The Art House presents
10 Sep 2020 Showing at The Art House Studio
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The Art House Presents
DANCE MAKERS COLLECTIVE
Dance Makers Collective have discovered a secret underworld of Dad dancing, and to create their new show they’ve called in the experts, their Dads. Interviewing and dancing with their Dads revealed secret headphone and tambourine routines, African Dance lovers, 1960’s garage party dancing and so much more.
The dads won't be busting their moves on stage in Dads, but audiences will hear the interviews recorded by their sons and daughters, and their musical preferences form the soundtrack to the show. The team have taken inspiration from their family histories, memories of dance, and their own experience of being professional dancers. It’s not all daggy dad dance moves, although there's a few, but a beautiful foray into the layman’s perspective on art.
"The seeds of this show came from when I asked my dad to come into the dance studio with me one day," Director Miranda Wheen says. Her dad Alan is a retired furniture removalist. "I had an idea that maybe he could choreograph something. But we got totally distracted by his opinions on dance, his preferred moves, where you should or shouldn’t dance, what music you need." Alan also revealed he was a bit of a dancer himself. "He has wireless headphones at home and he dances in his bedroom with a tambourine. It's hilarious, he has his own dance practice that I had no idea about!."
Director Miranda Wheen
Dancers Anya Mckee, Katina Olsen, Melanie Palomares, Carl Sciberras, Miranda Wheen and Rosslyn Wythes
There’s a surfeit of inventive and jaw-dropping moments throughout the work and, to the ensemble’s considerable credit, they each flow seamlessly into one another and operate beyond the level of pure choreography. Lighting, sound, narrative and theme are employed with as much sophistication as any of the dancers’ physical vocabularies. Matt O'Neill, Australian Stage
Rather than being a light-hearted surface-skate across embarrassing dad anecdotes, DADS ventures a subtle enquiry into male frailties. It challenges stereotypes of paternity and masculinity and exposes a charming vulnerability in older men. It also uncovers seams of Sydney’s social history and multicultural character, audible in the many accents and historical expositions evident in the soundtrack texts...DADS, as Dance Makers Collective’s tribute to their fathers, manages to link contemporary and social dance via a touching exploration of the parent-offspring relationship. Tony Osbourne, RealTime