Brisbane Dance Company To Spotlight Next Generation Of Dance Talent

Four emerging and established choreographers are set to take centre stage in Brisbane next month when the Expressions Dance Company presents their new show Converge.

The choreographers – Stephanie Lake, Richard Causer and Jake McLarnon from Australia and Xu Yiming from China – will build daring new works with the award-winning dancers at the Queensland dance company and emerging composers from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU).

Expressions Dance Company (EDC) Artistic Director Natalie Weir said that Converge provides an important opportunity for the next generation of dance makers to be supported by a professional dance company to develop their unique artistic perspectives.

“It’s vital that emerging choreographers are provided with open platforms to showcase their work, confident in the knowledge that their vision is being faithfully and sensitively interpreted by world-class dance artists,” she said.

“Two of our local choreographers, Jake McLarnon and Richard Causer, both EDC ensemble members, will also work with composers from QCGU to create new music for their pieces.

“An ensemble of twelve musicians, also from QCGU, will perform the works live on stage in the stunning conservatorium theatre.”

Ms Weir said Converge will showcase exquisite choreographic artistry, live music and the exhilarating physicality of some of Australia’s finest contemporary dancers.

Helpmann Award and Australian Dance Awards nominee Richard Causer will present a thought-provoking work exploring identity, judgment and the aliases we all create to protect ourselves.

Making his EDC choreographic debut, Jake McLarnon’s piece is inspired by “Isochronism”, a conceptual artwork by renowned Australian artist Jasper Hills tracing patterns of time and movement through abstract spaces.

Acclaimed Chinese guest choreographer and dancer Xu Yiming features in Converge as part of EDC’s Chinese Australia Dance Exchange Project, a five-year partnership enabling the creation of collaborative new works.

Ms Weir said Stephanie Lake, one of Australia’s most respected and awarded choreographers, will bring her gutsy physicality and intellectual rigor to Converge.

“Stephanie created a stunning dance work for EDC’s sold out Mozart Airborne season with Opera Queensland in 2017,” she said.

“She’s a brave choreographer whose work is never less than heart-stopping, articulate and visceral. Stephanie’s work is important and to see it interpreted by our incredible ensemble will be thrilling for audiences.”

EDC’s season of Converge is on from March 10 to 17 at The Conservatorium Theatre at Griffith University in Brisbane. For tickets call QTIX on 136 236 or visit the EDC website.