Townsville’s professional contemporary dance company has walked away as one of the biggest winners at this week’s Helpmann Awards.
The national awards, held on Monday night at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence across Australia’s vibrant live performance sectors.
Dancenorth won both Best Dance Production and Best Choreography in a ballet, dance or physical theatre production for Attractor, produced through collaboration with Melbourne’s Lucy Guerin Inc and Gideon Obarzanek, and Indonesia’s Senyawa.
Dancenorth Artistic Director Kyle Page said while the Company had held previews of Attractor in Townsville last year, there was a high possibility it would return to the city.
“Attractor’s going everywhere, so there’s a very good chance it will come back to Townsville as we remount it or as a stop-off between touring destinations around the country or around the world. It looks like it has a very long life ahead of it,” Kyle said.
“Being based here is an amazing opportunity for us to share our work with Townsville before we go and take the shows to either big festivals around the country or even internationally.
“It feels as though it’s a gift to Townsville for providing us with such an amazing location to create work, so makes sense to share our work with the Townsville community before it goes anywhere else.”
Catch Dancenorth’s Tectonic as part of the Strand Ephemera from 28 July – 6 August, and Dance Tropics Dance at Jezzine Barracks on 26 August. For more information on upcoming Dancenorth productions, click here.