See RED before anyone else

Dancenorth will preview its new work RED in Townsville on 20 & 21 May 2021 IMAGE: Amber Haines

A well-loved tradition will be observed again this week when Dancenorth presents local audiences with the chance to preview its latest work ahead of the World Premiere.

RED will get its first official outing at Melbourne’s brand new Arts festival RISING on 26 – 29 May, but not before its hometown crowd has the chance to see it in Townsville.

RED’s development has been led by Dancenorth’s Artistic Director and Co-CEO Kyle Page and Associate Artistic Director Amber Haines in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kyle said the epic and intimate work illuminates the universal challenge of humankind’s survival: sustaining diverse and resilient social and biological ecosystems.

RED is a conceptually and aesthetically ambitious work that reveals humankind as a simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant form of life on Earth,” said Kyle.

“We cannot be sustained without a diverse, resilient and intact ecosystem of natural processes, including plants and animals of all sizes, at all levels of the food chain. Human health is intrinsically linked to environmental health.

A preview season of RED will be held in Townsville IMAGE: Amber Haines

“We had little respite in 2020 between fire, flood and pandemic and, particularly considering our global climate, RED offers audiences multiple insights and perspectives into the years ahead if we do not reconsider and reset our relationship with our environment,” Kyle said.

Kyle and Amber have assembled an impressive team of new and repeat collaborators for RED including dramaturg Gideon Obarzanek, Helpmann award-winning sound designer Alisdair Macindoe, Swedish composer Ellen Arkbro, lighting designer Niklas Pajanti and costume designer Harriet Oxley.

RED has been commissioned by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Brisbane Festival, RISING, Ten Days on the Island and Stanford Live.

Catch the Preview Season of RED in Townsville on 20 & 21 May 2021.

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