Seddon dancer Alice Dixon’s stage career is really on a roll.
She is hopping on board this week’s world premiere of Tiny Slopes, by award-winning choreographer Nat Cursio, a tale of vulnerability and resilience inspired by Cursio’s decision in her early forties that it was time to learn to skateboard.
Dixon said it has been a daunting but rewarding experience to hop on a skateboard and learn a new skill.
“I had never skateboarded before, so it was a genuine challenge,” she said.
“It took us a while getting up our confidence, but I really enjoy working with Nat.”
Tiny Slopes is about taking risks, failures and little wins, as audiences watch accomplished dancers trying to negotiate the free-wheeling world of skateboarding.
As a dancer, Dixon found the dangers and potential for injury quite daunting.
“Our bodies are our careers.”
But she has been inspired by the four skate-savvy teens who joined the performance, including Footscray 13-year-old Pixel Willison-Allen.
Tiny Slopes will be performed at the Meat Market, 36 Courtney Street, North Melbourne, 7pm nightly until March 25. Tickets $25-35.
Bookings: artshouse.com.au or 9322 3713