Gabrielle Nankivell surges to the forefront of modern Australian dance

Gabrielle Nankivell is an Australian director and performer whose work has been widely presented across Australia, Europe and Asia. In 2017 she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production’, has won several coveted residencies, scholarships and fellowships, and she also provides choreography and movement consultancy across stage and film productions. But it’s her most recent piece, SURGE, that is set to wow the largest and most diverse international crowd yet when it hits the Roundabout Stage in Broadbeach for Festival 2018.

Specially commissioned for the Roundabout Stage, SURGE combines high-powered choreography by Nankivell, the athleticism of 5 dancers, and a dramatic soundtrack by long-time collaborator Luke Smiles of Motion Laboratories.

Nankivell says the Dancenorth production explores our relationship with nature.

“From the beginning of time, humans have been mesmerised by the forces of nature; the hypnotic paradox of beauty and violence that rages within the elements.

“In SURGE I wanted to explore physically, instinctively and subconsciously – how we as humans respond to the tension and euphoria of natural energy,” she continues.

In SURGE, the audience is invited to watch as five dancers embody the hypnotic paradox of beauty and violence that rages within the elements; igniting our senses, wrestling with our temperaments and wreaking havoc on our imagination.

Created especially for this 360 degree stage and set to an arresting soundscape, SURGE pushes the boundaries of contemporary dance.

Festival 2018 Gold Coast Co-Creative Director Yaron Lifschitz says he expects SURGE will attract both critical and popular acclaim.

“SURGE is by far one of the most exciting choreographic works and Dancenorth is certainly one of the most exciting contemporary dance companies in the country at the moment.

“The work is thrilling in the way it combines the energy of sport and the beauty of dance, and that gives SURGE broad appeal,” he says.

Witness daring athleticism and high-powered choreography in a new dance work that dramatically swings between harmony and havoc when SURGE pushes the boundaries between Thursday 5 and Sunday 8 April 2018. Visit for performance times.

IMAGE (c) Amber Haines

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