Queensland Ballet Talent Take The Stage In ‘Muscle Memory’


Judith Wright Centre - Queensland Ballet Muscle Memory WEB

Brisbane music and dance ensemble Collusion is this week premiering Muscle Memory, a heartfelt and virtuosic season of chamber ballets featuring emerging Queensland Ballet talent.

Muscle Memory is a new work co-directed by Collusion’s Benjamin Greaves and Gareth Belling, with choreography by Belling.

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Musicians from Collusion’s String Quartet will work alongside the pre-professional dancers from Queensland Ballet for their first professional roles as dancers in a remount of five of Belling’s chamber ballets, including three group dance works – “Refraction,” “Transition Sequence,” “Urban Myths”; and two intimate duets – “Mourning Song” and “Transference,” all set to live music.

“Transference” was originally performed by Queensland Ballet in 2011, and highlights Gareth Belling’s innovative costume design of the upturned tutu and features the violin and piano Sonata by Australia-Ukrainian composer Catherine Likhuta.

“Refraction” takes a look at a spectrum of choices and individuals, with a new score by Collusion’s Philip Eames.

“Urban Myths” looks at the image of the ‘perfect marriage’ and what might lie beneath the sepia photographs, while “Transition Sequence,” set to Carl Vine’s String Quartet No.3, is an intensely personal work of vivid and dynamic physicality.

Muscle Memory is running from August 17 to 20 at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. For tickets to Muscle Memory, visit the Judith Wright Centre’s website or phone (07) 3872 9000.