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Greek myth a lesson for modern minds

OLIVIA Gard (Ariadne) in the Spark Youth Dance Company’s production, Ariadne, to be performed in Frankston this week. Picture: Connie Smith

LITTLE did she know as she grew up, but it was probably inevitable that Alexandra Dellaportas’s artistic eye would see creative possibilities when learning about her wider family’s history. Talking with her grandfather while visiting Greece and learning about Greek mythology have led directly to her third dance production, Ariadne. Unlike the easy familial linking of the Mornington Peninsula-based director and choreographer to Greece, the story of the mythical Ariadne involves corrosive family relationships and her eventual escape from these bonds through a labyrinth built to hold the half man half bull Minotaur for her father King Minos. Dellaportas’s version of the slaying of the Minotaur on Crete by the Athenian Theseus and the pair’s escape through the labyrinth by following a thread is an opportunity to “open up discussions about mental health and how the Minotaur is a representation of our innermost self, the part we hide from the world”. “Ariadne learns that while she can escape an island, she cannot escape from herself,” she says. “I think it is important to talk about mental health and open up discussions with kids and adults as well all can relate to these issues.” Having started Spark Youth Dance Company three years ago, Dellaportas’s Ariadne follows The Nutcracker (2016) a war propaganda tale “where I decided to combine my history knowledge with love of dance” and Shatter, which brought the Suffragettes and women’s rights to the stage. Spark Youth Dance Company will perform Ariadne on 27 and 28 September at Frankston Arts Centre. Bookings: www.sparkyouthdance.com.au. The dance company is also on YouTube and Instagram @sparkyouthdance. Keith Platt

No great leap forward at The Pillars Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au DESPITE hours of meetings, speaking with residents, writing reports and to-ing and fro-ing with government departments, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is almost back to square one with its management of The Pillars. The council last week moved to adopt its draft long term management plan for the contentious cliff jumping site at Mt Martha and asked the De-

partment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for more support to help manage the area. The council will now concentrate on making it safe for visitors to The Pillars; controlling traffic and parking; and running an “education and enforcement campaign”. In 2016, the shire received money from DELWP to develop the plan which encouraged feedback from residents angry about overuse of The Pillars and the impacts caused by hordes of day trippers.

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Community meetings were held in 2016-17, with management options workshopped at an information session in February. The draft long term management plan finally went on public exhibition after this year’s 22 May council meeting. Over the following six-weeks 22 submissions were received, some of which have been used to develop action plans and possible management options for The Pillars during summer. Long term management options were developed in line with the four

principles of the Victorian Coastal Strategy: Ensure the protection of significant environmental and cultural values, undertake integrated planning and provide clear direction for the future, and ensure the sustainable use of natural coastal resources. The draft management plan also considered a cliff top boardwalk, banning jumping and fencing off The Pillars, the latter two suggestions were quickly abandoned. The boardwalk could still be an option, but not unless the state govern-

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