An Introduction

Written by Cameron Landsdown Goodman

Introduction to the Festival

As September creeps up on us all, MoveMe Festival 2018 takes shape, forming a cross-section of works from the West Australian Dance sector. Featuring the key pillars for dance in WA; West Australian Ballet, Co3 Australia, Performing Lines and Strut Dance, as well as programming from the industry’s key independents and small groups.  The festival for 2018 is looking to be one of the most diverse, exhilarating and hilarious MoveMe Festivals to date.

The opportunities on offer are broad; from Kynan Hughes’ Love/Less to Co3’s diverse WA Dance Makers Project. Set to feature prominent WA creators Chrissie Parrott and Unkempt Dance, WA Dance Makers Project will no doubt be a highlight and a must see show, with ECU’s LINK Dance Company performing a curtain raiser choreographed by Richard Cilli. Other highlights include STRUT’s NEXT, featuring two powerful WA female dancers Yilin Kong and Sally Richardson. The Farm, based on the Gold Coast, will be touring Cockfight here for the Festival presented by Performing Lines. In a festival-first, Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre will be performing in an intimate and secret-location for Dust On The Shortbread.

It is without a doubt a festival celebrating the unique contemporary dance profile of WA. The festival is layered with other opportunities to see and connect with contemporary dance.  A program of free events is offered over the festival including artist Q&A’s, showings and intimate pop up performances. Showcasing the unique nature of contemporary dance in WA, over two weeks at the State Theatre Centre of WA.

This year, MoveMe Festival has produced a ticket bundle option for audiences. MoveThree allows you to buy tickets to three or more performances and save. Once a package is purchased you will also receive a discount code for WAB’s Dracula season, presented as a satellite event to the Festival.

MoveMeFestival emerged as a result of the Future Moves Initiative. The original vision was to create an environment in West Australia, which celebrates contemporary dance and its dancers. The festival has grown and developed over the years to become a biennial festival, highly anticipated by the wider public as a platform for the best in West Australian dance.

BeMoved by West Australian Dance this September.