FORCE MAJEURE WORLD PREMIERE
From the acclaimed dance theatre company Force Majeure and director Danielle Micich comes a provoking work created in extraordinary times.
Inspired by the music and themes of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, this world premiere production explores themes of ageing, environmental destruction, speculative paths to human survival, and asks: ‘How did we get here? What have we built? How can we continue?’
With original text by Tom Wright and music by Kelly Ryall, The Last Season brings together Australian stage icons Paul Capsis and Pamela Rabe, the powerhouse Irish actor Olwen Fouéré, and an ensemble of 13 young performers in a vibrant intergenerational conversation.
At this critical time in human history, Force Majeure continues its commitment to making work exploring and questioning contemporary culture.
Runtime: 80 mins
Cast and Credits
Director & Choreographer Danielle Micich
Music Kelly Ryall
Text & Dramaturgy Tom Wright
Set & Costume Designer Marg Horwell
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Assistant Director Liesel Zink
Youth Company Rehearsal Director Elle Evangelista
Creative Producer Colm O’Callaghan
Live Music Ensemble
Voice Susie Bishop
Percussion Niki Johnson
Electronics Kelly Ryall
Cello Freya Schack-Arnott
Production Managers Cliffie Rosenberg, Jason Thelwell
Stage Managers Brooke Kiss, Natalie Moir
Chaperones Milly Grindrod, Emma Squires
Commissioned by Carriageworks.
The Last Season is a new major work inspired by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and directed by Danielle Micich, the project is a timely reflection and call to action on the critical effects of climate change.
Featuring a trio of remarkable performers – Paul Capsis, Olwen Fouere and Pamela Rabe – alongside an ensemble of fifteen young performers, The Last Season is a conversation between our older and younger generations that explores what our world will be like for generations to come.
The Last Season features original text by Tom Wright and music by Kelly Ryall, designed by Marg Horwell.
This work will feature in APAM 2020 – click here for pitch information>>
Supported by Create NSW and The Australia Council for the Arts.
Force Majeure’s first Youth Company prepares ‘The Last Season’
Carriageworks Sydney resident company, Force Majeure, has launched its first ever youth company. “It is so energising to work with and be challenged by the next generation of artists that will carry our culture forward,” Force Majeure stated.
Fourteen young people, aged 9-14, will join the first iteration of the new company. They will be trained by artistic director, Danielle Micich, and join renown performer/actors Paul Capsis, Olwen Fouéré and Pamela Rabe in the world premiere of Force Majeure’s next major work, The Last Season, in January.
Micich took Dance Australia behind the scenes of the initiative:
Dance Australia: Why did you form the youth company?
Danielle Micich: The youth company came out of INCITE Youth, which was an expansion of our INCITE artist development program that happened last year with the support from Create NSW. We wanted to reach young performers who are wanting to develop and understand how to approach making new dance theatre works with narrative.
The goal with this youth company is to bridge that gap from training to performance for young people and to share dance theatre practice with the next generation. It places young people onto our mainstages so that we might look at the world from their perspective.
What you are looking for in your young performers?
Danielle Micich: It is important to have a good widespread representation of younger performers. 14 young people aged 9-14 were selected after an audition process. We were looking for an open mindedness to work with conceptually challenging ideas, a playfulness in their exploration of choreographic tasks, an ease and confidence with their range of movement and dance styles, a willingness to experiment with voice, and a collaborative nature.
What can you reveal about ‘The Last Season’ and the role the young dancers will play in it?
These young dancers play a vital storytelling role. They are the major movement component of the work. Our three “grown-up” actors, Paul Capsis, Pamela Rabe and Olwen Fouéré, are the keepers of old seasons and old world views, resisting change. As the title suggests, we are witnessing the cycle of the last season to which we as a species have played a huge part in damaging our planet. The youth company represent a new world view. The work is made in collaboration with them and the choreography is devised with and by them.
– CANDIDE MCDONALD
Source: danceaustralia.com.au | 25 September 2020
Photos by colmeen, Force Majeure, James Green
Photo Shooting By James Green
Photos by James Green