Northern maneouvres take out gong

Jarrod Sierocki

Step behind the scenes of the Helpmann Awards with some of the nominees.

Dancenorth artistic director Kyle Page in Attractor. PIcture: Amber Haines

TOWNSVILLE’S acclaimed Dancenorth was Queensland’s big winner at the Helpmann Awards in Sydney last night.

The Helpmanns celebrate Australia’s vibrant live performance industry, and Dancenorth’s acclaimed production Attractor won in two categories – best dance production and best choreography in a ballet, dance or physical theatre production.

The company’s win is even more significant since they are the only Queensland-based winners.

Leah Purcell, who was born in Murgon, did win best new Australian work for The Drover’s Wife presented at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre. She doesn’t live here any more, but we can still claim her.

QPAC, in association with the Brisbane Festival, did win for best ballet — and that’s great — but that was for Ballet Preljocaj, a company from France.

Dancenorth’s Attractor is a collaboration wi…

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