Dancing with altered perception

FIFTEEN Tasmanian dance students have spent the past two days honing their routine for a tour of the state next week.

Josh Boutcher, of St Patrick's College, Sharni Tennant, of Prospect High, and Heather Pannowitz, of Launceston College, in rehearsal.  Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

Josh Boutcher, of St Patrick's College, Sharni Tennant, of Prospect High, and Heather Pannowitz, of Launceston College, in rehearsal. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

PERFORMANCE DATES

St Patrick College chapel: Monday 7pm, Tuesday 11am and 1pm.

Devonport Church of Christ: Wednesday 1pm and 7pm

Hobart Baha'i Centre: Friday 11am, 1pm, 7pm

The students representing 12  schools were picked following auditions for Tasdance's annual education performance project, which this year carries the theme and title  Alter .

The tour coincides with Australian Dance Week and Tasdance artistic director Annie Greig said the program brought together some of the best dance talent.

 Alter  is choreographed by Josh Lowe and Brianna Kell and kicks off at St Patrick's College chapel on Monday night at 7pm, followed by performances on Tuesday at 11am and 1pm.

It will then head to Devonport's Church of Christ at 1pm and 7pm on Wednesday and at the Baha'i Centre in Hobart at 11am, 1pm and 7pm on Friday.

``I handed  Alter, with its double entendre, as a concept to our choreographers and they have found their own ways to interpret it,'' Greig said.

``It is wonderful that we can inspire young people and show that contemporary dance is able to explore complex ideas and yet allow these young people to have a hell of a lot of fun and give them performing experiences.''

Lowe said that it was a very intense project, with only three days for the dancers to make it work and overcome particular hurdles.

``We are looking at ideas to do with altering the body and altering the perception of the space they were in and then with the play on words with  altar with an `A', we are looking at changing perspective of religion and how young people perceive religion,'' he said.





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