Stompin lands financial boost

Stompin artistic director Emma Porteous, Sawtooth Gallery director Marisa Molin, Ten Days on the Island artistic director David Malacari. FRONT: ARTSKOOL's Paul Eggins and Melanie Fidler. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Stompin artistic director Emma Porteous, Sawtooth Gallery director Marisa Molin, Ten Days on the Island artistic director David Malacari. FRONT: ARTSKOOL's Paul Eggins and Melanie Fidler. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

DANCE group Stompin has received a financial boost before the 10 Days on the Island festival next year.

A grant of $30,000 has been given to the company by WD Booth Charitable Trust.

Stompin's newest production, entitled 6000 to 1, will feature more than 20 dancers aged 13 to 30, and will showcase the theme "choice versus chance".

Stompin artistic director Emma Porteus said the production aimed to create a connection between stage and audience that was very real to young Tasmanians.

"The performance outcome of 6000 to 1 will utilise the idea of a casino and gambling concepts as a springboard to explore a variety of high stakes scenarios including violence, youth suicide and underage drinking," she said.

Porteus said the grant would also help the company provide community workshops in the near future.

"As part of the 6000 to 1 community liaison program we will be looking to assemble a focus group consisting of around 10 to 15 young Stompin dancers, as well as students and young migrants.

"It will help us expand our community liaison program to encompass a school workshop program and to work closely with project partner Headspace to provide clinical support." The 10 Days on the Island festival kicks off in March next year.

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