50 years ago a letter from Australia to Switzerland took 6 weeks to arrive…now the digital revolution means a world instantaneously connected.
Exploring old-fashioned letter writing and new age social media, dancers from Expressions Dance Company (Brisbane) and Cathy Sharp Dance Ensemble (Basel, Switzerland) shared their thoughts and ideas on the fine art of communication. Crossing the hemisphere divide, these conversations provided the inspiration for two quirky, new dance works - one by Natalie Weir and one by Cathy Sharp - that cooked up a storm when they premiered in Basel, Switzerland in 2011.
Now it’s Brisbane’s turn…Scripsi Scriptum delivers a rare opportunity to see Australian and European-styled contemporary dance side by side.
ABOUT CATHY SHARP DANCE ENSEMBLE
Cathy Sharp was born in Nashville, Tennessee (USA). She began her professional education at the North Carolina School of Arts, training with Duncan Noble, Peter Apple, Bill Griffith, Joop Sanders, David Howard, Pauline Koner and Sonja Tyven. From 1968 – 1973 she danced with the Atlanta Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal. In 1973, she joined the renowned Basler Ballet in Basel Switzerland to continue her career under the direction of Heinz Spoerli. As a soloist in Basel, Cathy Sharp gained international recognition for her interpretations of neo-classical and modern choreographies. She and her General Manager Adrian Schriel founded the Cathy Sharp Dance Ensemble in 1991, choreographing over 20 works for the ensemble and working with numerous guest choreographers including Marguerite Donlon, Vaclav Kunes, Teresa Rotemberg, Richard Wherlock, Nils Christe, Jennifer Hanna and Félix Duméril. CSDE has developed a large repertoire of modern and contemporary choreographies, and with its eclectic style, has become a top-ranking freelance dance company in Switzerland.
“Both Sharp and Weir paint imaginative pictures with their choreography that speak to the audience, and retain their distinctive personal vocabularies.” BADISCHE ZEITUNG (German newspaper)
Presented by Expressions Dance Company, Cathy Sharp Dance Ensemble (Switzerland) and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
23 - 30 MARCH
JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS
|CHOREOGRAPHY||Natalie Weir and Cathy Sharp|
|LIGHTING DESIGN||Brigitte Dubach|
|COSTUME DESIGN||Sabine Bally (CSDE) and Samantha Paxton (EDC)|
|MUSIC & VIDEO DESIGNER AND OPERATOR||Thomas C. Gass|
|REHEARSAL DIRECTOR||Amy Hollingsworth|
|EDC DANCERS||Elise May, Riannon McLean, Samantha Mitchell, David Williams and Jack Ziesing|
|CSDE DANCERS||Lucas Balengo, Jonas Furrer, Misato Inoue, Agata Lawaniczak and Eoin Mac Donncha|
Photos by Fiona Cullen