North of Centre - Co-presented with Darwin Festival

North of Centre - Co-presented with Darwin Festival

    Text

    The Playhouse, Darwin Entertainment Centre

    11 - 13 Aug 2020
    Darwin Festival

    Stepping onto The Playhouse stage at Darwin Entertainment Centre, the audience was immersed in three brand-new dynamic dance works.

    North of Centre brought together the energies of Northern Territory dance – from the deserts of Central Australia to the south, to the tropics of South East Asia to the north. In three short works; a solo, duet, and trio, dancers explored their connection with this place and their understanding of its diverse people.


    In 2021 North of Centre was remounted for SPRING.LOADED.DANCE in Alice Springs - read more

    Creative Team

    Concept: Darwin Festival
    Artistic Producers: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    Lighting Designer: Nathan Da Cunha

    Intertwine

    Choreography: Jess Devereux in collaboration with Kelly Beneforti
    Performer: Kelly Beneforti
    Music: James Mangohig
    Costume: Ann Gibb

    Tridatu

    Concept, choreography and performance: Desak Putu Warti and Jocelyn Tribe
    Sound design: I Made Budalasia

    DANCE (a short homage)

    Concept, choreography and performance: Madeleine Krenek, Ashleigh Musk and Frankie Snowdon
    Sound design: Darcy Davis
    Lighting, set and costume design: Madeleine Krenek, Ashleigh Musk and Frankie Snowdon

    Scenario

    Intertwine

    The incremental unfolding of this solo dance work by Tracks Dance Company plays with proximity, pervading senses and persistence. The intimacy of a single body performing against a vast space of human construction harnesses the forces of the natural world, fuelling a quiet ferocity, and leaving imperceptible traces of constant change and cyclical occurrences.

    Tridatu

    Tri means three and Datu means power. Tridatu is the name of the three-threaded red/black/white bracelet that the Balinese wear to encourage healing and protect against negative forces. This piece has been named after Tridatu as it has been created via the collaboration of three artists: Desak Putu Warti (founder of Darwin’s renowned Balinese dance troupe Tunas Mekar Cultural Collective), I Made Budalasia, and Jocelyn Tribe. It explores three stages of cultural learning through a student/mentor relationship: intention, action and integration. Set to an Indonesian electronic and instrumental score by I Made Budalasia (Tutup Mulut), this duet features contemporary movement and music influenced by traditional Balinese culture on modern-day Larrakia country.

    DANCE (a short homage)

    Central Australia’s GUTS Dance perform a playful, collective experience where entertainment and experimentation unite in a live shaping of the contract between performers and audience. Created together, the dance celebrates what can be achieved when responsibility is shared, ending in a dynamic, spectacular celebration of collective action and the energy of live performance.

    Production Personnel

    Darwin Festival Production Coordinator - Darwin Entertainment Centre: Mark Holman
    Lighting operator: Tomm Lydiard
    Audio operators: Danny Christie and Peter Colautti
    Duty Technician and Mechanist: Iona Francis
    Mechanist and Rigger: Neil Macknight

    Thank You

    Matt Cornell and Lana Howitt

    Company Partners

    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.

    Project Partners

    Darwin Festival

    Tracks 2020

    Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    Company Director: Adelaide Wood
    Administrator: Jessica Mellor / Jo Shearn
    Production Manager: Duane Preston
    Dance Animateurs: Kelly Beneforti and Jess Devereux
    Bookkeeper: It Figures

    Committee Members: Venaska Cheliah (Chairperson), Andrea Wicking (Vice Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), David Taylor, Michael Grant, Ken Conway, Max Dewa Stretton, Rachael Wallis. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)

    Public Fund Trustees: Maari Gray, Will Crawford and Lachlan Peattie

    Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory

    Intertwine (l-r) Kelly Beneforti. Photo: Jess Devereux
    Intertwine (l-r) Kelly Beneforti. Photo: Elise Derwin for Darwin Festival
    Intertwine (l-r) Kelly Beneforti. Photo: Elise Derwin for Darwin Festival
    Intertwine (l-r) Kelly Beneforti. Photo: Jess Devereux
    Tridatu (l-r) Desak Putu Warti and Jocelyn Tribe. Photo: Elise Derwin for Darwin Festival
    Tridatu (l-r) Desak Putu Warti. Photo: Elise Derwin for Darwin Festival
    Tridatu (l-r) Jocelyn Tribe. Photo: Elise Derwin for Darwin Festival
    Tridatu (l-r) Jocelyn Tribe. Photo: Elise Derwin for Darwin Festival
    DANCE (a short homage) (l-r) Frankie Snowdon, Ashleigh Musk and Madeleine Krenek. Photo: Elise Derwin for Darwin Festival
    DANCE (a short homage) (l-r) Madeleine Krenek. Photo: Elise Derwin for Darwin Festival
    DANCE (a short homage) (l-r) Frankie Snowdon, Madeleine Krenek and Ashleigh Musk. Photo: Elise Derwin for Darwin Festival
    DANCE (a short homage) (l-r) Madeleine Krenek, Ashleigh Musk and Frankie Snowdon.Photo: Elise Derwin for Darwin Festival
    Intertwine creative team backstage (l-r) Jess Devereux, James Mangohig, Kelly Beneforti. Photo: Caiti Baker
    Practicing bows (l-r) Kelly Beneforti, Putu Wati, Jocelyn Tribe, Madeleine Krenek, Ashleigh Musk, Frankie Snowden, David McMicken. Photo: Jess Devereux
    Kelly warming up backstage (l-r) Kelly Beneforti. Photo: Jess Devereux

    Explore Further

    Guts Dance - Central Australia

    Iconic Tracks Works

    Darwin Festival

    Responses

    “North of Centre was the highlight for me from the Darwin Festival. The diversity of performers and dance styles made it a true celebration of the skilled people that call the Northern Territory ‘home’.” Liz Rogers

    "Always such a blessing to watch [Putu's] precision and beautiful and specific way of moving ... To have that lovely and intriguing play between [Putu] and Jocelyn and that thoughtful story sharing of a feeling from her was really special and also refreshing." Bryn Wackett

    “I love it. The variety, the intimacy of the space, the nuances. So engaging, a range of emotions elicited.” Mary Anne Butler

    "[The] body in the space was dynamic and pulsating and caught in between and rupturing in between and echoed from the floor to the ceiling and beamed us into [the] space...to watch pristine clean precision technique and excellence in a beautiful space executed with some reverence was...awesome." Kyle Walmsley

    “Centre pieces were completely mesmerising and attention controlling ...loved the lighting, the magic of sitting on the stage, the intimacy despite pandemic transmission control measures. Left with smile on face and in my heart.” Tara Schmidt

    "[The] beautifully fluid movement...was mesmerising and I felt so lucky to be able to experience the subtleties of [the] movement choices within the score...there were these specific recognisable moments of decided upon choreography and then these wonderful moments of surprise." Bryn Wackett

    “I think the variety of the solo, duet and trio pieces were balancing. An intimate dance sampler? The stage space and the way it was used and set up - it was a refreshing way as an audience to be in that space too. They all set their own tone and own pathways but created a linked overall atmosphere and story via the idea of being a part of the cultural terrain of the NT. The non-threatening audience shaping in the guts piece.” Jenelle Saunders

     

    Tracks Dance Company Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

    Tracks Inc is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

    Copyright © 2012 - 2024 Tracks Inc.

    Warning: This website contains images and names of people who have passed away.