MAD DANCE FESTIVAL // DOUBLE BILL

DATES 8pm, Fri 7 May + 7.30pm, Sat 8 May  |  VENUE New Benner Theatre, Metro Arts  |  DURATION 60 mins | TICKETS $20 (inc. both works)

Betwixt By Pink Matter

This is street dance in a whole new realm. Vogue, Krump and freestyle meet intricate choreography and spoken word in this energetic and thought-provoking work.

Take a glimpse into the journeys of five top street dancers – Wanida, Huda, Joshua, Amy and Monika – as they explore their relationships to their own cultural heritage, upbringing and being part of the Street Dance community.

Double Bill showing with Peach Papaya
8pm, Fri 7 May + 7.30pm, Sat 8 May

 

Peach Papaya By Golden Coastline

When music, movement and fashion come together as one, the possibilities are endless.

Slink into the fresh, effervescent world of Golden Coastline with their debut theatre show. Combining technical choreography and freedom of movement, Peach Papaya will leave you in awe and challenge what you thought you know about dance.

Double Bill showing with Betwixt
8pm, Fri 7 May + 7.30pm, Sat 8 May

 

THE ARTISTS

BETWIXT

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 26 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 is black woman who has always been passionate about art and expression. As a dancer and poet her mission is to build a platform for people to learn and be educated on the BIPOC narrative. Dance is something she sees as her first language and poetry is her native tongue. She is an advocate and educator and all things black youth, this is her focus and drive. Huda is also a cultural and wellbeing officer, cultural competency educator, national recognised poet, Qld state poetry champ 2020, behaviour management specialist, Krumper and community and personal development coach. 

MONIKA STOJEVSKI
From a young age Monika has had a strong desire to express herself through dance and performing, known for her versatility and the ability to fuse and adapt to various genres of dance. Monika’s stage performance work includes theatre productions like the grant winning show ‘One Way’ – a contemporary x street fusion show by Elements Collective, ‘Shade’ – a visual art & street dance production by Wanida Serce and ‘The Type’ a street dance fusion show by Pink Matter. Through Monika’s time with dance collective Pink Matter, she has been able to train in multiple street dance genres, compete in Australia’s Got Talent, ongoingly perform at Eat Street Northshore, feature in music videos and perform at various events around South East QLD.

PEACH PAPAYA

Dancer, Choreographer Clarence Kent
Dancer, Choreographer Jazi Othman 
Dancer, Choreographer Kieran Lewerissa

Clarence Kent is a world renown dancer who started his career in Brisbane and has now taken his talents world wide through dance battles and performances. Over the years he has focussed on Popping, Animation Dance and Hip Hop to create his own unique style.  He has represented Australia many times in battles throughout the world for the past several years and has been performing with the Jabbawockeez in LA and Macau from 2016-2019. During those years Clarence had lived in LA most of that time and created a name for himself in the street dance scene in Australia and the U.S. His crew GoldenCoastline, who have successfully ran some of the best and biggest battles in Brisbane have been an integral part of the dance community here in QLD. During the last 5 years, on his visits back home he has always been putting in work towards the dance scene through his teachings, jams and events.

Jazi Othman is a self taught dancer and found his passion for the arts when he started dancing around the age of 20 years old. He started with freestyling and krump before exploring other areas of dance. An original member and one of the founders of the infamous Goldencoastline crew and recent BANG Fam, he has competed nationally and overseas in battles winning a number of titles and has performed in numerous videos and live shows. His latest work includes performing at Splendour in the Grass and headlined the main stage at Commonwealth Games with Awemill (SOA – SuperSonicShapeShiftersofAwe).  Jazi loves to share his knowledge of dance through regular teaching and wants to contribute to help grow the dance community between Gold Coast and Brisbane. Stay Golden! 

Kieran Lewerissa didn’t find a love for dance until graduating high school where he began taking Hip Hop choreography classes at local Gold Coast studios. It wasn’t until then that he realised he had a passion for the art form and delved deeper into it. He spent years competing at local and national choreography competitions and represented a number of dance crews including 220 and Fly Society. Inspired by freestyle dancers in the Brisbane dance scene, he began to transition away from choreography and focus more on building his own style and key foundations in Hip Hop. Kieran made this transition in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since. He now calls his inspirations fellow crew members which is where Golden Coastline began. This crew has become family to him and has put on numerous unforgettable events and battles for the Queensland dance scene. His goal is to inspire the youth of today and highlight the vital role dance has played in his life.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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