PIONEERS is a 60-minute outdoor dance and theatre piece about the formation of Australia’s bravest dance crew, The Pioneers.
PIONEERS brings young queer and culturally diverse Western-Sydney artists together to explore dance, activism, and identity through the contemporary social, psychological, and physical relationships with public space.
As the artists from PIONEERS claim their space and time, they will bring you a dance to reinvigorate and reinforce optimism, freedom and reclaim the beauty and urgency of young people’s survival in the 21st century.
With love and dedication to dance – second to none – The Pioneers are Australia’s bravest dance crew.
- Choreographer Eliam Royalness
- Choreographic support Larissa McGowan
- Performer/ Devisors Jamaica Moana, Neda Taha, Rennard Velasco, Roseleen Maano, Eliam Royalness
- Music Jamaica Moana
- Visual Artist Feras Shaheen
- Lighting Design / Production Manager Elyse Drenth
- Dramaturg Nick Power
- Producer PYT Fairfield – Gabriela Green Olea/Olivia Xegas
About the group
The Pioneers are Sydney’s number one mega-crew. Founded by dancer / choreographer, Eliam Royalness in 2013 that’s comprised of street trained and professionally trained performers and artists, with members of various ages and experiences.
The Pioneers have made a lasting impact on young people of the Sydney dance community. They have been titled New South Wales champions at Hip-Hop International in 2014 & 2015 and Australian gold medallists and International silver medallists in 2019, and have taken their unique performance style across Australia.
The Pioneers provide high energy entertainment through dance styles such as Dancehall, Waacking, Vogue, and Urban choreography. Each member has an incredible and varied dance history, some with extensive training at prestigious studios such as ED5 International, and others with raw experiences as performers and choreographers for major events across Australia and for various companies and organizations; including OzHarvest, ANZ Banking, The Ted Noffs Foundation, Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association, and many more.