DRAMATIC DANCE: A scene from  The Dinner Party .
DRAMATIC DANCE: A scene from The Dinner Party .

Dinner, dance and drama at the Glasshouse

A DINNER dance with a difference comes to Port Macquarie's Glasshouse this month when the Expressions Dance Company brings The Dinner Party to town on June 7.

An elegant dinner party, hosted by an influential young man and his more manipulative wife, is thrown into turmoil when power meets greed, ambition and jealousy.

The show aims to expose society's insatiable desire for control and status and the power play between the guests intensifies as the accusations start to fly according to Expressions Dance Company's new artistic director Amy Hollingsworth.

Originally titled The Host, it debuted to great reviews by the Brisbane-based dance company in 2015.

Ms Hollingsworth has now brought it back, with a new cast and new character developments.

"The Dinner Party centres around the desire for power, its impact on relationships, and how the motivator of status can corrupt completely," she said.

"What has always struck me about this work is its subtlety, and that even the smallest of interactions at the dinner table can disrupt the dynamic, shifting both the balance and perception of power so suddenly and completely.

"I find the medium of dance is profound when weaving these subtle threads, capturing the most nuanced and weighty moments of body language."

Choreographed by EDC's former artistic director Natalie Weir, who has reworked the piece and reshaped the roles, The Dinner Party is starting a tour of Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

Port is among its first regional stops after a successful Brisbane season.

Ms Hollingsworth was the production's rehearsal director in 2015 and said many of the relationships between the characters take on a more layered meaning now.

"With current awareness of the conversations concerning gender and equality, various character dynamics seem more exposed and some of the relationships take on a different tone when seen through the current lens," she said.

The Glasshouse has added this inventive and interesting dance performance to its "Taster package" - a selection of unique shows introducing audiences to something a little different.

As well as The Dinner Party, the package includes Lady Beatle on August 21, and Bell Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing on September 30 and October 1, for the adult price of $153.80 and member price of $132.80.

For more information or to book for The Dinner Party, go to glasshouse.org. au/Whats-On/The- Dinner-Party-June-2019.


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