Dance Northern Territory
Tracks Dance, GUTS Dance, Desak Putu Warti & Jocelyn Tribe


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Co-presented by Tracks Dance Company and Darwin Festival

Step onto The Playhouse stage at Darwin Entertainment Centre and be immersed in three brand-new dynamic dance works.

North of Centre draws together the energies of Northern Territory dance – from the deserts of Central Australia to the south, to the tropics of South East Asia to the north. In three short works, of a solo, duet, and trio, dancers explore their connection with this place and their understanding of its diverse people.

The opening work by Tracks Dance Company, choreographed by Jessica Devereux in collaboration with Kelly Beneforti, is a solo that plays with proximity, pervading senses and persistence. The intimacy of a single body performing against a vast space of human construction, harnesses the forces of the natural world, fuelling a quiet ferocity.

The rich cultural artistry of Indonesia has inspired the second work in the program created and performed by Desak Putu Warti, founder of Darwin’s renowned Balinese dance troupe Tunas Mekar Cultural Collective, and Jocelyn Tribe. Set to an Indonesian electronic and instrumental score by I Made Budalasia (Tutup Mulut), this duet features contemporary movement and music influenced by traditional Balinese culture on modern day Larrakia country.

Central Australia’s GUTS Dance perform a playful, collective experience where entertainment and experimentation unite in a live shaping of the contract between performers and audience. Created together, this final dance celebrates what can be achieved when responsibility is shared, ending in a dynamic, spectacular celebration of collective action and the energy of live performance.

Don’t miss your chance to be on the stage and sharing in this special world premiere of three new dance works all created in the Territory.

Download the North of Centre house program here.

  • Photo Paz Tassone

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