Presented by Arts House as part of Dance Massive
Tue 12 – Sat 16 Mar
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5 Blackwood Street,
Leading contemporary dancers Narelle Benjamin and Paul White come together for an evolutionary new dance work.
Inspired by the building blocks of life – cells – Cella explores the idea that the most complex patterns imaginable in our biological systems can be found repeated in all of us. The culmination of the shared histories, practices and interests of its creators, the work is a stunning meditation on the wonder of the human body.
Human movement is taken to extremes as the dancers perform astonishing solos, then come together in wonderful mirror images that offer insight into the physiological world we inhabit and the natural symmetry that surrounds us.
In a world where we’re all trying to be different, desperately striving to be individuals, Cella celebrates the beauty of our collective similarities.
‘Eloquently, elegantly and passionately performed, Cella is haunting, powerful and hypnotic.’ Dance Magazine
‘A thing of beauty.’ Dance Australia
Choreography and performers: Narelle Benjamin, Paul White
Concept: Narelle Benjamin
Composer: Huey Benjamin with additional music from The Necks and Colleen
Lighting Designer: Karen Norris
Costume Designer: Justine Shih Person
Producer: Jenifer Leys
Photography: Pippa Samaya
Supported by – Cella is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the City of Melbourne through Arts House; and Performing Lines. Supported during development by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and the New South Wales Government of Australia through Create NSW. Original premiere supported by the Tanja Liedtke Foundation and co-produced with COLOURS International Dance Festival.
Image by – Pippa Samaya