Queensland’s premier festival of contemporary dance returns to Brisbane for its second year with a boundary-pushing and thought-provoking program. A cultural celebration held across eight days, Supercell; a contemporary dance festival spans workshops, talks and performances for professional dancers and dance-lovers.
“Supercell is at the forefront of Brisbane’s contemporary dance scene, embracing multiple perspectives and championing works that put a spotlight on globalisation, identity and First Nations heritage,” Supercell Dance Festival Curator Kate Usher said.
“Continuing our commitment towards making Brisbane a national and international hub for contemporary dance, we are proud to present the exclusive Australian premiere of Juli Apponen and Jon R. Skulberg’s award-winning piece Everything Remains; a choreography for a tired body,” Usher said.
“We’re also thrilled to welcome to Brisbane Singapore’s acclaimed T.H.E Dance Company and independent artist Daniel Kok, who will both present original works as part of our one-night-only Forecast event, which also features Queensland sensations The Farm and Expressions Dance Company.”
This year’s INDEX program features Surge Dance Collective as they question contemporary consumerism and womanhood in @_WHY, while Charles Ball and Scott Sneddon’s Farthest Distance… looks at the complexity of long distance relationships.
Supercell 2018 also welcomes Australian dance industry stalwarts Glen Murray and Wendy McPhee with the debut of their proactive new concept Truth or Dare.
Interlacing the three themes of Supercell 2018, the THINK program provides a series of panel discussions that delves into the relationship between the performance work and its audiences; how dramaturgs and choreographers work together to make dance; and how differently identity is portrayed.
“There’s a common misconception at a local level that the dance community in Queensland is just dance graduates,” Usher said.
“Instead, we’re a very complex, robust and dynamic dance community. Supercell allows us to come together and entangle in each other’s work. It’s a lovely way to start what is promising to be an amazing year for dance in Queensland.”
Supercell runs across Brisbane from February 10 – 18.
For full program details, visit www.supercelldancefestival.com
Supercell is supported by the Queensland Government through the Arts Queensland and by Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Powerhouse and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.