The Stance is here!

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This monumental dance and sound performance investigates the choreography of bodies in protest. Performed across Australia, Asia and Europe, this latest iteration will interweave the voices of young Tasmanians into movement and sound, creating a powerful and moving experience. An ensemble of Tasmanian dancers will occupy public space and perform to live music transmitted through wireless headsets.

Inspired by recent protests led by young Australians, The Stance questions what it means to put your body on the line for something you believe in. Both highly political and physically demanding, this imposing act of endurance channels the history of public protest and recent acts of global activism.

The Stance has been created by Brisbane-based choreographer Liesel Zink and in 2019 will be a part of Ten Days on the Island.

Audiences are invited to view the work at any point during the two and a half hour duration.

SATURDAY MARCH 23RD, 2019
10AM TO 12:30PM
ELIZABETH STREET MALL

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

Join the cast of NEON!

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DRILL's next major dance work with young people, NEON, is here and we're looking for dancers aged 14 to 30 to join the cast.

DRILL creates new, site-specific contemporary dance works with local young movers, including Radical Kid (2015), Trash This Place (2016) and Cold Omens (2017), all winners of the Tasmanian Theatre Award for Best Production.

NEON is three 20-minute pieces, choreographed by Joshua Lowe, Angela Barnard and Jaala Jensen, each one in response to one of the chemical elements from the Periodic Table. All dancers in the company will be performing in all three works, which are performed simultaneously and looped three times, with the audience roaming the venue and deciding on which work to watch, and in what order. The musical score for NEON has been created by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

The cast of NEON have worked throughout 2018 on a creative development, and will come back together in 2019 to finish creating and then perform the work. We have a limited number of open places in the company for new dancers, and encourage those who are passionate about contemporary dance and performance to register!

We're looking for scientists!

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Are you a scientist based in Hobart? Come and volunteer with DRILL! We are looking for professionals to share their scientific practice with school students and help us make contemporary dance pieces for our combined schools program, Dance Nexus!

Hobart’s youth dance company DRILL provides a range of projects to support young people dancing and moving. Dance Nexus has been running annually with a relatively consistent group of schools in Glenorchy and the Southern Midlands since 2015. It employs a choreographer to work with up to 25 students at the selected schools, to create short dance pieces around a common theme. These are then performed together in a combined performance day.

In previous years the themes have included connection, environmental awareness, and the natural elements. 2019 follows on from 2018’s theme of fusing scientific learning and dance. DRILL will connect each school with a professional scientist, who will assist the choreographer and students to create a piece in response to their practice.

Rehearsals in schools are between April 22nd and June 6th, and the final performances will take place in the theatre at Montrose Bay High School on June 7th. 

We’re looking for scientists who are interested in sharing their practice/research/work with our choreographer and one class of participating students, and assisting them to create a dance piece about their field of work. This will consist of a few meetings with the choreographer and one or two 1-hour lessons with the students. The exciting part of this project for you is you get to see your work interpreted and performed using dance, gain some community exposure, and it's a great teaching tool for these young students.

You can see the highlights from last years project here: https://vimeo.com/275579050

If you’re up for a fun project, or know someone who is, contact DRILL Artistic Director Joshua Lowe at josh@drillperformance.com! 👩🏻‍🔬

DRILL's 2019 Program

We are very excited to share with you the launch of our 2019 program! In what will be DRILL's biggest year to date, we will be sharing seven new performances, working with thirteen project partners, creating dance with seventeen local schools, and getting thousands of local young people moving!

Some highlights include:

+ Our major season NEON, choreographed by Joshua Lowe, Angela Barnard and Jaala Jensen, with original scores created by three emerging composers, supported by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

+ Commissioning The Stance by Liesel Zink,  presented as a part of Ten Days on the Island.

+ A new program for eleven primary and secondary schools in the City of Clarence, delivered in collaboration with Dancenorth.

+ Connecting practicing scientists with students in our Dance Nexus program, with the help of Young Tassie Scientists.

+ Launching a new choreographic program in partnership with Tasdance and Salamanca Arts Centre to support emerging local choreographers.

+ Offering two Junior Companies, one on the Eastern Shore and one hosted by Moonah Arts Centre.

Junior Contemporary Classes in Term 1

In 2019 DRILL will be offering weekly contemporary dance classes for 9-14 year olds.

Classes will focus on introducing safe dance practice and warm up, stretching, contemporary technique, floor work, partner work, and improvisation. Led by professional choreographer and teacher Angela Barnard, these non-competitive classes will be fun, inclusive, and encourage the young dancers to find joy in movement and movement creation.

Term 1 includes nine classes, February 13th to April 10th.

Wednesdays
4pm to 5:30pm
Ogilvie High School Studio
228 New Town Road, New Town.

These classes are suitable for beginner dancers, those who have trained in other styles, and those with a little experience in contemporary.

If you have any questions please contact DRILL Artistic Director Joshua Lowe at josh@drillperformance.com or 0408 660 748.

Be a part of The Stance in 2019!

DRILL is very excited to announce its first project for 2019, The Stance by Liesel Zink!

The Stance is a monumental dance and sound performance that investigates the choreography of bodies in protest. Inspired by recent protests led by young Australians, The Stance questions how and why we protest, what makes us go to the streets to march, and how can we make the voice of the youth heard?

Participating dancers will work with choreographer Liesel Zink and The Stance performer Gabriel Comerford (Tasdance), and will remount the work through process-driven rehearsals. The project offer the opportunity to learn from internationally recognised dance artists and become part of the lineage of a nationally significant dance work.

This project is aimed at young and pre-professional dancers, tertiary students and graduates.

Click here to find out more about The Stance and to register!

Check out the video below of The Stance being performed in Brisbane!

Everything is This Week!

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After presenting Nothing at the Queens Domain water reservoirs, and Something at TMAG, Everything is the last in our site-specific improvised trilogy. Join us on December 9th at 5pm at the Resource Work Cooperative, where we will be riding around in shopping trolleys, getting lost in a sea of recyclables and smashing some things up! For the first time the DRILL Senior and Junior Companies will be joining forces for this epic performance. As usual, tickets will sell out before performance day, so click the button below to book now!

Cybernetic Performance

On Thursday last week the DRILL Junior Company performed their work Cybernetic at the Moonah Arts Centre. Over three sold out performances, the show was seen by students from Bowen Road and Springfield Gardens Primary Schools and the public. Working with fusing dance, science and technology, the piece included Makey Makey circuitry to trigger choreography and sound, and Simploid the NAO Robot, both provided by the Peter Underwood Centre. Led by choreographers by Joshua Lowe and Hannah Vermeulen, the majority of the choreography was created and developed by the cast of twenty dancers. Check out some of the photos below!