Preparing for dance Voyage

February 05, 2018

Fashion designer Lyn-Al Young, Harry Watson, Macey Cox (front) and Madi Mastin-Lundberg (back).

Kaitlin Edwards, 16, from Shepparton, with her silk paintings which will be used in the dance production.

Abbigail Makin working hard on her piece.

Bethany Hutchison concentrates on painting her silk.

Jemma Maher adds salt to her silk for a textured effect.

Macey Cox works on painting big swirls.

It is not everyday you get to create a dance costume with a fashion designer.

But that is exactly what the dancers from Awaken Dance Theatre Company did on Saturday with indigenous designer Lyn-Al Young.

Dancers shared their story with the Warrandyte-based designer and her mother Judith Young to inspire their creations.

‘‘We shared our stories about our culture,’’ Ms Young, 23, said.

Ms Young said their stories were represented through colour and symbolism in the form of water-colour paintings, which were then painted onto silks.

Dancers said they thoroughly enjoyed the experience with Ms Young, who dressed actress Sharenna Clanton at last year’s Logies.

The silks will be worn in the company’s upcoming dance performance for the Shepparton Festival — Voyage — according to Awaken Dance Theatre Company creative director Kyla McGregor.

Ms McGregor said the group of young dancers were aged between 13 and 30, from the Shepparton region, who had collaborated together to create a contemporary, atmospheric, dance theatre experience.

‘‘It’s been an absolute privilege to work with such creative and talented young people who have given many hours to make this performance a success,’’ she said.

Ms McGregor said it was decided the painted silks would reflect the dancer’s personal journeys to tie in with the theme of their upcoming performance.

‘‘The word voyage brings travel and nautical ideas to mind,’’ Ms McGregor said.

‘‘But, what if it was a personal journey? This contemporary dance theatre work explores the idea of getting from A to B, while navigating the storms and seasons in our lives.

‘‘We all have our own unique journeys and through these we develop resilience, are shaped, form memories and write our own stories along the way.’’

Voyage will be performed on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, at The Mcintosh Centre, Shepparton Showgrounds. Tickets are available at www.sheppartontickets.com.au

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