FLASHES of improvisation matched to pulsations of movement will light up the stage when Tasdance performs Luminous Flux to open Ten Days on the Island in Launceston on March 15.
Working to a brief where light is the theme, choreographer Byron Perry has his ensemble of five dancers shining the torch on movement as light entertainment.
From individual expressions of playfulness and fun the five dancers then move into mechanical mode, where rhythmic repetition hypnotises them into one entity.
``It's really a work in two parts,'' explains Perry, who previously worked with Tasdance on Volume Problem in for the Earth Beneath our Feet season in 2006.
After Luminous Flux , Perry will take on the role as associate artistic director for Force Majeur contemporary dance company in Sydney.
``I wanted fun and levity in the first half of the work, but then it's all about counting and patterns in the second half of the piece to make light entertainment into light as entertainment,'' explains Perry, working in consultation with rehearsal director Kialea-Nadine Williams and lighting designer Darren Willmott.
Light as entertainment is played out with LED fluoro tubes and torches to the hypnotic dance beat of the New York post-rock supergroup Battles.
``It's a cleverly conceived piece with layers that are hugely challenging,'' says Tasdance artistic director Annie Grieg, excited to have Perry aboard for the major performance for 2013.
The dancers performing in ifLuminous Flux are Sarah Fiddaman, Brianna Kell, Jenni Large, Dean Cross and Timothy Walsh.
AT A GLANCE
WHAT: Luminous Flux, choreography by Byron Perry and Tanja Liedtke.
WHERE: Earl Arts Centre, Launceston.
WHEN: Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16; 1pm and 8pm.
TICKETS: $20 for adults, $15 for Tasdance Friends.