When Lewis Major fractured his spine aged just 21, he was told he would never dance again. Today, in an inspired twist, Lewis comes to Nambour where he will embrace his “break” through the development of a major new work of dance-theatre.
The provisional title of this new work is Kintsugi, in honor of the Japanese philosophy that sees beauty in the unfinished.
Lewis said he still struggles with his physical body and struggles to keep up with the daily training required as a dancer.
“I run a small independent dance company and at some point I looked around and realized that every artist that I had brought into my orbit in one way or another brought with him his own breakup – I also realized that was what made him special,” Major said.
“Kintsugi will be a reminder to stay optimistic when things fall apart and to celebrate life’s flaws and missteps.
“In this work, we will use projection and 3D design to illuminate and texture the performers and the space, creating a fluid and changing atmosphere and stage architecture.
“We are interested in working with local artists as part of the development process, either formally or informally, and hope to initiate a series of opportunities to fully integrate ourselves into Kabi Kabi and
Jinibara country during our stay there.
Sunshine Coast Council Arts Portfolio Advisor Rick Baberowski said Lewis comes to the area to develop his work through the artist residency program, ‘BEYOND’, which is supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s ArtsCoast and the Victorian arts organization PUNCTUM INC.
“From April 26 to May 16, the council will welcome Lewis Major and company to his 2nd space studio in Nambour,” said Cr Baberowski.
“This residency provides exciting opportunities for the local dance industry to learn from Lewis during his daily open classes for dance students and emerging dance professionals.
“Lewis will engage local artists from Nambour and the wider Sunshine Coast community to inform and develop his work.”
Lewis’ residency comes from the return of Sunshine Coast-based artists Courtney Scheu and Itamar Freed who traveled to Kyneton Contemporary as part of the larger BEYOND residency exchange.
Through reciprocal programs of exchanges, residencies and presentations, BEYOND connects and deepens regional partnerships and artistic practice across borders and boundaries to build on regional arts and audiences.
Currently BEYOND involves PUNCTUM INC (VIC), Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennale (KCAT) (VIC), ArtsCoast – Sunshine Coast Council (QLD), Situate (TAS) and Country Arts (SA).