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Beyond the Walls

An inspiring program of original dance works choreographed by young people incarcerated in Youth Justice Centres.

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Company: Phunktional
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Beyond the Walls

Date: 26 Nov 2019

Australian arts company Phunktional brings Beyond the Walls to the Sydney Opera House for one show only on December 12.

This inspiring program of original dance works is choreographed by young people incarcerated in Youth Justice Centres and features professional dancers.
 
Early in 2019, Beyond the Wall visited two NSW youth justice centres – Frank Baxter and Reiby Youth Justice Centre, twice a week for six weeks. They worked with the young people aged 11 to 19, encouraging them to share their experiences and stories in the form of dance and directing the dancers. Together they found a collective voice for their individual experiences.  
 
Public performances earlier this year, including a sold out performance at Redfern Community Centre, were acclaimed by audiences.
 
The Sydney Opera House performance will feature Australian B-Girl, Demi Serono (So You Think You Can Dance, Blaze); dancers Glen Thomas and Hans Ahwang, B-Boy Anastasios Repousis and Aroha Pehi with live music by DJ Wasabi. 
 
The program will include a screening of a short documentary of the project’s creation; a performance by a boys’ dance group from Redfern Community Centre with dancers Hans Ahwang and Glen Thomas. There will also be a Q&A panel featuring Lola Forester (Black Chat, Koori Radio) and artists from Beyond the Walls with Joel Clark from Amnesty International Australia, who will facilitate for parliamentarians in attendance. 

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