Sally Chance The Thing That Matters

DreamBIG Children’s Festival, the world’s first and longest running children’s festival, will return to the Adelaide Festival Center this May 17-27. More than 2.5 million children have participated in the festival since its inception in 1974, and it remains an intrinsic part of growing up in South Australia. This year’s festival will focus on the theme, ‘Our World,’ and features more than 50 shows, activities and exhibitions for audiences from babies to teenagers across 10 days.

Among the festival events is The Thing That Matters from Sally Chance Dance. Sally Chance practices in the field of perinatal infant mental health using dance to support the critical first relationship between mother and baby and has worked with over 40 Adelaide families to create this new dance-theatre performance.

Sally Chance.

In The Thing That Matters, presented May 23-27, babies and very young children will love Sally Chance Dance and her ensemble of Adelaide families as they go on a growing, crawling, walking, running and dancing journey through an entire lifespan. Love, family and memories to treasure, The Thing That Matters is dance-theater presented with original live music for the youngest audiences. Things matter at different life stages for different reasons. Sometimes everything matters and nothing matters all at once.

Chance is a dance-theater artist who trained at Trinity Laban, London, and is motivated by the power of collaborating with specific communities whose artistic perspectives open the door to new performance forms. For the past 15 years, beginning with an Australian Council Fellowship, Chance’s work has been dedicated to the cultural lives of children aged three years and younger. In collaboration with the members of her South Australian-based independent company, Sally Chance Dance, she has created, presented and toured five new performance works and co-created other works.

The Thing That Matters For DreamBIG 2023 it will be the company’s sixth early years performance work and the third work devised through a co-creative devising process of Family Dance Labs.

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Andrew Naughtie

News reporter and author at @websalespromo