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11th October 20147pm


Conservatorium Theatre


Duration: 55 minutes

Transient Beauty

Join eight diverse performers in a striking fusion of music and dance as they find fragments of beauty in everyday experiences.

Confrontation as a catalyst for change is explored by choreographer Gareth Belling in his powerful collaboration with Queensland Conservatorium’s Ensemble in Residence – Collusion Music and Susan Hawkins. Set within the stark frame of a house, the work uncovers wounded hearts filled with hope amid the strewn remnants of relationships.

From the opening sequence, Belling’s muscular and fluid choreography creates a striking image of mankind’s desperate yearning for connection and belonging. Original compositions by Susan Hawkins, i read the old dream slowly and a new work for violin and piano, Within the Silent Frame, build a tensely elegant soundscape. Her music is woven between existing pieces by Carl Vine, Nigel Sabin and Tom Green to create an engaging musical language for this evocative chamber ballet.

Transient Beauty was commissioned by Restrung Festival with support from the Australia Council of the Arts and Brisbane Powerhouse.

It premiered on 27 October, 2012 at the Powerhouse Theatre, and toured to The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay. Transient Beauty is ready to mend broken hearts with the beauty of human connection.

Transient Beauty is presented as part of Crossbows Music Festival.

‘Belling’s choreographic language speaks loudly and powerfully to the audience… The synergy between dance and music, and dancers and musicians is compelling.’ Nathanael Cooper, Arts Editor, Courier Mail

‘Choreographer Gareth Belling and composer Susan Hawkins are to be commended for having delivered a work which expresses the human condition in unexpected and enlarging ways…This ambitious work sparkles with the bedazzling genius of Rachael Walsh and Janette Mulligan. They transport the audience for a moment into an ethereal beauty hidden inside even the most dysfunctional of relationships.’ Matt Foley, Reviewer Stage Diary

‘Collusion performed throughout with intense engagement and finesse. Their precise ensemble playing detailed the works… Dramatic opportunities (and there were many) never went to waste.’ Alan Lawrence, Reviewer Australian Modern Magazine

Ticketing Information
A Crossbows Festival Pass is available for $50, giving access to over $100 worth of performances. Please note the pass is not valid for Kawai Piano Series presents Natasha Vlassenko and Oleg Stepanov and Quartet for End of Time. Seating is limited in some venues. To guarantee your seat, please call 07 3735 6241 in advanced.

We are unable to redeem Queensland Conservatorium gift vouchers and Entertainment Book vouchers to this performance



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