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AC Arts dance graduates reach spiritual heights

Jan 14, 2013

Dancers Rebecca Fletcher & Tae-li Andrew Haycroft. Photography by Chris Herzfeld -Camlight Productions

TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts) Graduate Dancer Rebecca Fletcher and Tae-li Andrew Haycroft will star in dance production Cor during this year’s Fringe Festival.

They are making the transition from students into professional performers with the guidance and advice of independent artist and choreographer Alexandra Knox, winner of the 2012 Choreolab Development Residency grant.

Alexandra choreographed the duet performance, which looks at the meridian lines and chakras (energy centres) of the body and draws inspiration from Native American animal totems and sound frequencies.

Graduate Dancer Rebecca says she relates to these ideas as she is “extremely spiritual” in her beliefs and follows a fairly yogic lifestyle.

“Cor is a very spiritual work and with great depth – it becomes a very extra-sensory experience throughout performing it,” Rebecca says.

“The energies within the body change and evolve within the cycles that run through the piece and this in turn alters my performance process.”

Rebecca says she is enjoying learning new ways of discovering movement and watching this filter into other elements of her life outside of dance.

“(Alexandra) has researched extremely deeply the ideas and theories behind Chakra centres and Meridian Energy Pathways within the human body,” she says.

“They all come back to this one idea though, of this central point, axis or ‘core’ where everything feeds from. This is where Cor has evolved from.”

Last year the team workied on a funded second development to extend the work, ready for a third development and performance season in the 2013 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

“The work is growing and it is exciting to see and feel the difference within the body as a performer,” Rebecca says.

“The opportunities that can open up from such an event could really help cement all of us who are working on the piece – our careers and our respectability within the industry.”

Cor is showing 14 to 16 March at TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts X-Space. Tickets $20 or concession $15 through | 1300 FRINGE | Fringe TIX Outlets