Somewhere in America, an army of teenage competitive dancers is plotting world domination. One routine at a time. Their coach has told them that dance can change the world and they’re determined not only to change it, but to save it. As the national title looms and the dancers fight it out for the lead role, reality and fantasy blur in this award-winning pageant of ferocious girl power. Part-Dance Moms, part-Hunger Games, Dance Nation is a crushingly funny satire of ambition that sees some of the country’s finest adult actors capture the agonising ecstasy of adolescence. Set against a backdrop of cut-throat schoolyard politics, Clare Barron’s smash-hit is an endlessly inventive and delightfully unhinged look at how we become who we are.
Wild, funny, ferocious drama.
Conjures… early adolescence with such being-there sharpness… that you’re not sure whether to cringe, cry or roar with happiness.
New York Times
Dance Nation feels like a mixture of Carrie, a Judy Blume novel, Bring It On and the finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer all tied together with a ragged red bow – and this, let me assure you, is a very good thing.
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Written by Clare Barron
Directed by Imara Savage
Set and Costume Designer Jonathon Oxlade Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage Choreographer Larissa McGowan
Cast Mitchell Butel Emma Harvie Chika Ikogwe Yvette Lee Rebecca Massey Amber McMahon Louisa Mignone Tara Morice Tim Overton