Austinmer Dance Theatre’s 2019 performance year clicks into gear with this impressive double bill featuring the work of former Sydney Dance Company Dancer, Cass Mortimer Eipper (Pastiching Tetsuo) and Artistic Director, Michelle Forté (Life Interrupted).
Mortimer Eipper’s, Pastiching Tetsuo, is a Westerner’s tribute to the Japanese practice of Anime. A reworked, reinterpreted mix and match of some of Japan’s most influential pop-cultured artefacts, Mortimer Eipper’s work aims to shape new worlds that are familiar but unique and discordant yet structured. While Forté’s, Life Interrupted, explores the Australian Women’s prison system and the effects of incarceration on the greater community. Constantly challenging the creativity of herself and her dancers, Forté delves further into the use of text combined with abstract dance to generate a unique theatre experience.
Suitable for all ages, audiences can expect to be taken on a memorable journey which explores the power of dance and theatre, with both pieces bringing their own unique creative stamp.
Choreography: Cass Mortimer Eipper
Music: Cass Mortimer Eipper & Kaneda’s Theme [from Akira] by Geinoh Yamashirogumi. Muitinkinyakkin and Nightstalker by Kenji Kawai.
Concept & Direction: Michelle Forté
Music: Nils Frahm, ‘Valerie’ The Zutons.
Verbatim assistance: Kerry Tucker
Lighting designer: Cass Mortimer Eipper & Michelle Forté respectively.
Cass Mortimer Eipper trained at The Australian Ballet School and has performed with West Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, and was co-director of the Australian dance/media company, Ludwig. In 2015, he won the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Male Dancer in William Forsythe’s Quintett. His other awards include ‘Most Outstanding Performance’ at the Rome International Choreography Competition for Solo 1.5, which was also presented at the renowned ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna. He also won the prize for Most Outstanding Choreography at the West Australian Dance Awards for Fleck & Flecker. As a dancer, he won 3rd prize at the Stuttgart International Dance Festival, where he performed Emma Sandall’s Body Song. Eipper has created work for Sydney Dance Company, Milwaukee Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Link Dance Company, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Ludwig and “So You Think You Can Dance Australia”, and has collaborated on music clips with Katie Noonan, Ben Folds and James Michael Thompson. Eipper’s films have been presented internationally, including his dance film, “Brute,” which will be presented at the TLC Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in March 2019.
Michelle Forté’s teaching career started when she was 18 with her long term teacher and mentor Priscilla Kurtz. Starting with Classical Ballet and Jazz- then expanding into Contemporary which is where her passion for choreography began. Her choreographic career, spanning over 3 decades, has created award winning pieces for prominent dance studios throughout Sydney for many years. The progression to creating full-length works and pieces for Austinmer Dance Theatre was a natural one. Through Michelle’s hard work and commitment, ADT is attracting interest from highly regarded International and National choreographers wanting to work with her committed and passionate team of dancers.