Dance knows no borders

April 2018 |

TWO dance crews from disability groups in Logan and Japan took to the Butter Box Theatre stage in a celebration of performance on Saturday night, March 3.

The Keystone Centre dance crew and the performers from Japan’s Popeye disability service were collaborating to create Confusion Inclusion.

The Confusion Inclusion dance event takes its name from the idea that being creative is a way to connect.

Lutheran Services Creative Programs Advisor Clare Apelt said the ethos of connection drives the project.

“The Japanese performance, called Ugokukarada, is about dance being accessible for everyone and challenges what it means to be an artist,” Ms Apelt said.

“The Keystone Centre dancers created movements inspired by delicious foods so they can dance to their favourite 80s songs – in the theme of a food fight.”

Popeye’s chief director Miki Yamaguchi said he was excited to bring their mixed-abilities performers to Queensland, and collaborate with them.

“We were excited to meet and share ideas and perform with another group with a similar outlook,’’ Mr Yamaguchi said.

Ms Apelt said dance was a way to reach beyond the differences between us to find a common place of joy and expression.