Red Stitch Presents Clare Barron'S DANCE NATION, Directed By Maude Davey
Maybe this is the year, this is the moment, this is the dance where your lives will start!
Clare Barron's ferocious and gloriously funny prize-winning play Dance Nation makes its Australian debut in March as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Directed by Maude Davey (My Life in the Nude, Retro Futurismus), Dance Nation follows a troupe of pre-teens as they navigate the hyper-sexualised, ultra-competitive world of competition dance. In this world of sequined leotards and six-foot trophies, the dancers themselves their needs, their hopes, their fears matter least.
Dance Nation is a comical and excruciating look at the moment when girls become aware of their own power and of its limits. Performed by a cast of mature women, the dissonance between a 13-year-old's dreams and what they will ultimately achieve is stark.
Barron's writing reminds us of the ferocity of the children we once were.
A riotous, rattling, sensational new play. Time Out New York
It's a perceptive account of the pain and wonder of growing up, witty about the ways in which the young are programmed to behave, and memorably alert to the particular power of female adolescence. Evening Standard
Clare Barron's Dance Nation heralds a new generation of playwrights who see beyond mean girls and airheads to real, unvarnished, complicated young adults. San Francisco Chronicle
Venue: Red Stitch Actors' Theatre, Rear 2 Chapel St, St Kilda Previews: Tuesday 12 Friday 15 March Opening Night: Saturday 16 March Season: Sunday 17 March to Sunday 14 April *Q&A Session post performance on Thursday 28 March Times: Wednesday Saturday 8.00pm, Sunday 6.30pm Tickets: $15.00 - $55.00 Bookings: (03) 9533 8083 or www.redstitch.net