Dancing about genes and climate change

A recessive gene’s potential extinction and environmental concerns have informed Dancenorth’s latest work.

Imagine a world without redheads. A world in which the gene responsible for giving people red hair has been bred out of existence.

While it might sound like the plot of a science fiction film, it’s actually a potential future event, according to Kyle Page, Artistic Director & Co-CEO of the Townsville-based company Dancenorth.

‘In 2007, there was this very contentious article in National Geographic which [suggested] that red hair is a recessive gene and a whole bunch of factors, from global intermingling to climate change, are putting that recessive gene’s survival at risk,’ Page explained.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts