• Amanda Tutalu.

    Amanda Tutalu.

  • The Mirramu company at the after show forum

    The Mirramu company at the after show forum

  • Hsiao-yin Peng, Fu-rong Chen and Yi-ching Chen

    Hsiao-yin Peng, Fu-rong Chen and Yi-ching Chen

  • Miranda Wheen and Janine Proost

    Miranda Wheen and Janine Proost

  • Christopher Chu, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman and Vivienne Rogis

    Christopher Chu, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman and Vivienne Rogis

  • Barbara Baikie and Peter Fletcher and Swiss exchange student Martina Baumeler

    Barbara Baikie and Peter Fletcher and Swiss exchange student Martina Baumeler

  • Sophia Tzafaris

    Sophia Tzafaris

  • Vivienne Robertson, Stephanie Robertson and Lauren Morfoot

    Vivienne Robertson, Stephanie Robertson and Lauren Morfoot

  • Kristin and Daniel Firth

    Kristin and Daniel Firth

  • Sharon Paskell and Greta Stubbs

    Sharon Paskell and Greta Stubbs

  • The audience at the after show forum

    The audience at the after show forum

Mirramu Dance Company - Fortuity

10 May 2015

Fortuity is what the indefatigable Elizabeth Cameron Dalman has called her journey back over 50 years of contemporary dance using the current and visiting dancers of her Mirramu Dance Company intertwined with the story, music , choreography and creations of her repertoire.

Fortuity means a chance encounter and by chance we who enjoyed a part of the journey at the Courtyard Studio had an encounter of the most enjoyable kind as Elizabeth talked us through the details, added the personal experiences and underscored it all with music of the time. From the sixties it was Peter Paul and Mary’s ‘This Train’ choofing along at a cracking pace, with Peter Sculthorpe’s 1968 Sun and Moon score a visual joy from dancers Yi-ching and Fu-rong from Taiwan. My favourite was a solo performance from Christopher Yu in Memory Lost II to Liszt’s Lieberstraum No 3 jolting us back to a reality of the experiences Elizabeth combined in this mix of memories as we the baby-boomers were urged out of our seats to dance along with Elizabeth. Oh the twist, the stomp and endless variations might hav e looked pretty stupid but we all joined in.

Elizabeth has swept through her repertoire, refreshing and reinvigorating the dances and enthusing this young energetic Mirramu Company with her experiences and her extraordinary contribution to contemporary dance over the past 50 years. And of course she performed in the final dance, Excerpts from Silk from 2002. The beautiful barefooted butterfly that is Elizabeth Cameron Dalman had us cringing with jealousy, as we dragged our arthritic bits and pieces home.