Article Title:Dances About Love
Author or Credit:Jacqui Stanford
Published on:7th November 2011 - 12:35 pm
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Text:Dunedin's Dances About Love brings together three choreographers who use dance as a medium to tell three fabulous queer love stories. The choreographers are Hahna Briggs, Lisa Wilkinson and Brendan Kydd – Briggs tells us more about the company and the show. How was the group formed? Lisa, Brendan and I all studied dance at Otago University at the turn of the century, and a decade later we found ourselves back in Dunedin. We became excited about collaborating and started talking ideas eventually forming the name Pretty Gay Productions. Tell me a bit about the three choreographers? After my undergraduate studies I left the field of dance and worked in rehabilitation. However, yearning for more involvement in dance I completed my Master in Dance Studies at Otago University, School of Physical Education. Since then I have been choreographing and performing as much as humanly possible. I love contemporary performance and am starting to find my passion for fusing dance with politics of gender, sexuality and (dis)ability. Brendan Kydd, a graduate of Dunedin college of Education, has been involved as a Teacher in both primary and secondary sectors, teaching Dance, Drama and physical education for 8 years. Currently Brendan is a dance tutor at Otago University School of Physical Education, freelancing as a dancer and studying massage. He hopes to inspire and motivate through education, participation and exposure to Dance in the Dunedin community. Lisa Wilkinson established RASA School of Dance and RASA Dance Company, in Dunedin in 2003. She has been joyfully carrying out her duties, managing, directing and producing performances for RASA ever since. Lisa is interested in innovative, mixed-media, multi-disciplinary performance, but her movement vocabulary mainly stems from a passion for Contemporary, Indian Classical and Hip Hop dance. What can people expect from the show? 'Dances About Love' contains three fabulous queer love stories. We utilise personal experience, diary excerpts of a dancer from her high school years and the online comic blog of a New Zealand transgender man to explore a range of real life love stories. The choreography displays the emotional rollercoaster of relationships, such as young love, the honeymoon period, high school formals, hand holding in public, and going on testosterone. Tell me a bit about the Dunedin LGBT community - what do you love most about it? I came out when I moved back to Dunedin to study. Those I made friends with in the community were so supportive and lovely that coming out became a lot less scary! In addition to loving the supportive aspects of the community discovering drag king performance and gender bending has been an amazing experience. What do you hope to do next as a company? I'm moving to Melbourne with my partner in December but I hope that Lisa and Brendan will continue collaborating under Pretty Gay Productions, building contemporary queer performance in Dunedin. I would love to work with Pretty Gay Productions on trans-Tasman projects - there's always the possibility of bringing Dances About Love to the Midsumma Festival in Melbourne in 2013! Dances About Love contains adult themes and partial nudity. Come along to the Play House Theatre on Saturday 12th November 9pm; and Sunday 13th November, 2pm and 7pm. Cash Bar one hour prior to evening shows. Ticket Prices can be purchased from DASH Tickets at or from Quest on George Street, $15 / $10 concession (booking fee applies). Door sales will be available $18 / $12 concession. Jacqui Stanford - 7th November 2011    
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