Dancing his way back to Christchurch

Ross McCormack will be bringing his show Triumph and Other Alternatives to Christchurch next week.
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Ross McCormack will be bringing his show Triumph and Other Alternatives to Christchurch next week.

Growing up in Canterbury, a young Ross McCormack would never have imagined where his dancing could take him.

McCormack has returned to Christchurch after years of living overseas pursuing his dream of being a professional dancer and performer.

Last setting foot in the Isaac Theatre Royal in 2000, he returns with a unique show which he has directed, choreographed and is the lead performer.

"We're coming to Christchurch, which is massive for me," McCormack said.

Growing up in Rangiora and then moving to Christchurch to study at St Bedes College, McCormack later moved to Wellington to study at the School of Dance.

"Then I took off around the world for the next 10, 12 years.

"It's been pretty full-on," McCormack said.

"I didn't think that was where I'd end up, that's for sure."

McCormack is back in Christchurch next Tuesday with his show Triumphs and Other Alternatives, a show which he said promises dance, visual art, clowning, design and theatre craft.

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The show follows a vulnerable, delightful, obsessive and narcissistic character, played by Ross McCormack, relentless in his need to create and his desire to leave his mark on the world.

Directed, designed and performed by McCormack, Triumphs and Other Alternatives is a collision of contemporary performance art forms.

Emerging as the "maker" character or "the mad scientist", McCormack explores the chaos of the creative process, with a workshop on the stage.

The show opens up the curiosity surrounding the artistic process, how artists make their work and what drives them. It promises to explore the obsessiveness and the traps of the creative process, demonstrating a delusional joy that the act of creating can bring forth.

"People will say a workshop on stage is not generally where we see dance. It makes it quite interesting.

"It is a story close to my heart.

"Here's hoping I can bring something good to town."

The show was in Tauranga over the weekend and comes to Christchurch at the Isaac Theatre Royal on Tuesday October 18 at 8pm. Tickets are $15-$49 (booking fees apply), from ticketek.co.nz or 0800 TICKETEK.

 - Stuff

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