SUPERTONE is a performance of re-sensitisation, choreographed by Rennie McDougall. Working from a visually rich cornucopia of celluloid images, from The Wizard of Oz to David LaChapelle, five dancers reclaim the performance space by manifesting these technicolor imagined environments in the physical space, while all other visual stimulants are stripped away. The audience, usually on the periphery of experience, is left only with the performers to share in an energetic exchange – to reawaken a more visceral presence and to question their roles as observers.

About the Artist

Rennie McDougall (choreographer/performer) is interested in engaging with an evolving contemporary dance language as a performer, choreographer and teacher. He has worked extensively with Phillip Adams BalletLab, Lucy Guerin Inc., Chunky Move and Luke George. He has also created short works for Lucy Guerin Inc. and Next Wave Festival's Sports Club Project.
James Shannon (performer) graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2006. Since then James has worked for reknowned companies such as Tasdance, Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin Inc., touring both nationally and internationally. He has also worked with independent choreographers including Cadi McCarthy and Bec Reid.
Lilian Steiner (performer) graduated from the VCA, Bachelor of Dance program in 2009. She has performed with Phillip Adams’ Balletlab in Above, Company MIJI with Reliquary, and with Lucy Guerin Inc. for a U.S. tour of Structure and Sadness. In 2011, Lilian was a recipient of the ArtStart grant.
Lily Paskas (performer) created In Away and Wade Rising for Lucy Guerin Inc., Slug Love Goonion and The happy pony club come in for Next Wave. and performed with Chunky Move, Finucane and Smith, Black Lung Theatre Company, Antony Hamilton, Shelley Lasica, Lee Serle, Jo Lloyd, Stephanie Lake, Frances D'ath, Daniel Schlusser, Melanie Lane and Felix Ruckert.
Paula Lay (performer) has worked with Brooke Stamp (Reverb 2009), Carlee Mellow (Simmer 2010) and Well Theatre. Paula has choreographed for film (‘SALT’ Next Wave 2010) and has a solo work in development, supported by Artshouse CultureLAB. Paula was an Australia Council Artstart recipient in 2010.
Rebecca Jensen (costume designer) is a dancer, performer, choreographer and recently, costume designer. Her latest performances include Within an Inner, performed in Pieces For Small Spaces, Future Perfect (Jo Lloyd), Document (Sandra Parker) and Above (Phillip Adams’ BalletLab). Rebecca’s costume design has featured in the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
Rose Connors Dance (lighting designer) graduated from the VCA in 2009. Rose has designed for Kassandra, (Marcel Dorney VCA Masters); Dual Reprage in Threes Dance Massive, (Deanne Butterworth); Twinships (Deanne Butterworth); Private Dances, Next Wave Festival, (Nat Cursio), as well as working as Jen Hector’s assistant on numerous projects.
Roxzan Bowes (stage manager) completed the VCA Bachelor of Production in 2011. She has recently worked as Stage Manager for Pieces for Small Spaces (Lucy Guerin Inc.) and Pygmalion (Sydney Theatre Company), and was swing Floor Electrician on Love Never Dies (Melbourne), as well as working with Malthouse Theatre and Chunky Move.
Simon Charles (sound designer) has collaborated with poets, play-writes, directors and choreographers for Next Wave Festival (‘08, ‘10) and This is Not Art Festival (’07, ‘09). His compositions have been performed by the Arcko Symphonic Project, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and at ACL Festival in Bangkok and Taiwan.
  • Image: Jeff Busby
  • Image: Jeff Busby
  • Image: Jeff Busby

Dates: 23-27 May (preview 22 May 8pm]

Location: Trades Hall New Ballroom, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton (tram routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 67, 72, stop 4)

Times: 23-24 May 9pm, 25-26 May 6pm and 9pm, 27 May 4pm

Duration: 45 minutes

Ticket prices: Full $20, Conc $15, Preview $15

Bookings: Venue Tix 1300 30 40 72 or online (credit card only)

This event is also part of Day Pass 9

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Warnings: Hazer, strobe lighting, coarse language, nudity, black out



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