News: February 2018

2018 Keir Choreographic Award semi finals and finals

6–17 March 2018

The Keir Choreographic Award (KCA) offers eight artists the time and space to create and present a fully-funded new work.

The KCA is an unmissable national mini-festival, assembling an inspiring and diverse community of artists, international guests and audiences. 

The artists were selected by a high-profile international jury to take part in the biennial competition, dedicated to the commissioning, presentation, promotion and dissemination of new Australian choreography. The selected artists are: Amrita Hepi, Melanie Lane, Bhenji Ra, Nana Biluš Abaffy, Luke George, Lillian Steiner, Prue Lang and Branch Nebula (Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters).

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Arts educators call for a visionary approach to arts education and creative work

Media release 27 February 2018

In meetings in Canberra yesterday with advisers from all political parties and senior staff from the federal education and arts departments, the National Advocates for Arts Education called for a rethinking of all political parties’ commitment to various key aspects of arts education, and made specific recommendations.

A delegation of members of the NAAE asserted yesterday that arts skills are at least as important as literacy and numeracy and should be prioritised alongside STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

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Dancenorth winners of a prestigious 2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award

Five Dancenorth dancers walk out of the sea through rough waves.Photo: Amber Haines

North Queensland based and nationally renowned dance company Dancenorth have been awarded the 2017 Sidney Myer Group Award

The winners of the prestigious 2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were announced by Carrillo Gantner AO, Chair of the Sidney Myer Fund at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the Australian Performing Arts Market on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

Three of Australia’s leading arts practitioners have been announced as the winners – Kate Mulvany playwright and actor has been won the Individual Award ($60,000), Nicole Beyer, Executive Director, Theatre Network Australia has won the Facilitator’s Prize ($25,000) and Dancenorth has won the Group Award ($90,000).

Now in its 34th year, the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards are one of the richest and most coveted Awards in the performing arts in Australia.

For each recipient this Award is an acknowledgement of their rich artistic achievements.

‘We are truly ecstatic to be named recipients of the 2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award. Dancenorth is the coming together of incredible minds generously collaborating to create contemporary dance that challenges convention and inspires a reimagining of the world. The extraordinary generosity of the Sidney Myer Fund and the Trustees enables us to continue pushing the boundaries, creating bold new work in Townsville, North Queensland before touring around Australia and across the globe’, says Artistic Director Kyle Page.

The Trustees of the Sidney Myer Foundation believe that real achievement should be recognised and rewarded. To date they have awarded well over $3.5 million.

Announced annually, the national awards are determined by a Judging Committee chaired by Carrillo Gantner AO (Chair of the Sidney Myer Fund) and this year they included: Brian Ritchie (Curator, MOFO, TAS); Christie Anthoney (Director, Festivals South Australia, SA); David Berthold (Artistic Director, Brisbane Festival QLD); and Terri-anne White (CEO, UWA Publishing, WA).

The Judging Committee recognises past achievements but also gives consideration to the potential of an individual or group to continue their contribution to Australian society through the performing arts.

For all media enquiries

Georgia Bollard 0450454434
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The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were established in 1984 by the Trustees of the Sidney Myer Fund, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Sidney Myer, a passionate advocate and great friend to the arts.

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Interviews with Kyle Page available upon request.

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Australian Dance Awards 2018

The 2018 Australian Dance Awards ceremony will be held Friday 10 August at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

The annual Australian Dance Awards recognise and honour professional Australian dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to Australian dance.

The Awards:

  • acknowledge the depth and diversity of the dance profession in our society.
  • reward those whose achievements raise the standards, profile and prestige of dance in Australia.
  • present a performance program representing the excellence and diversity of both innovative and established dance in Australia.

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Big Dance 2018

Date: 29 April 2018

2018 sees Australia take the leading role for this global event, with Ausdance NSW and Victoria presenting the 2018 Big Dance.

You will have the opportunity to learn the Big Dance—choreographed by Frances Rings and Craig Bary—and perform it at one of many Big Dance events in Australia.

Ausdance Victoria and NSW will host events in Sydney, Melbourne, regional Victoria and New South Wales. They will support events in every state and territory. 

Visit the Big Dance website for information about the workshops and event.

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Adelaide Dance Festival

When: 8 – 21 July 2018
Where: Adelaide, South Australia

The Adelaide Dance Festival will be the first Adelaide festival dedicated to celebrating the art of dance, showcasing South Australian, national and international dance to Adelaide audiences.

Established by Australian Dance Theatre's artistic director and internationally-renowned choreographer Garry Stewart, the 2018 Adelaide Dance Festival will include performances, workshops, installations, talks and masterclasses with both free and ticketed events.

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