Printable CopyDANCE NATION
The State Theatre Company of South Australia
Scott Theatre
Until 07 Mar 2020

Review by Janice Bailey

“Dance Nation” is a co-production with Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre – which immediately elicits high expectations. The piece is a highly acclaimed play by Clare Baron, having been nominated for a 2019 Pulitzer prize.

Currently playing at the ‘jewel’ that is Scott Theatre, “Dance Nation” is cleverly directed by Imara Savage, with creative choreography by Larissa McGowan. The diversely talented cast of Elena Carapetis, Chika Ikogwe, Tara Morice, Emma Harvie, Yvette Lee, Rebecca Massey, Amber McMahon, Mitchell Butell and Tim Overton all deserve a mention as this is a true ensemble piece and wouldn’t be as successful without the clear connection between each of the cast members.

Set in America, a group of teenagers are determined to win the National Titles while within the group there is also the ‘battle’ for the lead role. The show is funny, quirky, at times confronting and the end result is quite brilliant. If you have ever been connected to a Dance School, you will appreciate the cringeworthy moments, which add to the overall enjoyment of Dance Nation.

This is one not to miss.