Expressions of interest open for the Arts Learning Forum

The Arts Learning Forum is now accepting expressions of interest for ideas and/or proposals for the inaugural event to be held 25–27 November 2015 at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne.

Presented by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Arts Learning Forum will be an annual three-day event for arts professionals with a role or interest in arts education, learning or engagement across all artforms, ages and communities. Delegates will exchange insights, practices and creative ideas and be inspired by Australian and international leaders.

The Arts Learning Forum will be an opportunity for all organisations, institutions and individuals involved in arts learning, to come together and identify themselves as a network nationally, across all art forms. It builds on the work of the Major Performing Arts Education forums of the past five years. The Forum presents a unique opportunity for an expanded informal network to build its capacity through increasing its profile, sharing ideas and strengthening its relationships across its dynamic and diverse members.

The Arts Learning Forum is inclusive of all art forms and practices and is keen to consider arts learning at all ages and for all communities. We are encouraging inclusive and diverse interpretation of the term ‘arts learning’.

Expressions of interest to be part of the Forum program are now open until 6 pm Monday 3 August.

Visit the Australia Council website for more information about the Arts Learning Forum and the EOI process.

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2015 Australian Dance Awards

In 2015 the Australian Dance Awards are bound for Adelaide for the very first time. The Awards celebrate the achievements of Australian dance companies and dancers in a night-of-nights event combining performances and Award presentations, and will feature past winners and notable guests hosted by well-known Adelaide identity Jane Doyle.

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Restless Dance Theatre’s ‘Naturally’

Two men stand side-by-side looking straight at us. Both dressed casually in striped t-shirts, the taller holds a large cut-out heart shape outlined with studded lit incandescent light bulbs Performers: Andrew Pandos and Jesse Rochow. Photo: Shane Reid
  • What: Restless dance company announces the new a double bill Naturally, which includes Touched and What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?.
  • When: 13—21 November 2015
  • Where: Odeon Theatre in Norwood

Touched is a new piece by the dancers of the Youth Ensemble working with Artistic Director Michelle Ryan. It will develop the themes so successfully explored last year in In The Balance.

What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? is the first major work by the new Restless Senior Ensemble. The Senior Ensemble was founded in 2012 and its members have all been in past Youth Ensemble productions. What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? had a creative development in late 2014 that was directed by Emma Stokes who was mentored by Michelle Ryan.

Performers: Andrew Pandos and Jesse RochowPhoto: Shane Reid

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Mobilise: Creating Momentum—the 2015 APACA conference

  • When: 17-20 August 2015
  • Where: Sydney

Mobilise: Creating Momentum, the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association's (APACA) 29th annual conference, will provoke, explore, and debate how we revitalise our sector and our practice.

The keynote speaker is international arts management guru Michael M Kaiser.

Mobilise will also include the Performing Arts Exchange (PAX)—an opportunity for presenters and producers to come together in a new format at the only national touring market for 2015. Excerpts, curated conversations, and of course pitches will allow producers and presenters to exchange information and create the relationships that form the basis for future touring partnerships.

 Networking and touring information events will make PAX suitable for all performing arts sector participants.

Visit APACA for more information and registration.

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Accessible Arts’ Arts + Disability Expo 2015

  • Date:18–19 September 2015
  • Location: Carriageworks, Sydney

The expo is a two-day event showcasing the products and services available for individuals is the arts and disability sector. Featuring exhibitors across the arts and disability sectors, interactive demonstrations, discussions and live performances, the expo will provide individuals, groups and families greater choice and resources to fully participate in the arts.

For all general enquiries, please contact Gemma Collocott, Strategic Projects Manager at or on +61 2 9251 6499 ext 110

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UNESCO International Arts Education Week 25–31 May 2015

UNESCO International Arts Education Week is an arts education advocacy event that draws attention to the role arts education plays in a global agenda of peace and cultural understanding.

This year's theme is arts education for sustainable development.

We support arts education for sustainable development as the theme for International Arts Education Week because we believe that arts education promotes personal and social well-being. Arts education develops students’ self-esteem, social interactions and confidence.

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One Body, One Career—Countertechnique method intensive

  • What: One Body, One Career—Anouk van Dijk’s Countertechnique method intensive
  • When: 29 June – 10 July 2015.
  • Where: Melbourne, Australia.

The intensive is for professional dancers and advanced students interested in pursuing a long, healthy and successful career in dance.

It is curated and taught by Chunky Move Artistic Director, Anouk van Dijk, in conjunction with Countertechnique Master Teacher Nina Wollny and American Alexander Technique expert Tom Koch. 

First-time participants will gain an intensive introduction to the distinct elements and methodology that form Countertechnique, Anouk van Dijk’s movement system and training method. Returning participants have the opportunity to deepen and expand their understanding. Through theory, physical practice, discourse and workshops, participants will gain a set of practical tools that they will be able to draw from and apply in their daily dance practice.

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2015 World Dance Alliance events in Singapore

When: 16–18 October 2015
Where: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore

World Dance Alliance Singapore is proud to present the 2015 Annual General Meeting, Network Meetings and Young Scholars Meeting of World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific as well as the Global Executive Meeting alongside the conference Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge 2015: Connectivity through Dance. Coinciding with the da:ns festival organised by the Esplanade, Singapore, conference events at venues located in Singapore’s arts and culture district are outlined below.

The conference aims to cultivate dance connectivity within Singapore’s own dance community as well as forge alliances between dancers, academics, educators and administrators throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

The conference will include scholarly papers, performative presentations and Pecha Kucha style presentations. Other conference events include showcases, a choreolab, masterclasses and workshops.

Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge 2015: Connectivity through Dance

Conference papers: call for abstracts

We now invite abstracts for presentations addressing the conference theme for the following categories by 2 March 2015. You will be notified of acceptance by 1 April 2015.

All modes of presentation require a 250-word abstract and a 100-word biography, plus up to four keywords to identify themes relevant to your topic. The conference will also include lunchtime conversations with invited speakers.

Email your proposal to Stephanie Burridge and cc Secretariat Sarah Knox.

Scholarly papers

Submit an abstract of 250 words maximum. These will be double-blind refereed by an international review committee as per academic research conventions and published in the conference proceedings.

Performative presentations

This format is designed to privilege the voice of practitioners through showing digital footage of a choreographic work or a community/teaching/video project they have undertaken. Proposals should comprise a 250-word concept statement of the practice/project, together with a 10-minute maximum online (Vimeo/YouTube) excerpt of recent work. Promotional footage will not be considered.

Pecha Kucha style presentations

(for students in Honours year and above)

Pecha Kucha is a presentation format in which 20 slides are timed to be shown each for 20 seconds (7 minutes total). Research students are encouraged to present in this format. Initial submissions are in the form of a 250-word abstract summarising the topic, methodology and summary of the research to date, with an extra page of no more than 7 contextual/bibliographic references in APA style. If selected, more detailed instructions on the format will be provided.

Associated performance events

There will be an opportunity for members to participate in the following events. Chapter Heads and members will be advised about application processes by 1 March.

Performance showcases

  • The Small Company/Independent Artist Showcase, chaired by Susan Yeung, will be presented at the Recital Studio, Esplanade. The focus will be on cutting-edge contemporary dance works by choreographers from the Asia-Pacific region. The collection of works speaks of a new generation of dance-making that is uniquely contemporary Asian.
  • The Singapore Tertiary Showcase will feature Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (coordinated by Gillian Tan) and Lasalle College of the Arts (coordinated by Susan Yeung). Both institutions will present their own dance works as well as a collaborative dance work in the Next Generation platform of Esplanade’s da:ns festival.
  • The Community Showcase, chaired by Peter Gn, will be presented at the Plaza @ National Library. It aims to celebrate the diversity of dance through enjoyable dance performances of amateur groups from the Asia-Pacific region.


Melissa Quek will chair the Choreolab in consultation with the Creation & Presentation Network Chair, Nanette Hassall. Selected emerging choreographers from the Asia-Pacific region will be in an intensive residence prior to the conference and will present works-in-progress during the conference.

Masterclasses and workshops

Masterclasses will include traditional and contemporary dance forms with international artists and choreographers from the Asia-Pacific region. Workshops addressing one or more of the following WDA network areas may also be presented: Research & Documentation, Creation & Presentation, Education & Training, Support & Development.

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DANscienCE Festival 2015

DANscienCE Festival—bringing together dance artists and scientists in an exploratory celebration of two fields of creative excellence

Hosted by Queensland University of Technology
Directed by Liz Lea and Associate Professor Gene Moyle

Key information

  • Date: 21–23 August 2015
  • Location: Queensland University of Technology, Victoria Park Rd, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, QLD 4059
  • Program
  • Registration fee: select your ticket type on the Danscience 2015 registration page.

The 2015 DANscienCE Festival is a curated series of events over three days. It brings together national and international scientists, artists, researchers, educators and the general public to further explore and celebrate the synergies between these two fields of creativity.

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