High flyers visit Whyalla

HEIGHTS: From left, Dauntless Movement Crew members Jimmy Pham, Joseph Carbone, Tristan Hodder, Patrick Uy and Alejandro Scarone pose on their set at the Middleback Arts Centre.
HEIGHTS: From left, Dauntless Movement Crew members Jimmy Pham, Joseph Carbone, Tristan Hodder, Patrick Uy and Alejandro Scarone pose on their set at the Middleback Arts Centre.

The high flying Dauntless Movement Crew wowed local students with a spectacular display featuring urban freestyle, parkour and dance at the Middleback Arts Centre on Friday.

The show, titled Jump First, Ask Later, is an urban choreographic portrait of the streets of Fairfield, Western Sydney, that tells the story of five young champions of Fairfield's underground parkour and street style community.

DMC members Joseph Carbone, Jimmy Pham, Tristan Hodder, Patrick Uy and Alejandro Scarone visited Whyalla during the week, meeting with students and teaching them about parkour.

Joseph said it was great to meet the locals and see the sights in Whyalla.

"We always love teaching the locals...the kids in regional areas aren't the same as kids in Sydney, they are always keen to go for the moves," he said.

"We don't recommend for kids to be trying flips straight away or jumping off roofs. We tell the students before and after the class it's all about training smart and training safe.

"Before you jump off a roof you want to learn how to land and roll properly. You want to start with something small and as you feel more confident that's when you can start jumping higher."

The crew worked on Jump First, Ask Later with theatre companies PYT Fairfield and Force Majeure as well as choreographer Byron Perry.

"Byron watched us doing tricks in the streets and then got to hear all of our stories, that's how the show came together," Joseph said.

Blending multiple genres together, the DMC aim to be as creative as possible when it comes to their shows, using the environment to their advantage.

"You can use something like a park bench a thousand different ways, to flip off, to roll off, to slide off," Joseph said.

Music plays a big part in the show, with composer Luke Smiles, who has produced music for companies such as the Australian Dance Theatre and West Australia Ballet, creating the soundtrack for Jump First, Ask Later.

Jump First, Ask Later will be at the Middleback Theatre tonight at 7pm. Tickets are available at the box office or online via countryarts.org.au.