Dance Launchpad 2022

Presented by The Mill, supported by Venue Partner Australian Dance Theatre, Dance Launchpad is a professional development program designed to support emerging dancers to build experience in the professional industry.

Dance Launchpad 2022 is a contemporary dance double bill by choreographers Amanda Phillips and Tobiah Booth-Remmers performed by four emerging dancers Jess Minas, Isobel Stolinski, Amelia Walmsley and Amelia Watson, presented at ADT’s Odeon Theatre May 20, 7pm, and May 21, 3pm and 7pm.

Work 1: Loom is a new dance work about the forces that drive us, directed by Amanda Phillips. Loom is layered with both the impact of an irrepressible pull and desire, and the dread and knowing that follows or predicts our destination. On this pathway, it’s the shadows we can’t shake or the belief systems that are ingrained, or the disease/s we face or live with – that are ever present. We all have something looming or deep set inside us, which is part of us. The work aims to explore this terrain - the interplay of paying attention to the things that define us, or control us, or conversely to release and find a freedom in being: carried by these forces. How are we controlled? Is it a choice? Does what is looming, define us? Loom is about what walks with us, follows us, hangs over us and what we carry within.

Work 2: Semblance will revolve around ideas of seething, subtlety and singularity, directed by Tobiah Booth-Remmers. These will be the starting points that the dancers will jump off from, diving into movement research that seeks strong imagery and poignant moments within these ideas. In general, Tobiah is interested in work that explores humanity and relationships to each other and ourselves. He likes to use a combination of movement, imagery and moments to create a world or atmosphere that an audience can fall into and inhabit for a time. Semblance will continue this line of research and creativity.

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