What’s On: The Dinner Party (Expressions Dance Company)

Dinner Party Cast and AD Photo by David Kelly
Cast of The Dinner Party with new Artistic Director of Expressions Dance Company Amy Hollingsworth (front, centre). Photographed by David Kelly.

The Dinner Party

10 – 18 May, 2019

Cremorne Theatre, QPAC

Expressions Dance Company’s (EDC) The Dinner Party, which debuted to glowing reviews as The Host in 2015, returns for a second helping with a new cast, new character developments, and under the eye of the company’s new Artistic Director, Amy Hollingsworth.

An elegant dinner party hosted by an influential young man for his manipulative guests is thrown into turmoil when power meets greed, ambition and jealousy. As the evening wears on, The Dinner Party exposes society’s insatiable desire for control and status and the power-play between the guests intensifies and the accusations start to fly.

The Dinner Party centres around desire for power, its impact on relationships, and how the motivator of status can corrupt completely,” said AD Ms Hollingsworth, who was the rehearsal director of the 2015 production. ““What has always struck me about this work is its subtlety, and that even the smallest of interactions at the dinner table can disrupt the dynamic, shifting both the balance and perception of power so suddenly and completely. I find the medium of dance is profound when weaving these subtle threads, capturing the most nuanced and weighty moments of body language.”

The production was nominated for a 2016 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Company and features costumes by acclaimed Australian fashion designer Gail Sorronda, music recordings from Queensland’s highly acclaimed Southern Cross Soloists, and inspiring movement by internationally renowned choreographer and former EDC Artistic Director, Natalie Weir.

The Dinner Party will tour Queensland, New South Wales, and the Northern Territory following its Brisbane season. Q&A sessions with the cast and creatives will take place after the 6:30pm performance on 14 May and 11:30am performance 15 May.

For ticketing and further information, visit EDC’s website.



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