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27 August 2022

Restart the Arts: Let Us Dance

On 27th August, HIP Company will reprise their critically acclaimed 2021 production, Let Us Dance, in Perth’s Government House Ballroom. Named as one of Seesaw Magazine’s top Western Australian productions of the year, this “sublime sensory experience” explores the centrality of dance in Baroque music, with a contemporary twist. The event is made possible by the ‘Restart the Arts’ initiative of The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia.

HIP Company is a collective of young professional musicians from Perth, Western Australia, dedicated to ‘historically informed performance’ practice. Directors, Bonnie de la Hunty (soprano), Sarah Papadopoulos (Baroque violin), and Krista Low (Baroque ’cello), are committed to engaging with the community through approachable and eclectic performances, combining tradition with innovation. The ensemble recently returned from a Western Australian launch tour of their critically acclaimed debut album, Pastorales: Arias for the Open Air.

In Let Us Dance, the three directors will once again be joined by guest musicians James Huntingford (harpsichord), Jet Kye Chong (Baroque percussion), and Andrew Skinner (Baroque flute), each experts in their field. The programme will explore the 17th and 18th century genre of the dance suite, showcasing pieces originally written for dancing or influenced by that tradition.

The music will be complemented by a re-imagining of historical dances by four young dancers and rising stars, Ekaterini Alfred, Brent Rollins, Anneliese Faase and Elliot Dunn. The visual spectacle will be brought to life with lighting by GSD Productions.

Post-concert refreshments, from 7pm, will include wines generously donated by HIP Company’s sponsorship partner, Howard Park Wines.

Audience members are encouraged to dress inspired by 18th century ball attire for a chance to win a Best Dressed prize.

Date: 27th August 2022

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Government House Ballroom

Tickets: Buy tickets here

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