The Northern Illawarra’s amazing dance company is at it again.
Four of the talented dancers from Austinmer Dance Theatre have been offered a place at Israel’s prestigious Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. Their selection is tribute to the international calibre achieved by company founder Michelle Forte.
Madi High, Saraphina Irvin, Demi Martin and Maddy Backen will undergo extensive training, live the kibbutz lifestyle and dance with some of the most talented contemporary dancers in the world.
“It’s an incredible experience and a great honour,” says Michelle. “I am exceptionally proud!”
“I see the Austinmer Dance Theatre as a stepping stone to full time training and a professional career,” says Michelle. “And that is what’s happening for these talented dancers.”
The Northern Illawarra-based company has recently held auditions. “We are looking to take on a couple more dancers, as well as a few ‘apprentices’,” says Michelle. “I want to restructure so a stronger hierarchy within the group can keep everyone on their toes.”
Meanwhile, the performances continue.
Next week The Austinmer Dance Theatre will perform uNCOILEd at the Phoenix Theatre in Coniston.
The show features the direction of three company members, as well as a piece by international choreographer Sagi Gross.
“The show is called uNCOILEd as a legacy to a former dancer, Nicole Fitzsimons, who was killed on holidays while she was a part of our company. The large letters spell out her name, while the word represents the unravelling of new choreography and talent. It helps keep her spirit alive.”
Rhiannon Davies, Jack Tuckerman and Corrine Serrie have all choreographed pieces for uNCOILEd.
The show will be performed at the Phoenix Theatre Conniston from 8pm on October 28 and 29.
You can buy tickets HERE
Nicole’s parents have set up a foundation in her honour. Have a look HERE at the Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation.
Photos thanks to Austinmer Dance Theatre and Jeff Tan