Presented by Arts House and Melbourne International Arts Festival
Wed 2 – Sun 6 Oct
Wed – Sat 7pm
$39, concession $30, student/LOCAL $25
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Nudity, smoke effects
When Jo Lloyd was young she would pretend to interview famous people she wanted to meet.
The unrequited and the unattainable, the objects of our obsessions and the lost heroes we will never know: these are the spectral idols that animate OVERTURE. A cast of four dancers embody a stream of fictions, desires, impossible scenarios and tense encounters in a space just as prone to transformation as the performers on stage. Playful and studded with comic interludes, Lloyd’s choreography is both a joyful challenge to the serious side of dance and a sincere attempt to find new ways to connect with one another.
Dancing at the precipice of the possible and unthinkable, OVERTURE reminds us that what is in the frame is not always what is in the picture.
OVERTURE debuted at Arts House last year and quickly became one of the word-of-mouth hits of the year. It went on to secure six Green Room Award nominations and won three, including Best Dance Production and the Shirley McKechnie Award for Outstanding Choreography. We’re delighted to be able to bring this remarkable show back for a return season.
★★★★“A wild ballet” The Age
★★★★ “Beautiful chaos” The Herald Sun
Read the interview OVERTURE: Watching and Thinking with artist Jo Lloyd, conducted by John Bailey.
Director/ Choreographer: Jo Lloyd
Performers: Deanne Butterworth, Sheridan Gerrard, Rebecca Jensen and Jo Lloyd
Composer: Duane Morrison
Lighting Design: Jenny Hector
Set Design: Jenny Hector in collaboration with Andrew Treloar and Jo Lloyd
Costumes: Andrew Treloar
Backdrop image: Peter Rosetzky
Dramaturge: Anny Mokotow
Producer: Michaela Coventry (Sage Arts)
Supported by – The original production of OVERTURE was supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne through Arts House. It was developed through Arts House’s CultureLAB; supported by Lucy Guerin Inc. through the Resident Director Program; the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund and Maximised by Chunky Move.
Image by – Peter Rosetzky