Propel pushes contemporary dance to its absolute limits
‘Propel’ is a powerful word with equally powerful connotations – it’s all about moving forward, getting things put into motion and being driven. It comes as no surprise that the latest offering from Expressions Dance Company has taken on this name – in keeping with the company’s steadfast commitment to the future of homegrown contemporary dance, Propel is an ambitious and visionary effort that truly encapsulates its title’s meaning. Coming to the Judith Wright Centre from March 3–11, the showcase sees four emerging dancers taking their bodies to the limit and leaving it all on the stage.
Propel is a true testament that when it comes to contemporary dance, risks get results. The bold and daring program features work from fresh young choreographers who are doing exciting things in the global dancing community – China’s Xu Yiming and Australia’s Lisa Wilson, Amy Hollingsworth and Elise May make up the collective. Each artist has created a brand-new piece for Propel, laying bare personal stories and internal struggles that lend the showcase an air of honesty and authenticity.
Inspired by the sculptural light instillation Through Hollow Lands by Etta Lilienthal, Lisa Wilson’s Hollow Lands juxtaposes abandonment and structure to examine the nature of people who are pushed to the brink. The narrative is accentuated by Ben Hughes’ dramatic lighting design. Amy Hollingsworth’s Deeper Than Ink captures the emotional intensity of someone being imprinted permanently on your soul – deeper than any tattoo. In an Australian premiere, Xu Yiming will present his celebrated solo Waiting Alone, with choreography that will leave you in awe of human movement. Rounding out the show, Elise May’s Written on the Body is about the individual power we hold to determine who we let into our intimate private world.
Propel is only around for a strictly limited season – you can secure your spot and nab tickets through QTIX.