In Your Blood 2018
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
Since 1997 Tracks has produced an annual, original and full-length dance works. Through these performances Tracks has builds its professional reputation for producing out-door, large-scale, larger casts, and generally site specific works. Contemporary in nature, the shows are expressions of local culture, and a junction point where professional artists, passionate amateurs and community dancers meet.
'You dance with such spirit, such energy. Its like you’re transformed, it’s in your blood’
Tracks Dance Company’s 2018 Festival show looks across generations, cultures and sporting codes to ask: what exactly is in your blood? And how did it get there?
The Balinese born mum wears her son’s team's colours and takes her fold up chair to the game. Her son wears his grandfather's richly coloured costume brought over from the village, and bends his fingers backwards to get the moves just right. The Sri Lankan family, now in Darwin, head off in their crisply ironed whites; but are they off to the temple or are they off to the cricket game?
In Your Blood is a full-length, cross-cultural and inter generational dance work. The choreographers range from Australian artists of Sri Lankan, Balinese and Northern Territory descent. Boasting a large cast the show is a rare junction point where professional artists, passionate amateurs and community dancers meet and create something extraordinary.
Hometown favourite and ARIA nominated James Mangohig’s original composition sets the pulse. Performing live each night James samples rhythms from across continents and time to forge a massive soundtrack for the dancers.
Taking over the George Brown Botanic Gardens Holtze Lawn, Tracks transforms the space in to an open-air tropical theatre and seamlessly transports the audience to another world.
Concept and Artistic Directors: Tim Newth and David McMicken
Choreography: Kelly Beneforti, Venaska Cheliah, Putu Desak Wati Stretton, Chandrika Munasinghe
Performers: including professional and community dancers
Music: James Mangohig
Would you like to be a community dancer in Tracks' new show In Your Blood?
You will learn new skills, create new friendships, get to dance alongside professional dancers and become a better performer by being a part of a Darwin Festival show (August 12 - 19). We are looking for two groups of performers to make up a cast of up to 25 community members, who are aged over 16 and under 100 with a passion for moving.
Group 1 - The Footy Team
Some dance experience is necessary.
You will learn and create robust, exciting, energetic movement with influences from the game of AFL and Balinese cultural dance. Enthusiasm for getting in and trying new things required! Bring your best Jumping Jack!
Group 2 -The Cricketers
No prior dance experience required.
You will be part of a team of diverse performers moving in versatile ways through the show. Think simple, easy to learn dance moves that are inspired by sporting and cultural rituals.
Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.
Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
Company Director: Adelaide Wood
Administrator: Jessica Mellor
Production Manager: Duane Preston
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Bookkeeper: It Figures
Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Venaska Cheliah. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)
Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki
Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory
Sun 12 Aug Preview
Mon 13 Aug Opening Night
Thu 16 - Sun 19 Aug
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
Entre via Geranium St
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Are you interested in being a community dancer for In Your Blood?