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Dust is an audacious new work from Townsville’s nationally-acclaimed Dancenorth and one of 8 world premieres at this year’s Brisbane Festival.

Created by Dancenorth’s Artistic Director Kyle Page and Associate Artistic Director Amber Haines, Dust takes a deep and daring dive into how – through the lottery of birth – we inherit the architecture of restriction and opportunity.

Dust, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse

Are we really fated? Are we truly at the mercy of what we inherit? Nature, nurture and the individual do battle in Dust, which explores whether we question, challenge, resist, build upon or transcend the social, cultural, political and personal inheritance systems and structures created by those before us.

31-year-old Page said Dust was conceived at the same time he and his wife were expecting their first child in early 2017. 

“The concept was actually initiated during my wife’s pregnancy, which was a really fascinating time,” Page said. “We were really thinking about the world Ace was coming into and what systems and structures were already curated for him. The seed of an idea was planted – upon birth, we arrive into a world in which those who precede us determine everything.”

Page, who began his professional career as a dancer with Dancenorth in 2004, returned to take on the top position in December 2014. Under his artistic leadership, the small but mighty company, headquartered in north Queensland, has emerged as the new powerhouse of Australian contemporary dance.

Brisbane Festival Artistic Director David Berthold said, "You would be on pretty safe ground if you said that Dancenorth was the most exciting contemporary dance company in the country right now. Following multi-award-winning Attractor at last year’s Brisbane Festival, which has enjoyed international success as well as acclaimed home seasons in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth, we’re confident that we’ve got something really special on our hands with Dust.”

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