I’m not a dancer and have little knowledge of the art of dancing but I certainly appreciate talent when I see it. Shade – A Visual Art and Street Dance Collaboration presented by Scaena Mortema at the 2016 Anywhere Festival Brisbane was special in more ways than one. Shade is a collaboration of 13 core dancers, 5 guest dancers, whose style ranged from street dance to contemporary, 10 choreographers and 10 visual artists.
What particularly impressed me, as I found out after the show, was that each dance sequence was choreographed around a piece of artwork that was displayed as the centrepiece behind the dancers, hence the collaboration of visual art and street dance. One number in particular had the artists completing their work of art whilst the dancers interpreted the emotions behind it. The music, regardless whether you’re familiar with it or not, is the foundation of the show and sets the mood whilst the dancers are the storytellers that bring the music to life. I really enjoyed the whole collaboration and found myself lost in the moment and completely absorbed.
It’s a pity that names are not mentioned when it comes to dance performances, so I’ve taken the time to research these amazing talents performers and mention them so their names will stick in your mind. Wanida Serce, mastermind of the Shade show and Creative Director, choreographer and core dancer; collaborative choreographers and dancers are: James Fenwick, Lizzie Wicks, Vanessa Friscia, Aaron Griffin, Che Pritchard, Caetlyn Watson, Ngavaine Tearea, Ali Phillips and Anti Fischer.
Other dancers were: Gustavo ‘Goose’ Polanco, Floss Moloney, Sam Evans, Karlee Hall, Bekky Carter, Lauren Baxter, Ryan Carr, Monika Strojevska, Maryanne Nucifora, Tk Patara.
Guest dancers were: Mikee Joaquin, Mason Hayward, Clarence Kent, Dana Coles, Denzal Van Uitregt.
The visual art ranged from artwork that was the backdrop for the dancers, to film clips of street dancers that was creatively put together to include animation and special effects. The dancers were all dressed in white, allowing the artists to colour the stage with their unique works of art. The show was well thought out and worked brilliantly to create an uplifting atmosphere. I appreciated the verbal messages incorporated into the routines that were encouraging and inspirational messages that we all need to hear to combat the voices in our head that tell us, ‘we’re not good enough’.
I would also like to mention the visual artists in appreciate of their work and contribution towards making Shade – A Visual Art and Street Dance Collaboration a production well worth seeing. Visual artists were: Kasper, Bonnie Jenkins, Sherrie-Lee Winter, Barek, Mossesa, Carissa Belham, Zoe Porter, Warren Handley, Kath Fleming, Sarah CK.
If you love dance and visual art or simply appreciate seeing a wonderfully creative show, keep your eyes open for these talented local and international dancers and artists. I’ve named them so you know you’ll be in for a treat when you book in to see a show they’re performing in. My review was based on the 7 May performance at 4.30pm.
The show runs for 60 minutes.