Gold Coast’s very own dance collective The Farm has been making a splash with its quirky, message-driven contemporary pieces ever since the main collaborators Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood set up camp here two years ago. From Tide, a dripping wet office in the middle of the Currumbin Estuary to apocalyptic beach party The Last Blast, The Farm has embraced the Gold Coast environment in all its performances, and been thoroughly embraced by Gold Coasters in return.
Now these innovative artists have received industry recognition in the form of three Helpmann Award nominations, and we couldn’t be prouder.
Cockfight, nominated for Best Ballet or Dance Work and Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work (for Gavin Webber) is a commanding new dance theatre work exploring the power play that occurs between two men and the frailty of the aging body.
The Last Blast, nominated for Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production, was commissioned by Bleach* Festival, the Gold Coast’s signature arts and culture festival and premiered in March 2016 on the world famous Surfers Paradise Beach. Eight dancers emerge at dusk to take their places at a dinner party on the beach where diners intend to celebrate the world’s impending end by partying their way into oblivion.
The annual Helpmann Awards recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in the many disciplines of Australia’s vibrant live performance sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre. The Helpmann Awards winners will be announced on July 25.
Best of luck to The Farm!