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S/WORDS – World Premiere

S/WORDS is the brand new dance theatre work by award-winning choreographer Lewis Major, premiering in regional South Australia in October 2020.

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After spending the past decade building a stellar international career and fresh off the back of a major European tour, regional South Australian choreographer Lewis Major returns to his hometown to present the world premiere of his latest work, S/WORDS.

Tapping into the discord of our times, S/WORDS follows a slap-dash tribe of performers confronting the collapse of the systems that used to support and comfort them. In their place is an apocalyptic and chaotic world in which language no longer inspires but is weaponised to wound and divide. Brimming with gritty physicality, at times provocative, political and deeply personal, S/WORDS presents a society that is scarily alienating and yet shockingly familiar.

The final development and World Premiere of this work is happening at the regional arts centre, The Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre in October 2020. We’re fundraising money to support the presentation of this world-class show.

Unabashedly audience-driven, Lewis’ work is at once comic, bleak and beautiful. Collaboration being vital to all of his work, S/WORDS is complemented by a focused stage design by Fausto Brusamolino and a brand-new sound score by James Brown. A cast of seven extraordinary international performers join Lewis on stage, creating a vision of a world in freefall and drawing audiences into a world of raw emotion and intense, visceral sensation. This will be a dance experience like no other.

Creating work of this scale in regional Australia comes with extra expenses. Travel, accommodation and living costs for our collaborators, not to mention the bringing in of specialised lighting and sound equipment all add up. We have already secured extensive support from local and state government stakeholders and will be using the funds raised by this campaign to ensure that we pull off the best possible show that we can, and that regional audiences can be treated to this world class live performance.

We’re proud to announce that thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Creative Partnerships Australia, every dollar donated will be matched, up to $5000. You give 10 dollars – it becomes 20. Give 100; it becomes 200. Give 1000… well, you get the idea. As with all Australian Cultural Fund programs, every donation is tax deductible.

Less money for the tax man, more money for art. Simple.

Keep abreast of S/WORDS’ development at lewismajor.com and drop us a line at info@lewismajorprojects.com if you’d like to learn more about the show, or Lewis’ work.

Thank you for all of your support.

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Lewis Major is an award-winning choreographer and creative entrepreneur originally from the deep south of regional South Australia. After growing up on a farm shearing sheep and driving tractors, he finds it somewhat ironic to now be working in the most maligned and misunderstood sector of the arts industry: Contemporary Dance. He is the only dance artist he’s ever heard of who can shear a sheep and has travelled to all three axis-of-evil countries.

As a performer and dance maker, he has worked with and alongside Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Shaun Parker, Hans van Den Broeck/Cie Soit and was a founding member of Aakash Odedra Company. With an extensive back catalogue of award-winning choreographies, he has created and staged his own work on six continents. Lewis is passionate about creating high-quality arts experiences and delivering them to the widest possible range of audiences.

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John Murray

NSW
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Michelle Ryan

SA
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Deborah May

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Desi Masti

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Madison Thomas

SA
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Luci Badge

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Fioba Watson

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Anneliese Kirk

NSW
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Jeff Meiners

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Terri-ann White

WA
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Wendy Lacoon

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Carole Commins

Saint Denis
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Adelaide Spine and Brain

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Fern Mines

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Cathy Adamek

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Catharina Corman

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Melanie Burge

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Robert Zunic

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Artists Website
http://lewismajor.com

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