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The Pleasure Principle in review


This year’s Ignite The Dark performance The Pleasure Principle proved to be the biggest and most responsive production that the company has yet to present. Ranging from misinterpreted controversy all the way to some absolutely amazing reviews (please see below).
Thankyou to everyone who came to watch and support the production, it was a pleasure to perform and the audience reactions were absolutely overwhelming. Plans for our next production are already underway so watch this space.

Daniel Ryan & Alfie Scalia
Artistic Directors of Ignite The Dark

Theatre People review by Nick Pilgrim:
Reality television shows like So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, and Australia’s Got Talent are currently dominating the airwaves. So, it is probably no accident Ignite The Dark’s co-creators seem to have pitched this show at lovers of Graham Murphy, Twyla Tharp, and beyond. This is the seven deadly sins for the MTV generation.
For lovers of contemporary dance and the drama of theatre itself, there is something for everyone. This is indeed a vibrant, high – octane experience. Don’t miss out.

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Australian Stage review by Vivienne Mah:
The Pleasure Principle aims to titillate but also provoke curiosity to the fantasies, the everyday scenes proposed which the audience can relate to – and it certainly does. Littered with quotes to reinforce the narrative’s ideas on hedonism, submissiveness, and all in between, it’s easy to be swept away in an elegant visual portrayal of the darker side of our psyches.
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repress nothing


July 18-21, 2012
Gasworks Theatre, Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.”  
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Ignite The Dark, purveyors of Australia’s dark and sexy jazz dance; bring you “The Pleasure Principle”. A high octane, subversive dance experience filled with fun, sexy, stylized routines about the search for pleasure, no matter the risks, the social stigma, or the indoctrinated guilt. Indulge the pleasure principle. It will leave you begging for more.

Ignite The Dark is a company of Melbourne’s finest jazz dancers featuring the innovative choreography of Alfie Scalia and Daniel Ryan (directors and choreographers of last year’s sell out season of The Earth, The Sea & The Moon).