One of Australia’s most innovative artists, WAAPA graduate Joseph Simons, is bringing the hilarious show 100 Years Of The History Of Dance to FRINGE WORLD Festival in 2020.

100 Years Of The History of Dance will shake up the classroom at the old Girls School – Fringe’s newest/oldest and coolest hub for 2020 – every night from Monday, 3 February to Sunday, 16 February.

Bursting at the seams with fascinating facts, naughty stories and dance moves to die for, 100 Years Of The History of Dance follows schoolboy Jacob presenting a school report on a topic of his choice.

Exploring the lives of influential choreographers including Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Bob Fosse, Rudolf Nureyev, Pina Bausch, Gene Kelly and Paula Abdul, Jacob not only talks about them but demonstrates their signature style at the same time.

As he prepares, Jacob ponders the difference between ‘influence’ and ‘plagiarism’ and begins to question his own legacy.

Ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance are all addressed in this physical theatre performance, which blends dance and theatre in an unusual, charming and funny way.

The show is directed by New York based WAAPA alumni Emma Canalese and was written by Canelese and Simons, the original Jacob. At FRINGE WORLD, Simons will be joined by Perth-born Andrew Longo and Brisbane local Trent Sinclair, both Queensland Conservatorium graduates, who will each take turns playing Jacob on consecutive nights.

As well as teaching audiences the real story behind some of the world’s most household names, 100 Years Of The History Of Dance will also impart some essential life lessons.

 

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