LINK Dance Company artistic director Michael Whaites and long-time colleague Sue Peacock are sharing the choreographic limelight with Madrid-based visiting artist Carmelo Segura in show Twin Share.
The 11 honour students of LINK, WAAPA’s graduate dance company, will present a program of three works with one WAAPA master’s degree student and two international dancers from Segura’s contemporary dance theatre company.
“They’re (the two international dancers) performing a work called Osaka that I saw in Spain last year when invited to sit on a jury at an arts festival in Bilbao,” Whaites said.
“It inspired me to ask Carmelo to come and make a work on LINK.”
Segura was initially going to expand Osaka, which is a 20-minute duet, into a full-length ensemble piece but is now bringing the original work to be performed by his dancers and has created an additional new piece, Skinless, for LINK.
“The new work is about skin – our shell and the thing that holds our organs, muscles and bones in,” Whaites said.
“It has quite theatrical elements to it with some really beautiful dancing as well. It’s magical and beautifully poetic.
“I think Carmelo has a really good understanding of manipulating movement and has a physicalised way of expressing movement which kind of matches our Australian way.
“It’s hard to define an Australian style, but because the land is so big here we tend to move big and we like quite expansive works of dance.”
Whaites and Peacock, who met in 1987 and have collaborated on projects since, have created their work, Ad Infinitum (Latin for to infinity or forevermore) to Simeon Ten Holt’s music Canto Ostinato.
The pair achieved their vision of having the music performed live with confirmation WAAPA’s Gennaro Di Donna and Naples conductor Ciro Barbato would play Canto Ostinato on two drawing room grand pianos.
“It’s an exciting hour-and-a-half program and will be a dance feast,” Whaites said.
What: Twin Share
Where: Geoff Gibbs Theatre, WAAPA
When: May 24 to 27