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New Breed 2018

New Breed is returning for its fifth instalment. Co-presented by Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks with support of The Balnaves Foundation, New Breed 2018 showcases the stellar work of four Australian choreographers – this year being Katina Olsen, Prue Lang, Holly Doyle and Janessa Dufty.

Each choreographer is given two weeks to develop and create a unique performance with dancers from Sydney Dance Company, and creative teams in sound, lighting and costume design.

“I like the dancers themselves to bring their selves into the work and performance so that they’re not just dancing my steps and ideas but bringing their spirit as well,” says Katina Olsen, one of this year’s four choreographers. “It’s nice to jump outside of the spheres that you usually work and create in, because as an artist, it is exciting to collaborate and exchange ideas.”

The performances this year draw inspiration from artificial intelligence, Australian wildlife and the act of cleansing to propel transformation. For Katina, her work, Mother’s Cry, simultaneously honours her ancestry as a proud Wakka Wakka woman and calls on audiences to consider the impact of humans on the planet.

“It’s part stories from my family. My grandfather always told my mum and myself about the stars and how they’re actually the campfires of our ancestors. That’s where we go when we pass,” says Olsen.

“Beyond this, Mother’s Cry is a reflective piece on how we’re treading and walking this earth and what we’re leaving behind as our footprint. We’re in a time where things are changing – and it’s worrying.”

Until Dec 9. Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh. $35+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneydancecompany.com

By Emily Shen

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