Choreographer, Natalie Abbott is in the midst of presenting her exciting new work titled Physical Fractals from now until the 10th of May.

With an array of dancing experience behind her and previous works such as Pastel Playground (2007), Circles for Squares (2011) and many more, this graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts school of dance, is said to be putting forth what has been described as ‘brave, uncompromising dance work’

Having spent a lot of time traveling on tour during 2010 and 2011, Abbott found that the concept for Physical Fractals came from spending copious amounts of time in transit.

“I became really interested in how to stretch and warp time and experience performance as an active view,” she explains.

Abbott evolved the concept by spending a lot of time in the dance studio with experimentation.

“I became really invested in finding deep connections between all elements of the live show. Lighting, sound and movement are as investigated and relevant in Physical Fractals,” she says.

Making Physical Fractals different to other dance presentations is the emphasis on generating the sound score live and seeks to make use of jump-cuts, black outs, headlights, low lights, bright lights and sound to make an intense and engulfing experience for the audience.

“The movement is quite minimal, but rigorous in its repetition,” Abbott explains. “The score is designed to amplify awareness of both similarity, but perhaps disparity between the two performers.”

Abbott was inspired to set the bar a little higher for other dance performers and wants to challenge the audience’s perspective of dance by actively engaging and allowing them to become affected by the performance that they witness.

“I think it is a really exciting time in Australian contemporary dance,” says Abbott. “There are a lot of young makers interested in pushing these boundaries and asking their audience to be present and to ask questions.”

A movement, that Abbott is also passionate about becoming part of.

This exciting performance showcased until the 10th of May will certainly be like no other. With the focus in this performance not only limited to dance, but also many other elements that will all attribute toward a visceral experience that will create illusions as well as harshness.

Its Abbott’s wish to leave the audiences feeling, thinking and contemplating long after they have experienced her performance. She believes Physical Fractals is important because it makes people actively engage and think.

When: 8pm, Wed, 1 May – Fri, 10 May (Wed – Sat only)
Where: PACT Centre for Emerging Artists
Address: 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville
Tickets: $24 Full, $18 Concession, $15 (Thursdays)


Written by Jessica Teni