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2007 Media Release - Into

Issued Thursday, November 1 2007


Into is a double bill performed by Kathryn Dunn

Figment Choreography Narelle Benjamin
Design Samuel James
Composer Huey Benjamin
Film/Projection Samuel James
Belonging Choreography Frances Rings
Costume Design Jake Nash
Sound Design David Page

Homegrown choreographic talents Frances Rings and Narelle Benjamin present two intimate, personal and poignant works in a powerful double-bill.  Into is two new solo works choreographed specifically for acclaimed Australian dancer Kathryn Dunn.

Narelle Benjamin’s work, Figment, fearlessly tackles the fractured mental landscape of schizophrenia, inspired by the startling insight of Benjamin’s own sister.  Figment reveals the deeply personal experience of battling with the all-encompassing relentless nature of schizophrenia. 

Frances Rings’ work, Belonging, is a celebration of one woman’s return to country.  A hymn to the female physical form, the work is an evocation of the innate connections between the body and nature.  Belonging explores ideas of kinships, women’s intuitive knowledge and the interconnection between humans and nature through an intimate exploration of the body.

As a dancer, Narelle Benjamin is one of the original founders of Chunky Move, and has performed with Bangarra Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre, astonishing audiences with her talent as a highly elastic dancer with exceptional capability to reshape and contort her body.  As a choreographer, Benjamin has created work for Sydney Dance Company (Gossamer for Director’s Cut) and the Australian Ballet (The Darkroom for the Bodytorque Season).  In 2005 she received the Hepzhibah Tintner Fellowship for creative artists.

Frances Rings has a mixed ancestry of the Kokatha Tribe and German descent.  Rings joined Bangarra Dance Theatre before studying at New York’s Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre, focusing on Martha Graham and Lester Horton techniques.  Rings has appeared in film and television including presenting ICAM (SBS Indigenous Current Affairs and Media program) and ABC’s Sunday Afternoon Arts Program.
Rings’ choreographic work includes work for Bangarra. In 2004, The Bulletin Magazine named Rings in their Smart 100, following the world premiere of her work Unaipon at Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts.  In 2005, Rings was appointed to the Dance Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.  Rings’ awards include Best New Australian Work at the 2003 Helpmann Awards (Walkabout); the 2003 Deadly Award for Female Dancer of the Year; and the 2004 Ausdance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography (Unaipon).

Australian born Kathryn Dunn has worked with many of Australia’s leading contemporary dance companies including Sydney Dance Company, Chunky Move and Bangarra Dance Theatre.  Trained in classical ballet, Dunn joined the Royal Ballet Company after winning a scholarship to study at the Royal Ballet School.  During this time she worked with many choreographers including Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Jerome Robbins, David Bintley and Ashley Page.

Dunn has also pursued a career in television, stage and film, appearing on Broadway in Chicago, and in Joel Schumacher’s The Phantom of the Opera and Kevin Spacey’s Beyond the Sea.  Dunn’s choreographic work includes Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road.  Dunn is currently Associate Choreographer on Dirty Dancing and Billy Elliott.

Where: The Studio, Sydney Opera House Bennelong Point, East Circular Quay
When: January 15–19 at 7.30pm.    January 20 at 4.30pm
Duration: 55mins, no interval
Price: $25
Bookings: Sydney Opera House  02 9250 7777


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