A Transient Beauty, Byron Community Centre, Saturday
Join nine diverse performers in a striking fusion of music and dance as they find fragments of beauty in everyday experiences.
Choreographer Gareth Belling explores the theme of confrontation as a catalyst for change in his powerful collaboration with Collusion Musical Arts Australia and composer Susan Hawkins. This full-length dance-and-music work heads to the Byron Theatre on Saturday, after its premiere as the centrepiece of the 2012 Restrung Festival.
Set within the stark frame of a house, A Transient Beauty uncovers wounded hearts filled with hope amid the strewn remnants of consumerism. From the opening sequence, Belling’s muscular and fluid choreography creates a striking image of mankind’s desperate yearning for connection and belonging.
Queensland Ballet principal dancer Rachael Walsh will join former colleague Melissa Tattam, now a Brisbane-based freelance dancer, to dance with the daughters of Janette Mulligan’s on-stage family. A Transient Beauty will mark Mulligan’s return to the stage after an absence of ten years, following an extensive career as principal dancer with the English National Ballet and as an international guest teacher.
Original compositions by former Lismore local Susan Hawkins build a tensely elegant soundscape. I read the old dream slowly, a new work for violin and piano, Within the Silent Frame and several others composed for the piece will thread between existing pieces by Carl Vine, Nigel Sabin and Brisbane-based Thomas Green. Responding to the on-stage drama, and allowing for the musicians to interact with dancers, set and props, Susan’s compositions will stretch the members of Collusion Music to greater levels of cross-discipline performance.
Byron Theatre, Community Centre on Saturday at 4pm. Tix: Full $38 Concession $33. Bookings at Byron Centre website.