STEPPING UP: Philip Channells (standing right) and Benjamin Stuart-Carberry (sitting right) lead a workshop with members of Sprung for the production Dwell.
STEPPING UP: Philip Channells (standing right) and Benjamin Stuart-Carberry (sitting right) lead a workshop with members of Sprung for the production Dwell. Cathy Adams

They’ve got dance-ability

REHEARSALS are underway for a disability-inclusive arts project to be staged at Byron Theatre Saturday.

Choreographer Philip Channells has international experience in disability-inclusive dance development.

Also at rehearsals at Alstonville Dance Studio this week is Benjamin Stuart-Carberry, a former dancer with the Australian Ballet.

The event is Dwell: A Triple Bill.

"This all started with an immersion week in April," Mr Channells said.

"There is so much talent in this area, and we thought this would be a great opportunity to highlight that.

"What we're doing this week is reconnecting to the original concept of 'dwell' - how we dwell within ourselves and our community."

Alstonville Dance Studio's Sue Whiteman and NORPA's Philip Blackman are also choreographers.

Each choreographer has responded to the work of RED Inc visual artists Mbatha Nguta, Christopher Wilkinson and Nathan Gooley.

Dwell has 27 dancers, with and without disabilities and aged between six and 60.

Mr Channells said he was proud of the dancers.

"The dancers are really creating the work and the choreographers are the portal to opening up that experience," he said.

"My mind is over-stimulated with the potential... we have professional dancers, dance teachers and people who have never danced.

"We're getting really excited, and also a bit nervous.

"This project is about changing preconceived notions about people with disabilities. We want it to be a positive experience."

Dwell: A Triple Bill also involves Sprung Integrated Dance Theatre, Dance Integrated Australia, musical composition by Tralala Blip and costume design by Sean Campbell from 17eightynine.

DWELL: A TRIPLE BILL

When: Saturday, September 28 from 7pm

Where: Byron Theatre (Byron Community Centre), 69 Jonson St

Cost: $15 waged / $12 concession

To book: Visit byroncentre.com.au or phone 6685 6807



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