Hero shot: Tallula Bourne from O, How I Dreamt of Things Impossible by Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre, premiering in October at NORPA and online in November. Photographer: Kate Holmes

Changes to the Public Health Orders have allowed the release of additional tickets to Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre’s latest work called O, How I Dreamt of Things Impossible. 

Five weeks ahead of opening night the show had sold out yet now with changes to NSW public health orders allowing theatres to increase their capacity up to 50%, a second round of tickets have been released. 

Social distancing will still be in place, and with tickets to the October show being limited they are expected to sell quickly.

 

Zac Mifsud fromO, How I Dreamt of Things Impossible by Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre, premiering in October at NORPA and online in November. Photographer:Kate Holmes

For those unable to attend the live performance the show will be filmed and available online from November 7 to December 6, coinciding with International Day of People with Disability on December 3. For more details on accessing the filmed performance visit www.sprung.org.au or norpa.org.au

With the current appetite for live entertainment, O, How I Dreamt of Things Impossible is a physically dynamic and robustly hopeful show.

The work explores the kaleidoscope of emotions and day-to-day experiences of its dancers with disability. Through the lens of seven young, imaginative and curious minds, we rediscover the power of dreams alongside the optimism and integral strength that must be summoned to overcome the doubts we all share about life.

The production brings together talent of seven young dancers, celebrated costume designer Jennifer Irwin, composer Fred Cole, lighting designer John Rayment, award-winning digital artist Andrew Christie, producer, Robyn Brady and artistic director Michael Hennessy.

Mr Hennessy(a former Sydney Dance Company dancer), has been working with the dancers on a weekly basis for more than five years and is excited to bring their performance to the NORPA stage.

“Ultimately their experiences are what make the show so profound,” he said. 

“One dancer was hospitalised in his youth and unable to move, so to see him fully expressing himself in movement is a feat in and of itself, but to see him perform at this level is astounding.”

Equally moving is the story of Tallula Bourne. Ms Bourne heard music for the first time at the age of 12, after having cochlear implants to address hearing loss.

Her experience of hearing for the first time will be brought to life in a solo as part of the show.

“We are creators, we are dreamers, we make our own normal,” Ms Bourne said.

 

Image: Tallula Bourne from O, How I Dreamt of Things Impossible by Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre, premiering in October at NORPA and online in November. Photographer: Kate Holmes

Sprung!! President and the show’s producer, Robyn Brady, said the whole community has been involved in bringing this show to the stage.

“We held a successful crowdfunding campaign to which many people generously donated, it was matched by Brady Marine. NORPA has provided significant financial, creative and production support, and we’ve also gained support from the NSW Government through Create NSW and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. We sense the level of excitement and anticipation for this work being created with our dancers,” she said. 

NORPA’s Artistic Director and CEO, Julian Louis praised the dedication of the small, independent dance and performing arts company stating this is the key to their success.

"Sprung!! is one of the only dedicated performance ensembles in our region, that in itself is something to celebrate,"

“NORPA is excited to be co-producing this piece and bringing live performance back to the mainstage in collaboration with Sprung!!” 

O, How I Dreamt of Things Impossible reframes our perspective and shows that ‘Impossible’ can be transformed into ‘I’m Possible’.

The show runs from Thursday 22 Oct – Saturday 24 Oct starting at 7:30pm at NORPA, Lismore City Hall in Bounty Street. 

For tickets and more information: 

https://norpa.org.au/events/o-how-i-dreamt-of-things-impossible/