DIFFERENT: Choreographer Shaun Parker puts on a workshop for NORPA with members from the Spaghetti Circus Kyle Schultejohan, Lachie Richards and Isaac Dutton.
DIFFERENT: Choreographer Shaun Parker puts on a workshop for NORPA with members from the Spaghetti Circus Kyle Schultejohan, Lachie Richards and Isaac Dutton. Doug Eaton

Top choreographer shares his secrets with young dancers

LOCAL youth were given a taste for intricate and individual choreography at a special workshop at Lismore City Hall on Saturday.

Award-winning choreographer of the production Happy As Larry, which was showing in Lismore over the weekend, Shaun Parker, was playing instructor to some local teenagers keen to learn his secrets.

NORPA's Clare McGregor said the team was very appreciative and felt lucky to have Mr Parker here in Lismore, not only with the international dance show, but for this special workshop.

Mr Parker said it was excellent to be back in Lismore and also performing in the City Hall with all its new renovations.

After his production The Yard came to Lismore last year, with its accompanying workshop for children, he said it was great to be back, with a more adult production and workshop.

This workshop, he explained was focused on choreographic forms and how five "body rules" can be used to create a piece of dance. Using simple moves to create complex choreography, and taking into account the internal logic behind dance was something that was brought up in the class, he said.

Individuality of the dancer, he said, was an important element to his work, and in his eyes is a key to making dancers dance better.

Within the workshop, he said he'd seen the dancers let go of their fear, grab onto some confidence and show some individual style, which he said was fantastic.

Mr Parker also said he was very excited to see the local audience's reaction to Happy As Larry, the international show about the notion of happiness.

Many of the participants in the workshop said the experience had made them very excited to see the production, which Mr Parker described to be a very expressive dance performance, with a strong narrative and fantastic music by Nick Wales and Bree van Reyk.

Mitch King, from SupaFresh Productions, was taking in Mr Parker's lesson, and said it was great to be having a go at something different from his usual style.



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