On Friday Olive and myself were invited to take photos of amazing dancers at the Darwin Entertainment Center, they had come all the way from Sydney. It was such a privilege. So we got down there that early afternoon, when the sun was hottest, obviously we had to walk there from the grind office, so the air-conditioning came as a treat. We were welcomed with warm faces and asked to make ourselves comfortable in the huge ‘playhouse’ in the Darwin Entertainment Center. Olive and I took the closest seats to the stage, I prepared the camera, and Olive got out his pen and pad. There was no one else media related there at that point, so we got to watch the crew and dancers as their selves. It was a good insight. Everyone was very busy, but not anxious; occupied and happy. The dancers were warming up, doing stretches and practicing routines. I took a few quick shots of them, whilst playing with the camera before things got started.
Soon more media people arrived, e.g television channels, planning on filming for a short advertising clip. There was another photographer there, from another local tv channel. The crew and dancers discussed what routines they were going to go through.
The lights dimmed and the dancers got into position, at this time, there were two dancers doing one specific intimate scene, they did it again and again until we, the media, were happy with the lighting/ got good shots. It was great, an entire theater were stopping things for me? Cool! I felt selfish even considering such a thing.
That particular scene passed, and the next group of performers where ready to do their part. This time there was no chatting between people in the audience. The dancers moved elegantly to the music for a good 5-10 minutes. They repeated it again and again, with different lighting and different positions, for our preference.
As we were leaving the woman who invited us to the media session, invited us to come along to the real, official show that night. With two free tickets! Hellzyeah! We were super psyched and thanked her heaps.
We took my ratty car from Palmerston, to the city that night, to see the show. I didn’t think my car would make it there and back. We left at 7.10 to make it at 8.00. We got there late, unfortunately, halfway through, almost at the end of the introduction performance. We took our seats, trying as least as possible to disturb the near audience. I saw a brief performance of two pacific girls doing cultural dances and then the audience applauded.
The lady sitting next to us told us we’d missed out on the brilliant introduction. But that was all okay after seeing the next hour of performance. There was a very brief break and small chattering, then the lights dimmed. The curtain was raised. The intense music began slowly and everyone suddenly went quiet. The lighting was focused on particular dancers, doing synchronized moves. And lone dancers in the background, moving at the same pace as each other.
An hour later I was in aw, and it’s obvious the rest of the audience felt the same. The clapping went on for a good five minutes. People stood up, whistled, cheered. The show I had just seen was definitely deserving of such a welcoming audience. It was great to watch, and behind that was a confusing, intense story unwinding, a mind teaser.
All in all, I had a great experience and am very appreciative of seeing such a wonderful group of dancers. It was entirely synchronized with not a foot out of step. I highly recommended seeing these guys if you ever get the chance, you can check their website out here:
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