“Intense, cinematic. Alternating rage and warmth. No wonder The Howl was a hit with the cheering crowd.” Lee Christofis, Dance Australia

Photos: Jen Brown

 

THE HOWL

World Premiere | Theatre Royal, Hobart (October 9, 2015)
Commissioned by Tasdance for Affinity
Double Bill with Graeme Murphy OAM with music played live by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Back in the early 90’s, as a teenager, I started doing contemporary dance classes at Tasdance. A few years later I perched myself on the stone step and offered to sweep floors and do odd jobs in return for a traineeship with the company. After that year of training and performing I was then ready to try my luck in the big smoke and the rest is history.

It’s an immense pleasure to be back. I approached the making of this work with no preconceived idea of what it would become.

The music provided our framework and the choreographic world mushroomed out of the chemical reaction between myself and the dancers. It has become about the rupture between states of chaos and organisation. On the one hand the dancers rally, galvanise and move in the same direction. On the other they thrash, shatter and collapse. There is domination and there is tenderness as they crystallise into mechanistic parts and fall into the wild.

 

 

Press:

“Driven by the music, the ensemble generated an intense level of connectedness before our eyes through multitudinous combinations of bodies and hearts. Cinematic at times, abstract at others, but sustained by a subtle underlying structure, the music commands and reignites our attention in sympathy with the dance. No wonder The Howl was a hit with the cheering crowd.”

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–Lee Christofis, Dance Australia

Credits

Choreographer:
Stephanie Lake
Performers:
Alana Everett, Brianna Kell, Bec Jones, Harrison Ritchie-Jones, Alya Manzart, Luigi Vescio and Tristan Carter (trainee)
Music:
Matthew Hindson, Philip Glass, Jonny Greenwood, Arvo Part, performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Lighting Designer:
Damien Cooper
Costume Designer:
Alexi Freeman
Rehearsal Director:
Carol Wellman-Kelly
Conductor:
Hamish McKeich
Tasdance:
Annie Greig – Artistic Director, Darren Willmott – Production Manager, Irenee McCreevy – General Manager

Duration

30 Minutes

Performances

World premiere: Theatre Royal, Hobart, October 9, 2015

Princess Theatre, Launceston, October 17, 2015

 

This project was supported by Tasdance, Arts Tasmania, Australia Council for the Arts, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Ballet, Theatre Royal and Theatre North