Dance Nation at Belvoir St Theatre
Belvoir St Theatre present the Sydney premiere of Dance Nation, Clare Barron’s Pulitzer Prize nominated comedy, co-produced with State Theatre Company South Australia.
Somewhere in America, away from the bright lights, a group of young teen girls prepare for the most important event of their lives – a dance show contest. But all the anxieties and confusions of the adult world come sashaying on stage, revealing a dog-eat-dog drama. The girls are played by adult women, as if they’re reliving past agonies and triumphs. This is a comic play of memory and feminist power, and a subtly subversive exploration of the time of life when the demons get in. Dance Nation features a splendid cast of some of the country’s finest talent including AFI Award-winner, Strictly Ballroom’s Tara Morice, Helpmann Award Winners Mitchell Butel (Belvoir’s Mr Burns, Angels in America), Amber McMahon (Belvoir’s Bliss, Angels in America, and her Helpmann Award winning role in Girl Asleep Belvoir/Windmill) and Rebecca Massey (Belvoir’s Cloudstreet, ABC’s The Letdown), with Elena Carapetis (SBS’s The Hunting, Channel 7’s All Saints), Tim Overton (STCSA’s The 39 Steps, The Eye) and the thrilling, emerging talents Emma Harvie (The Wolves, Harp in the South) and Sydney Theatre Award Best Newcomer Winner, Chika Ikogwe (Fangirls, The Wolves). And making her acting debut is multi-award winning choreographer Yvette Lee (Hayes Theatre Co’s American Psycho and Caroline, Or Change).