From. To. Here.
Music that will make your hair stand on end
Rehearsals are currently underway for the brand-new work From. To. Here. choreographed by Queensland Ballet’s Ballet Mistress and Creative Associate Rani Luther.
Rani is creating a piece to a beautiful original musical composition by Robert Davidson of the Brisbane-based ensemble Topology. Recorded by the exquisite Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, it is part of an exciting collaboration commissioned for the Thomas Dixon Centre’s 2020/2021 Creative Development program.
Written especially for the 2021 program at the Thomas Dixon Centre, Davidson’s music is guaranteed to make your hair stand on end.
From. To. Here. questions “Who are the people that make up our communities? Where have they come from and what are the stories that have led them on the path to arrive in this exact moment? The work highlights the individual journey amongst mass migration where both the geographical and emotional passage are explored. We all have stories of where we have come From. The hope and drive that takes us To something new, and most importantly the Here, the now, the present moment.”
“It has been so inspiring to get into the studio to begin choreographing this new piece. I love the process and the dancers have been brilliant. For my new piece I am collaborating with local composer Robert Davidson. He wrote a brand-new score and it is unbelievable! It makes my hair stand on end. We had one meeting for three hours where I talked through my ideas and visions for the work and three months later, he delivered the written score which sounds utterly amazing. I feel so lucky to have an original piece of music composed for this piece, so I am treating it like a jewel. And the fact it will be part of the Thomas Dixon Centre opening really relates to my piece which explores the idea of what makes up our individual lives and the journey it takes to go from to here, to reach this present point in time. My process and the imagery have always come from the music, and because I have got a classical ballet base, I utilize the classical technique of our beautiful artists. That is something Li and I believe in very strongly.”
— Rani Luther
Featuring a cast of 20 dancers made up from Queensland Ballet dancers (including Queensland Ballet’s Jette Parker Young Artists and Pre-Professional Program dancers as well as Company artists), Rani’s work will be fully produced in 2021, ready for the season of Bespoke at the Thomas Dixon Centre.
The creative development of three new works, including From. To. Here., has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
The other two works which are part of the 2020/2021 Creative Development program are in collaboration with the Australian Dance Collective, Katie Noonan and the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA) and a third piece will see the Company working with First Nations choreographer Daniel Riley with music composition by James Henry.
These collaborations provide a unique opportunity for the Thomas Dixon Centre to forge strong, creative partnerships within Queensland’s small to medium sector and welcome meaningful First Nations cultural exchange.