Performers from the show Nothing to Lose took over the Melbourne CBD today with a performance that attracted a very large and interested audience.
The show is part of Dance Massive, is a dance festival that started last week in Sydney and will continue in Melbourne for the next two weeks. Kate Champion, assistant director of Force Majeure Company and director of Nothing to Lose told the Newsroom it’s a show not to be missed. “It’s a show to put the bigger form on stage, because you rarely see that, you always see slender same shape bodies on stage.
There’s some beautiful talented big dancers and I don’t know why they shouldn’t be on our stages…”
The Nothing to Lose show premiered their second season at Sydney Festival and sold out a week before it opened. The show began two and half years ago as professional development research. “We also had to raise the money, that’s how we do a lot of our projects and the third year we made it,” Ms Champion said.
Two of the show’s dancers, Julian Crotti and Claire Burrows, have been performing since 2006. Julian said he has been passionate for performing since birth, while Claire started at age 15.
Ms Burrows, also known as Scarlett, told The Newsroom: “I guess whenever you perform you hope to create an emotion in someone or move someone. We aren’t trying to say anything, it’s just for people to take what they want from it”.
Julian admitted it was their first time performing in public. “It feels strong, I think the work deepens humanity and you can of feel that. I don’t feel the work is about how different everybody is, I think it’s about the commonalities of people and so it’s nice, I don’t think it happens a lot.”
Claire agreed: “There’s something powerful about standing in your underwear and reclaiming some space as a bigger person”.
The show will continue on overseas after its stint in Melbourne. – Suzanne Masri
Top photo by Jake Benoiton.