Restless has been invited to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea to participate in the Australia Week Celebrations 5 – 11 March 2012. This invitation came about through the initiative of the Australian High Commission, PNG and illustrates how the Australian Government provides creative opportunities for people with a disability to engage in the arts.
The Company will present High Voltage a 15-min work directed by Youth Ensemble dancer with a disability and emerging director, Lorcan Hopper at the Moresby Arts Theatre 1pm, 3.30pm and 7pm on Wednesday 7th March 2012.
Adding to the performance, the company will screen the multi-award winning dance films, Necessary Games and facilitate dance workshops on the following day for the Cheshire Disability Services, St John’s and the Red Cross in Port Moresby.
Necessary Games is a collaboration with Closer Productions which has won awards at the Adelaide Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, ATOM Awards, Picture this… film festival (Calgary), Brooklyn International Film Festival (New York), and the ReelDance Australia & New Zealand Awards.
Lorcan Hopper’s ‘High Voltage’ offers up some terrific plays on how electric power and technology works and passes on, and through, all. The very nature of power as a connecting force absolutely ensures choreography making use of physical and other means of connecting dancers and objects is central, something Hopper achieves without over hyped clichés. It’s huge fun in a ‘pass the parcel’ way as Hopper’s dancers explore magnetism, electric currents and wind power with some hilarious results. Most effective was the playful way a paper airplane and a torch managed to symbolise so much industry and power. The pace of the piece is fast and furious with a terrific Keystone Cops comic edge to it.
David O’Brien, dB Magazine 2011
This tour is made possible through additional sponsorship from AusAID and private donations.