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HEADLINING MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

BETWIXT

By Pink Matter

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

Inspirational, energetic and thought provoking, Betwixt by Pink Matter highlights the stories of five top street dancers.

From intricate choreography to Freestyle, Vogue and Krump, Betwixt brings street dance into a new realm of theatre by collaborating movement with Spoken Word. 

Take a glimpse into the journeys of artists Wanida, Huda, Joshua, Amy and Jazi as they delve into everything from exploring their relationships to identity, upbringing and sense of self. 

 

Stick around after the performance for a free artist talk on Friday 10 June! Chat with the dancers about their experience and more.

DATES

Wed 8 – Sat 11 Jun

Fri 10 Jun  |  Artist Talk  FREE

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $30 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $30 per ticket + booking fee
Preview $30 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 60 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains some coarse language. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

IMAGE CREDIT Ellamay Fitzgerald 

THE ARTISTS

WANIDA SERCE
Wanida is a creative director, choreographer and performance artist. In 2017 she founded Pink Matter, a company aimed at creating opportunities, highlighting powerful women in the community and creating conversation around the intersectionality of diversity in Australian media. Some of the projects Wanida has been involved with are: Performing in the ‘Commonwealth Games’ and the ‘Special Olympics’ as well as featuring in campaigns for Vice, Absolut Vodka, Fox Sports & Universal Store. Wanida is a proud woman of colour that is successfully working in multiple fields of street/commercial dance. Often judging events, teaching workshops and producing work, she’s highly active in the dance community with 3 sold out independent productions under her belt. She continues to strive to inspire, mentor and be a pillar of representation.

AMY ZHANG
Amy is a movement artist and choreographer who specialises in street dance. Working across physical and digital spaces, her practice explores the intersections of cultural nuance and storytelling through experimental street-style and contemporary frameworks. Amy has turned the heads of iconic brands like Nike, Cartier and Calvin Klein and recently developed an AI dance app in collaboration with Google. Credits aside, Amy loves dance for its holistic benefits, she has co-written and facilitated programs for at-risk youth, dementia sufferers, refugee girls and the everyday person. Through this work Amy has partnered with organisations like Headspace and Participate Australia.

JOSHUA TALIANI
Joshua Taliani is a 27 year old Aboriginal/Italian man who hails the Bidjara and Kullali people of central west Queensland. As an established choreographer and dancer, he has trained under many different artists in multiple genres in performing arts, from classical to Street Dance. Joshua’s performance experience consists of representing Australia in the World Hip-Hop Championships multiple times as well as various other competitions in the US with dance company, Academy Of Brothers. He has also appeared on Australia’s Got Talent with his dance crew which placed in the top three leading to big stage performance opportunities and music videos with well-known Australian artists. Joshua is now focusing on building upon the queer dance scene specifically within the queer POC in the wider Brisbane community being the Father of the leading Vogue house in Brisbane – ‘House of Alexander. Through the art of the ballroom scene, vogueing and raising awareness of this platform for queer people of colour, Joshua sets to inspire and mentor people of his community to feel worthy in themselves as well as create spaces and art work as well as functions/events to merge a stronger growth within our queer POC community from first nations to all round.

HUDA FADLELMAWLWA
Huda Fadlelmawla (also known as Huda The Goddess) is nationally recognised poet who won the QLD state poetry champ title in both 2020 & 2021. She is also the current Australian poetry slam champ. Huda is also the owner of ‘The Vault Qld’ which is an association aimed at providing cultural competency workshops for schools and business to help provide a cultural safe space for African Australians. Huda is educator, an artist and writer. She is also part of the dance community. A member of the bang universe a krump family and also a part of the freestyle scene. She is currently working on her first book and putting together productions to showcase poetry and its application with other art forms. As proud black woman her goal is to educate people on how her racial identity impacts her art and daily interactions.

JAZI OTHMAN
Jazi is a self-taught dancer who found his passion for the arts later in his life around the age of 20 years old. He is a household name in the QLD freestyle scene and is an integral member of the infamous Golden Coastline and also BANG fam. Starting with freestyle/hip hop and krump, eventually exploring other areas in dance, he has taken out numerous competitions in the past few years. Jazi has also been teaching dance consistently around QLD and has performed in numerous video projects and live shows. His most memorable work was headlining Commonwealth Games Festival (SuperSonicShapeShiftersofAWE), also performing multiple times at Splendour in the Grass with the same company, OneWay Theatre Company (Elements Collective), and was featured in last years Mad Dance Festival in Golden  Coastline’s Peach Papaya. Teaching weekly, hosting sessions on the Gold Coast, and emceeing a number of battles, Jazi loves to share his knowledge through regular classes and interactions, continuing to help contribute to the growth of the community between Gold Coast and Brisbane.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

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