EDC’s Artistic Director, Natalie Weir said, “We are thrilled to be welcoming some of Australia’s leading dancers and choreographers to Brisbane. This exciting program offers audiences a rare opportunity to see outstanding Australian artists perform back-to-back. EDC is working towards making SOLO Festival of Dance a permanent fixture on the Brisbane dance calendar.”
SOLO Festival of Dance will run Thursday to Saturday over two weeks (15 May to 24 May) in the Cremorne Theatre, QPAC and profiles Australia’s most virtuosic dancers performing compelling bite-sized dances, including world first solos by award winning choreographers.
EDC’s Executive Director, Libby Lincoln said, “I hope SOLO Festival of Dance inspires an appreciation for the richness and diversity of Australian contemporary dance. The program features many exciting artists and companies from across Australia in a format that offers great value for the audience. In just one perfect night out, they can relax in a cabaret setting with a group of friends and experience a variety of enthralling dance. We want Brisbane to be the city for contemporary dance and this festival definitely encourages that.”
Festival dancers include: Shaun Parker and Company’s David Mavisa, The Australian Ballet’s Jill Ogai, Australian Dance Theatre’s Kimball Wong, Dancenorth’s Alice Hinde, Chunky Move’s James Pham and Lucy Gerin Inc Associated Artist Sarah Aiken alongside EDC’s Elise May, Jack Ziesing, Daryl Brandwood, Benjamin Chapman and Michelle Barnett. The festival will also feature independent artists Michelle Ryan and Brian Lucas.
Choreographers Antony Hamilton, Daniel Jaber and Natalie Weir will create solos for EDC dancers, with guest dancers being choreographed by Raewyn Hill (Dancenorth), Garry Stewart (Australian Dance Theatre), Tim Harbour (The Australian Ballet) and Anouk van Dijk (Chunky Move). Much loved EDC dancer Elise May will perform choreography by Narelle Benjamin as well as herself choreographing a new work for fellow EDC dancer Benjamin Chapman.
SOLO is dance nourishment for the soul; a tantalising menu curated by Natalie Weir to showcase individual dancers and choreographers in an evening of exquisite artistry and bravura.