Dancers learn to tell stories
SHAUN Parker's physical theatre classes prove you don't need words to tell a good story.
Mr Parker, an acclaimed Sydney-based choreographer who recently produced two dance works for the 2012 London Olympics, conducted a class for 30 Northern Rivers performers in Lismore on Saturday.
Local aspiring dancers learnt how to tell provocative stories through movement.
"I suppose most people would call it dance theatre or physical theatre," Mr Parker explained.
"Particularly with contemporary dance, you can just keep choreographing moves and the audience won't know what's going on, which can be alienating.
"We block ideas until they're ready to emerge, so then you're not just getting lots of movement; you know why the movement is there."
Tyrone Dunwoodie, 18, is a Lismore "street dancer" who tapped into his story-telling abilities on Saturday.
"I thought dancing was just out of your own freedom but today I learnt how to act stuff out with dance," he said.
NORPA artistic director Julian Louis said Shaun Parker's classes were accessible to everyone.
"You don't have to be able to do the splits and you don't have to know ballet," he said.
Mr Parker's production, The Yard, uses similar physical theatre techniques and will be showing at Lismore City Hall on September 3.