A season of collaboration for EDC
International and Australian collaborations characterise Expressions Dance Company’s 2018 season.
Headlining the program is the Australian premiere of "4Seasons", three new works developed in collaboration with Hong Kong’s City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC). Featuring moments from Max Richter’s reimagined score of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, this triple bill includes new work from EDC artistic director Natalie Weir, assistant artistic director of CCDC Dominic Wong and 2017 Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship recipient Kristina Chan.
This collaboration is part of EDC’s five-year partnership with three major Chinese dance companies – CCDC, Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Beijing Dance LDTX. Featuring residencies, exchanges, new collaborative dance works, festivals and seasons, and touring, the Chinese Australia Dance Exchange Project (CADEP) provides the respective companies with opportunities to use their like-minded philosophies to transcend cultural boundaries through dance.
"4Seasons" will play QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre 14-22 June, before heading to Darwin Entertainment Centre for performances 29-30 June.
The 2018 program will kick off in March when EDC partners with the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) to present "Converge". A choreographic platform for national and international dance artists, Converge will feature the works of emerging composers and musicians from QCGU. "Converge" continues EDC's long tradition of original collaborations between live musicians, composers and dancers and features provocative new choreographic works from Beijing Dance LDTX's Xu Yiming, EDC ensemble member and multi-award nominee Richard Causer and acclaimed contemporary dance maker Stephanie Lake, recipient of a 2017 Australia Council Fellowship.
In November, EDC dancers will perform in Queensland Ballet’s “Bespoke” contemporary dance season. Held at The Brisbane Powerhouse, Bespoke brings together dance makers and performers to challenge assumptions of what dance is through the creation of thought-provoking new works.
In addition to its performance season, EDC will present its contemporary dance workshop, Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive, in the summer and winter holidays, as well as FOCUS, a professional development program for teachers, to be held 16 April.
For more information about the EDC program head to http://expressionsdancecompany.org.au/edc/