29 July 2013

Hit the floor together at Canberra Theatre Centre

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Hit the floor together is a dance project created by a collection of over 30 indigenous and non-indigenous young Canberrans, along with many interstate dancers that looks, quite frankly, pretty awesome.

It will be hitting the Canberra theatre Centre on the 31st of July and you should probably check it out.

This new contemporary dance work is created by Bangarra’s Daniel Riley McKinley and Kurruru Youth Performing Arts’ Deon Hastie, with choreographer Dean Cross and QL2 Artistic Director Ruth Osborne.

These young people are determining the future, with an understanding of the present. Evoking their hopes and dreams, despite their differences in culture, geography and understanding. This show will move your heart and mind.

Deon Hastie
Dean Cross
Daniel Riley McKinley and
Ruth Osborne

We’ve also received an interview from local lady of the multimedia arts Sarah Kaur, where she discusses the project with Reuben Ingall (AKA: Dead DJ Joke).

We’re not usually in the habit of posting interviews here on the RiotACT, but this project sounds cool, and these people are rad so I’m gonna post it anyways.

Try and stop me.

Reuben Ingall – experimental composer for dance
July 28, 2013

Reuben Ingall aka DJ Dead Joke, is a composer, DJ and performer in Canberra’s experimental music scene. Often he creates his own digital patches, instruments or listening devices and invites people to hear and listen to music in unexpected and wildly mediated ways. This year, he is collaborating with choreographer Dean Cross to compose and perform the soundtrack for “Bloom”, one of the 3 sections in QL2’s upcoming dance performance “Hit the floor together”.

set from Reuben Ingall on Vimeo.

While at college, Reuben performed in Narrabundah College’s DanceFest entry, and volunteered some of his own music for the show and soon became responsible for cutting the soundtrack. This kicked off an interest in composing for dance, building on his experiences as dancer in QL2 Dance (the the Choreographic Centre) male-only project, “Industrial Hardware”.

Reuben has previously made a few pieces for works by QL2 Dance, and choreographer Cadi McCarthy and Company. In 2011, he collaborated with independent dance artist Adelina Larsson and together they created some performances that were like movement improvisations within interactive sound-installations. He continues this line of collaborative composition in “Hit the floor together”, playing live on stage alongside the dancers.

Reuben will be playing live parts on a guitar, heavily processed with effects, on top of a sparse backing track made up of sine-wave tones, field recordings of cars, frogs and waves, as well as the crackle and hiss of old sound recordings from the audio archive of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

His composition is for choreographer Dean Cross’s piece, ‘Bloom’. “Dean and I were in several of Quantum Leap’s projects together around ten years ago so when Ruth Osborne brought us together I was thrilled. It was not only great to catch up, but to work together on a piece with a new generation of young dancers, and give something back to the organisation that has provided us with so many great experiences. It feels wonderfully full-circle.”

Reuben Ingall was interviewed by Sarah Kaur. As well as seeing him at Hit the floor together, you can see Reuben performing at the Belconnen Arts Centre in November in “Pallesthesia”. Find out more at www.reubeningall.com


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