Contemporary dance on stage in Wyong

Brigitta Oldereid performs in Against All Logic

Brigitta Dance Projects will present a cutting-edge contemporary dance production in Wyong as part of the Creative Art Central program.

It will be at The Art House on Thursday, May 26 at 7.30pm.

Brigitta Oldereid, who is director and choreographer of Brigitta Dance Projects based at Berkeley Vale, is one of six local creatives to be selected, and receive funding from Central Coast Council, to deliver innovative art works as part of the program.

“This full-length production, called Against All Logic, features eight professional dance artists in a very physical and technical piece,” she said.

“It explores the difference between logical pathways and being correct in society, and then going against that and touching into your emotions.

“The production also has a film incorporated featuring local children who are dance students, so it’s a real community kind of thing.”

Oldereid said she had been working towards this since 2017 and the dance company was properly established this year, with the support of the Council program and $10,000 funding.

“This means everything, a dream come true, and allows me to bring my ideas to full fruition and give opportunities to dancers and inspire younger local kids, which is important to me,” she said.

“There’s not anything like this here on the Central Coast, there’s dancing schools but not a real, professional dance company.

“I want to continue doing local events and eventually take my work overseas doing tours of shows -we’ve been invited already to perform in Greece – and there’s the Sydney Fringe Festival later in the year.

“My goal is to provide opportunities for young dancers to further their careers and also collaborate with other people to stage productions.

“For Against All Logic, local upcoming music producer, Jack McCormack, wrote the original score and I also collaborated with a local videographer to do the film project.

“The Creative Arts Central program is a good way to get all the artists together and showcase local talent which is really important,” Oldereid said.

The Creative Art Central 2021 program attracted 94 registrations from local artists who each had an opportunity to pitch their idea.

Successful recipients were selected by an industry panel assessment, who recommended the commission of six contemporary and creative projects that will engage, collaborate and/or involve the broader community.

They are: Andi Mether for an interactive installation; documentary filmmaker Kaye Harrison; music composer Aaron Trew; documentary filmmakers Sarah Beard and Toni Houston; contemporary dance choreographer Brigitta Oldereid; and filmmaker Amelia Foxton.

Council Administrator, Rik Hart, said this fantastic annual commissioning program sees professional and emerging artists deliver a variety of new quality projects to help promote, celebrate and activate our region.

“Fostering artistic endeavours builds the footprint of creative industries on the Coast and delivers significant flow-on benefits for our social and economic fabric.

“Creative Art Central invests in the local creative economy to not only nurture the growth of local artists but also strengthen creative industries on the Coast,” Hart said.

Sue Murray

1 Comment on "Contemporary dance on stage in Wyong"

  1. Mark Reid | May 28, 2022 at 2:26 pm |

    Against All Logic was absolutally enthralling, top notch production, deserves to be staged @ the Opera House , well done Central Coast Council for promoting the Arts & Congratulations Brigitta Oldereid on an Awesome production.

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