Dance Bites 2011 delivers two powerful and exhilarating dance works in April at Riverside Theatres: The Dark Room by Narelle Benjamin and Debris by Frances Rings.
The double bill features the work of two of Australia’s most acclaimed choreographers working with a company of six outstanding dancers – including Paul White, recipient of the 2008 Helpmann Best Male Dancer award, and Katina Olsen, ex-Bangarra Dance Theatre.
Narelle Benjamin’s enigmatic The Dark Room explores the memory of a life to a haunting sound track composed by Huey Benjamin and featuring work by the eclectic jazz ensemble, The Necks. In her work, Debris, Frances Rings was captured by the idea of middens, the ancient mounds of debris that tell us much about the layers of human activity and how this idea can resonate in contemporary life.
Both works originate in commissions, The Dark Room was originally created for The Australian Ballet and Debris for The West Australian Ballet. Now remounted especially for this Dance Bites season at Riverside, it’s an outstanding and rare opportunity for Western Sydney arts lovers to enjoy these stunning performances.
Frances Rings is a prolific choreographer and currently, Artist in Residence at Bangarra Theatre Company. Narelle Benjamin has recently premiered work as part of Sydney Opera House’s Spring Dance Festival to rave reviews and is featured in this year’s Dance Massive program in Melbourne.
The Dark Room by Narelle Benjamin and Debris by Frances Rings
Choreographers: Narelle Benjamin, Frances Rings
Composer: (The Dark Room) Huey Benjamin Visual Design (The Dark Room) Samuel James
Lighting Design Karen Norris Producer Rosalind Richards-Artful Management
Artists: Eric Avery, Jana Castillo, Benjamin Hancock, Chrissy Norford, Katina Olsen, Paul White
Wednesday 6 April opening night show at 8pm
Thursday 7 April ‘Learn the Repertoire, See the Show’ Matinee 12.30pm
Friday 8 April at 8pm and Saturday 9 April at 8pm
Tickets: $35 Concession: $25 Book 8839 3399 or