DRILL – A Sporting Dance

Published on 11th Sep, 2015
‘Drill’ Photo Philippe Smet

Dance and Sport Collide in DRILL

From 14 to 17 October, FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres will present the Sydney premiere of DRILL by performance maker and former semi-professional footballer, Ahilan Ratnamohan.

In DRILL, three athletes meet in a late night, never-ending training session. A form of non-competitive competition unfolds before the audience. The sweaty exercises receive a poetic makeover as sprinting, jumping, turning, pivoting, falling and accelerating merge in an indefinable training sequence which revels in an exhausted euphoria.

Inspired by sport, film and language, choreographer and performer Ahilan Ratnamohan has toured work and performed both locally and internationally in South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Photo Philippe Smet

“I’m attempting to choreograph athletic movement and in doing so, invite a completely different audience into the theatre. The movement we are using is inherent to all sports people and athletes, and it provides an invaluable connection to abstract contemporary performance,” explained Ahilan.

Fellow performers in DRILL include Belgian artist Arno Wauters who brings to the production his strong passion for both basketball and acrobatics, and Imanuel Dado who is a b-boy and independent dancer. Originally trained in ballroom dance, Imanuel is also a former rugby player, sprinter and Muay Thai fighter.

With their diverse backgrounds in dance and sport, each performer brings incredible movement, physicality and athleticism to the stage.

Following the matinee performance on Friday 16 October, a Q&A will be held with the performers.

Choreography and performance Ahilan Ratnamohan

Performance Imanuel Dado and Arno Wauters

Dramaturg Kristof Persyn

Dramaturg for first development Josephine Wilson

Lighting design Wouter Dupon

Production Ahilan Ratnamohan and Anaïs Gabaut

DRILL
Preview:    14th October
Season:      15th to 17th October 2015
Times:        8pm daily; 12:30pm on 16th October followed by a Q&A;  Dance Circle 9pm Friday 16th October
Tickets:     Adult $35 / Concession $28 / Preview $20
Venue:       Riverside Theatres, corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta,
Sydney Promo Video: http://vimeo.com/124510505
Web: http://form.org.au/2014/12/drill

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