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Danielle Micich’s new work for Buzz Dance Theatre attracted a great review. Thrill, a double bill, was praised in the West Australian for being a potent, accessible and sophisticated mix of artistry and athleticism. Danielle’s work, Plan B, is praised for many artistic reasons, and also because the incredible energy of the cast ensures they are exhilarating to watch. Read the review, see the show.
Phil Thomson – director and libbrettist for the opera writes
In a previous post, Danielle and I announced dance audtions for into the Shimmer Heat.
We are auditioning some very promising young dancers this week. The response to our So You Think You Can Dance in an Opera call-out has netted some very interesting, trained and talented dancers. Nina is the major role of the opera, with both narrative and impressionistic/emotional/cathartic dance. We need a creative athlete with great stamina, discipline and strength and able to plumb emotional depths. Courageous. Not scared of heights. Able to act. And transport us as only dancers do. This is a big ask, but I have a feeling that all the dancers we’ve shortlisted could do a great job. We have such talent in the west, from the west.
I am so looking forward to the audition. I’ll let you know how we go.
The choreographer for into the Shimmer Heat is Danielle Micich, an independent dancer, choreographer and videographer based in Perth. She was the Artistic Director of West Australia’s Youth Dance Company STEPS for four years. Danielle has travelled to the USA and Singapore where she performed with international multi-art group SQUINT. She worked on large-scale projects as co-producer on Artrage‘s dance festival Crossfire & travelled to New Delhi, India to produce choreography for a large-scale dance drama with Dhwani Dance Company. In 2006 Danielle won the Ausdance Award for Dance Film Technology for The Drover’s Wives (PIAF). Earlier this year she set the first ever dance choreography for the Curriculum Council.
Her latest work is ‘Plan B’, now playing at the Dolphin Theatre at the University of Western Australia as part of Buzz Dance Theatre’s double-bill entitled ‘Thrill’.
This is a fantastic piece which combines ambitious and technically challenging dance with clever handling of simple props and set, stunning lighting effects and a brilliant musical score. The theatricality of the piece was outstanding and followed the optimistically begun adulthood of a young man through hope, despair and breakdown into a new maturity. The audience watched in stunned admiration, unable to take their eyes off the stage as elements of humour and powerful physicality mixed with tender and almost naturalistic movement building to an intense climax.
There is no doubt that Danielle can handle producing the choreography for into the Shimmer Heat at the Heath Ledger Theatre> this October. If you get the chance to see Plan B, you can decide for yourself whether there is one in life or not.
I was fortunate to be at the world premiere of Iain Grandage’s new song cycle – Life Stories – during the recent Perth International Arts Festival. It’s a significant addition to the repertoire, and Sara’s performance was immaculate.
Neville Cohn’s review in the West Australian is here
Sara’s understanding of music ranging from the baroque to contemporary is unparalleled in Perth – what an intelligent singer she is! I can’t wait to work with her in Nova Ensemble’s new opera into the SHIMMER HEAT in October at the new WA State Theatre Centre.
Last night I was lucky enough to attend the PIAF Concert of new music by the New York based Bang On A Can All-Stars at the Perth Concert Hall. One of their feature pieces was a composition by Steve Reich – 2 x5.
Paul Tanner from into the SHIMMER HEAT
Bang On A Can All-Stars
Driving rhythms, waves of crashing guitars and a wonderful cacophony of noise. Fantastic! And into the SHIMMER HEAT‘s Paul Tanner was invited onstage for the final piece to showcase his wonderful vibraphone playing – and rightfully took his place for a standing ovation.