Garry Stewart has his sights set on creating a pre-eminent arts event with the Adelaide Dance Festival.
When Alicia Min Harvie moved from Adelaide to the Gold Coast three years ago, she decided to take a little time out from her arts practice as an independent contemporary dance performer and maker, and began leading kayaking tours. Not that she stopped dancing. Attending a creative development workshop with renowned Gold Coast-based dance/physical theatre group The Farm, she met Swiss-born dancer Vivian Frehner. They clicked straight away and began to meet up regularly to discuss ideas, eventually forming the Gogi Collective with Ashleigh White. “We always love brainstorming, we have quite creative heads,” says Frehner. “Alicia had a kayaking business and we were sitting together one day and said, ‘why don’t we do something combining that [with dance]?’” Quiet by Nature at the Bleach* festival. Photo © supplied The result is Quiet by Nature, an immersive, moonlit performance on the Gold Coast’s Currumbin Estuary, which audiences experience by kayak. The performance highlights the natural beauty of the region and introduces audiences to a range of strange, hybrid creatures. Created by Min Harvie and Frehner with three other movement-based performers, the unusual dance performance has its premiere as part of the Bleach* Festival, which this year is collaborating with Festival