Time to tick off on production

Choreographer Isabella Stone of North Perth with dancers, from left, Jenni Large, Storm Helmore and Ella-Rose Trew. Picture: Marcus Whisson  d435976
Choreographer Isabella Stone of North Perth with dancers, from left, Jenni Large, Storm Helmore and Ella-Rose Trew. Picture: Marcus Whisson d435976

THREE consecutive years of WAAPA graduates have collaborated to produce new dance work, Mouseprint.

In her first full-length production, choreographer Isabella Stone, of North Perth, teamed with Ella-Rose Trew, Jenni Large and Storm Helmore for a piece that explores the unspoken agreements we enter in to during our social interactions and possible repercussions when they are broken.

�It came from a conversation I had with Ella-Rose,� Stone said.

�I�d just noticed a behaviour in ticking the �I Agree� box in contracts and not once have I ever, and even still now after making the work, read the details or fine print of what�s in the terms and conditions of a contract.

�It was a conversation in passing that turned in to a bigger conversation. And then as a dancer, it was about how you represent that in movement.�

Stone said she was proud of the work and effort everyone had given since starting on Mouseprint.

�It�s been a collaborative process and the first day of working on it in 2012 was the first day any of us had been on a project that was directed by our peers,� the 26-year-old said.

�We didn�t have a mentor or senior artist in the studio with us. It was a beautiful moment and everyone is just as invested in the performance and having it as show-ready as I am.�

The dance production will be performed outside in the State Theatre Centre of WA Courtyard from April 15 to 18 on a central stage with seating along two sides.

There will be a post-show talk following the Thursday, April 16 performance.

�It�s traverse seating, so the dancer�s perspective flips the whole time and the audience will sit facing each other, which is really fascinating – watching someone watch something,� she said.

�I�m interested in alternative spaces but not site-specific dance work, which is quite different.

�The big dream was to have it in the middle of a paddock or field, but in terms of making this a possibility, we chose the Courtyard.�

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Mouseprint

Where: State Theatre Centre of WA Courtyard

When: April 15 to 18

Tickets: www.eventopia.co/mouseprint