Beyond The Walls 2019

BEYOND THE WALLS is a dance project for NSW young people in Juvenile Justice Centres
Beyond The Walls Finale Showcase & Q&A: Friday 12th Dec 2019 @ Sydney Opera House 6.45pm for a 7pm start

Beyond the Walls is a dance project produced by leading Australian community arts company Phunktional, designed to positively empower young people in custody. This project is supported by arguably the nation’s best female break-dancer, Demi Sorono, with her powerful one-woman musical theatre show, Shadow Warrior.

Demi performed to young people and staff in Reiby and Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centres (JJC) to kick off Beyond the Walls, before a group of professional artists, including First Nations Australian dancer Glenn Thomas, worked with the young people in detention. The project will culminate with a dance performance choreographed by youth in custody. Their performance will then be shared with the general public at three separate locations within Sydney.

Beyond the Walls is a Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) program for culturally diverse at-risk young people in custody in Sydney. The initiative is a strategic and unique approach to positively empower young people through the arts, building on two years of collaboration between Phunktional and Frank Baxter JJC.

Demi Sorono choreographs and performs her powerful one-woman show inspired by her own story of hardship and immigrating to Australia. A celebration of cultural connections through hip-hop, physical theatre and song, this performance portrays vulnerability and strength through difficult circumstances, themes that many young people of the JJC’s relate to. Demi’s uses various dance forms including breakdancing, hip hop, crumping, locking, waving, and a little popping thrown into the mix. The show also features original songs performed by Demi herself.

Directed by Gerard Veltre, artistic director of Phunktional, Shadow Warrior strengthens Phunktional’s already proven ability to present engaging performances that entertain, and deliver messages that provoke reflection and inspire discussion.