Australasian Dance Collective’s ‘THREE’ is headed back to the stage

ADC's 'THREE'. Photo by Justin Ridler.
ADC's 'THREE'. Photo by Justin Ridler.

Three Australian premieres will soon be unveiled from choreographers Jack Lister, Melanie Lane and Hofesh Shechter. Australasian Dance Collective (ADC) presents the triple bill, THREE, at QPAC’s Playhouse from May 26-29. 

THREE was just days away from its April 2020 premiere when it was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Brisbane’s own rising star of the choreographic world, Jack Lister, fuses dance and visual art to create a stunning mainstage performance, Still Life. Inspired by the artworks of the 16th and 17th century Memento Mori movement, it serves as a touchstone of our own mortality, the beauty in decay and our relationship with time. Still Life embraces the dichotomy of the permanence of visual artworks against the impermanent nature of dance, creating a world of poignant conflict – time passes, but memories endure.

Melanie Lane is one of Australia’s strongest female choreographic voices, her works blending elegance with edgy physicality. In Alterum, she takes viewers on a journey to a universe that is beyond our natural world, drawing on the themes of the supernatural body — seen in history through mythological hybrid creatures or in today’s hyper-real superheroes of science fiction and pop culture — to reflect upon the human body and its search for intimacy. For Alterum, Lane has been joined by long-term musical collaborator Clark.

ADC's 'THREE'. Photo by Justin Ridler.
ADC’s ‘THREE’. Photo by Justin Ridler.

After rave reviews in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, Queenslanders finally get their chance to see the work of one of the world’s most-exciting and groundbreaking choreographers, Hofesh Shechter. Presented in association with Hofesh Shechter Company, ADC will unleash the Australian premiere of Cult, the work that propelled Shechter into his globally-renowned career. 

Instinctive and raw, Cult is a powerful illustration of his unique and revolutionary choreography and is the first time the Israeli-born, London-based choreographer’s work has been performed in Queensland. Shechter is inspired by Israeli folk dance, rock gigs, military exercise, nightclubs, installation art and film to create high energy works that are accompanied by scores that he composes himself.

ADC Artistic Director Amy Hollingsworth says it has been a difficult year, but she cannot wait to finally get the chance to share THREE with audiences. “It was heartbreaking to have to postpone this amazing program just days ahead of its premiere, being unable to share the first articulation of the company’s new vision with our audiences,” she says. “I am thrilled to finally have the opportunity to get back to the theatre, reconnecting over this incredible evening of work, and also to thank our audiences and partners for their support during 2020.”

Hollingsworth says the breadth of the triple bill featuring local, national and international choreographers will not only showcase the range and versatility of the collective’s dancers but will also delight audiences.

“We all respond to art in different ways, the gift of a varied program such as this, is there really is something for everyone – from moments of intricate and haunting beauty to powerful and raw abandon,” she says.

Australasian Dance Collective will present THREE at QPAC’s Playhouse from 26 – 29 May 2021. For tickets, head to www.qpac.com.au/event/adc_three_21.

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