Caravan - The Grey Panthers

Caravan - The Grey Panthers

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    Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Cultural Centre, Katherine, NT

    Residency: April 3 - 8
    Performance: April 8, 2017

    Tracks Dance Company presented The Grey Panthers performing in Katherine

    Lock up your Grandfathers! The Grey Panthers are coming to town. Caravan features 20 Darwin dancers well over their 60s, together with Katherine’s own local dance talent. Caravan was a not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience the loud-and-proud life attitude of the longest-established senior dance group of Australia.

    What do you do when you are over 60 years old, can’t stop dancing, and love travelling? Our most beloved troupe of senior dancers, The Grey Panthers, took their shimmy onto the bus and down the track all the way to Katherine for an afternoon full of dancing. They shared the stage with local guest performers from the Katherine Filipino Australian Association of the Northern Territory and the STARS Foundation students from Katherine High.

    Performed in the Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, followed by afternoon tea and a chat with the performers.
    In the week leading up to the performance David McMicken and Kelly Beneforti were residents at Godinimayin, and ran community engagement activities that included workshops with The Zumba Gold group, the STARS Foundation students, and the Katherine Filipino Australian Association of the Northern Territory.

    Creative Team

    Choreography: David McMicken, Kelly Beneforti,  Julia Quinn, Darryl Butler, Jess Devereux, and features the work of Joanna Noonan in a work especially created on women from remote and rural backgrounds.
    Costumes: Ann Gibb, Louise Rieck, Loriel Close

    Production and Promotion

    Production Manager: Mathew McHugh
    Tour Manager: CJ Fraser Bell
    Katherine Technician: Richard Starr
    Promotion/Media: Agnès Michelet and Clancy Breasley
    Poster Images: Paz Tassone, Darren Hunt
    Graphic Design: Narelle Sullivan

    Performers

    The Grey Panthers 
    Antonietta Vanzella, Darryl Butler, Dianne Mount, Ellen Hankin, Filomena De Castro, Janine Sutter, Jenni Sanderson, Jo Parish, Judy Markwell, Judy Mckerr, Lillian Mann, Marg Lee, Marge Duminski, Maria Vlastuin, Toni Vine-Bromley, Val Hristova. With: David McMicken and Kelly Beneforti.

    Guest Performers
    Katherine Filipino Australian Association of the Northern Territory: Bless Jeffrey, Lita Odquin, and Josie Kellond.
    Katherine High - Stars Foundation dancers: Halejah Storey, Nyokah James, Sienna Johnson, Monte Cattermole, Tiffany Coolwell, Connie Maxwell, Gypsy Schmidt, Alison Ashley, Zerneal Draper, Rekiah Ward, Lettoya Haji Ali, Natisha Mahoney, Drew Cook

    Running Order

    Swings and Flings

    Choreographed by Joanna Noonan. This work draws on the women’s personal experiences of living rurally and remotely

    Katherine Filipino Australian Association of the Northern Territory

    Filipino Dancers - Sway (Pussycat Dolls) and Wet (Nicole Scherzinger)

    Latin Medley

    Choreographed by Jess Devereux. Latin music and a rose, what more do you need

    Who Can Remember Sweet November

    Choreographed by Joanna Noonan

    Ballin' the Jack

    Choreographed by David McMicken in the style of Gene Kelly

    Alley Cat

    Choreographed by Darryl Butler, our first male Grey Panther

    One

    Choreographed by David McmIcken - a little bit of Broadway

    Jump Around

    Choreographed by Kelly Beneforti. Proof that you can still be a gangster into your senior years. Featuring the Katherine High School Stars Foundation dancers.

    You Make Me Feel So Young

    Choreographed by David McMicken. The title says it all

    60 Shades of Grey

    Choreographed by Kelly Beneforti and David McMicken - a sassy farewell

    Thank You

    Suzanne Fermanis, Patricia O'Neill, Katherine Mayor Fay Miller, Jess Corvino from Stars Foundation, Katherine High School, Dragonfly Catering, Coach Charters Australia, Katherine Filipino Australian Association of the Northern Territory

    Sponsors

    Australia Post,  Southern Cross TV

    Government Partners

    Regional Arts Fund, Office of Women's Policy NT

    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.

    The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional remote and very remote/isolated Australia. This program is delivered in partnership with the NT Government.

    Donors

    The Grey Panthers were able to travel to Katherine due to the financial support of our sponsors and the generosity of our donors.

    We greatly thank Sylvia Langford, Brian Tucker, Katrina Fong Lim, Barbara Bauert, Barbara Pitman, Barry Thomson, Darryl Butler, Don Whyte, Encore Pilates team, Graeme Cheater, Heather Hyde, Joanne Hilliard, J.L Hills, Judy McKerr, Nicole Cridland, Noya Chong Wah, Roslyn Henry, Sally-Anne Mason, Shannon Beneforti, Virginia Burrow, Jan Conti, Ian Landon, Diana Leeder, the Grey Panthers, our Deckchair Fundraising night audience, the Board of former Ausdance NT and the Board of Charttes.

    Tracks 2017

    Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    General Manager: Agnès Michelet
    Administrator: Clancy Breasley
    Production Manager: Mathew McHugh
    Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
    Bookkeeper: Noya Chong Wah

    Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Stephanie Cvirn, Venaska Cheliah. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Agnès Michelet (Ex-Officio Members)

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

    Patron: His Honour, The Honourable John Hardy OAM, Administrator of the Northern Territory

    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Ellen Hankin.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Lillian Mann, Marg Lee.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Marg Lee, Ellen Hankin, Lillian Mann, Judy Markwell, Marge Duminski, Jenni Sanderson.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Lillian Mann, Marg Lee, Ellen Hankin, Marge Duminski.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Jenni Sanderson, Judy Markwell, Marge Duminski, Lillian Mann, Ellen Hankin, Marg Lee.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Marg Lee, Marge Duminski, Jenni Sanderson, Judy Markwell, Ellen Hankin, Lillian Mann.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Marg Lee, Marge Duminski, Lillian Mann.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Marge Duminski, Jenni Sanderson, Lillian Mann.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Bless Jeffrey - Katherine Filipino Australian Association of the Northern Territory
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Lita Odquin - Katherine Filipino Australian Association of the Northern Territory
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Josie Kellond - Katherine Filipino Australian Association of the Northern Territory
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Judy Mckerr, Lillian Mann, Janine Sutter, Filomena De Castro, Val Hristova.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Toni Vine-Bromley, Janine Sutter, Judy Markwell, Jenni Sanderson, Janine Sutter, Darryl Butler.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Filomena De Castro, Toni Vine-Bromley, Judy Markwell, Dianne Mount, Judy Mckerr, Kelly Beneforti, Marg Lee, Val Hristova.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Maria Vlastuin, Ellen Hankin, Toni Vine-Bromley, Marg Lee, Judy Markwell, Antonietta Vanzella, Marge Duminski.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (r-l) Marge Duminski, Marg Lee, Maria Vlastuin, David McMicken, Judy Mckerr, Janine Sutter, Kelly Beneforti.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Marge Duminski, Marg Lee, David McMicken, Maria Vlastuin, Judy Mckerr, Kelly Beneforti, Janine Sutter, Antonietta Vanzella, Jenni Sanderson.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Jenni Sanderson, Janine Sutter, Judy Mckerr, Antonietta Vanzella, Dianne Mount, Kelly Beneforti, Ellen Hankin.
    Photo Callum Flinn. (l-r) Antonietta Vanzella.

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    Audience Response

    "My face is hurting from smiling and I miss my grandparents terribly now!"

    "I was surprised at their movement skills, all oldies should have access to such skills - physical dance, performance etc." 

    "Loved the show especially the first dance, very moving'"

    "We really enjoyed having the Tracks mob at Godinymayin (so very very easy!!). It was truly a wonderful event."

    Suzanne Fermanis, Director - Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre.

    Cast Response

    "I love the way the GP's are treated by Tracks.  We are just ordinary old women and yet you guys make us feel like we are professional performers.  I especially love all the behind-the-scenes stuff that we experience.  Not many people like us get that chance."

    "I am loving learning to move my body."

    "One realises that over the years we are very meaningful to one another and all share the commonalities of enjoying our retirement years in healthy pursuits."

    "I find David and Kelly such animated, excellent teachers."

    Tracks Dance Company Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

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