TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts) final year Dance, Design and Technical Production students will combine their creative efforts in this year’s graduate production Dog & Divine, choreographed by Dance lecturer Peter Sheedy.
The production is a clash of two contrasting elements: Dog, which comes from the expression “I wouldn’t treat my dog like that,” and Divine, which represents relationships and connections to others.
“Dog is about an individualistic way of thinking and existing that puts one’s needs above the group in order to feel a sense of relative control,” Mr Sheedy said.
“Divine is movement that is connected to something less real world, more experimental and memory-based.
“It is also about transcending our immediate, normal or functional state to embrace memory or a sense of the other – this is what I have explored to give the movement its quality or feel.”
The contrasting sides of the production provide changing roles for final year Dance student Tal Graham, who enjoys playing both characters.
“In Dog I have more of a rebellious character whereas in Divine it’s the total flip side,” she said.
Tal has been waiting for three years to work with Peter Sheedy, and said this is her favourite thing about the production, as she feels like she’s in her element.
“Pete’s work is always of a professional standard. He works very quickly so we have to work professionally to get things done, it’s great,” she said.
“This production just enforces the fact that I want to dance, more than anything else in the world.”
Mr Sheedy said he was satisfied by the cumulative aspect of the production, which was nine weeks in the making, and gives him a great sense of fulfilment and achievement.
“When you see young people work collaboratively with each other to achieve such a brilliant level of theatre that is well worth the public presentation,” he said.
“I feel very proud of what they have become and I’m inspired by the potential they hold.”
Asked what advice she’d give to future AC Arts Dance students, Tal said they should know what they’re going into, because the class requires dedication and long hours.
“You need every limb of your body to be absolutely infatuated by dancing. Be passionate, and listen to the lecturers; they know and have experienced everything.”
Dog & Divine runs from 7 – 11 December in the Main Theatre. Tickets $20 adult and $10 concession via Venuetix
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