Wed 22 Jan at 8.00pm
Thu 23 Jan at 8.00pm*
Fri 24 Jan at 8.00pm
Sat 25 Jan at 8.00pm
* Followed by Q&A
A celebration of social life before social media, when to meet was to talk, laugh and move to music together.
From the early 1930s to the late 1960s, the Rivoli Dance Palace on Church St, Parramatta was Western Sydney’s favourite dance hall. It was demolished in 1973 to make way for an office development. Now nothing remains of ‘The Riv’ except the stories of the people who danced there.
Dance Makers Collective brings those stories to life in a tribute to the rituals of social dance and the human drive toward belonging and togetherness.
Staged in the Heritage-listed Granville Town Hall, The Rivoli invites you and your favourite dance partner to be swept into an immersive exploration of mid-century nightlife, desire and social connection.
Director: Miranda Wheen
Producer: Carl Sciberras
Composer: Matt Cornell
Designer: Anya McKee
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Brockman
Stage Manager: Ellen Castles
Audio Content: Allison Chan, Ninah Kopel & Tim Roxburgh
Choreography by Dance Makers Collective and guest performers
Dance Makers Collective: Matt Cornell, Anya McKee, Sophia Ndaba, Katina Olsen, Marnie Palomares, Melanie Palomares, Carl Sciberras, Miranda Wheen & Rosslyn Wythes
Performers: Matt Cornell, Luke Currie-Richardson, Emma Harrison, Katina Olsen, Marnie Palomares, Melanie Palomares, Carl Sciberras & Rosslyn Wythes
Band: Greg Poppleton
Featuring Future Makers, Dance Makers Collective’s Youth Dance Company: Sarah Goroch, Jessica Kuit, Beryl La, Bedelia Lowrencev, Cinzia Marrocco, Matina McAneney, Monica Moreno, Christopher Wade & Ella Watson-Heath
Featuring voices and stories of: Auburn Seniors Dance, Cedars of Lebanon, Chinese Seniors Community Dance, Jo Clancy (Wiradjuri), Kate Howarth (Wiradjuri), John & Josie Lee, Barry & Sandra McKernan, Bhenji Ra & Gwen Wilson
Photos Gavin Clarke, Anya McKee
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