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Fresh Funk’s Young Choreographers’ Initiative biggest in 18 years


Friday 28 October, 7:30pm

Saturday 29 October, 5:00pm

Saturday 29 October, 7:30pm

Sunday 30 October, 5:30pm


Tickets are $22

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Show runs 90mins

About Fresh Faced

Each semester Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Fresh Funk dance program offers emerging choreographers the opportunity to develop original dance works as part of the “Fresh Faced” Young Choreographers Initiative.

The works created in this semester’s initiative will be featured in four shows at Tuggeranong Arts Centre from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October in what is set to be the biggest season of Fresh Faced in its 18 year-long history.

The dance pieces all have their own style, narrative or theme, from contemporary pieces exploring loss, to well-known musical theatre gems, to a hip-hop recreation of Dora The Explorer, from duos to large ensembles.

One particularly unique piece this season is a dance version of Cluedo, called Who Dunnit, with a video component that highlights the background motives of each character, including Professor Plum and Miss Scarlet.

Fresh Faced is now the centerpiece of the program and this semester, the program welcomes 4 Fresh Funk students choreographing for the first time, embracing the opportunity to develop and show their own ideas on the stage.

Since its inception in 2004, the initiative has taken on a different feel and grown from around 10 to 15 participating choreographers. In the first few years of Fresh Faced, choreographers were simply exploring movement, to songs they enjoyed. Nowadays the range of work is extremely varied, from obscure theatrics to complex contemporary to fast-paced hip hop.

In that time, the initiative has been the catalyst for many students who have gone on to make dance their career. Alumni like Sam Young-Wright, Max Burgess, and Shannon Hanrahan, who was nominated for “Australia’s NEXT Choreographer” a couple of years ago – all cite Fresh Faced as beginning their interest in creating.

Fresh Faced is offered to the program’s advanced dancers as a free a development project and applications are open to students who are keen to explore how a professional would create a show. it provides valuable insights into the professional dance industry and gets students working outside their comfort zone and with dancers from outside their normal class groups.

The original pieces are rehearsed for 7 weeks during the semester and range from duos to large ensembles performing contemporary and hip-hop dance. The young choreographers have full control over all the elements of their piece, from movement to lighting design and costumes.

The result is always inspirational and extremely impressive.

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