Attempts to recreate history and create new expressions of dance have reached Melbourne with the arrival of the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) and the Australian Ballet School’s joint creative performance titled Le Sacré, on from the 14 - 23 June.
In 1913 Nijinsky’s memorable choreography and the avant-garde scoreof Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring caused a sensation and ‘near-riot’ in its first performance when wealthy and fashionable ballet-goers of Paris were expecting to see a traditional performance with tutus and toe-shoes and beautiful music.
Similar to this, in 2018, NICA’s Movement and Performance Coordinators along with The Australian Ballet School's Artistic Teacher and Resident Choreographer, seek again to push the boundaries and challenge our ideas about creative performance in a re-conception of this work in the first collaboration of its kind in Australian performance history.
Although modern day audiences have become more accustomed to stepping out of their comfort zone and embraced innovation in many areas of the creative arts, Le Sacré aims togive both audiences and these young performers the chance to create a vision of the future in an inspiring melange of music, dance and circus performance.
“We dare to tread in great footsteps by doing what we must, exploring what is possible, impossible, risk taking within our individual disciplines and placing perceived boundaries further and further away”, said Co-Director Simon Dow.
The troupe of 18 second year circus performers from NICA, and 26 Level 7 ballet students for the ABS, range between 16 – 28 years of age. These performers have been tutelage by a team of exceptional performers, with amazing pedigrees including Zebastian Hunter (who was a soloist with Cirque Du Soleil from 2009 – 2015),Meredith Kitchen, who has worked with legendary Paris company Compagnie Philippe Genty, and Simon Dow (West Australian Ballet and Associate Artistic Director with The Washington Ballet).
Other performers featured include handstand circus performer Easa Min-Swe and Japanese born dancer Karina Arimura, whose immersion in ballet hails right back to birth, when she was named after Karena Broch of American Ballet Theatre.
So, strap yourself in and prepare for a tantalising taste of the creative ‘world-to-come’ through this stunning, futuristic performance that combines contemporary choreography and dance technique with a myriad of circus acts like skipping rope, Chinese pole, Roué Cyr, Tissue, hula hoops, group acrobatics and tightwire.
A unique show not to be missed – see Le Sacré the National Institute of Circus Arts.
DETAILS Dates: 14 – 23 June (preview 13 June). Location: National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), (39 - 59 Green St, Prahran VIC)
Time: 7.30pm nightly Wednesday to Saturday and matinee 2pm, 23 June. Duration: 2 hours (including 20 minute intermission) Tickets: Adult $30, Conc (include children U16) $22, Family (2 adults & 2 children) $90, Family (2 adults & 3 children) $110, Group (min. 10 people) $24pp NICA Website