WHAT IS DRILL?
DRILL is Hobart's youth dance company, founded in 2007 by Artistic Director, Joshua Lowe. DRILL is a prime driver for the development and provision of dance engagement opportunities in Hobart, working across a range of projects with local young people. The company works with both emerging professional artists and young local movers to create new and exciting dance works and is known for its ambitious, high-energy productions.
We aim to:
- Create opportunities for young Tasmanians to interact with professional artists, engage in a collaborative dance practice and gain holistic training as performing artists.
- Create opportunities that are accessible to all young Tasmanians and to attempt to remove or overcome barriers that limit free engagement and involvement.
- Use dance as a way of bringing a diverse group of young people together, strengthening ties within the community and engendering empathy, confidence, acceptance and strong work ethic.
- Support local primary and secondary schools with their dance curriculum and engaging more of their students through enriched arts programs.
- Provide a safe and inclusive community for young people to connect to.
- Activate alternative local spaces through the public presentation of work.
WHAT IS A YOUTH DANCE COMPANY?
A youth dance company is very different model to a dance school. As a company, DRILL forms an ensemble of diverse young movers to collaboratively create original dance works.
This means you are working alongside dancers of different ages, skill levels, experiences and backgrounds and are actively contributing your ideas, choreography and interests when the works are choreographed. Instead of simply learning steps and routines, company choreographers value your artistic opinion and expression and will utilise your strengths as a young dancer and/or choreographer.
A company is project based, meaning we don't rehearse all year round, but rather for selected development, rehearsal and performance periods for each work.
The works that are made artistically explore a concept and are presented as a season in a theatre (or sometimes are site-specific in non-traditional venues) just like professional shows you may have seen. The company's works are not competitive - they are not competition pieces, or even presented as a part of competitions or events. Full length works go for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The creative and rehearsal processes are just as important as the final performance and DRILL values the experience and skills you learn along the way as well as making sure you connect to the work.
A youth dance company isn't just about running weekly classes like a dance school, although we do offer free technique classes for company members. You are also encouraged to take up as many opportunities as possible, like studying dance at school or taking regular class at a dance school to improve technique. Being a part of a company will give you different experiences.
WHO CAN DO DRILL?
Any young person who is interested in dance can be a part of DRILL projects.
DRILL works with a diverse range of young movers that form the ensemble of company members. They are from different schools, dance schools and areas of Hobart, are different ages, have a huge range of difference dance experience and are motivated to dance for different reasons.
DRILL isn't just for the most experienced or talented dancers. In fact, you don't even have to go to a dance school or have done dancing before to be a part of DRILL.
If you're an experienced and trained dancer, you will find an opportunity to challenge yourself, extend your technique, build professional networks as well as learn about the craft of choreography and performance making.
If you not as experienced, you will find a supportive platform to begin or continue your dance journey, learning about dance technique as well as how to express yourself. You'll also find that you're voice and contribution equally as valued.
DRILL also employs professional choreographers, dancers and designers from around the country to work with the company members.
WHAT STYLE OF DANCE IS DRILL?
DRILL primarily teaches and creates contemporary dance, but it may not be the contemporary that you know or are used to. Contemporary dance is such a huge and varied genre that can be fed by many other styles and can look completely different every time.
DRILL is not the kind of contemporary with flowing white dresses, lyrical music and high legs.
We create gritty, physical works that reflect current youth culture. Alongside you we fuse contemporary, street styles (hip-hop, b-boying, locking), ballet, acrobatics as well as text and voice. Every work is new, every work is different - it always depends on you!