2014 You Dance Funny - The Sequalé

2014 You Dance Funny - The Sequalé


    Darwin Airport Aviation Institute, Marrara, Darwin

    August 8-12, 15-19, 2014
    Darwin Festival

    Roll up, roll up as the world’s whack-iest dance carnival returns to town! Step into the ring for a mystical night of entertainment with this star-studded lineup of freaks, misfits and has-beens. Forget the nail-biting climax of ‘Dancing With the Stars’. Forget the anguish of who to vote for on ‘Australian Idol’. YOU DANCE FUNNY delivers the sort of edge-of-your-seat drama not experienced in Darwin since Mavis Chin took out ‘First Runner Up’ in the closely contested ‘packed lunch’ section of the 1967 Freds Pass Show.

    Wacky Dance Carnival

    The Inferno family and their wacky dance carnival have returned from their second-rate disaster tour of Southeast Asia [see You Dance Funny 2007]. World changes have forced their return to Australia and in Darwin, they are in search of ‘new acts’ for their next biggest thing – their Australian Rural, Regional, and Remote Tour [ARRRT]. Performed in cabaret style in a boxing ring under a mirror ball under the stars. The performance uses the shorter time frame format of stand-up ‘dance jokes’ and incorporates loads of audience participation and community dance group performances. Fusing dance, theatre and comedy forms with contemporary political commentary on arts, culture and immigration.

    Written in collaboration with local writer and performer Gail Evans. A professional cast of six comedians and dancers will be joined by local community performers and a mix of comic community dance groups.

    Creative Personnel

    Concept / Direction: David McMicken
    Designer / Assistant Director: Tim Newth
    Writer: Gail Evans with David McMicken and Kin Leong
    Choreography: David McMicken, Jess Devereux and the cast
    Original Costumes: Ann Gibb
    Original Music: Matthew Cunliffe, David McMicken and Yoris Wilson


    The Inferno Family

    Femmina da Inferno (The Ring Mistress): Gail Evans
    As head of the family, she keeps this show on the road. With a heavy vehicle driver’s licence, a penchant for competition, and the rhythm of the dance floor pulsing through her veins, this lady sets the pace in the ring.

    Ruffiano Inferno (The Ring Master): Yoris Wilson
    With one foot on the dance floor and one foot in the bedroom, just try to keep pace with this hot-footed, hot-blooded pseudo-Latino lover.

    Cara Inferno: Kelly Beneforti
    ‘Miss Junior Runner Up’ Barrow Creek callisthenics – she can bend, she can flex, she can do the splits. With moves like these, lock up your sons while she is in town!

    Mia Inferno: Ciella Willliams
    This twin has a fist full of second-place cheerleading prizes and an impressive mastery of the Japanese language; without a doubt the most talented Round Card girl in the business.
    (Cara and Mia were conjoined twins, separated at birth, now sharing a brain between them.)

    Cugino Secondina (The Judge): Damien Murray
    “Dear Cugino”, second cousin twice removed, from Tuppy Downs to Darwin, Australia’s Silver medallist prize-winning Tap Dog look-a-like,  don’t let those good looks fool you, he’s got a knockout punch!

    Maximus Impactus (The Producer and Judge): Jose Casimiro
    Director and choreographer of the Red Beret Ballet Company and the unforgettable television masterpieces ‘The Dancing Chef’ and ‘Entertaining at Home with Kim Jong Il’. Hitch your wagon to Asia’s leading event promoter.

    Minimal Invincible: Kyle Ramboyong
    The Producer’s number one son. The girls will swoon, and the boys will be busting a break to compete with him - from flip-flop hip-hop to boy band banality, Minimal has got it all.

    The Challengers

    Hoopla: Jon Clarke
    Ms. Elenora Dunkley: Darryl Butler
    Carol the Yodeling Cowgirl: Tahnee Cvirn
    Crocolicious: Elle Chandler
    Kareena and Karishma: Venaska Cheliah and Apoorva Baranitharan
    Juke Newton, Skyewalker and Roller Curl: Ryan Newton, Skye Manley and Renee Lichtenberger
    Salsa Boxing: Enrico Escalona and Michelle Carpini
    *Nightly Challengers were drawn from the above

    The Heckler’s

    Arthur Lariosa, Maddy Brown, Macon Riley, Heidi West, Will Nery and Stephanie Spillet
    *Nightly Hecklers were drawn from the above


    Introduction to the Famiglia Del’Inferno
    Round One: Wipe Out
    Round Two: Dance like a True Aussie
    Round Three: The Magical Book of several special Dance styles
    Round Four: Twerk Safe
    Round Five: The Grande Challenge - auditions
    Round Six: Dance Karaoke
    Round Seven: No Girly Moves
    Round Eight: This is what you call Dancing
    Finale: La Famiglia Del’Inferno Extravaganza

    Production and Promotions Personnel

    Production Manager: Kelly Blumberg
    Stage Manager: CJ Fraser Bell
    Assistant Stage Manager: Visalini Vinu
    Lighting and Sound Design, Install and Operation: Dreamedia
    Follow Spot Operator: Bence Szabo
    Stage Construction: Correctional Services Work Parties
    Costumes and Properties Construction: Mariana Cleanthous, Kelly Blumberg and Tim Newth
    Original Sound Engineer: Matthew Cunliffe
    Promotions/Publicity: Clancy Breasley and Susan Congreve
    Head Stewards: Charlie Marengo and Sally Crawford
    Front of House Manager: Nicola Jackson
    Poster Image and Design: Mark Marcelis
    Graphic Design: Narelle Sullivan
    Advertisement (Video): Todd Williams
    Photographic Documentation: Peter Eve
    Film Documentation: Todd Williams and Dreamedia


    Darwin International Airport, Dreamedia, Southern Cross TV, Brian Tucker, Eddie Willoughby-Smith, “It’s Australian” (Nightly Prizes)

    Thank You

    Ian Kew, Darwin International Airport, Carmel Hilton, Sitzler Pty Ltd, Heather Hyde, H&R Development Pty Ltd, Territory Party Hire, Darwin Festival, Darwin Correctional Services Work Parties and James Shaw, Dreamedia, Greening Australia, Julie Blyth, John and Roz Siriotis, Lana at TFH, David Taylor and the Knockabout Chefs, Don Whyte, Wormald, NT School of Music, Boltz, NT Scaffolding, Pam and Kevin, Eyesight Security, McMinns Pumping, The Grey Panthers, Department of Corporate and Information Services – NTG Fleet Services, Tina McCourt, Dance World Darwin, and all of our wonderful ushers and volunteers.

    Funding Bodies

    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.

    Tracks 2014

    Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    General Manager: Susan Congreve
    Administrator: Clancy Breasley / Gail Evans
    Production Manager: Kelly Blumberg
    Dance Animateur: Jess Devereux
    Bookkeeper: Heather Van Anholt
    Geek in Residence: Jeffrey Withaya Campbell

    Committee Members: Michael Grant (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin, (Treasurer) David Taylor, Ken Conway, Stephanie Cvirn, Kate Hudspith, Mary Durack. David McMicken, Tim Newth, and Susan Congreve (Ex-Officio Members)

    Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki

    Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AC, Administrator of the Northern Territory

    Photo: Jess Devereux
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Tim Newth, Maddy Brown, Arthur Lariosa, Kelly Beneforti, Kyle Ramboyong, David McMicken, Ciella Willliams, Macon Riley and Heidi West.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Damien Murray, Kelly Beneforti, Yoris Wilson, Gail Evans, Ciella Willliams and Jose Casimiro.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Damien Murray, Kyle Ramboyong, Kelly Beneforti and Jose Casimiro.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Gail Evans, Ciella Willliams, Damien Murray, Kyle Ramboyong, Kelly Beneforti, Yoris Wilson and Jose Casimiro.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Ciella Willliams.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Damien Murray, Ciella Willliams and Yoris Wilson.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Jose Casimiro and Kyle Ramboyong.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Darryl Butler (Ms. Elenora Dunkley)
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Venaska Cheliah and Apoorva Baranitharan
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Elle Chandler
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Renee Lichtenberger, Ryan Newton and Skye Manley.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Damien Murray, Jose Casimiro and Kyle Ramboyong.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Jon Clarke
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Ciella Willliams, Damien Murray, Kelly Beneforti and Jose Casimiro.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Maddy Brown, Macon Riley, Arthur Lariosa, Heidi West, Gail Evans, Damien Murray, Kyle Ramboyong, Jose Casimiro, Ciella Willliams and Kelly Beneforti.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Damien Murray, Gail Evans, Yoris Wilson, Kelly Beneforti, Kyle Ramboyong, Jon Clarke, Ciella Willliams and Jose Casimiro.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Damien Murray, Jose Casimiro (hidden), Kyle Ramboyong, Kelly Beneforti, Gail Evans and Yoris Wilson.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Damien Murray.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Kyle Ramboyong, Kelly Beneforti, Damien Murray, Jon Clarke and Ciella Willliams.
    Photo: Peter Eve. (l-r) Kyle Ramboyong, Damien Murray, Gail Evans, Yoris Wilson, Kelly Beneforti, Jose Casimiro, and Jon Clarke
    Photo: Tim Newth. (l-r) Darryl Butler, Patricia O'Neill, Janine Sutter, Jenni Sanderson, Shirley Somers, David McMicken, Lillian Mann, Jan Hastings, Maria Vlastuin, Carmel Alderson and Denis Taylor
    Photo: Jess Devereux. (l-r) David McMicken, Ciella Willliams, Kelly Beneforti, Tim Newth, Gail Evans and Kyle Ramboyong
    Photo: David McMicken. (l-r) Ciella Willliams and Kelly Beneforti

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    Audience Response

    “Very entertaining, well scripted, high production values.”

    “Locations continue to Surprise and these are an integral part of following a Tracks production.”

    “It was funny, topical, had a great 'live' skin-of-teeth feel and good incorporation of pitch black intrusion. Also impressive dancing without being ostentatious and nice to get on my feet too and have a jiggle.”

    “Darwin expects Tracks' festival events to be innovative, world-class, small-scale extravaganzas.”

    “Fantastic, TRACKS always surprises, entertains and draws different sections of the Darwin community to perform and watch.”

    “I really loved the Show, the use of the mise en scene canopy of the trees, on dusk lighting; the kind and quality of the yummy food; the participatory engagement; dancing ourselves as audience. The politics of what is otherwise encountered as funny, as humour, is fantastic.”

    “What I appreciate about Tracks is your versatility. Your audience will never get bored.”

    "Quite political in content - but very relevant to the NT."

    "Very funny and engaging I laughed a lot and enjoyed the talented NT artists on stage.  Cleverly written and informative especially the twerk, health and safety awareness!"

    "A great HOOT ! I particularly liked the current local and political content."

    "It was funny, topical and had a great 'live' skin-of-teeth feel."

    "Loved the local storytelling and intimacy of the location, which made you feel part of a colourful eccentric multi-cultural party - which is Darwin!"

    “This year I went with a group of sponsors to see 'You Dance Funny'. Everyone in our group loved the performance. Many of us have seen most Tracks performances and this was one of the best. This performance was entertaining for everyone - not just those who enjoy dancing. It kept everyone engaged throughout and was great fun. We loved the local storytelling and intimacy of the location, which made you feel part of a colourful eccentric multi-cultural party - which is Darwin!” Andrea Lee

    “Loved it - very entertaining, witty and so Territorian!!” Esther Egger

    Cast Response

    “the show ignores all that and pushes back boundaries that others would not attempt and shows leadership in the process. The NT is largely a bastion, a remnant even, of Australian self-deprecation as a path to excellence and innovation. While that quality is steadily eroded by national values and the colonisation of the NT by Southern stifle, a show like YDFTS celebrates and gives breath to the difference.” Daryl Butler

    “Personally this was one of the best things I have been involved in over the last 25 - 30 years. It also gave me an opportunity to improve on all aspects of my performance skills. It certainly has ignited an interest in wanting to perform again and to be an active arts and cultural worker.” Jose Casimiro

    “I gained an opportunity to extend my ability to continually renew a performance- seeking new character development, and motivations for action/behaviour/responsiveness/improvisation throughout the season. I also feel like this project has given me the experience of working amongst a highly skilful group of performers- and importantly, with a skill base that is very different to my own (ie theatre/comedy/script writing). Through collaboration with these performers, I gained greater confidence in my ability to contribute creatively to this kind of performance.” Kelly Beneforti

    “Developing work over a longer performance season was also extremely valuable.” Jon Clarke

    “Tracks is growing the professional community of dancers and actors, and providing opportunities for these performers to commit to living and working in the Northern Territory…... Provides opportunities for members of the broader community to participate Demonstrates a long-standing commitment towards providing audiences in the NT with high quality and engaging work that is relevant and meaningful to their daily lives.” Kelly Beneforti

    “I am still amazed at how well the company looks after its participants despite the number of years I've been involved!” Venaska Cheliah


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