What does it mean to be found? WE.ARE Dance Project explores this question through their premiere season FOUND.
The WE.ARE Dance Project is a not-for-profit dance company run by dancers, for dancers. Its mission is to create new works and employment opportunities for Australian dancers.
Choreographer and creative director, Steve Tannos, says the show explores the concept of being found through the lens of struggling with identity, finding love and dealing with expectations.
“I am drawing on a lot of ideas I’ve had over the years, and WE.ARE is an outlet for me to put those ideas into place and make something new and fresh,” he says.
He says the show will take the audience on an “emotional rollercoaster” and will incorporate the individual and collective talent of a “world class” group of dancers. This is his first time choreographing a show of his own, where he has complete creative control.
Tannos is known for this work with artists such as Ricky Martin, Natalie Bassingthwaite and Jessica Mauboy. In 2009 he was selected as a member of the Top 20 in So You Think You Can Dance Australia.
His choreography has also been featured on The Voice Australia and Channel 9’s program Dance Boss. He says working on Dance Boss gave him lots of experience working with and choreographing for a diverse group of dancers.
“It gave me more of an insight into working with different abilities and trying to relate to all kinds of different people.”
Apr 12-14. NIDA Parade Theatre, 215, Anzac Parade, Kensington, from $50+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.ticketek.com.au
By Allison Hore