Another grade 12 final showcase wrapped up for the year, can you believe it? Propel was a night of creative movement, storytelling and expression. It was amazing to observe the numerous pieces choreographed by this year's amazing grade 12 dance cohort! Each piece was so unique, and a range of styles were exhibited from classical to post-modern to Hip Hop.
I was engrossed by Jacinta Bounkeua's 'Duplicity', a piece conveying the conflict between two personalities. As I watched, I was entranced by the contrasting movements, feeling a little scared but completely enticed. Brianna Palmer's 'Meet Cute' presented a lovely piece that explored the themes of love, connection, lust and intimacy as two strangers meet by chance in a coffee shop. It was a very beautiful story that took the audience out of the real world to share this experience of new beginnings. The narrative in each piece was focussed and clearly evident. Intermittently throughout the student's choreography, the audience was treated to a little video showcase of each dancer's 'QACI Dance Journey' where we had the opportunity to learn some more about the graduating dance students. I also loved to see the grade 10 and 11s getting in on the action! The closeness of QACI's dance cohort was evident with the excellent collaboration between year levels, the other students helping to make these pieces become a reality.
To close the performance students were given a fabulous opportunity to perform professional repertoire work 'Auto Cannibal (excerpt)' choreographed by Stephanie Lake, commissioned by Australasian Dance Collective (Brisbane's own professional contemporary dance company).
Propel was a great night full of the joy of dance performance, creation and devotion to craft and the showcasing of our talented students.
Written by Morgan Lee, Year 11