Dance Review: Jump First, Ask Later – Arts Centre, Melbourne (Performances until August 6th)

Here is a dance show that is so much more than just a dance show. What Jump First, Think Later brings to audiences is a poignant and raw tale of six young parkour and urban dancers who represent Australia’s wonderful multiculturalism. The narrative of this 50-minute show is really heartwarming as Joe Carbone, Johnny Do, Justin Kilic, Jimmy James AKA Jackie Chan, Natalie Siri, and Patrick Uy share with us their personal experiences of how this art form enriches their lives.

Community spirit is a value that these dancers hold close to their hearts as they aim to bring a fresh perspective to this daring form of movement. As they tumbled, flipped and had us on the edge of our us seats, what was really evident was these dancers athleticism and agility. On the surface, it may seem that these young kids are some kind of trouble makers, when really, all they want to do is share their passion for what they do and educate not only kids but parents on the importance of happiness.

Each of these six performers has had their own personal struggles whether it be anger management, cultural adjustment or the reality of that 9-5 job, but what was so beautiful to see come to life was the power of motivation, hard work and camaraderie. The notion of power in all its form was evident through this street styling; power through individuality, dance as empowerment, and the overall power of community spirit. It really is that simple.

Before the show even started we could see a real mixed bag of people; kids, teenagers, mum, dads and a few oldies. What a way to bring together the ideals of a collective freedom. We know this show struck a chord with many of the kids, as we’d hear them say to mum or dad, “Wow that’s cool” or “He’s so strong”. Well mums and dads, if ever there was a time to get your kids involved in something bigger than just dance, than this is it.

Special mention must go to director Byron Perry who really captured the heart of the streets. No doubt this show will be the topic of conversation in many households for weeks to come.

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Jump First, Ask Later is showing at the Arts Centre in Melbourne until August 6. Tickets are available from https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2016/families/jump-first-ask-later.

The reviewer attended the show on opening night August 2.

 

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