EVERY good dinner party needs a talented, charismatic host.
That someone must captivate their guests, negotiate eloquently through the ebbs and flows of the conversation, and keep the night from descending into a shambles.
The young, wealthy man at the centre of Expressions Dance Company's latest production, The Host, struggles a little with the latter.
Choreographer Natalie Weir's latest dance theatre creation will hit Ipswich Civic Centre on May 13 and is a tongue-in-cheek look at human desire for status and wealth.
The use and misuse of power is presented on a micro scale at this dining table but Weir explores this alternate meaning well.
The "host" Jack Ziesing is, as always, mesmerising to watch, though it's hard to argue the whole ensemble is not captivating.
His fight scene with the wannabe (Benjamin Chapman) is breathtaking in its strength and masculine prowess.
They seem to defy gravity as they hurl each other over the table, seemingly with little effort in incredibly physical partner work that is Weir's trademark.
The soft landings and delicate exchanges throughout The Host belie the sheer strength required to execute the dance moves.
Through an enchanting, organic dance style paired with moving live music from the Southern Cross Soloists, every emotion is felt.
Insecurity. Jealousy. Betrayal. Friendship. Joy. Love.
The lighting adds further to the drama, with top hats shining lights on to the table a nice touch - a credit to Ben Hughes.
It is impossible to take one's eyes off the guests at this dinner party - a charming , relatable, hour-long production.
The Host will show for one night only at Ipswich Civic Centre on Wednesday, May 13.
Tickets cost $55 for adults, $50 for concession card holders and groups of six or more and $45 for groups of 10 or more.
Bookings can be made at ipswichciviccentre.com.au.
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