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Cast members perform a scene from director/choreographer Debbie Allen's gripping musical piece, "Freeze Frame," which premieres at Brisbane Festival in Australia next week. (Courtesy Photo)
Debbie Allen (Sentinel File Photo)
Iconic actor/dancer/choreographer/director Debbie Allen brings her eponymous dance troupe to Brisbane, Australia for the world-premiere of a compelling original dance-driven narrative, “Freeze Frame”.
Using dynamic dance, film, art and an eclectic musical score, Debbie Allen gives a voice and a
face to the millions of young people disenfranchised and compromised by their surroundings and their cultural identity. The piece will give audiences an up close, inside snapshot of the hopes, fears, joys and the challenges that exist in our inner cities and around the world and leave them considering what might they do to change the picture.
“We live in a world that is in serious need of a new moral radar free of prejudice, gun violence and open to religious tolerance,” says Ms. Allen. “So many beautiful young people are lost, trapped and need a voice and a face to get the world to take another look. ‘Freeze Frame’ will give that look inward and hopefully open doors to help many get out. I dedicate this work to the children of Newtown, Connecticut, Hadiya Pendelton, Boston Strong, Alice Gruppioni and Trayvon Martin.”
Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Noel Staunton said “Freeze Frame” was the headline show for
this year’s program and an important international collaboration.
“I was compelled to create something after being moved by the realities of L.A.’s troubled
neighbourhoods, many of the issues which youth in Australia and across the globe face everyday,” Mr Staunton said.
“I am incredibly inspired by the dynamic performances of these children and young adults who are using music and dance as a creative output to share some extraordinary stories. I am so thrilled to welcome them to Brisbane and I know they are going to shake things up in the Australian arts scene.”
For many of students of the Los Angeles-based Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA), this will be their first international performing experience. Of the 29-member troupe, the youngest is nine years old. Ten are in high school. Seven are DADA graduates, six are faculty and six are professionals in the entertainment industry.
“Freeze Frame” is written, directed and choreographed by three-time Emmy award-winner Debbie Allen with music composed by Grammy Award-winners Stevie Wonder and James Ingram, as well as bandleader Rickey Minor (“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,”), Wally Minko and young rapper, Thump. Performances run September 19th through September 22nd.