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Gaining Momentum

DARWIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE’S In Motion series, held every Saturday during July when the Top End emerged from the pandemic lockdown period, gave local artists the chance to showcase their skills and earn some money during exceptional times for the arts and entertainment industry.

In addition to putting money into the pockets of local creatives, local audiences got to experience bitesize bursts from Territory creatives, earning them new fans and providing the opportunity to ease back into live performance.

In Motion returns for one special night this month, a natural step according to DEC’s Acting General Manager Coryn Huddy, given its outstanding reception.

“In simple terms – people want it! It’s just been brilliant in terms of exposure and opportunities,” he says.

The format is simple, but effective, whereby ticket holders move through the spaces of Darwin Entertainment Centre to experience a diverse rolling montage of four 15-minute performances.

This month, we’re treated to sneaky snippets from Impro Territory’s Kyle Walmsley and Sarah Reuben, who’ll bring stories and characters to life, thanks to the suggestions from the audience; a bold performance from Chung Wah Society’s Drum Routine Troupe in the loading dock; and a soulful performance from Prayer Corby, who brings her mix of originals, soul, pop and indie into an acoustic mix.

In more exciting news, Gary Lang – Artistic Director of DEC Artist-in-Residence company NT Dance Company – comes out of retirement to bring together excerpts of old and new work in In Two’s.

Due to the many positive outcomes the initiative has prompted, this exciting creative local showcase may be here to stay.

“We had a ball, the artists had a ball, the attendees had a ball. We’re looking at rolling out an identical program and putting money back into the pockets of locals. It’s just such a cool initiative – we’d like In Motion to become a regular feature within our program,” Huddy says.“The day things change and we can’t deliver something unique and different, we’ll ask ‘what’s the next thing we can do?’.”

In Motion
COST $15

Photo: Kyle Walmsley and Sarah Reuben

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