Families connect in unique showcase

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on May 14, 2020

A VIRTUAL dance concert featuring Denmark parents and their children will go live this weekend and people are encouraged to buy their tickets now to ensure they don’t miss out on the unique experience.

Created by Sandi Woo and presented by Annette Carmichael Projects, Because of You will showcase the connections between families in real time through the art of dance.

Local musician David Rastrick has created an original score for the performance and Carmichael said it’s so catchy, the kids have been humming it during rehearsals.

The unique element of Because of You is its venue – each performing pair will livestream their performance from their homes.

“It really is like no other performance you’ve seen,” Carmichael said.

“Can you imagine, six screens streaming simultaneously from the homes of Denmark families?

“It’s so real; you are watching dance happening live, spreading out across the community.

“At this time of isolation, it’s especially powerful.”

Marie Kerr is performing with her five-year-old Alyssa, with seven-year-old Zalia on-hand as the stage manager.

The Kerrs have set up their stage in the lounge room ahead of this weekend’s performance.

“Alyssa’s really been enjoying it,” Kerr said.

“Especially when she realised she could do a solo on-screen, that got her a bit more engaged!”

Carmichael said the children’s engagement with the virtual program had been fantastic.

“The kids are so comfortable with the format now,” she said.

“Many were shy to start with, and now they are making suggestions to the choreographer, Sandi Woo, telling their parents what to do and offering fantastic ideas.

“The parents tell us how much they are loving the chance to create with their children.”

A ticket costs $10 per household and must be purchased prior to the performance to give viewers access to the unique URL link.

Tickets can be bought here: http://annettecarmichael.com.au/because-of-you.html