The Ninth Wave
Presented by The Farm in association with Co3 Contemporary Dance
What do you do when the world is ending? Party like its 1999!
Across the broad expanse of the iconic City Beach, The Ninth Wave is an apocalyptic narrative performed with wild and fearless abandon.
Sitting on the edge of the sand you face out to the sea and the vast performance space of the beach, littered with half-buried cars and other detritus. You watch on as a party bubbling over with champagne-drinking fools wilfully ignores the warning signs of the end of the world. With dancers from The Farm and Co3 performing together, The Ninth Wave unfolds like a scene from Inception, with startling and beautiful images taking us ever deeper into the eye of the storm. Entwined with an original score composed by Regurgitator’s Ben Ely this dance on a smoking volcano is the party to end all parties.
The Farm is a collective of dance and theatre artists who enjoy collaboration as a way to make performance. Their mission: to demystify contemporary dance. Grand in physical scale and apocalyptic in theme, this latest work takes the ideas behind their 2016 Helpmann Award nominated The Last Blast to their fullest and most ominous end.
DirectorsGrayson Millwood & Gavin WebberPerformersKate Harman, Grayson Milwood, Sam Coren, Scott Galbraith, May Greenberg, Mitchell Harvey, Alex Kay, Georgia Van Gils, Russell Thorpe and Co3 youth ensembleCo3 Artistic AssociateAlice KellOriginal MusicBen ElySound DesignerLuke SmilesAssociate Sound DesignerAnna WhitakerLighting DesignerMark HowettProduction Manager & Lighting AssociateChloe OgilvieCostume DesignerTyler HillOriginally Created & Performed byCharles Ball, Essie Horn, Michael Smith, Gabriel Comeford, Hsin Ju Ely, Kate Harman, Gabrielle Nankivel, Craig Barry, Grayson Millwood and The Farm’s Greenhouse youth ensembleOriginal Costume DesignerVilma Mattila
At The Farm work is made in a collaborative process where everyone brings their expertise without being confined to it. All animals are equal.
With four decades between them, The Farm range from past artistic directors of state and federally funded organisations (Dancenorth 2005 – 09) to independent practitioners who have forged their own choreographic or design careers. These six passionate artists are diverse across age, gender, race and sexuality. Their roles within the company are flexible, challenging and thoroughly collaborative, giving older artists an opportunity to utilise their experience in an impactful way and empowering younger artists to become the new artistic leaders of their generation. Core to the organisation is an ‘artistic brains trust’, sharing the artistic vision between four key creatives – Chloe Ogilvie, Grayson Millwood, Kate Harman and Gavin Webber. Two other associated artists act as an artistic advisory panel – Michael Smith and Mindy Davies.
The Farm’s artists come from Pilbara, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Northern Rivers and have substantial careers based in regional Queensland. Many of them have also worked extensively between Europe and Australia, bringing the rigour of German thinking, the emotion of Australian storytelling and the visceral passion of Belgian dance into their work. This gives the company the knowledge and ability to connect to a wide audience demographic, allowing them to create work that succeeds in cultural landscapes as diverse as Berlin and the Gold Coast. The mix of The Farm’s experience is key to their operations, and their diversity is key to their art.
Co3 Contemporary Dance
Driven by excellence and collaboration, Co3 Contemporary Dance is a progressive platform for the exchange of ideas and stories that reflect the experiences of the WA community. With a multi-disciplinary and technological focus, the company presents an annual program of works with unique physicality and expression. They empower and inspire audiences and the next generation of artists through their pathways and engagement programs.
Recent milestones include, far reaching regional community engagement on Raewyn Hill’s The Bird Makers Project and Archives Of Humanity, a critically acclaimed World Premiere commissioned by Perth Festival and presented in 2021.
Co3 Contemporary Dance is company in residence at the State Theatre Centre of WA on the land of the Whadjuk Noongar people.
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1 – 5 Mar
Eligible for package discount
Please BYO beach chair or blanket to sit on.
POST SHOW Q&A THU 3 MAR
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- Scott Belzner, courtesy of Placemakers* Gold Coast, The Ninth Wave, presented by Bleach* Festival 2018
- Claudio Kirac, Art-Work Agency
- The Farm would like to acknowledge the people of the Yugambeh language groups who are the traditional custodians of the land, and waterways in which this work was created on.
- Originally produced and commissioned by Bleach* Festival. Presented by Festival 2018, part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, with the support of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, City of Gold Coast and Queensland Government and Commonwealth Games Federation.