Outside In


Fresh off the back of a European tour, LINK Dance Company embark on their latest season, Outside In, which hits
Dancehouse, Melbourne on 30 November at 8pm. This fantastic and thought provoking contemporary dance season features three new works by established choreographers, Frances Rings, Paul Selwyn Norton and Ross McCormack.

Frances Rings has created a beautiful, organic new work pulsating with life for LINK titled Hybrid. Inspired by her indigenous background and a connection to the natural world, this work explores the imaginings of human/plant relationships through botanical mythology and is set to an evocative soundscape from musicians Zoe Keating and David Page. This new work from one of Australia's leading indigenous choreographers is not to be missed.

"Choreography to me is a connection to the unseen and how indigenous people view the world; part physical-part spiritual. Our connection to the natural world is what sustains our beliefs and maintains our cultural ties even in an urban landscape. I wanted to investigate these themes and explore the imaginings of human/plant relationships through mythology and ritual and how they co-existed in a timeless space."  Frances Rings, October 2011

Paul Selwyn Norton has created a work especially for the eight dancers of LINK Moon/Hammer Cycle. Set in a field of 9 helium balloon's and to an eclectic mix of music from rock to world to classical, the work explores groupings of people and their various dynamics, celebrations, ritual, anarchy and individual's influence over the group. The work reflects Norton's interest in contrapuntal organization and delivers a forceful impact that is both impressive and moving.

Norton says, "I created Moon/Hammer/Cycle specifically for a group of people who already knew each other. LINK 2011 was well established by the time I arrived. So my task was to investigate how group dynamics affect the individuals within it, and how a single personality can influence the whole."

New Zealand dancer/choreographer and Helpmann Award-winner, Ross McCormack, choreographed, I Said Ha Ha, especially for the LINK dancers. I said Ha Ha Is a collage of actions, results, inspired by the expressions and reckless movements that make up or form the state of childlike behavior. The objective being to avoid acting like a child, rather take on the actions that perhaps inhibit, restrict or drive the desire.

Of the inspiration for this work McCormack says, "I remember when I was very young, my brother and a pack of neighbourhood kids hatched a plan involving fish & chips to kill a seagull. Unfortunately it worked, the seagull's wing was broken from a stone, which no one claimed. I have never forgotten how we just stood frozen still for what seemed like hours? For some reason my brother and I went home early and asked if we could clean the family car."

Inspired by bringing the outside inside, this season of contemporary dance will excite the spirit and nourish the soul.

When: Wednesday 30 November
Time: 8.00pm
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse
Tickets: $25 Full $20 Concession $15 Dancehouse members
Book now: Call 03 9347 2860 or Click here


LINK Dance Company is the graduate-dance-company - unique in Australia - based at the internationally renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), located in Perth at Edith Cowan University.