Fresh Funk’s Young Choreographers’ Initiative Special Edition
Friday 19 May, 7:30pm
Saturday 20 May, 5:00pm
Saturday 20 May, 7:30pm
Sunday 21 May, 5:00pm
Tickets are $25
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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 19 to Sunday 21 May.
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.