In March 2011, Melbourne audiences will have the chance to witness the birth of a new era in Australian contemporary dance, when Mod Dance Company launches its first national tour. Suite Synergy will have its world premiere season at the Arts Centre, State Theatre from 23 to 26 March 2011, for a strictly limited season of 6 performances only.
Suite Synergy is a dynamic creation by Australian dance icon and Chief Patron of Mod Dance Company, Graeme Murphy and is inspired by two of his most popular and critically acclaimed productions from the 1990s, Synergy with Synergy and Free Radicals. The first contemporary dance piece to be produced by Murphy in four years, Suite Synergy will feature eighteen exceptionally talented young dancers, accompanied by a pulsating percussion score performed live by four musicians.
Suite Synergy will give audiences the opportunity to experience an artistic legend reinterpreting some of the greatest work of his career for the next exciting generation of Australian dance stars.
A pillar of the Australian dance community, Brett Morgan is Artistic Director of the recently formed Mod Dance Company. Morgan’s dance career spans twenty-eight years and includes ten years with the Australian Ballet Company and seven with Sydney Dance Company. Dancer Teagan Lowe is the Associate Artistic Director and principal dancer for Suite Synergy.
Says Morgan of the new company, “Mod Dance Company was set up to deliver an alternative and accessible product for Australian audiences. We hope to reach the broader community and encourage families to indulge in the amazing spectacle of live performance. One of our main objectives is to deliver high quality, purely entertaining contemporary dance productions. We also strongly feel that Mod Dance Company is a uniquely Australian product that in the future will be able to further promote Australian dance internationally.”
Choreographer Graeme Murphy began his career as a student at the Australian Ballet School at the age of fourteen. In 1968 he became a dancer with the Australian Ballet Company, where he had his first opportunities to choreograph. After touring Europe, in 1976 he returned to the Australian Ballet Company as both a dancer and resident choreographer. Shortly after he was appointed Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company, a role he held for over 30 years. His most recent works have been the critically acclaimed Aida, Mao’s Last Dancer and Firebird, which won Murphy a Green Room Award for Best Choreography. In 2006 Murphy was handed the Australian Dance Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Of the 72 creative productions that Murphy has been involved in, it is Free Radicals and Synergy with Synergy that have had the most success, with both works performing to sold out audiences and rave reviews both in Australia and overseas. An Australian cultural treasure, Murphy has been instrumental in bringing contemporary dance into the commercial arena.
Says Murphy of his involvement with Mod Dance Company, “At last a group of dancers, creators and presenters have seen the value of conservation through reinvention and renewal. The energy generated by the marriage of Synergy with Synergy and Free Radicals could never be contained. To see the spirit of two pivotal works combined and rejuvenated by a cast of vibrant young guns, in a stunning new production, is personally thrilling.”
Celebrated composer and percussionist Michael Askill and three exciting young musicians will drive the action on stage as they create a musical soundscape from over 50 individual instruments, as well as the bodies of the dancers themselves. Formerly Principal Percussionist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Synergy Percussion, Askill has spent the past 25 years carving out a ground-breaking niche in the music world as both a composer and performer. In 2008 he won Best Original Score for Eclipse at the St Kilda Film Festival Awards. Internationally renowned costume designer Jennifer Irwin has designed the costumes for Suite Synergy. Her work has been seen on stages in twenty-four countries and she has created some of the most memorable costumes in Australian dance and theatre. In 2002, Irwin designed costumes for My Zinc Bed for Belvoir Street Theatre, directed by Neil Armfield; The Virgin Mim and Soulmates for Sydney Theatre Company; Walkabout for Bangarra Dance Theatre as well as the costumes for the Australian Ballet’s productions of the Subtle Sequence of Revelation and Totem. More recently she designed the costumes for Dirty Dancing The Musical.
Suite Synergy will travel to Sydney, Perth, Darwin, the Gold Coast and Adelaide as part of the first national tour for this exciting new Australian dance company.
For more information on the national tour please visit www.suitesynergy.com.au
TICKETS ON SALE NOW Mod Dance Company present Graeme Murphy’s Suite Synergy 23-26 March 2011 the Arts Centre, State Theatre Wednesday – Saturday 8pm, Thursday & Saturday 2pm. Show duration: 1 hour 40 minutes including 20 minute interval (Act 1: 45 mins, Act 2: 35 mins) Tickets: $59.00 – $109.00
BOOKINGS www.theartscentre.com.au *, 1300 182 183* or the Arts Centre Box Office *transaction fee applies