Emerging local and international choreographers will be showcased when Queensland’s premier dance company, Expressions Dance Company (EDC), presents Propel at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art.

Four vastly different choreographers — Lisa Wilson, Amy Hollingsworth and Elise May from Australia, and Xu Yiming from China — will have their work performed by EDC’s award-winning company of professional contemporary dancers.

EDC’s artistic director, Natalie Weir, says the platform will allow each choreographer to shine, using their mutual love of movement as the basis of their works.

“Each of the choreographers have different styles, producing works that are theatrical and edgy,” she says.

“This is the second time that EDC has presented Propel with the intention of providing an opportunity for Australian and international emerging and established choreographers to present work in a supportive environment.”

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Image: Richard Causer. Photo credit: Samara Sutton-Baker

Chinese guest choreographer Xu Yiming features in Propel as part of EDC’s China Australia Dance Exchange Project, which facilitates the creation of collaborative new works, residencies, exchanges and tours. An Australian premiere, his acclaimed solo Waiting Alone redefines movement.

“Xu Yiming will also perform as a guest artist in EDC’s 2017 Signature work, Behind Closed Doors, later this year,” Ms Weir says. “It’s exciting that audiences will have the opportunity to see both his choreographic talents as well as appreciating him as a beautiful dancer and artist in 2017.”

Expressions Dance Company

Image: Jake McLarnon and Alana Sargent. Photo credit: Samara Sutton-Baker

Australian choreographers Lisa Wilson, Amy Hollingsworth and Elise May — a trio of emerging and established artists at different stages of their choreographic careers — will present works brimming with rich diversity and beauty.

Lisa Wilson’s Hollow Lands examines the powerful feelings that surge inside us when we come to the brink, creating a work that teeters between abandonment and structure. Inspired by Through Hollow Lands, the sculptural light installation by Etta Lilienthal, this striking work features a dramatic lighting design by Ben Hughes.

Contemporary dance powerhouse Amy Hollingsworth draws you into the all-consuming, heartbreaking and exhilarating rollercoaster of human relationships. Deeper Than Ink captures the emotional intensity of someone being inked on your soul, deeper than any tattoo.

Elise May’s Written on the Body highlights the power we each hold to determine who we let into our intimate private world, how each person shapes the way we perceive ourselves, and how each encounter changes our future.

Expressions Dance Company

Image: Jake McLarnon. Photo credit: Samara Sutton-Baker

Propel will be staged at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts (420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley) from 3-11 March. Tickets for the limited season are on sale now. To book, visit expressionsdancecompany.org.au or call QTIX on 136 236.