CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMPANY
Here you can view contemporary ballet works created, directed and choreographed by Stephen Agisilaou under his renowned company Vertical Shadows. As a contemporary theatre director Stephen works closely with his performers to create intimate moments that continue to resonate with the audience way after the curtain falls.
The work plays with the idea of stability within relationships, working through that concept in relation to the choreography has allowed for a diverse repertoire of movement. Relationships are fragile, we are constantly involved in them and they require the ability to learn, grow and change as time goes by. Our relationships can be weathered by our decisions and the point of no return is not often in our foresight until it's to late.
Artistic Director Stephen Agisilaou created two new works for PROJECTion Dance 2016 Ballet Gala, January 24th at Federation Square Deakin Edge Theatre. HER was an exploration of strength and struggle from a woman's perspective.
The program featured incredible Australia dancers such as Juliet Burnett, Kristy Lee Donovan and acclaimed international artists like Dominic James Ballard and Mara Galeazzi from the Royal Ballet.
The White Prince defies genre and the typical contemporary dance experience by creating a heightened view of reality meeting the imagination.
Former Principal Dancer of The Australian Ballet Damien Welch and former Senior Artist of The Australian Ballet Marc Cassidy returned to the stage alongside contemporary goddess Teagan Lowe and newcomers Riley Fitzgerald and Joshua Hunt.
A pas de deux of an avian exploration. Across the crimson sky, two birds flying: their ominous flight silent and solitary.
Warred and warred with the earth, and when she yielded stabbed her heart, gathered her blood in a chalice, spilling it over the crimson sky.
A reflection of our internal selves. There are moments in our lives where we either make the most of a situation or let it go by, missing the chance to allow ourselves to grow.
Whether we're aware of it or not while it’s happening, these are the moments that make us who we are.
Faced with creating his final masterpiece, the nameless artist finds himself suffocated by isolation and doubt. He takes a daring leap into the abyss of his imagination, where he is met for the first time by the history and primal power of colour. TRYBE challenges all immediate physical limitations through a unique and luminiscent experience as an opera splashed in paint, where we watch the artist become a servant to the brush.
When we feel we have nothing left to give,
And we are sure that the song has ended;
When our day seems over and the shadows fall,
And the darkness of night has descended.
Chapel Off Chapel
A contemporary work about the environments ever changing problems.
I DON'T CARE FOR SUGAR, HONEY
Palm Springs Art Museum
VIDEO COMING SOON
Created especially for the Palm Springs Dance Festival, this premiere piece is set to the iconic vocals of Annie Lenox. The lighting was created to be musical driven and keep the audience on their toes. This glitzy, camp number was the hit of the program!
To celebrate Chapel off Chapel’s 20th Anniversary, Vertical Shadows Dance Company was asked to create a brand new work exclusively for this momentous occasion.
PARALLAX: A Brief Love Encounter indulges in the unforeseen shot of adrenaline driven by the infatuating nature of an uncontrollable short-term relationship.
On The Rocks is a theatrical piece driven firstly by story.
A lifetime battle for another existence, accepting who you are in this present state is in many instances easier than the effort to move forward. Is accepting who you are in this present moment easier than risking everything for the chance to be someone, something more? Moving on does not so much help you obtain strength, but rather, empowerment.
As we worked with theatrical ideas through contemporary dance, we paradoxically found both restraint and ease in the choreography without venturing over to the contemporary cliché of minimalism. While the audience feels they are watching a slow unfolding sequence, they also feel a constant pressure being built up around them. Winner of DANCE CREATION Victoria sector.
A jazz piece about being a woman in this modern age.
‘The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, "It's a girl!”' - Shirley Chisholm
Fox Times explores one idea three times in three different ways. Uncover the inner anguish we deal with when we find ourselves failing to cope with inevitable circumstances out of our control.
A strong undercurrent binds the dancers together, creating a sense of community and space on the stage with an unforeseen force impacting the collective structure.
We all have a desire to abandon ourselves, whether or not through religion, substance abuse or self-destruction. People are always looking for an escape from reality. It is part of human nature to want to feel something other than the banality of our own existence. Euphoria, paranoia, ease, hunger, recklessness, elation, inspiration, vibration, transformation...
Silence On These Seeds
The company's first ever work, Silence is a theatrical dance piece featuring a cast of 11. An exploration of conflict and growth between human interaction.
Chapel Off Chapel
A personal work from Artistic Director Stephen Agisilaou, a biographical dance piece about his relationship while living in Canada for two years. Follows the relationship from start to finish with everything in between.