New Breed Choreographer Spotlight: Daniel Riley


30 November 2015

Daniel Riley is one of the four exciting choreographers that have created new pieces for New Breed(8 – 13 Dec) at Carriageworks. His piece, entitled Reign, is choreographed for eight female dancers and set to an original score by Nick Thayer.

What can audiences expect from your piece?

Without giving too much away, its a powerful women’s story, set in a brutal ethereal world.

How would you describe your choreographic style?

The great thing about contemporary dance is that you don’t have to label the style. It¹s contemporary dance, so it is of the now. I get inspired by the dancers I am working with, with the music I listen to, the art I see, with the films I watch. I do however feel very connected to the earth and the sharing of energy into and out of it.

What was your inspiration?

Past and more recent political and historical women who rise to positions of power, and their fall from power due to a mob mentality.

What has been your career highlight so far?

Being lucky enough to be able to visit remote communities in North East Arnhem Land with Bangarra and performing for the communities up there.

What do you love most about contemporary dance?

That there are no limits to what story you can tell and how it can be told. There is an amount of freedom that we are very lucky to have and utilise to make work.

New Breed
8 – 13 December

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