Dance

Liam Green as Uncle Drosselmeyer with Carina Roberts as Clara in The Nutcracker. Photo by Sergey Pevnev (3)

Wintry delights

Review: West Australian Ballet, The Nutcracker · His Majesty’s Theatre, 17 November · Review by Amy Wiseman · West Australian ...
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Three dancers, all covering their eyes. One wears grey shiny leggings and is naked aside from that. One wears a bottle green criushed velvet unitard One wears hot pink shiny leggings and a black shirt

Provocative and challenging

Review: Jo Lloyd, Confusion for Three · PICA Performance Space, 15 November · Review by Nina Levy · Jo Lloyd ...
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Youthful exuberance creates a future from the past

Youthful exuberance creates a future from the past

Review: Annette Carmichael, The Beauty Index & A Light Shade of Red · Albany Entertainment Centre, 26 October · Review ...
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Two dancers playing with autumn leaves

A wonderful thing in Wellies

Awesome Festival review: Indepen-dance, Four Go Wild in Wellies · PICA Performance Space, 3 October · Review by David Zampatti ...
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From the intimate to the comic

From the intimate to the comic

MoveMe Festival review: The Farm, Cockfight; Kynan Hughes, Love/Less & STRUT Dance, "Next" · State Theatre Centre of WA · Review ...
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A tender dance

A tender dance

Review: Anything is Valid Dance Theatre, Dust on the Shortbread · MoveMe Festival, 14 September · Review by Jo Pollitt ...
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A man and a woman with a microphone

A dynamic showcase

Review: Co3 Australia, 'The WA Dance Makers Project' · State Theatre Centre of WA, 13 September · Review by Jo ...
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a girl dancing, a guy doing sound

Journey to a dance work

Ever wondered how a dance work gets put together? Dance artist Talitha Maslin and composer/collaborator Dane Yates will be giving ...
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Dracula

Dark and dangerous

Review: West Australian Ballet, Dracula (co-production with Queensland Ballet) · His Majesty’s Theatre, 6 September · Review by Amy Wiseman ...
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Woman in a yellow dress, in a plank position

The MoveMe Files: Yilin Kong

Yilin Kong first performed her self-devised solo Blushed at Strut Dance’s 2017 “Short Cuts” season, where it was described by ...
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dancers sitting at a table

Inside the WA Dance Makers Project

This September, Co3 Australia will launch the 2018 MoveMe Festival with a double dance bill celebrating four dynamic West Australian ...
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Two elderly people dancing

Close to home

What is it like to slowly but surely lose your memories? For most of us, it's an unimaginable concept but ...
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Girl with pink wig and megaphone

The MoveMe Files: Sally Richardson

Director Sally Richardson has taken Julia Gillard's landmark 2012 speech about misogyny and, together with dancer Natalie Allen, created a ...
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The MoveMe Files: Kynan Hughes

The MoveMe Files: Kynan Hughes

Ahead of the 2018 MoveMe Festival, Perth’s biennial showcase of contemporary dance, Nina Levy is talking to the program’s choreographers ...
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Shattering a myth

Shattering a myth

Review: Bangarra Dance Theatre, Dark Emu · Heath Ledger Theatre, 2 August · Review by Nina Levy · When it ...
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A force to be reckoned with

A force to be reckoned with

Review: Momentum Dance, Unbreakable · Redmond Theatre, Prendiville Catholic College · Review by Nina Levy · Dance is a young ...
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A manager and a maker

A manager and a maker

Denmark-based choreographer and creative producer Annette Carmichael has been short-listed, together with collaborator James Gentle, for a prestigious Australian Dance ...
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Daryl Brandwood rehearsing Momentum dancers

Dancing to new places

Acclaimed Australian dancer Daryl Brandwood doesn't consider himself a choreographer and yet he is about to finish making his second work ...
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Moody magic

Moody magic

Review: Sydney Dance Company, ab [intra] · His Majesty’s Theatre, 28 June · Review by Nina Levy · In 1998 ...
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'Burrbgaja Yalirra - Three Short Works' - Marrugeku Production 2018 - PICA - 6th June 2018 / Photography © Jon Green 2018 - All Rights Reserved

Not damnation but hope

Review: Marrugeku, “Burrbgaja Yalirra" (Dancing Forwards) · PICA Performance Space, 9 June · Review by Nina Levy · How can ...
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3.3 is about an emerging young Indigenous dancer, on the brink of an international career, thrown into a holding cell because of his skin colour and torn between two cultures. Ian Wilkes dances the young man. His mentor and choreographer Indigenous dance legend Michael Leslie Challenges him in this new adaptation of a new work by Michael. Ultimately, he just wants to dance. The young man is caught in the middle. The terrible legacy of this dilemma is that the young black fella believes gaol is also a rite of passage for young men in his community. Aboriginal people represent 3.3% of the total population, yet more than 28% of Australiaís prison population. Don't miss this dynamic and powerful dance conversation between this dance mentor and the next generation dance legend As a commitment by Ochre to the support of West Australian dancers and choreographers, we will be presenting ëBeyondí the work of internationally acclaimed choreographer Chrissie Parrot and dancer Floeur Alder. Chrissie has been commissioned by original Ochre member Floeur Alder to make a solo to commemorate the dancerís 40th birthday and a professional relationship spanning almost 30 of those years. A transformative solo that is mesmeric enigmatic and virtuosic taking dancer and audience on a transformative journey traversing an imaginary landscape.

Extraordinary dance from Ochre

Review: Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, 3.3 and Beyond · Subiaco Arts Centre, 29 May · Review by Varnya Bromilow · ...
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Link dancers performing in Ori Flomin's Mangoes, earrings and a glimpse of hope.

Welcome to the breeding ground

Review: Link Dance Company, "Differently Equal" · Geoff Gibbs Theatre, 23 May · Review by Nina Levy · I’m always ...
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Ian Wilkes and Michael Leslie in 3.3

Reclaiming language through dance

It's been decades since Michael Leslie has taken to the stage but the legendary Aboriginal dancer and choreographer is about ...
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Claire Voss and Oscar Valdes in La Sylphide. Photo by Emma Fishwick

An enchanting escape

Review: West Australian Ballet, La Sylphide · His Majesty’s Theatre, 18 May · Review by Amy Wiseman · Attending the ...
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Rise WAAPA dance

Students rise to the challenge

Review: WAAPA Dance: Rise · Geoff Gibbs Theatre, 5 May · Review by Nina Levy · When it comes to ...
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Carina Roberts and Gakuro Matsui in The Nutcracker

In the spotlight: Carina Roberts

Carina Roberts's star is on the rise. In her fourth year as a dancer at West Australian Ballet, the 23 ...
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William Rees as Frank with Co3 Australia dancer Andrew Searle

A winning reinvention

Review: Frank Enstein, The Farm with Co3 Australia · State Theatre Centre of WA, 12 February · Review by Nina ...
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Frank Enstein

A tale of two companies

Raewyn Hill, artistic director of Co3,  takes Nina Levy behind the scenes of the contemporary dance company's upcoming season of ...
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White Spirit

On the outside, looking in

Perth Festival review: Ensemble Al Nabolsy & the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus White Spirit · His Majesty's Theatre, 3 March · Review ...
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Vessel

We’re all animals

Perth Festival review: Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa's Vessel · State Theatre Centre, 2 March · Review by Varnya Bromilow · ...
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To a simple rock n rol... song

Almost super-human

Perth Festival review: to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll… song by Michael Clark Company · His Majesty’s Theatre, 14 February ...
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Micromove

Lucky dip of dance treats

Fringe World review: "MicroMove" curated by Shona Erskine & Harriet Roberts · The Blue Room Theatre, 13 February · Review ...
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beyond time

Mesmerising marvel

Perth Festival review: Beyond Time by U-Theatre · His Majesty’s Theatre, February 11 · Review by Suzanne Ingelbrecht · A ...
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Attractor

Incredible art-making

Perth Festival review: Attractor by Gideon Obarzanek, Lucy Guerin, Dancenorth and  Senyawa · State Theatre Centre, 8 February · Review by ...
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Djuki Mala

An exuberant return

Fringe World review: Djuki Mala The West Australian Spiegeltent at The Pleasure Garden, 31 January Review by Jenny Scott The ...
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the honeymoon suite

A trip into retro-wonderland

Fringe World review: The Honeymoon Suite by Bernadette Lewis · Paper Mountain gallery, 1 February · Review by Nina Levy · Entering the Paper ...
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Attractor

Super attractor

Propelling its dancers into a state of ecstatic physical abandonment, Attractor has been a hit at festivals in the Eastern ...
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Jemima Foxtrot in Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea

Extraordinary Foxtrot spins cathartic tale

Fringe World review: Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea, Unholy Mess Blue Room Theatre, 30 January Review by Xan Ashbury Occasionally, you ...
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Cull

Skewering social media

Fringe World review: The Very Good Looking Initiative's Cull  · Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, 28 January · Review by Jenny ...
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slap and tickle

Saucy and jaunty

Fringe World review: Slap and Tickle by The Kabuki Drop and WAYJO · Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, ...
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The Honeymoon Suite

Abundantly kitsch

Those who were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at Bernadette Lewis's "The Honeymoon Suite" in STRUT Dance's "Short ...
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Out of control

Out of control

Dance is uncontrollable, says Israeli choreographer Omer Backley-Astrachan, and that’s what he loves about the art form. He’ll be performing ...
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The wee small hours

The wee small hours

How did you sleep last night?  If you've had any experience with the frustrations of the sleepless wee hours, Night ...
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Pushing provocative buttons

Pushing provocative buttons

CULL is a new show from Melbourne-based company, The Very Good Looking Initiative (TVGLI).  Described as a darkly comedic look ...
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A future that looks like the past?

A future that looks like the past?

Described as a one-woman, one-Roomba show, Future’s Eve will also feature a paddling pool, breakfast made live on stage and lasers, ...
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Cruelty over love

Cruelty over love

Review: Valentine by Kynan Hughes ◆ The Blue Room Theatre, 16 November ◆ Review by Suzanne Ingelbrecht ◆ When does ...
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Memory as dance

Memory as dance

Review: im spiegel by LINK dance ◆ The Edith, Perth, 9 November ◆ Review by Varnya Bromilow ◆ It was one ...
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Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

Review: The Beauty Index by Annette Carmichael ◆ Brave New Works #24, Denmark, WA, 3 November ◆ Review by Amy Wiseman ◆ ...
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Perth Festival picks

Perth Festival picks

Seesaw co-editor Nina Levy shares her tips for the 2018 Perth Festival. One of my favourite things about living in ...
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The road to Valentine: Kynan Hughes

The road to Valentine: Kynan Hughes

Ahead of the premiere of his first full length work, Valentine, choreographer and dancer Kynan Hughes talks to Nina Levy ...
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A whirlwind tour of ideas

A whirlwind tour of ideas

Review: Strut Dance: “Short Cuts”, Program A and B Studio 3, King St Arts Centre, 27 September (B) & 28 ...
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Birds of a feather

Birds of a feather

Review: Aeon, Lz Dunn and collaborators◆ Presented by PICA and Tura New Music as part of the 13th Totally Huge ...
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A brave new step

A brave new step

What makes a father-of-two with no formal dance training sign up to dance in a major regional arts festival? Nina ...
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The flash before the crash

The flash before the crash

Review: The Great Gatsby: West Australian Ballet - His Majesty's Theatre, 14 September - Review by Varnya Bromilow - Bringing ...
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A sneak peek at PIAF 2018

A sneak peek at PIAF 2018

Scorching days, balmy nights… it won’t be long til it’s summer in Perth... the season for the beach and the ...
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Something good, something really good

Something good, something really good

Review: The Zone: Co3 - State Theatre Centre, 7 September - Review by Varnya Bromilow - When you see something ...
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Dancing at any age

Dancing at any age

Perth's newest dance ensemble is rewriting the rules about who gets to perform, discovers Nina Levy. How old do you ...
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Twists, turns and music: Jenny Simpson (Part II)

Twists, turns and music: Jenny Simpson (Part II)

In "Twists, turns and music: part I", AWESOME Arts CEO Jenny Simpson told Nina Levy about her past; a childhood ...
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Twist, turns and music: Jenny Simpson (Part I)

Twist, turns and music: Jenny Simpson (Part I)

This year Jenny Simpson is celebrating a decade at the helm of AWESOME Arts, an organisation dedicated to making incredible ...
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Saltbush

Choreographed by light

Review: Saltbush Compagnia TPO & Insite Arts Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA 12 July 2017 Reviewed by Nina ...
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A powerful punch: Good Little Soldier

A powerful punch: Good Little Soldier

Review: Good Little Soldier Ochre Contemporary Dance Company and The Farm Subiaco Theatre Centre 9 July Reviewed by Nina Levy ...
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How to watch contemporary dance

How to watch contemporary dance

If you’re not familiar with it, watching a contemporary dance work may seem like a daunting prospect. Seesaw editor and ...
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