New work from Brisbane choreographer Penelope Mullen ‘Danse Noir’ is set to steam up the stage at the Judith Wright Centre in April.

After last year’s Blaque Bordello was a sell-out success choreographer Penelope Mullen has invoked similar themes of lust, power and secret trysts for her new dance piece Danse Noir.

Featuring a cast of incredible young dancers, Danse Noir visits the bedrooms of an eclectic group of people.

Danse Noir centres around an apartment block from which the residents are pulled sharply into focus by the voyeuristic tendencies of the Landlord, played by Brian Lucas,” says Mullen. “Within each apartment we find a window into the private meanderings of lost, lustful and predatory souls, yearning for connection through touch, skin and the illusion of love.”

An exploration of the pleasure and pain of love, the dancers take the audience on a rollercoaster of emotion from the pleasure of the act to the ache of the heart in what will surely be one of Judith Wright Centre’s most stunning works of the year.

Mullen has taken her dancing and choreography across the world, from Sydney to Brazil and Italy, and in 2014 her choreographic work will see her creating for Ochre Contemporary Dance Company and Channel Ten’s So You Think You Can Dance.

Last year’s Blaque Bordello, performed by students from Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, was a big success for the choreographer, selling out its season at the Judith Wright Centre.

“While Blaque Bordello exposed the artifice of love and lust, Danse Noir provides a deeper insight into the characters’ motivations which drive their thirst for meaningful and/or casual liasions,” says Mullen.

‘Danse Noir’ will be held in the Performance Space at Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts from Saturday 26 April to Saturday 3 May (no performances on Sunday and Monday). Tickets $34 – $19, call (07) 3872 9000 to book.