I look to my left and notice my dance colleague wiping tears from her eyes. It is the last class of the Victorian Dance Festival and Paul Malek’s workshop has overwhelmed dancers with a sea of inspiration.
It is not often that a dance production consists of only men. The testosterone, muscularity and strength needed to pull off this show come in leaps and bounds.
Ministry of Dance presents ‘Moments’. Palais Theatre, St Kilda, Melbourne. Tuesday 15th December, 8pm. Let’s take a moment. It is about to get simultaneously sassy and serious, here in the Palais Theatre.
The Space Full Time Dance presents ‘Selfies and Zombies’ Friday 27th November, 8pm. Gasworks Theatre Albert Park, MEL. This is more than just a show. It is a social message to the world.
Sydney Dance Company and Australian Chamber Orchestra presents: ‘Illuminated’. October 25, 2015 Arts Centre Melbourne, 5pm. A single violin plays. A dancer ignites. A thousand people spectate in awed silence.
Boss Dance Company presents ALPHA Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park. Friday 16th October to Saturday 17th October, 8PM. Alpha takes to the stage fierce, hard-hitting hip hop fused with lyrical contemporary in a wolf-pack style company. Director and choreographer, Jordan Herbert is Alpha, a ferocious and visionary interpreter, sending conquering messages of love and a sense of belonging out to the world. It is clear the dancers are speaking up about the lack of support and ‘homeliness’ from Melbourne’s dance scene, and now, this innovative baby company can home some of the best talent.
The Australian Ballet Showcase 2015 Arts Centre, Melbourne: 18th September, 2015. The Australian Ballet School showcased their talent at the Arts Centre in Melbourne last Sunday evening. From the awe-inspiring ballet spectacle to the damp, confronting tales of lyrical contemporary, this performance levelled the professional scale. With a male dominated cast, the dynamics of the arrangements were a thrill to watch.
“I’m so grateful for dance because it gives me a way to express exactly how I’m feeling when there are no words to describe it.” -Lucy Doherty
‘Making it’ as a professional dancer is hard. Not only do you have to be talented, but your passion for dance has to exceed beyond all other things. Sacrifices must be made, along with the sweat and tears. But what every professional dancer has in common, is the ability to work harder than they did before, due to all the pressures they face from criticism and rejection.