'Water Mirror' ripples to the Adelaide Fringe

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Following its hugely successful season at the Sydney Fringe Festival last year, Danza del Arte is bringing its latest production, Water Mirror, to the Adelaide Fringe.

Water Mirror is choreographed by Paulina Quinteros, Danza’s founding artistic director, and is a collaboration with Australia’s acclaimed percussion ensemble, Taikoz. It brings together on stage contemporary dance, acrobatics and live percussion, enhanced by an inventive projection design.

When Water Mirror premiered in Sydney, it garnered award nominations, exceptional reviews and standing ovations. The show has original music by Ryuji Hamada, Felix Gregg-Partos and Taikoz's artistic director, Ian Cleworth. It has even been adapted by Musica Viva for its national touring schools program in 2024.

"I could not have created Water Mirror without the invaluable support of Ian Cleworth, whose incredible generosity allowed me to have free access to his instruments, drums and amazing percussionists," Quinteros says.

Since founding Danza del Arte approximately 20 years ago, Quinteros has built up a repertoire of high quality, distinctive works, often in collaboration with artists from other genres. For example, recently she collaborated with Archibald Prize winner, visual artist Wendy Sharp, and Elena Kats-Chernin, possibly Australia’s best known classical composer. They created Triptico, in which the collaborators appeared on stage, accompanying the dancers and even painting on their bodies. Triptico premiered in December, 2023, at the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre and received a five star review on Arts Hub website. Quinteros hopes to be able to tour the work in the future.

Water Mirror is being presented as part of a contemporary dance program at the AC Arts Main Theatre by Lewis Major, South Australia’s award-winning choreographer and presenter. He is performing in the program himself in a double bill with acclaimed UK choreographer Russell Maliphant.

'Water Mirror' is being held from March 15 to 17, with matinee and evening performances. More info here.











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