Finding dance in the most unexpected places

EXPRESS YOURSELF: "Dads represents this place where we think dance doesn't happen but unfolds to reveal that dance happens in very strange and unexpected ways," Wheen said.

EXPRESS YOURSELF: "Dads represents this place where we think dance doesn't happen but unfolds to reveal that dance happens in very strange and unexpected ways," Wheen said.

Dance Makers Collective have called in some unlikely experts for their next show – their dads.

FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres will present the new highly-anticipated work from Dance Makers Collective entitled Dads.

“Dads is about finding dance in the most unexpected places,” director and performer Miranda Wheen said.

“As a professional dancer, I was very surprised to find that my dad also had a dedicated dance practice, the only difference being that his occurs behind closed doors…with a tambourine.” 

The 33-year-old has been dancing ever since she was old enough to walk and said Dads will be the first full length show she’s directed.

“It’s also very group devised so everyone’s very involved in the making. I’m very lucky to be working with such a great team,” she added.

Through interviews with their dads and sessions in the rehearsal studio, Dance Makers Collective have uncovered a secret world of dance practices including carport parties, door knobs as dance partners, sherbets for Dutch courage and the use of dance as a pathway for recovery.

Dads will journey to the heart of why we cannot help but dance, combining contemporary dance, recorded interviews with a variety of fathers and a soundtrack guaranteed to make you want to ‘slide around the floor’.

“What I love about this contemporary dance work is the revealing insight it provides into our relationships with our dads. To enhance the storytelling aspects of the show, we employed some interesting radio documentary techniques throughout the process,” producer and performer Carl Sciberras said.

“Our dads were very honest and candid in their interviews because they were conducted by us – their children – and so the love is abundant. The things they told us about dance were often surprising, and those moments of discovery are the gems we facet in this show.”

When Wheen was asked to describe the show in three words she said: “light, relationships and celebration.”

“The show is really about dance and dads represent a section of society where dance is really unexpected. The show uncovers what dance really means to the average person,” Wheen explained.

Devisors and performers include; Matt Cornell, Anya McKee, Sophia Ndaba, Katina Olsen, Marnie Palomares, Melanie Palomares, Carl Sciberras, Miranda Wheen and Rosslyn Wythes.

Details: November 2 – 5 at 8pm; and 12.30pm on November 4 with Q&A. Riverside Theatres, corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta. Tickets: Adult $35; Concession $28. To book: Call the Box Office on 8839 3399 or visit riversideparramatta.com.au

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