DV8 Physical Theatre—audition for male dancers

DV8 Physical Theatre company is seeking two male dancers/actors to join the existing company of performers, primarily as understudies with the option of playing a minor role. 

Applicants must be fluent in English, have strong contemporary dance technique, be able to pick up repertoire quickly and deliver text authentically. It is an advantage if you can do a British accent.

Contract starts October 2014 until December 2015.

When:  Saturday 13 September from 10.30am (space available to warm up from 10am.) Please be prepared to stay until 5pm.
Where: Carriageworks 245 Wilson St Eveleigh (cnr. Codrington St) Redfern

This is an open audition so you are not required to submit an application in advance—just turn up on the day with a CV and photograph.

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The Right Foot workshops

The Right Foot workshops are for young people ged 14 – 26 with and without a disability and are presented by DirtyFeet in partnership with Bankstown Arts Centre.

Led by Sarah-Vyne Vassallo and the professional DirtyFeet team, these workshops are an opportunity to improve dance skills and explore creativity.

When: 10am – 1.30pm, 13 & 14 September and 20 & 21 September
Where: Bankstown Arts Centre 5 Olympic Parade (entry via Dale Parade)
Access: Suitable for low to moderate support needs; wheelcahir accessible venue; accessible parking at Olympic Parade carpark.

Bookings essential.

The Right Foot is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

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International Scientific Conference—anatomy of dance

20 – 21 November 2014, St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music

The International Scientific Conference Anatomy of Dance is part of the Festival Diaghilev P.S. which was founded in 2009, when the whole world celebrated the 100th anniversary of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Since then it has established itself in the Russian cultural events playbill, has been included in the calendar of the most important European festivals and has found its unique creative personality.

The program planned for 2014 comprises tours of Wayne McGregor's Random Dance Company and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, with participation of Shaolin monks in Sutra. George Balanchine's ballet Raymonda Variations performed by students of the Vaganova Ballet Academy will be supplemented with the photo exhibition by Paul Kolnik.

See the full festival program.

This International Scientific Conference will be dedicated to the interdisciplinary research of dance, choreography and body, with in-depth investigation into the following areas:

  • Limits and definitions of dance art
  • Classical dance in the post-contemporary situation
  • Dance as a subject of science
  • Dance in the context of new media
  • Creativity and distributed cognitive process
  • Body, corporeity, movement

For more information visit the Festival Diaghilev P.S. website.

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New Zealand Fringe Festival

New Zealand’s biggest Arts Festival, the NZ Fringe, is inviting registrations now.

Do you have something extraordinary you’ve always wanted to create?

Whether it’s an exciting new work, an old work you’d like to revisit or an inspiration you’ve just had, NZ Fringe Festival welcomes you with open arms!

Deadline for registrations: 8 October 2014.

For more details or to register go to the NZ Fringe website.

NZ Fringe Festival Director Hanna Clarke

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2014 Australian Dance Awards

Sunday 9 November, Sydney Opera House

The 2014 Australian Dance Awards will be presented by Ausdance NSW, Sydney Opera House and Harlequin Floors on Sunday 9 November commencing at 7pm.

Tickets are on sale through the Sydney Opera House box office and ticketek.

Tickets are priced at $50 each with a $40 concession for members, concession holders and students.

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Mime and movement workshop

This is a two-day intensive mime and movement workshop for performing artists led by Fergus Aitken, a New Zealand-based comedian and international award-winning entertainer.

This workshop is directed towards artists with an active performance practise and it will focus on extending skills and insights into physical performance powers. It includes:

  • Illusionary mime
  • Movement analysis
  • Slow motion
  • States of tension
  • Isolation and robotics
  • Character development

Cost: $180
When: 27 & 28 September, 10am – 4pm
Where: Dancehouse 150 Princes St, Carlton North, Melbourne

Book now.

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Dance for PD® teacher training workshop

Dance for Parkinson's Australia workshopProfessionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to people with Parkinson's Disease.

Are you a trained dancer or dancer instructor who is interested in making a greater impact in the community? Are you a therapist or movement practitioner who is excited to learn new techniques that expand and deepen your practice? You can now get trained in an acclaimed global program that helps people with Parkinson's experience the joys and benefits of dance.

The Dance for Parkinson's Disease teacher training workshop is for experienced professional dancers, teachers, health practitioners and members of the Parkinson’s community.

  • Cost: $200.00–$250.00. (professional discounts available)
  • Date and time: 14 September (9.00 am–6:00 pm) & 15 September (9.00 am–5:00 pm)
  • Location: Melbourne

For more information contact or 0412 260 040. You can also check out the Dance for Parkinson's Australia website.

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International Solo Dance/Theatre Festival

12 – 15 March 2015, Stuttgart

This international festival held in Germany provides the platform for an international choreographic competition for contemporary choreographers and young dancers (under 30 years).

Participants from all over the world are requested to perform a solo piece which is new, original, imaginative, unique and which displays unusual achievement. A respected jury will judge choreographic and dance skills as well as musicality, interpretation and performance.

Prizes to a total value of €16.000 are awarded.

To find out more visit the Treffpunkt Rotebuehlplatz website.

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ArtsHub 2014 Conference—Inform.Inspire.Innovate.

The ArtsHub 2014 conferencewith the theme 'Inform.Inspire.Innovate.' will be held in Melbourne at the Darebin Arts Centre in Preston.

The conference program includes industry leading keynote presentations from:

  • Tony Grybowski, CEO, Australia Council Is Government funding dead? Time to innovate!
  • Anna Draffin, Deputy CEO, Philanthropy Australia Make philanthropy work for YOU
  • Tony Stephens, Director, Artbank The future is NOW. Opportunities abound
  • Jane Scott, CEO and Artistic Director, Craft Future trends—can I really have an arts career?
  • Stephanie Walker, Executive Director, Performance Space From the artist's mouth: a real life success story

Delegates can choose between 6 breakout sessions. Each session will run 4 times during the course of the day.

Breakout sessions include:

  • How to manage money
  • How to leverage social media
  • How to maximise funding opportunities
  • How and what resources can small business utilise in the arts
  • How can we plan and prepare for future industry trends
  • How to Plan a Career Pathway in Arts Management

When: 8.30am - 7.30pm Friday 31 October
Where: Darebin Arts Centre, 387 Bell Street, Preston, Melbourne

The full conference program is available on the ArtsHub website.

Book now.

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Dance & movement therapy conference

12 – 14 July 2015, Melbourne

The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australia turns 21 in 2015.

To celebrate, the DTAA and the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation are pleased to be presenting its 2015 national conference Broadening the Spectrum: Dance and other expressive arts therapies for health and healing.

The DTAA Committee welcomes interest from members in contributing to the development of the conference. Please email Kim Dunphy.

Visit the DTTA website for more information.

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IADMS annual meeting in Switzerland

16 – 19 October 2014, Switzerland

The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) will hold its 24th annual meeting in the north west corner of Switzerland in beautiful Basel.

The Annual Meeting provides an interesting mixture of medical symposia on issues affecting dancers, dance and pedagogical research, movement sessions by somatic practitioners and dance instructors, as well as many opportunities for both formal and informal dialogue on various issues affecting dancers and the profession of dance.

Annual Meetings include presentation of original papers, clinical symposia, workshops, forums, posters and movement sessions covering various aspects of clinical dance medicine, dance medicine research, dance science, and dance education.

Visit the IADMS website for event details.

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Dance, theatre and visual art: engaging students with disability

For those seeking to refresh their creative arts skills, this two day forum will offer primary and secondary teachers practical ways to incorporate the arts into their classroom practice.

Dance, Theatre and Visual Art: Engaging Students with Disability is a NSWIT accredited professional development conference. Sydney Opera House is a NSW Institute of Teachers’ endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at levels of Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence. Discover how dance, music, theatre and visual arts can unlock your students' learning in stimulating and enjoyable ways.

Teachers will have the opportunity to discuss latest research, participate in creative arts workshops, learn about professional arts education programs and meet key leaders in the arts and disability network.

  • Dates: 5–6 September 2014
  • Cost: 2-day registration  $275

For more information visit or email the Sydney Opera House Education Team or call (02) 9250 7770

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Musical theatre audition masterclass

This Masterclass will help demystify what can be a daunting process—the musical audition. Run by WAAPA’s Co-ordinator of Music Theatre David King and resident director Crispin Taylor, this Masterclass will give you techniques to deal with the most challenging musical audition.

The three-hour session includes mock auditions for singing, acting and dance and prepares auditionees for all challenges from cattle-call  to callback. It is suitable for professional and amateur performers, teachers and prospective WAAPA students.

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