15 December 2022

Film of acclaimed Fling performance to be screened in Bega to celebrate dance group's 21st year

| Albert McKnight
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A film of Fling’s Body and Environment will be screened in Bega on Thursday. Photo: Andrew Robinson film.

A film of a memorable production by Fling’s talented performers will wow its audience this evening, while attendees are invited to dress up for the fundraising event that celebrates the dance company’s 21st year.

Set within a unique transforming set installation, Body and Environment features the Fling Company, made up of 13 young performers from the Bega Valley.

In it, a suspended web of 64 interconnected shirts is manipulated by the performers to create a series of spaces, public and private, from architectural structures to natural environments and the subconscious internal landscapes of the mind.

When Body and Environment was first performed live in Bega in 2018, it received an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance.

The project was intended to tour in 2020, but was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Fling filmed the work which premiered in Sydney in November 2022 and is screening the piece for one night only in Bega on Thursday (December 15).

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The work was developed as a continuation of a long-term collaboration between Fling’s co-artistic director Rob McCredie and Melbourne-based choreographer Holly Durant.

Sapphire Coast filmmaker Andrew Robinson was the director of photography on the project, for which he steers the audience’s gaze as the young dancers explore the structures and spaces composed by the moving set.

“I want the work I make to connect with people, start conversations and contribute to positive change,” he said.

Percussionist, artistic director of Stonewave Taiko and director of Four Winds Create & Inspire Education program David Hewitt created a sound score for the work, lighting designer Gerry Corcoran captured the tone and energy of each scene with depth and imagination, while Fling co-artistic director Gabrielle Rose worked with Mr McCredie as creative collaborator and rehearsal director.

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The film of Body and Environment will screen for one night only at the Bega Commemorative Civic Centre, Bega on December 15 from 6:30 pm.

It will be played alongside a short film called Whose thoughts are they?, which was created by Fling alumni Jazmyn Carter with the Fling Company.

The event is a fundraiser to celebrate Fling’s 21st year and support its relocation to a new, purpose-built home in 2023.

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