Bursting at the seams with fascinating facts, naughty stories and dance moves to die for, 100 Years Of The History Of Dance As Told By One Man In 60 Minutes With An Energetic Group Finale will be presented at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 31 July, before touring across Australia.
100 Years Of The History Of Dance follows Jacob, a schoolboy presenting a report on the topic of his own choice. Not to be extra or anything, but Jacob has decided to cover 100 Years of the History of Dance!
Exploring the lives of influential choreographers including Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Bob Fosse, Rudolf Nureyev, Pina Bausch, Gene Kelly and Paula Abdul – Jacob not only talks about them, but demonstrates their signature style at the same time! As he prepares, Jacob ponders the difference between ‘influence’ and ‘plagiarism’ and begins to question his own legacy…
Directed by Emma Canalese and performed by Joseph Simons, development for this play began in New York City at the Roundabout Theater Rehearsal Studios, where Simons and Canalese with Enrico Melozzi worked together, to bring to life Jacob and his obsession with dance. Later developments took place in London and Brisbane.
100 Years of the History of Dance is a physical theatre performance blending dance and theatre in an unusual, charming and funny way. Dance isn’t a foreign academic concept, it’s for everyone… and it feels good!
Director / Co-Writer: Emma Canalese Creator / Performer: Joseph Simons Set Design: Adam Gardnir Lighting Design: Jason Glenwright Original Music: Enrico Melozzi
100 Years of the History of Dance
Visy Theatre – Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Season: 31 July – 3 August 2019
Following the Brisbane season, 100 Years of the History of Dance will tour to selected venues across Australia. For more information, including performance dates and venues, visit: www.thehistoryofdanceshow.com for details.
Image: Joseph Simons stars in 100 Years of the History of Dance (supplied)