Scott Elstermann



‘BANG! BANG!’ is a dance double-header choreographed by Scott Elstermann and Shona Erskine. Murder, melodrama and Wes Anderson combine to get you reconsidering what you thought about contemporary dance.

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An opportunity to support dynamic new dance works from rising star Scott Elstermann and renowned artist Shona Erskine. Both works having received extensive development nationally, it’s time to raise funds for the final production. ‘BANG! BANG!’ will have its world premiere at The Blue Room Theatre in November 2019.

‘Act 2, Scenes 1-4’ is a mischievous take on Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, by Pina Bausch fellow Scott Elstermann. A visually striking crime caper, you will be swept into a world of saturated colour, playful movement and sinister murder. The work plays with form by re-imagining stop-motion, symmetry and whip pans through dance.

Gunshots at a ball, evil stepmothers and town gossip feed into a melodrama of three Australian women doing what they had to do. Witnessed at different stages of their pending doom, ‘Love You, Stranger’ is a deliciously fascinating exploration of true crimes and true love by Shona Erskine.

This project comes at a pivotal time in both artists’ careers for their voice to be heard. Independent dance opportunities are rare, and we are capitalising on the excitement and momentum surrounding these works to get them up and running.

In 2018, Elstermann was the first Australian and youngest-ever recipient of the prestigious Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography. With insight into all facets of the creative process on an international level, it is now essential he has the time and space to share this knowledge with local industry artists.

Erskine’s first full-length work in 2015 ‘White Matter’ was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance at the 2016 Australian Dance Awards. After two interstate developments of ‘Love You, Stranger’, it is vital Erskine continues to establish her choreographic practice with a presentation outcome.

We are asking for $5,000 to assist funding artist wages, design materials and publicity.

All donations will go directly to the artists and associated costs of the project. The end result will see these two works have their world premiere at The Blue Room Theatre, November 26-December 14 2019. It will employ over 10 local WA independent artists! From the choreographers, dancers, producer, publicist, lighting and sound designer, this project will bring together many areas of the independent arts sector to create a dynamic and passionate show. We urge you to support this vital project and look forward to seeing you at ‘BANG! BANG!’.

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Scott Elstermann





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Not many dance artists around the world can claim both Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham on their resume but Scott Elstermann is one.

In 2018, Scott was the first Australian and youngest-ever recipient of the prestigious Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography. This granted Scott a placement with Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell, accompanying her to some of the world’s best dance companies including Nederlands Dans Theater. In that same year, Scott was one of only three Australian dancers selected to perform repertoire excerpts by Merce Cunningham at the National Gallery of Australia. Scott received the Palisade Award for the most outstanding graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). He has performed for some of Australia’s leading dance artists including Lucy Guerin Inc., Natalie Allen, Annette Carmichael, Shona Erskine, Brooke Leeder and Melbourne collective Alice Will Caroline. He has choreographed various short works, winning the Overall Dance & Physical Theatre Award at the 2016 Perth Fringe World Festival. Scott is a teaching artist with West Australian Ballet. All this has led him to be a triple semi-finalist in the WA Young Achiever Awards.


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