MINI DANCE ‘BITES’ FEATURE TOP TALENT!

Published on 2nd Nov, 2009

Following a successful debut season in 2008, Fast+Fresh Dance is returning this November to amaze audiences and showcase short dance works choreographed and performed by Sydney’s finest young talent.

Fast+Fresh Dance (“5 minute dance… with attitude”) is a youth dance festival that cultivates choreographic talent and performance by choreographers and dancers aged 21 and under. The festival inspires and educates young performers to strive for their own artistic excellence and encourages active participation in dance at all levels.

This year’s festival received more than 80 entries from all over Greater Sydney; that’s twice as many as last year’s inaugural season and their choreographic styles range from ballet, hiphop, jazz, contemporary, tap, krumping, parkour, physical theatre and lyrical.

The works selected cover an extraordinary range of subjects – an eye-opener to the way our youth are thinking: urban street culture, paper planes, seven deadly sins, 911 terrorist attack, falling in love, escaping to the circus, medieval tragedies, working in a cabaret kit kat club, the anguish of miscarriage for women, tribal African dance, and a very modern abstract take on the famous romantic ballet Giselle!!

The festival runs from 17-21 November at Riverside Theatres Parramatta. Three heats, showcasing the talents of over 40 choreographers and 120 dancers overall, have been scheduled for Tuesday 17th through to Thursday 19th November. The most accomplished performances from each heat, which are selected by a panel of dance industry judges, will proceed to the final on Saturday 21st November, where each group will battle it out for sponsored awards such as Best Male Dancer, Best Female Dancer, Most Outstanding Choreography, Best New Talent and the Audience Choice Award.

A recent addition to the Short+Sweet dynasty of festivals, Fast+Fresh Dance presents short, new and innovative dance works, up to five minutes in length, by the dance industry’s upcoming talent.
Many participants of 2008’s inaugural season of Fast+Fresh Dance have gone on to perform with companies such as youMove, Sydney’s only youth contemporary dance company, (Sean Marcs – winner of Most Outstanding Choreography and Sheridan Mouawad – winner Best New Talent and co-winner Audience Choice Award for her work River Flows In You) and dirtyFeet (Sean Marcs). Sean Marcs’ Fast+Fresh Dance festival works Sup-port and The Office were also performed as part of the 2009 season of Short Sweet+Dance at the Seymour Centre in March. Simone Chivas, the 2008 People’s Choice Award choreographer, was a finalist in My Mutation Online for the Sydney Opera House.

For more information regarding the program visit www.wsda.org.au

FAST+FRESH DANCE
Riverside Theatres, Cnr Church & Market St Parramatta
HEATS Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th Nov
FINAL Saturday 21st Nov 7.30pm
TIX $10 Bookings 8839 3399
Or online: www.riversideparramatta.com.au

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