News: September 2017

Great news—our fourth keynote speaker for National Dance Forum 2017 is ​Professor Kim Vincs

Kim will provide an exploration and scan of the creative technology intersection—from the beginnings of the digital age and beyond.

Kim VincsKim is Professor of Interactive Media, and Research Director within the Department of Film and Animation at Swinburne University of Technology. She is a leading creative arts researcher with 6 Australian Research Council grants, 35+ industry partnerships, and 20+ arts/science collaborations across fields including dance, motion capture, game development, robotics, haptics, app design, 3D stereoscopy, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, cognitive psychology, biomechanics, mathematics, architecture and exercise science. She has been a choreographer for over 20 years, has created 18 dance technology and digital artworks. Her industry partnerships include national and international companies such as Autodesk, Motion Analysis, Act3animation, Iloura, Alt.vfx, Arts Access Victoria, Victorian Opera and Australian Dance Theatre. She has commercial motion capture credits for several computer games, television commercials and film projects, including the Cannes Silver Lion winning Nocturnal Migration. She is currently developing a new centre for Transformative Media Technologies at Swinburne University of Technology with Professor Angela Ngdalianis.

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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Ausdance National Council President’s Report – September 2017

It is all systems go at Ausdance National in light of the upcoming Australian Dance Awards and National Dance Forum—which are only a handful of weeks away! The shortlisted nominees, and the LIfetime Achievement and Hall of Fame recipients have been announced already. The invited speakers and presenters for the 2017 NDF are shaping up to be exceptionally exciting, and the announcement of the final program will be out very soon. Please ensure you book your ADA tickets and register for the NDF as soon as possible as tickets to both events are selling fast!

The Ausdance National board is undertaking a recruitment search for a replacement Treasurer, with the assistance of some of the large national accounting firms. If you know of an individual with relevant accounting and financial skills that would be interesting in supporting the dance sector through involvement on the board, please invite them to contact me.

Ausdance National is pleased to announce that we will be an inaugural member of the Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment (AAWE), an initiative of Entertainment Assist. AAWE is a proposed umbrella for a series of meetings among peak bodies, sector representatives and educators of Australia's live and recorded entertainment industry, convened to discuss the sector's high incidence of suicide, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. AAWE's purpose will be to develop a prevention-first framework for our industry. Ausdance National will represent the sector at the inaugural meeting of AAWE on 27 September in Melbourne directly after the National Dance Forum.

We look forward to seeing you all at either the Australian Dance Awards or the 2017 National Dance Forum or hopefully both!

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