PERFORMING ARTS

Natalie Weir’s When Time Stops opens at QPAC

Natalie Weir’s award winning work When Time Stops has returned for another season at QPAC’s Playhouse, opening last Friday night.

When Time Stops explores the beauty and eternity of one woman’s life at the moment of her death.

Focusing on key events by slowing down time, the dance reveals memories such as a first and last kiss, a loss of a relationship, bad news and goodbyes.

First unveiled to the world in 2013, When Time Stops was nominated for the Australian Dance Awards and the Helpmann Awards, while winning the Helpmann for Best Original Score composed by Iain Grandage.

The score includes direct quotations from Mahler and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, whilst the dance itself hails its inspiration from the universal character of the ‘The Ferryman’ and Böcklin’s painting The Isle of the Dead.

The dance itself is elegant and effortless. Main dancers Michelle Barnett (‘The Woman’) and Thomas Gundry Greenfield (‘The Ferryman’, who also starred as ‘Man’ in Weir’s 7 Deadly Sins last August) bring wondrous warmth and spirit into their performances.

Infused with raw and unapologetic humanity, the array of emotions on show in this work is broad, and brings the audience from heartache to joy, and at the end, peace.

Don’t miss Natalie Weir’s second season of When Time Stops, featuring a special collaboration between Expressions Dance Company (EDC) and Guangdong Modern Dance Company (GMDC), based in China.

Words by Melanie Baker

When Time Stops. Image by Chris Herzfeld

Details: Playhouse QPAC – Corner Melbourne St & Grey St, South Brisbane 4101 | (07) 3840 7444 | 20 May – 28 May 2016 (times vary) | Tickets from $29 to $69 available at qpac.com.au | Running time 65 minutes (no interval)

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