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A first for Jolt Youth and orchestra musicians

24 September 2014
Jolt Youth and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra will collaborate for the first time in Shorelines, to be performed in the Body Festival on Thursday 2 October.

Shorelines features 19 dancers ranging from six to 22-years-old. They will perform with live music by Christchurch Symphony Orchestra musicians Helen Webby (harp), Anthony Ferner (flute) and Cathy Irons (violin).

The Shorelines posterFusing dance, music, storytelling, film and poetry, Shorelines explores the fringe of land at the edge of the sea, a point of arrivals and departures, and of timelessness.

Lyn Cotton, Artistic Director of Jolt Dance, says the theme allows both the musicians and dancers to have a strong voice. Ensuring that both of these voices are heard has been essential to the creation of the show.

“The whole process has been extremely collaborative,” she says. “The musicians came along to our first rehearsal with compositions based on the theme and our dancers improvised to their music.

“Together, we chose the pieces that worked for both the dancers and the musicians. The creation of the show has been really organic – like the shorelines.”

Shorelines is the first time that Jolt dancers have worked with live music. Lyn says it has changed the way they work.

Creating space for the dancers

“The live music provides something very different,” Lyn says. “The musicians are on stage the whole time so there’s this relationship between musician and dancer to factor in. Our dancers have had to learn to create space for the musicians.”

Fostering relationships and connections between the dancers and musicians during rehearsals has been key to developing the onstage relationship, Lyn says.

“It’s really important that the dancers feel comfortable with the musicians and vice-versa,” she says. “There’s been an emphasis on making rehearsals an open and warm space. The musicians join in on the warm-ups with the dancers and we’ve made sure everyone has been introduced properly.”

Body Festival programme

The performance is included in the programme of the Body Festival, Christchurch’s annual festival of dance and physical theatre running from 19 September to 12 October.

The 2013 festival led the You Can See Me Everywhere project, which received the Arts Access CQ Hotels Wellington Community Partnership Award 2014 for its commitment to inclusiveness and accessibility.

Accessibility is a core value of Jolt Youth, an integrated dance company for young people with and without disabilities.

The performance itself will be accessible, with wheelchair ramps and discount rates for carer support.

Performance booking details

There are two public performances at 10.30am and 7pm on 2 October at the Middleton Grange School Performing Arts Centre, 27 Arthur St, Christchurch. Tickets are: $15 adults, $10 concessions, $5 carer support and preschool children, and family tickets $40 (two adults and two children). Bookings: Dash Tickets or call 0800 327 484.


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