Brisbane Festival and Queensland Performing Arts Centre present


23 - 26 Sep
QPAC - Playhouse
A collaboration of Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray, Peter Sellars, and members of the Flex Community (USA)
Australian Premiere Exclusive to Brisbane

‘Flex’ is one of the world’s newest dance forms.

In FLEXN, Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray, one of the flex pioneers, and Peter Sellars, perhaps America’s greatest living theatre and opera director, team up with a community of flex dancers from the very neighbourhoods where the movement first took shape along with top designers Ben Zamora (lighting), Gabriel Berry (costumes) and Garth MacAleavey (sound).

FLEXN was created in the era of unrest following rulings on Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City. It confronts issues of social injustice, with the dancers exploring personal narratives and performing both as individuals and in groups, to choreography created by the ensemble itself. These artists utilize breathtakingly beautiful movement to tell deeply human stories that often transmute into joyful artistic expression.

Characterized by pausing, snapping, gliding, bone breaking, hat tricks, animation, and contortion, flex is a form of street dance that evolved from the Jamaican bruk-up found in dance halls and reggae clubs in Brooklyn over the last ten years.

From the pages of The New Yorker, to the small screen, to dance competitions and music videos and even on the big screen at the Tribeca Film Festival, flex culture has risen into the mainstream lexicon and created an entirely new movement vocabulary in post-modern dance.

FLEXN was commissioned and produced by Park Avenue Armory in New York.

“At first amazes and then glides into the mystical… it was jaw-dropping.” (The New York Times)

“Part protest, part dance party, part collective autobiography… FLEXN rails against social injustice, from police brutality to the prison system’s failures in America... By turns tragic and playful, we see the dancers at war, at work, at home; these situations are evoked with a mindboggling repertoire of quaking, pretzeling, rippling freestyle moves.” (The New York Times)


Q&A following the performance in the Playhouse on Friday 25 September


Join Peter Sellars as he delivers the inaugural Brisbane Festival Oration on Hope, Change, and Art as Social Action on Friday 25 September at 6pm at the Playhouse Stage, QPAC. Entry is free.

Join artists from the show along with a panel for Festival Conversation ‘Street Cultures. This commences Sunday 20 September at 2pm at Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland. Entry is free.

Join artists from the show along with a panel for Festival Conversation ‘#BlackLivesMatter. This commences Monday 21 September at 12pm at Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland. Entry is free.

This production contains adult themes, violence and drug references.
Photography by Stephanie Berger, courtesy of Park Avenue Armory
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Duration : 90 minutes

Adult $55
Concession^ $50

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Venue Icon Venue
QPAC - Playhouse

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
QLD 4101

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