Opening nights are always exciting and I was pleased to have been invited to see Converge - the hot new dance works at the Conservatorium Theatre, 140 Grey Street at South Bank.
Expression Dance Company and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) presented Converge, which features both Australian and international dancers. This was the perfect showcase for some of QCGU's young composers and musicians. Combined with emerging new choreographers, this is a must-see show for lovers of contemporary dance. For those who may not be fans (yet), this is a great chance to see a "bold and inspiring" show.
The performance is divided into four separate dances and lasts for about 1 hour and 45 minutes: 1. Ceremony is choreographed by Stephanie Lake and comprises six dances moving intricately with one another. This performance is followed by a ten-minute break. 2. Imposters is choreographed by Richard Causer and is performed by the same six dancers and explores the theme of identity. This dance is followed by a twenty-minute intermission. 3. Isochronism is choreographed and danced by Jake McLarnon. Along with fellow male dancer, Scott Ewen, Jake synchronises his movements with precision and drama. 4. Aftermath is choreographed by Xu Yiming from Beijing. It is an international dance for four dances (two men and two women) and has religious overtones.
It is a varied and enjoyable programme with talented artists which is suitable for all ages. If you are a dancer too, you may also like to attend the Converge Masterclass with Jake McLarnon (dancer and choreographer) on Saturday 17 March, from 2pm to 3:30pm at the Expressions Dance Company Studio in Fortitude Valley, for $30.
Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium (image by May Cross)
Limited season times and dates:
Tuesday 13 March at 6:30pm (includes post-show Q&A)
Wednesday 14 March at 11:30am (includes post-show Q&A)
Thursday 15 March at 7:30pm
Friday 16 March at 7:30pm
Saturday 17 March at 7:30pm
For further information, including biographies of the dancers, check out the Converge official website.