Teens jump into parkour gig

JUMPING HIGH: A urban freestyle, parkour and dance performance will hit Geelong this month.

A mix of urban freestyle, parkour and dance will come together for an immersive theatre experience at Geelong this month.

Jump First, Ask Later is an urban choreographic portrait inspired by the streets in Sydney’s suburb of Fairfield, one of the nation’s most culturally-diverse regions.

The 50 minute long show tells the personal stories, challenges and triumphs of six young champions of the underground parkour and street style community.

Poetics of violence, migration, redemption and collective freedom can all be expected through the dance narrative.

The audience will be taken on a journey of self-discovery by jumping over life’s obstacles, according to promoters.

Directed by acclaimed choreographer Byron Perry, the production features members of the award-winning Dauntless Movement Crew (DMC).

DMC have been training on and around Sydney buildings since 2008. They have toured Australia and in 2016 won first place at the Australian Dance Awards.

The young performers are all aged 18 to 26 and have trained in parkour, acrobatics, martial arts, b-boying, tricking and street dance.

Geelong Performing Arts Centre CEO Joel McGuinness said he was thrilled to bring the “exciting and fast-paced show” to Geelong.

“Dauntless Movement Crew are just incredible performers and the show’s themes will really resonate with young people and their families,” he said.

Jump First, Ask Later will perform at GPAC on 28 May.

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