The school report you never knew you needed.

One of Australia’s most innovative artists, WAAPA graduate Joseph Simons, is bringing the hilarious show 100 Years Of The History Of Dance As Told By One Man In 60 Minutes With An Energetic Group Finale to FRINGE WORLD Festival.

100 Years Of The History of Dance… will shake up the classroom at the old Girls School – Fringe’s newest/oldest coolest hub for 2020 – every night from Monday, 3 February to Sunday, 16 February.

Bursting at the seams with fascinating facts, naughty stories and dance moves to die for, 100 Years Of The History of Dance… follows schoolboy Jacob presenting a school report on a topic of his choice. Not to be extra or anything but Jacob has decided to cover 100 years of dance!

Exploring the lives of influential choreographers including Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Bob Fosse, Rudolf Nureyev, Pina Bausch, Gene Kelly and Paula Abdul, Jacob not only talks about them but demonstrates their signature style at the same time. As he prepares, Jacob ponders the difference between ‘influence’ and ‘plagiarism’ and begins to question his own legacy…

Ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance are all addressed in this physical theatre performance, which blends dance and theatre in an unusual, charming and funny way.

The show is directed by New York based WAAPA alumni Emma Canalese and was written by Canalese and Simons, the original Jacob. At FRINGE WORLD Simons is joined by Perth born Andrew Longo and Brisbane local Trent Sinclair, both Queensland Conservatorium graduates, who will each take turns playing Jacob on consecutive nights.

As well as teaching audiences the real story behind some of the world’s most household names, 100 Years Of The History Of Dance… will also impart some essential life lessons… like if you want something in life you just have to start!

The castle-like 1930s Old Perth Girls School building is iconic in its ‘Egyptian Art-Deco’ grandeur and operated as a school from 1936 until 1962 before becoming a cop shop – making it the perfect location for this history lesson with a difference.

So head down to Home Economics, where you’ll learn dance isn’t a foreign academic concept, it’s for everyone… and it feels good!

100 Years Of The History Of Dance As Told By One Man In 60 Minutes With An Energetic Group Finale
Presented by: Joseph Simons with Adam Gardnir
Where: Home Economics, Girls School
When: Nightly @ 8.15pm from Monday 3, February to Sunday, 16 February, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes
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