Windswept, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2021

Windswept is the motion of bodies and sound, of order emerging from chaos, of dance flowering in an ecosphere of constant flux. Here there is no ‘about’, simply a pas de deux of dancers and music, a call and response dynamic that folds classical, jazz and blues into an evocation of diverse trigger points.

Where Chopin, Nina Simone and Beth Hart intersect, choreographer Jo McDonald sculpts a nocturnal synthesis of ballet, contemporary, flamenco & jazz. In this dream-like terrain, many bodies merge, and a language of pure movement evolves as a counterpart to piano, voice & guitar. Drawing on her own experience, and that of the composers, McDonald transcends narrative in order to locate a core unity in our physicality.

4 performances

Marion Cultural Centre
7pm and 9pm
Friday 12 March

Blackwood Memorial Hall
7pm Saturday 13 March
7pm Saturday 21 March


$35 adult
$31.50 concession
$31.50 Group 6+

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About the company

Move Through Life Dance Company (MTL) was Adelaide’s first performing company for adult dancers, established in 2004. Our last Fringe show in 2014 sold out, and now after a five year hiatus, we are back, celebrating our love of contemporary, jazz, and ballet. MTL is a proudly ‘body and age diverse’ company that encourages dancers of all ages, shapes, sizes, and colours to dance, train, perform, and create. This doesn’t mean our dancers aren’t impressive, just that they are not all the same. With 20 dancers ranging in age from 19 to 47 and size 6 to 22, our mantra is “it’s not the way you look, it’s the way you move that counts”. In addition to the company performing in the Fringe, MTL also has a mature dance company with dancers aged from 50 to late 70s.

Choroegrapher's statement

This time around, I’m not trying to communicate any ideas or concepts, but to luxuriate in the enjoy of dance for its own sake, and for the music that accompanies it.  I just wanted to create movement that has arisen in my own body as a result of the different dance styles I’ve studied (ballet, jazz, contemporary, and Flamenco). So in a way it is about the diversity of influences, and the way dance (and music) can sweep you away.  And also I’m enjoying  choreographing with a ‘body of dancers’ instead of just one body.  So playing with how I can create a  visual spectacle with many different bodies.

The music I am using is from three artists – classical composer Frederick Chopin (specifically, his Nocturnes), 50s and 60s jazz artist Nina Simone, and current day blues artist Beth Hart.  It is again a nod to the diversity in the music I love, and in the instruments I’ve played (piano and guitar – both classical, jazz, and  blues, and vocals).

There are also common threads that these musicians share.  They are all piano players who started playing at a very young age (under 4 years), who have had troubled health lives (Chopin’s was physical health, and Beth and Nina both have suffered from bipolar and alcoholism/drug addiction).  I was particularly interested in Chopin’s nocturnes because of their connotations of dreams and night time.

The threads of the piece are music, dance, diversity (in music/dance/bodies).  Windswept is somewhat inspired by themes of night time, like the sound of wind and wind chimes, linking the pieces together, and I feel like the urge that compels you to dance or make music is a little like being swept by the wind.

Jo McDonald
Jo McDonald


Marion Cultural Centre

287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park

Performances at 7pm and 9pm Friday 12 March

Blackwood Memorial Hall

21 Coromandel Parade, Blackwood

Performances at 7pm Saturday 13 and 20 March

Watch our dancers perform

On Friday 5 February 2021, we held an event to launch our 2021 performance season.

The evening included two pieces which will be in Windswept in March, as well as a dance from ‘The Ruby Room’ by our Mature Company, which will be performed in May.

The launch event also saw 12 of our company dancers, and the company choreographer, perform self-choreographed solos.

You can watch the entire performance from 5 February here.  The Windswept pieces are at the end of Part 3 and Part 5.

Move Through Life Dance Studio offers dance classes to adults of all ages in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap.  We pride ourselves on offering you a place to indulge your love of dance, whether you’re a complete beginner, had a long break from dance, or danced all your life.  Our classes have a broad mix of ages, and our philosophy is that you are never too old to dance, it is never too late to start, and you can dance forever!

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