Rachael Jennings

I lead our digital publishing projects and manage the technical and editorial direction of our online communications, marketing and information services (25 hrs/wk). I work with the Ausdance Network, partners and the dance community across Australia and internationally to ensure our information services respect and meet the needs of dance professionals. I’ve been lucky to work with Ausdance for many years on diverse and interesting projects, with some highlights being the 2004 Australian Youth Dance FestivalAsia–Pacific Channels ; Creating Pathways, the 2005 national Indigenous dance forum at National Museum of Australia; Summit Proceedings of the 2008 and 2012 World Dance Alliance Global Summit; Ausdance National’s 2009 – 2011 and 2012 – 2014 business plans (contributing the strategic plans for our information and web services); and leading the research and production of Ausdance National's website (and the 2010 Australian Dance Awards website). I’m a Brisbane girl and was a founding member and co-curator (with Clare Dyson, Avril Huddy and Brian Lucas) of Brisbane’s CRAB Room performance space. For many years I was an artistic collaborator on site-specific performance works with choreographer Clare Dyson. I have a BA (Visual Arts) from QUT and Master of Information Studies (Internet Communication) from the University of Canberra.

Publications

The Australian Youth Dance Festival experience

The Australian Youth Dance Festival reflects Ausdance’s philosophy on dance education for young people—it should be non-competitive, accessible, meet educational, ethical and safe dance standards, and have potential to develop audiences of the future.

Articles

Creating health, wellbeing and social change—see how Australian dance companies are doing it!

In 2014, our Australian dance companies have been working on some brave and surprising collaborations that foster health, wellbeing and social change. In 2014 KAGE will premiereTeam of Life at the Melbourne Festival, Bangarra collaborated with beyondblue to create the short film Stories for Keeping Strong—Bangarra Rekindling, Shaun Parker collaborated with multicultural urban youth to create The Yard, which tackles loneliness, competition, survival and bullying, Australian Dance Theatre's work Proximity inspired a new approach to stroke rehabilitation, and BalletLab created a work about AIDS with community participants and the Victorian AIDs Council.

Slow touring: longer, slower, deeper

Slow touring expresses a desire (from artists, communities, tour presenters and funding bodies) for audiences to experience a deeper engagement with a touring performance, often through activities such as skill sharing (e.g., workshops, residencies, exchanges and collaborations) and collaboration on creative projects (e.g., recreating the work for/with local audiences). We highlight Shiver by Danielle Micich, a 2012 West Australian dance tour that successfully managed and delivered community engagement activities.

AYDF 2012 video diary

If you’ve ever wondered what happens each day of the festival, this video diary from the last AYDF gives you a taste of the festival experience. How does it feel to perform in a professional theatre before your peers? What type of dance will we make with the choreographic mentors? What are the other dancers like? What will I learn? What is site-specific performance? What is it like being a choreographic mentor? Young dancers and their choreographic mentors answer these questions and more.

Festival participants and choreographic mentors discuss movement, meaning, collaboration and site-specific performance.

Contact Rachael Jennings