Image by Work Art Life Studios and Black Photography
by Clare Barron
Directed by Maude Davey
17 March – 14 April
Previews: 12 – 15 March
Q&A Session following performance on Thursday 28 March
Duration: 95 minutes
Featuring Brett Cousins, Caroline Lee, Zoe Boesen, Casey Filips, Shayne Francis, Hannah Fredericksen, Natalie Gamsu, Tariro Mavondo & Georgina Naidu
Set & Costume Design Adrienne Chisholm
Lighting Design Clare Springett
Sound Design Peter Farnan
Assistant Director Angelica Clunes
Choreography Holly Durant
Stage Manager Stephanie Young
Assistant Stage Manager Diane Pereira
“Maybe this is the year, this is the moment, this is the dance where your lives will start!”
Dance Nation follows a troupe of pre-teens as they navigate the hyper-sexualised, ultra-competitive world of competition dance. In this world of sequinned leotards and six-foot trophies, the dancers themselves – their needs, their hopes, their fears – matter least.
Dance Nation is a comical and excruciating look at the moment when girls become aware of their own power – and of its limits. Performed by a cast of mature women, the dissonance between a 13-year-old’s dreams and what they will ultimately achieve is stark.
Barron’s writing reminds us of the ferocity of the children we once were.
“Clare Barron’s writing is so manic and assured – Maude Davey’s production so scintillating, so exuberant, so artful – that we delight in the uncertainty and gleefully strap in for the ride.” – The Australian
“Dance Nation is fresh, hilarious, and full of the kind of immediately recognisable characters who rarely make the foreground.” – The Age
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