Lewis Major grew up between Robe and Penola driving tractors and shearing Sheep.
Switching the farm for the theatre, he is now a world-renowned contemporary dance choreographer whose work has been presented in six continents. He returns home this month to share a double bill S/WORDS & Unfolding following its world premiere at the Adelaide Festival.
Mr Major said it was a production that “offers hope following challenges we have faced globally”. “I am so thrilled to be bringing this work to my home-town after our sell-out season at the biggest arts festival in the world right now, the Adelaide Festival,” he said.
“It’s been a long journey to get here with lockdowns, theatre closures and a whole lot of quarantine but I am so happy that regional audiences will be some of the first in the world to see these brand-new two works. “I’m so grateful for the support of the community and especially from Country Arts SA.
“I am so looking forward to delivering projects like this with them throughout the rest of the year and into the future.”
Unfolding melds fluid dance with shifting 3D projection animation by creative coder Fausto Brusamolino and an epic score by James Brown to create an immersive journey that invites the audience to think about the concept of duality.
The work also features costumes created in Adelaide by Naomi Murrell Studios. S/WORDS follows a slap-dash tribe of performers coming to terms with the failures of a system they once believed in: an apocalyptic, absurd vision of a collapsing world where language is no longer used to build trust and solidarity, but to destroy and divide.
Not setting foot in a theatre until he was a teenager, Mr Major has since danced alongside Hugh Jackman and worked with luminaries of the European dance scene Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Shaun Parker, Hans van Den Broeck/Cie Soit, Hofesh Shechter and was a founding member of Aak