Physical theatre and choreographic devising
17 — 28 March
This residency will take place in Perth at the King Street Arts Centre. As well as teaching and working on a creative development, Byron will identify and unpack seminal works such as Double Think as choreographic training models especially for participants and STRUT members.
Byron Perry is a multi award-winning artist who has danced his way through the ranks of Douglas Wright, Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin, right up to his present associate directorship with Force Majeure. He will contribute to all levels of STRUT Up and Dance 2014 – 16 with training methodologies that he has developed through his relations with DV8 Physical Theatre, Kate Champion and Lucy Guerin Inc.
For more information and to register, visit the Strut Dance website.
Deadline for EOIs: 10 March
Applications are invited from emerging and established artists working across disciplines, cultures, and media to participate in Time_Place_Space: Nomad, a travelling laboratory program for interdisciplinary and experimental art.
Time_Place_Space: Nomad is a national initiative delivered by the Performance Space and Artshouse on behalf of the Australia Council for the Arts.
The project aims to challenge, invigorate and strengthen interdisciplinary and experimental arts practice in Australia, with an emphasis on collaborative performance-making, site-specificity and artistic resilience. Applicants must demonstrate ability and interest in working collaboratively with artists from diverse backgrounds and practices.
The project will take place from late September until early October 2014, in Sydney, Canberra and the Riverina.
Visit the Performance Space website for more detailed information.
Applications close: midnight Friday 7 March 2014
Apply now for these Australia Council for the Arts grants for dance projects starting in 2014.
- Artform Development: provides organisations with funding for programs and services that benefit a range of dance artists. Applications close 15 August 2014.
- Fellowships: to support an established dance artist to undertake creative or professional development. Applications close 31 July 2014.
- Projects—Presentation: support for dance works with a presentation outcome. Applications close 7 February 2014.
- Projects—Creative Development: support for the research and creative development of new dance works. Applications close 7 February 2014.
- Creative Australia—New Work: for the creative development of new artistic works in dance. Applications close 15 August 2014.
- Cité Residency: three-month residency at the Australia Council's residential studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Applications close 15 August 2014.
Artistic Leaderships Grants Program invites proposals from artistic leaders (including emerging leaders) to undertake highly impactful professional development in artistic leadership that leads to a significant advancement of capabilities, knowledge and global awareness. Applications close 24 February 2014.
Executive Leadership Grants Program invites proposals from established senior arts leaders and managers for periods of professional development that would lead to new models of organisational capacity and leadership structures in the arts. Applications close 24 February 2014.
For more information about funding for dance read our factsheet Funding Sources for Dance Artists.
Carriageworks and Dancehouse with the support of the Keir Foundation have announced the Keir choreographic award. This biennial Australian choreographic award is dedicated to commissioning new work and promoting innovation in contemporary dance. The aim of the award is to increase the profile of and cultivate new audiences for contemporary dance within Australia by commissioning and presenting new choreographic works in a competitive context.
Entries are now open and Australian dance makers and professional artists with an established practice in other art forms are invited to propose a new choreographic idea for an original live performance work of up to 20 mins.
Entry is by means of short video (up to five minutes) outlining a new choreographic idea. Videos are assessed by a jury of national and international industry peers. Through an assessment process, eight selected artists will be commissioned to develop their work. Commissioned artists will receive a fee, a production budget and in-kind space proportionate to the scale of their project.
The commissioned works will be presented in a four day season at Dancehouse, Melbourne. The jury will select four of these works to go forward to the finals, to be presented by Carriageworks, Sydney. Following the final performance at Carriageworks a work selected by the jury will be awarded a prize of $30,000 and the title of inaugural Keir Choreographic Award winner. The audience will vote for a second work to be awarded a $10,000 prize.
Deadline for entries is 28 February, 2014
As World Dance Alliance is holding its Global Summit at Angers this July, there will be no 2014 International Young Choregrapher's Project (IYCP). The next event will be in 2015 and from then on IYCP will be held every two years.
The Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS) is published annually in September by the World Dance Alliance (WDA). It is designed to serve the needs of international dance scholars who are currently enrolled in a graduate program or within 5 years of having graduated from a graduate program in dance or a related field.
JEDS is published online as an open resource. Articles are selected to assure dance scholarship from around the world is included in each publication.Each article submission is reviewed by two international dance scholars with no more than 16 submissions accepted for the annual publication. Articles are chosen based on originality of research and the contributions each makes to the future of dance praxis (theory and practice).
JEDS Volume 2 will be published 1 September, 2014
JEDS 2015, volume 3, will be comprised only of blind-reviewed papers selected from those presented at the 2014 World Dance Alliance Global Summit in Angers, France.
Visit the JEDS website to find out more.
Ausdance SA is pleased to launch the AYDF Renmark SA 2014 website, complete with artistic program, online payments and registration.
Australian Youth Dance Festival, Renmark SA, 2014 – theme Regeneration.
Book now to secure a place!
Young dancers from across Australia are getting ready to invade Renmark, in the South Australian Riverland for the 2014 Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF). Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Country Arts SA the festival enables young dancers to participate in a program of classes, screenings, performances and workshops. First held in 1997 the Festival has a strong regional focus and looks to engage young people from across the country.
Read more about the AYDF program and partner support in this media release
10 —16 April 2014
The Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF) is the nation’s original dance festival for young people presented by Ausdance. This year's festival will be presented by Ausdance SA, in partnership with Carclew, Ausdance National and Country Arts SA, during the April school holidays in Renmark.
AYDF Renmark SA will connect local, state and national youth dance communities through an exciting program of masterclasses, workshops, rehearsals, talks and performances. Young dancers aged 15 – 26 will work with leading dance artists from around the country to explore the festival theme of Regeneration.
The AYDF is a non-competitive, culturally inclusive, regional event. The week long intensive includes showcase performances, a dance for screen program and an outdoor riverbank promenade performance created for, by and with the local community.
To register or find out more visit Ausdance SA website.
When: 6 – 11 July 2014
Where: Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (CNDC) in Angers, France.
The week-long Summit will comprise six key elements, all of which embrace the theme Contemporising the past: Envisaging the future:
- International conference of scholarly papers, panel discussions, performative presentations by artists and practitioners, and poster presentations by emerging scholars and postgraduate students. Refereed on-line proceedings will be published after the Summit.
- Daily sunset showcase performances of short works by independent artists and tertiary dance students.
- International workshops catering for professional dance artists working in performance as well as education, community, youth and special interest areas.
- Choreolab for emerging and mid-career choreographers to work intensively for one week under the mentorship of CNDC Director Robert Swinston resulting in a public showing of works in progress.
- Evening performances by local and visiting companies.
- WDA Global Assembly and Network Meetings—your opportunity to get involved and shape the future of WDA.
The main site for these dance explorations is the impressive contemporary Quai Forum des Arts Vivants theatre complex, situated on the banks of La Maine river and looking out on to the 13th Century fortress that houses the extraordinary Tapestry of the Apocalypse—an artistic endeavour that continues to enchant, intrigue and astonish. This juxtaposition of old and new culture is a fitting metaphor for our investigations into how we are shaping dance now and into the future.
For all WDA Global Summit enquiries, check the 2014 World Dance Alliance Global Summit website.
Join leading choreographers, Sue Healey, Dean Walsh and Philip Channells in the Catalyst Dance Masterclass Series.
Accessible Arts is hosting a series of three masterclasses tailored to dancers with and without physical or sensory disability, and people with mental illness or acquired brain injury.
The latest edition of Channels is jam-packed with exciting new dance activity in Asia and the Pacific. There are new dance networks, events, research, journals, books and more.
Some of the highlights include a new Nepal chapter of World Dance Alliance; plans for the 2014 Global Dance Summit, which will be held at the beautiful Centre National de la Dance Contemporaine in Angers, France; and Our Roots Right Now—The Research Forum and Festival of Thai/ASEAN Contemporary Theatre, at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
The National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) has warmly welcomed news the ACARA Board has approved the new The Australian Curriculum: The Arts. NAAE, of which Ausdance is a member, has strongly supported the development of the arts curriculum and its central principle of the entitlement of every young Australian to an arts education, one that includes all five artforms – dance, drama, media arts, music and the visual arts.
Opening and closing with interactive visioning sessions, the program featured a full morning 'Open Space' session on the Sunday tapping the pulse of the forum, and through it that of the dance sector in Australia.
Keynote artists-in-conversation were Dalisa Pigram, co-Artistic Director of Marrugeku, with David Pledger, and Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre Garry Stewart with Anne Thompson.
Diverse breakout sessions covered panel, presentation, roundtable and screening formats:
- BlakDance First Nations Dance Panel
- 'Whose responsibility is it to make sense of this?'
- Dramaturgy, outside eye or feedback?
- Virtuosi industry preview screening
- 'What role dance education play in shaping Australian culture for tomorrow?'
- Beyond hybridity: current Australia/Asia-Pacific dance practices
- A Lifetime's Collaboration
- BETWEEN US: Connections within and beyond the independent dance sector
- What is dance doing in Australia? And what is Australian dance doing in the world?
The NDF2013 Facilitator was Jeff Khan, co-Director of Performance Space, Sydney. Also joining the NDF2013 team for a number of sessions was Janenne Willis, guest co-facilitator, roving provocateur and catalyst at large. Janenne brought her energy, seasoned facilitation skills and experience co-creating futures one conversation at a time.
|12:30pm – 2:00pm||Registration|
|2:00pm – 2:30pm||Welcome to Country & NDF2013 opening speeches|
|2:30pm – 4:30pm||Introduction: Who's here? Facilitated by Jeff Khan, NDF Facilitator, with Janenne Willis|
|4:30pm – 5:30pm||Forum opening and networking drinks on the lawn overlooking the Maribyrnong River|
|8:30am – 9:00am||Registration|
|9:00am – 9:15am||Introduction to day two – Jeff Khan, NDF Facilitator|
|9:15am – 10:45am||
Breakouts # 1
|10:45am – 11:15am||Morning tea|
|11:15am – 12:30pm||
Keynote artist-in-conversation # 1
Dalisa Pigram in conversation with David Pledger
|12:30am – 1:45pm||Lunch|
|1:45pm – 3:15pm||
Breakouts # 2 (parallel sessions)
|3:15pm – 3:45pm||Afternoon tea|
|3:45pm – 5:00pm||
Keynote artist-in-conversation # 2
Garry Stewart in conversation with Anne Thompson
|5:00pm – 5:30pm||Plenary facilitated by Jeff Khan|
|9:30am – 12:30pm||Open Space session with morning tea break, facilitated by Jeff Khan and Janenne Willis|
|12:30pm – 1:45pm||Lunch|
|1:45pm – 3:15pm||
Breakouts # 3 (parallel sessions)
|3:15pm – 3:45pm||Afternoon tea|
|3:45pm – 5:30pm||
Postcards from the future
Future visioning session facilitated by Jeff Khan and Janenne Willis, and forum close.
The collaboration between World Dance Alliance (WDA) and dance and the Child international (daCi) produced one of the biggest global dance festivals ever held—Dance, Young People and Change. Hosted by the Taiwan National University of the Arts (TNUA) in Taipei, the event attracted young people from North and South America, Europe, the UK and most Asia-Pacific nations.
The festival/conference was a multi-layered event that included keynote addresses, ‘dance flavour’ taster classes, workshops, forums and paper presentations. It brought together young people, their parents, mentors and educators from across the world to reflect on key issues and future directions for dance in young people’s lives.
There was also a wonderful range of performances by young people, a festival of international dance academies, and an amazing program of Taiwanese dance performed by Taiwan’s professional companies and groups, including Cloud Gate 2 and Dance Forum. Teachers attended masterclasses and paper presentations and exchanged ideas about approaches to dance learning, teaching and curriculum for young people.
It was fantastic to be able to join the Ausdance NSW team, the choreographers and more than 150 young people from all over Australia on the last day of the Australian Youth Dance Festival at NAISDA Dance College in Gosford NSW.
Shades of Us, presented in Mt Penang Gardens on the final evening, was a performance that grew out of an intensive week of creative development with choreographers Sue Healey, Philip Channells, Anton, Kay Armstrong, Matt Cornel, Adelina Larsson, Lee Pemberton, Vicki Van Hout and artistic director Rowan Marchingo.
Tasmanian Regional Arts (TRA) is leading The Dance Project in partnership with Mature Artists Dance Experience (MADE), Bust a Move and Tasdance.
This community dance project is happening in three Tasmanian regions—the North East, North West and the South—to develop and present three new contemporary dance works with, by and about communities. Evolving from the heart of each community, these works explore place, kinship and identity as experienced by the residents of these regions.
Ever since we convened the 2005 Creating Pathways national Indigenous dance forum in Canberra, Lee Christofis—one of the keynote speakers, and now curator of dance at the National Library of Australia—has been keen to develop the NLA's Indigenous dance collection.
In the March 2012 edition of National Library News, Lee discusses some of the material now held in the collection and outlines the importance of its provenance.
Building the Indigenous contemporary dance collection makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the development of Australian contemporary Indigenous dance.
There are some startling new figures that support dancing as a protective strategy in preventing dementia. A Stanford University report Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter makes the following comparisons:
... almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind. There was one important exception: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing.
- Reading—35% reduced risk of dementia
- Bicycling and swimming—0%
- Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week—47%
- Playing golf—0%
- Dancing frequently—76%.
The same university offers other insights into the benefits of dance in Thoughts, philosophies and musings on social dance, a useful reference for community dance practitioners in Australia.
New research by the University of Western Sydney is demonstrating that folk dance has clear benefits for the health of the elderly. You may have missed this great report from the ABC’s 7.30 program on 4 January.
We’re very interested in research that proves the links between dance and health, and have been in touch with the researchers to find out more.
Want to know more?
On your toes: Is there a different approach to aging? Listen to Glen Murray from MADE (Mature Artists Dance Experience) and Beverley Giles, an expert in the care of people affected by dementia, talking about how dance provides the three elements essential to health and well-being in mature adults.
Read Glen's paper about how older people can bring great riches to art-making.
In responding to our suggestion of a campaign to support the smaller key dance organisations, Ruth Osborne, artistic director of QL2 Dance, came in to discuss some of the issues youth dance companies are experiencing.
Junction is an artist exchange program initiated by Restless Dance Theatre to support and promote the development of new independent work. Piloting this program is independent artist Tobiah Booth-Remmers who is being mentored by Carol Wellman Kelly through the national JUMP mentoring program.