Presented by DRILL Performance Company, REBELLION is the first stage of an exciting new dance initiative taking place in Hobart in 2012. With the support of Tasmanian Regional Arts and the Salamanca Arts Centre DRILL has been working with local high schools, colleges and young people with the aim of developing a contemporary youth dance program within the community.

In May 2012, DRILL Artistic Director Joshua Lowe taught 310 students in 30 workshops and classes for high schools and colleges in Hobart. Weekly contemporary technique classes have also been offered, with a regular attendance of 15-20 people.

The aim of this initiative is to research and develop a youth dance model that will work and be sustainable within the Hobart community and that will continue to offer a large range of opportunities such as classes, professional development, employment, and new dance works for young people and audiences. During 2012 DRILL will meet with key individuals and dance educators within Hobart to learn about the community and its needs, advocate contemporary dance and begin to offer more opportunities in dance.


People aged 14 and up were invited to be a part of the creative development for new dance work, REBELLION. After selecting a cast of 26, they have been working with choreographer Joshua Lowe to explore the plight of the common teenager, trapped under the iron thumb of the parental unit. REBELLION is a playful take on the not-so-silent battles waged between parent and offspring, getting your own way, going your own way, declaring independence and rebelling!

Participants have worked with Joshua over the month long period in May/June to develop the work, which will culminate in a sharing for invited guests. The project will then progress to a final rehearsal period and performance in early 2013.

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