday Requiem’. Choreographed by Natalie Weir and in collaboration with The Australian Voices, this piece, showcasing in October, celebrates the ordinary moments that make life special. Audiences were once again, treated to a teaser filled with raw emotion and outstanding talent. One performer sung as one dancer moved and reacted to his melodic tones. Definitely a highlight of the evening and something audiences should book their ticket to ASAP.
Rounding out the season in November, the EDC ensemble will guest perform in a Queensland Ballet production, entitled ‘Bespoke’. Choreographed by Gabrielle Nankivell, this piece is set to be thought-provoking as it takes on the world of dance.
EDC’s 2018 Season is ambitious and set to showcase daring and dynamic work from creators across the globe.
Audiences are invited to help support their Double Impact for Dance campaign with a donation, as the company sets to expand its cultural endeavours and introduce a new youth programme.