Take a bow Mirramu Dance Company, Dancecology and Damansara Performing Arts Centre Dance Company – for a fabulous and beautiful world premiere season of Mirror Image at ANU Arts Centre Main Theatre 4, 5 and 6 April.
Audiences were spellbound, crits were that we were on song. It’s been a mighty undertaking all without government funding. Thank you to our private donors who helped us get on stage.
Thank you to our media colleagues who helped us get the word out there. Thank you to those who came and were part of this magical theatre experience. Thanks to the technical team who worked through difficulties and challenges with good grace and brought us home. Thank you to all the artists and the Mirramu team who made it happen with goodwill, hard work and belief.
Next, the tour – the work goes to Taipei in June and Selangor in Malaysia in July. And we do expect it to grow and develop and to have another life after the first tour. We also hope to bring it back to Canberra audiences down the track.
For now though, it’s a big sigh of relief and contentment for a Herculean task well done and all of the performers are off to their next projects.
We hope you caught us on the end of the 7pm ABC TV news last night. It was all a bit of a struggle to be fabulous so early in the morning for our media call, but everyone managed to do so. Only one sleep now till opening night.
See you there! Remember that Canberra Rep’s box office bookings close at 4pm Friday. BUT we will be on the door to sell you a ticket or ten.
Two days to curtain up for Mirror Image. The dancers and the fabulous lighting crew have been hard at work all week and are now looking forward to seeing an audience on opening night.
The work is stunning, sensual and emotion-charged but with grand elements of restraint – all a bit crouching tiger really eh?. Aren’t you just too tantalised? Pre-sales are open till 4pm Friday 4th April at http://www.canberrarep.org.au. After that it’s cash door sales at the venue which is the ANU Arts Centre Main theatre – next to Teatro Vivaldi where you can also get a dinner show package for the two evening shows by phoning 6257 2718.
Normal ticketing starts at $15 for children under 15 and for student rush 60 minutes before the event. But why not go for the group or family option. Bring a heap of people with you. After all how often do you get to a world premiere performance of anything? And this one is headed to Asia mid-year.
It was bump in day today for Mirramu, Dancecology and DPAC Dance Company at the ANU Arts Centre Main Theatre. There were people up and down ladders all day draping fabric, hanging lights, rolling tarkett. Production week has arrived!
People lucky enough to be at The Ralph Wilson Theatre Gorman House Arts Centre for Walking on water … and other miracles on Sunday 30 March at the closing event for Weereewa Festival got just a tiny smidgeon of Mirror Image – reflections on people and land. One audience member commented that one would pay a couple of hundred dollars to see work of that calibre at The Sydney Opera House. Hmmm there’s a thought.
We invite you to book now and be part of the world premiere season audience from 4 to 6 April 2014.
This production is the result of a year-long collaboration at Mirramu on Lake George and in Taiwan, but has its roots in the long-standing relationships Elizabeth has with Taiwan. She first went there more than 40 years ago and built connections with the famed Madame Tsai and the Tsai Jui-Yueh Foundation as well as the Taipei University of the Arts. Elizabeth is a frequent and regular invited artist and mentor in Taiwan.
Although unfunded by government or major corporates, Mirror Image is proceeding with the generous support of the artists, the Mirramu team and private donors. It promises to be both visually beautiful and thought provoking in its themes.
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Online bookings at http://www.canberrarep.org.au. There are group and family rates available as well as the usual offerings.
There will be cash sales only at the door as well an hour before each show.
Walking on Water … and other miracles is the final event for the 2014 Weereewa Festival of Lake George. It is introduced in the Bogong Theatre at Gorman House at 3pm by A Chorus of Women who will then weave their way into the courtyard (weather permitting).
The show in the Ralph Wilson Theatre will be in at 4pm beginning with a celebratory song by the chorus and followed by a collection of contemporary dance solos, duos and group pieces by Mirramu Dance Company, Dancecology and Jyh Shyong Wong of Damansara Performing Arts Centre Dance Company.
This is an informal presentation with some insights along the way into the choreographic process by Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM. Followers of contemporary dance will have a tiny foretaste of the upcoming dance theatre production Mirror Image which these dancers will present at ANU Arts Centre Main Theatre from 4 to 6 April.
We welcome everyone interested in and associated with the festival to share these final events with us and to farewell what has been a stellar collection of arts, culture, environmental science and outdoor events celebrating the remarkable Weereewa/Lake George. Tickets will be available at the door (until sold) for those who have not booked. Door sales are cash only.
disAPPEARance is often associated with Weereewa/Lake George – drownings, quick sand, the comings and goings of the water, the vanishing footprints of centuries under layers of silt. And so it is a perfect artistic point from which to begin an exploration of the lake. We’ve chosen this as the title of one of our Weereewa – a Festival of Lake George performances. The Company is joined by guest artists from Taiwan and Malaysia and presents an absorbing and emotionally engaging dance work exploring the many aspects of disappearance on this remarkable landscape.
The performance is on Sunday 23 March at 4pm. It is scheduled to be on the lake at SiIver Wattle Quaker Centre, 1063 Lake Road Bungendore.
Audience members should take the usual care when driving down Lake Road. There is always wildlife on the road, anything form wallabies and wombats to alpacas, birds, lizards, snakes, sheep and horses. This is particularly so at the end of the day. Slow speeds are advised. The road is dirt for most of the way so your car will also thank you for cautious driving. From Canberra allow about an hour to get to Silver Wattle and to make your way onto the lake.
Mirramu’s major work in the first half of 2014 is the Mirror Image project, a collaboration with Dancecology from Taiwan and Jyh Shyong Wong from Malaysia. Mirramu dancers Janine Proost and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal join Elizabeth and our international visitors this month to continue development of this work towards a theatre season at ANU ARTS CENTRE Main Theatre on 4, 5 and 6 April.
Mirror Image, Reflections on People and Land, explores the connection between people and their landscapes – the way we reflect the land and it us. Our deep need for identity through land lies at the heart of this work.
Aspects of the development of this project will be presented during the Weereewa – a Festival of Lake George at a variety of venues. Information including booking arrangements about these short performances and showings can be found at www.weereewafestival.org
Mirror Image has been funded entirely by Mrramu Dance Company, Mirramu Creative Arts Centre, private donors and through the generosity of the dance artists and Mirramu’s team. Our donors list is on the Donors and Patrons page of our website. We thank them all for supporting this dance theatre work. If you would like to find out how to become a donor please contact Elizabeth Cameron Dalman on 0418 698 196 or 6238 1492.
We’ll keep you posted via this website and on our Facebook page of the development of the work – do check in on us regularly and often.
Bookings for Mirror Image are now available online at www.canberrarep.org.au and we invite you to book early and to bring a party with you of family, friends and acquaintances with you. Group bookings are available along with a range of pricing options.
Dinner show bookings are also available from Teatro Vivaldi Restaurant for $80. For this option phone 6257 2718. There is no online booking for the dinner show tickets. We thank Teatro Vivaldi for its support of our Mirror Image Season and encourage you to enjoy our Friday and Saturday night performances in this way.
Over the Australia Day long weekend birthday celebrations were the order of the day. Elizabeth celebrated her 80th and Mirramu its 25th.
They celebrated in customary style with many friends, colleagues and neighbours joining in an afternoon and evening of dance, music, conversation and food. Canberra based African band Zambezi Sounds provided guests with plenty of dance rhythms, ending with a Miriam Makeba song, My Angel, dedicated to Elizabeth. Seeing Elizabeth and band member Gus Chinanai dancing together on the stage to this piece was a moving moment.
A moment among many though – we all loved Miri’s Motherless Child, Alexandra’s operatic vocals, Jon and Moya’s evocative song Weereewa and the deeply romantic duet by Dan and Sally. Then there was fabulous tango, academic contextualising, Prabhu on the fascinating HANG instrument and Julie with Elizabeth improvising. There was the wonderful GOLD group who performed right on Golden Hour. Elizabeth’s moth solo with Nitya accompanying was yet another highlight.
A flock of hang-gliders appeared just on dinner interval time – as if by order. Andreas in his DJ guise kept the night going and the dancers happy well after dark.
What a terrific event to start the year and just delightful to have so many friends to celebrate with us. Huge thanks to everyone who worked on the weekend on everything including the catering (thanks Bernadette especially), shopping, setting up, cleaning up, planning and execution. Let the games begin.
- February to March – The Morning Star project
- 14 – 24 March The Four Elements Festival
- April – Elizabeth was appointed Patron of the Australian Dance Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations which will take place in 2015.
- August – Choreolab: STONE bound_BODY motion, Austria
- October – performance at International Symposium for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sydney Convention Centre.
- November – Tsai Jui-Yueh Festival in Taipei and Belly Dance Fusion workshop at Mirramu
- December – The Summer Solstice
- Mirramu’s major dance project for the beginning of 2014 is Mirror Image, an international collaboration with performances at ANU Arts Centre Theatre on 4, 5 and 6 April. Unfortunately Mirramu Dance Company did not receive government funding to support this project and so we will be drawing on our own resourcefulness and relying on the support of our friends and associates to make sure this is a success. Keep up to date with all the news on Mirror Image by checking into the Mirramu website often and via Facebook. We will definitely need your help with this one.
At the 2013 Canberra Critics Circle Awards presented at Canberra Museum and Gallery, both Elizabeth Cameron Dalman and Liz Lea were awarded for their contemporary dance work. Liz Lea was commended for the Dancescience Festival and Elizabeth Cameron Dalman for the Morning Star project.