News: August 2017

Professor David Throsby AO to speak at National Dance Forum 2017

We are thrilled to announce our third key speaker for National Dance Forum 2017—David Throsby, Distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University.

David ThrosbyDavid Throsby, Distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University in Sydney.

David is internationally recognised for his research and writing on the economics of art and culture. 

His current research interests include the economic circumstances of creative artists, culture in sustainable economic development, heritage economics, the creative industries, and the relationships between economic and cultural policy. 

His recent books include Economics and Culture (2001) and The Economics of Cultural Policy (2010), both published by Cambridge University Press.

In 2004 he was involved in an international research project on dancers’ transition, and published a short monograph Dance in Australia: A Profile.

About the National Dance Forum 2017

  • Dates: 25–26 September 2017 
  • Venue: Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Victoria.

The National Dance Forum will bring together makers, producers and presenters to discuss and share knowledge on current digital practices and technological developments. The two-day forum will focus on strengthening the dance sector’s capacity within the digital domain.

Register for the 2017 National Dance Forum.

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World Dance Alliance August 2017 update

‘Dancing from the Grassroots’ was the title of the World Dance Alliance Global Summit, held last month at the Memorial University, St John’s, Newfoundland.

Professor Beverley Diamond, professor of ethnomusicology at Memorial University, delivered a fascinating keynote address on the first day, 'Time and the body: Where music and dance meet – sometimes'. The opening was also graced with a wonderful welcome by Eastern Owl, 'a unique group of women who blend the styles of First Nations drum music and contemporary folk to create their innovative sound'.

Australians attending the 2017 WDA Global SummitAustralians attending the WDA Global Summit: Julie Dyson, Anja Ali-Haapala, John Utans (with his performers from HK Academy of Performing Arts), Sonia York-Pryce, Lucinda Coleman and Ellen Avery (WAAPA), and Rosemary Bennett.

Australia was well represented in various presentations, including two by Sonia York-Pryce about ageism and the mature dancer. Sonia’s film, featuring ageing dancers, was shown as part of a panel entitled The Digital Concert moderated by Zihao Li, who also presented a fascinating paper called 'Guangchangwu: A Study in Sustainable Community Dance Practices in Public Spaces'. He demonstrated that age was no barrier to the use of technology by the elderly in China, and warned that we must all be prepared to acknowledge its incredible value to those in our communities who want to dance.

Anja Ali-Haapala presented her early research into Australian ballet audiences in the 1940s–1960s; Rosemary Bennett presented a paper on sustaining creativity and imagination through music and dance in the home and primary school environments, and Lucinda Coleman presented 'Remnants of Us: Collective Dance Making as Multi-Art Form Praxis'. Cheryl Stock was, unfortunately, a late withdrawal due to illness, but several New Zealanders, including Barbara Snook and Sarah Knox, presented their research through papers and workshops.

Also featured were Choreolabs, a health series panel, dance education studies, and papers and performances from a range of diverse cultures and artists. The ‘grassroots’ theme was extremely well represented by speakers, workshop leaders and choreographers, making this a fascinating and challenging WDA Global Summit.

The full program can be found here. Our thanks go to the organisers, especially Mary Jane Warner, president of WDA Americas, and Linda Caldwell and Ann Kipling Brown for their curation of scholarly papers, and to the wonderful team of volunteers.

The Global Summit also hosted the WDA AGM led by Secretary General Anis Mohd Nor, and network meetings for Creation & Presentation, Research & Documentation and Education & Training. Reports from these meetings will be available shortly. Julie Dyson, Ausdance National's WDA representative, was re-elected to the Global Executive.

Four performers onstage singing and playing percussive instruments.Eastern Owl performers at the opening of the WDA Gobal Summit in St John’s, Newfoundland. Photos: Julie Dyson

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Ausdance National President’s update August 2017

Over the last four weeks since the last update, the Ausdance National Board and office team have been focused on the two key events for the year on the Ausdance calendar – the Australian Dance Awards and National Dance Forum (NDF). Working closely with the Ausdance Victoria team on both, these events are shaping up to be a wonderful way in which to recognise the significant contributions so many make to our vibrant dance community, explore and advance the digital agenda for our sector, and celebrate Ausdance’s 40-year contribution to dance in Australia.

Alongside the existing Advisory Panel members, the NDF is being curated by Helen Simondson who is the current Acting Head of Public and Education Programs at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Ably supported by Shane Carroll from the Advisory Panel, the program is currently being finalised with a range of exciting presenters and panel members joining the keynote speakers – Wesley Enoch, Distinguished Professor David Throsby AO, and Sue Healey.

I would also like to share that we have had a recent change to Board Membership with Marinda Burger stepping down on 12 July 2017. Due to a change in personal circumstances, Marinda was no longer able to commit to Ausdance National in her role as Treasurer; however, she has been very generously working closely with the Board in her transition out of this role, in addition to the identification of an on appropriate replacement. On behalf of the Board, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to the great deal of hands-on work and significant contributions that Marinda made in such a short time that were so central to assisting Ausdance National effectively transition to the new skills-based board structure. We wish Marinda all the best with her continued endeavours and know that she will still be a passionate Ausdance National supporter from afar!

Please ensure you book your Australian Dance Awards tickets and register for the National Dance Forum as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on these two wonderful opportunities to both celebrate and advance the Australian Dance Sector in Ausdance’s 40th Anniversary Year.

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Nail that 3-minute pitch closed workshop

We invite practitioners to submit an expression of interest to participate in a skills-based closed workshop. Facilitated by a panel of experts, this session will provide you with practical tools and develop your pitching skills.

This is a closed workshop session, open to practitioners who may or may not be using digital technology in their practice. The session is limited to 12 participants.

Please complete the EOI form, attach your proposal and a brief CV, and email to Ausdance National by Friday 15 September 2017.

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