FORTE, Presented by PROJECTion Dance Company

As the contemporary brilliance of FORTE returns to the stage after a critically acclaimed premiere in May, lovers of dance will get another fix of PROJECTion Dance Company’s edgy but classically grounded style when it embarks on a wider Australian tour.

The FORTE program is a modern dance bill curated to fulfil an insatiable curiosity about movement and its expressive potential. It dives into an exploration of strength in its many forms and uses exquisite design and musical composition to push the dancers to their physical and emotional boundaries.

Overwhelmed by the response to their first season, the creative mastermind behind FORTE and international choreographer Tim Podesta is excited to see the program return to Melbourne at Deakin Edge on July 13 and entertain Sydney audiences for the first time at The Concourse Theatre on July 14.

The third confirmed performance will be at The Cube in Wodonga on July 18 – where Podesta was born and raised.

FORTE features an eclectic selection of six talented dancers with the highest calibre of international experience, including:

  • London-based Travis Clausen-Knight and James Pett who are both Company Wayne McGregor alumni
  • Australians Kirsty Lee Denovan (former Australian Ballet), Dominic Ballard (Ballet West, USA), Zoe Cavedon (Sarasota Ballet Company, USA) and Victoria Ballard who was principal dancer in Podesta’s early Choreographic award-winning work and his 2015 contemporary take on the classic Swan Lake.

The dancers will bring to life three works by Podesta including the title piece FORTE, a more classically virtuosic work by fellow Australian choreographer Simon Hoy, and an intimate and mesmeric new collaboration between Pett and Clausen-Knight, PROXIMITY.

“We are very excited to be able to bring this exquisite program of contemporary ballet and these remarkable international and local artists to more Australian audiences,” says Tim Podesta. “We have been overwhelmed by the response to FORTE and the interest from venues across Australia and internationally in producing the work.”

FORTE is a product of the creative partnership between M&T In Motion founders Tim Podesta and Italian ballet dancer Mara Galeazzi and is presented by Podesta’s own company PROJECTion Dance. Podesta’s work has seen PROJECTion Dance grow over the past ten years from a regionally-based dance company in Wodonga to an international success story working with some of the biggest names on the world’s dance stage.

“Australian choreographer Tim Podesta is one of those rare people whom you can say they have the world at their feet.” – Dance Informa

“A classy program combining excellent dancers with sophisticated contemporary classical choreography. We don’t see much home-grown contemporary classical choreography in Australia.” – Dance Australia

“The unlikely mix of dancers provides the perfect vehicle for Podesta’s edgy but classically grounded style.” – ArtsHub



Friday 13th July, 7pm,
Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Saturday 14th July, 7pm
Concourse Theatre

Wednesday 18th July, 7pm
The Cube