Choreographer Dean Walsh is the current recipient of the 2011/12 Australia Council 2 year Dance Fellowship. Dean speaks passionately about his love for marine life and scuba diving which he has been doing for about 2 decades now. His latest experiment Prime, is 2 of the 5 works he created to amalgamate dance and diving.
The dance is a 2 part show and is followed by Q&A with guest speakers.It explores real life diver situations.
The first part of the performance is a solo piece by Dean Walsh called AnEnemy, which investigates a predator and prey and our role within their habitat. It touches questions about what constitutes a predator? Is it their appearance or action? Or is it both? This is where Dean introduces a Sensory Dive Memory Suit. Within this piece is a depiction of a trying to find a way out of a trap he encounters.
The second section is called Under Pressure which is performed by Dean Walsh, Kathryn Puie and Natalie Ayton and reflects the actual time line of a scuba dive. It touches in an aspect of physiological suspension. During the performance the divers come onto the boat and somersault into the sea, they breathe audibly and is such a clear reflection of what an under water diving experience would be like.
Guest speaker Tony Granville, a chemical engineer professor at the University, speaks about his love for diving and his belief that sharks are safe. They are a beautiful sea creature that has no menace in it's mind quite contradictory to the general perception of most humans.
Statistics suggest that around 85% of marine life has been wiped out over centuries. Dean and Tony share their experiences when diving with sharks and noting that it was perfectly safe.
Lovers of diving, environment and dance will surely appreciate Dean Walsh's amalgamation of the 3 and the research he has put in to bring to life Prime: Orderly. Watch Dean and his highly skilled team defy gravity.