Ev & Bow Full Time Dance Training Centre on stage at the 2015 McDonald's Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sponsored by the Friends of Sydney Eisteddfod, the final of the Open Jazz Dance Group event has been a feature of the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Ballet Scholarship program since 1997. Coveted by the smartest jazz troupes in town, this event adds contrast to the ballet bill and, with flashy dancers performing crazy tricks, it unfailingly has the Concert Hall rafters ringing with its energy, enthusiasm and unlimited talent.
Winning this event is never easy and Sydney Eisteddfod takes pride in congratulating the team from Ev & Bow Fulltime Training who emerged as the 2015 champions performing a number entitled Only an Expert, choreographed by Sher Manu to music by Laurie Anderson. As most Sydney Eisteddfod supporters know, Ev & Bow excels in presenting dances with a difference, and on this occasion their routine contained an unmistakable message about the way money, marketing, media and advertising affect societal control and dominance.
The Village on Broadway B claimed second place performing Olympus. Choreographedby Matthew Gode, this powerful, post-modern piece featured masked dancers in filmy white draperies portraying the Greek gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus.
Performance Art Western Sydney, otherwise known as PAWS, finished third with Revolution, a wildly energetic routine choreographed by Stephen Tannos to music by Elliphant from the album Look Like You Love It.
The other finalists, Lee Academy, National College of Dance, Village on Broadway A, Brent Street and All Starz Performing Arts Studio presented a wide array of exciting routines. The dancers all performed superbly and Sydney Eisteddfod thanks them wholeheartedly for contributing to the success of yet another wonderful show.