Three choreographers, three Australian premieres, three inspired and inspiring works and (you guessed it!) there are three compelling reasons you should experience Australian Dance Collective’s (ADC) THREE, which opens today at QPAC.
Hofesh Shechter, Melanie Lane and Jack Lister all hold diverse and impressive artistic resumes. In THREE, we have the rare opportunity to experience their work alongside each other.
Shechter is Artistic Director of the UK-based Hofesh Shechter Company, formed in 2008. He has choreographed for theatre, television and opera – with his works staged by the likes of the Paris Opera Ballet, American Dance Theater, Royal Ballet and more. His work Cult completes the THREE trifecta.
Lane is one of Australia’s leading choreographers with works performed in incredible theatre spaces and festivals all over the world. She has choreographed for several companies, English National Opera, HAU Berlin and Sydney Dance Company among them. Her new work Alterum will premiere in THREE.
Lister, Brisbane’s own rising choreographic star, is a brilliant dancer in his own right having performed with the Queensland Ballet for many years before turning his hand to choreography in 2015. He’s created work for Queensland Ballet, The Birmingham Royal Ballet and ADC, where he is also a company dancer, as well as choreographing numerous dance films. His Still Life, forms part of THREE.
We don’t need to tell you how live performance has struggled to survive let alone produce new work during the past year of pandemic interruption. So it’s a pleasure to know we can still see something fresh, offering new perspectives and challenging us to engage with different styles.
Cult stager Phil Hulford tells us more about what the Australian premiere of Shechter's work offers audiences:
The three contemporary dance works are all inspired by the world around us and by art and culture of various forms. It just goes to show, you never know what or who will strike inspiration in you.
Influenced by the artworks of the 16th and 17th century Memento Mori movement, Lister’s Still Life serves as a touchstone of our own mortality, the beauty in decay and our relationship with time – time passes but memories endure.
“Art galleries, for me, have always been a great place of solitude and reflection – I find [them] a place of clarity. The environment, the housing of the gallery, feels quite sacred, so I’ve always thought that could [be] interesting grounds to make a work.”
For Lane, inspiration came from a different place:
While for Shechter, Cult was first created as a response to our world and the society within it.
“This piece is very close to my heart, it was the first group work I created and marked the beginning of a long creative journey. That 16 years later Cult is still relevant is both a testament to the rawness and integrity of emotions that it carries as well as unfortunately, a still tormented world where culture and individual struggle to find balance of powers.” Hofesh Shechter
THREE is on the Playhouse stage from 26 to 29 May.
We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors – our First Nations Peoples – gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland.