In 2016, the Korean chapter of World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific will host the WDAAP Annual General Meeting and surrounding activities as the event 'Dance routes—danced roots: connecting the local and the global', from 21 to 24 July 2016.
Ausdance members are automatically World Dance Alliance and we encourage you to attend this international networking event. Each year many Australian artists participate in and benefit from World Dance Alliance events, choreographic development opportunities and publications.
The 2016 Symposium theme focuses on the idea of global and local connectivity through dance, looking at roots as well as routes that dance and dancers negotiate in different cultures of the contemporary world. While the rootedness of the dance traditions remains as important an area in dance research, the emerging and ever-changing routes like migration and diaspora, inter-culturalism, technology, media, and expanding scope for dance as a tool for wellness and somatic well-being are becoming essential focuses of dance research. As a result danced and dance generated dialogues in social, cultural and political milieus have expanded the current research in dance studies in the contemporary times.
The paper presenters will discuss some important questions connected to the local issues and the global negotiations in the ‘world’ of dance:
- How does dance connect global and local communities and how is the dance community connected to and through important global issues and trends? These trends could be related to the environment, global economy, public health, international conflicts, understanding and embodiment of gender, issues around well-ness and so forth.
- What does the community of dancers have in common with other communities around the world—in terms of similarities in resources (both natural, economic and social), and dissimilarities rising out of ethnic and cultural diversity, natural resources, geographic location, and so forth.
- What are some of the familiar aspects of dances in all cultures, and how are they addressed similarly or differently in our community and in communities around the world?
- How are personal/ local/ culture-specific experiences in and through dance in our community connected to universal experiences? These could include challenges such as violence, poverty, migration, and homelessness or positive experiences such as artistic traditions, rituals, festivals, celebrations and ever-increasing possibilities of cross-cultural collaborations.
- How do the corporeal connect to the sensorial in dance practices in a fast changing and increasingly technology-reliant world of the dancer?
- Where do dancers find connections between the local and the global concepts of space and time?
- 15–20 February 2016 @ 8 pm, Northcote Town Hall
- Bookings: Darebin arts 03 9481 9500
One of Australia's most commanding choreographers Stephanie Lake explores the ideas of authority, obedience, morality and personal responsibility in her provocative new dance work, Double Blind, which will make its Melbourne debut at Northcote Town Hall this February following its 2016 Sydney Festival world premiere.
Four world-class Australian dancers, Alisdair Macindoe, Alana Everett, Amber Haines and Kyle Page twist and turn, vacillate, vibrate and ultimately bend and break under authority in the production which asks how far one can be pushed to act outside of one’s moral code when instructed to by those in power. Lake’s electric choreography is supported by an original composition from internationally acclaimed audio-visual artist and composer, Robin Fox.
“Double Blind was partly inspired by the Milgram Experiments’ of the 1960's in which subjects were asked to inflict electricity voltage on subjects behind a wall when they answered questions incorrectly. The subjects didn't realise that the test subjects were, in fact, actors and that the screams and sounds of distress that they were hearing were not real. The experiment sought to find out where the limits of personal responsibility lay in relation to receiving instruction from an authoritative figure.
This idea of the conflict between a personal morality and our relationship with those in positions of authority was the seed of the work and something I feel to be relevant to our time,” said Stephanie Lake, whose recent credits include AORTA (Chunky Move), internationally celebrated DUAL, Dream Lucid (Sydney Dance Company/Sydney Opera House) and the Melbourne Festival production A Small Prometheus, which earnt her a Helpmann Award.
Robin Fox, whose work has been featured in Festivals worldwide including Henie Onstad Kunstcenter (Oslo), Mois Multi Festival (Quebec) and Yokohama Triennale, is also a Helpmann Award recipient. He received a Helpmann Award for Best Visual Production for his groundbreaking work on the Chunky Move production, Mortal Engine as well as an honorary mention at the illustrious Prix Ars Electronica for the work. He also scored the critically acclaimed work Connected with Oren Ambarchi and has produced two works, RGB and Drift, with innovative choreographer, Antony Hamilton.
Double Blind provides the perfect platform for the collaborative partnership. Together, Stephanie Lake and Robin Fox have framed a production that is at times humorous, at others, menacing and intelligent in its approach.
In 2016 nine dance makers including Ausdance National members Australian Dance Theatre and Shaun Parker & Company will meet at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) at the Brisbane Powerhouse Brisbane from 22 to 26 February, where among other contemporary performing arts makers, they will pitch their shows to presenters from Australia and across the world.
Ausdance will be there trying to cover all nine pitches and the showcase performances, tweeting and Facebooking live, and on 23 February we will host a cocktail party for the dance makers and the presenters to meet in a less formal atmosphere to chat and swap contact details.
APAM is Australia’s marketplace for dance makers to meet international and national dance producers and tourers. Every two years, performing companies make pitches, create showcase performances and arrange tours. It is a key event that complements the Playing Australia touring process.
Watch more from the selected APAM dance makers
Australian dance companies and artists chosen to showcase or pitch their work as part of the Australian Performing Arts Market 2016 program.
- DJUKI MALA
- Stephanie Lake Company
- Marrugeku Theatre
- Ahilan Ratnamohan
- Liesel Zink
- Australian Dance Theatre
- Shaun Parker & Company
- The Farm
Kate McDonald, Ian Pidd and Bec Reid will showcase their large-scale, site-specific and participatory dance celebration 'The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair'.
On Wednesday 25 November, before the official opening of the Australia Council for the Arts’ inaugural Arts Learning Forum, a series of free and low-cost workshops are open to all interested artists and organisations, whether or not you are attending the forum main program. They will provide focussed practical skills and knowledge for artists, educators and facilitators interested in brushing up on their arts learning skill set.
Included are opportunities to learn about inclusive and accessible arts learning and programs, working and forming partnerships with schools, and thinking strategically about digital engagement and design in learning programs.
- Open Your Eyes: Disability awareness and inclusive arts programs with Tim Dakin and Janice Florence, through Arts Access Victoria ($50)
- Great Partnerships: Your Art in Their School with Heather Marsh (FREE! thanks to Creative Victoria)
- Let’s Get Digital with Stuart Buchanan ($50)
Visit the website to see full details and register for the workshops.
- When: 21–22 November 2015
- Where: Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus,
- For more information and to register, visit the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare website.
The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) recognises that all performing artists, young and old, amateur and professional, have unique needs that may not be met by standard models of healthcare.
The 2015 conference theme is 'A Career in the Spotlight: Enhancing Performance Health and Wellbeing'.
This year’s theme will inspire attendees to consider the health and well-being of the whole artist through evidence-informed practice, whether this is in the private teaching studio or the rooms of a healthcare professional.
Keynote speakers include international and national experts in performing arts healthcare: Dr Kate Hays, Associate Professor Rae de Lisle and Dr Cate Madill.
Researchers and clinicians in the fields of dance, drama, voice and music health will present their latest research and discuss possible strategies to overcome the health challenges associated with being a performing artist.
There will also be themed workshops about dance, music, voice and performing arts medicine research.
- When: Wednesday 25 November – Friday 27 November 2015
- Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne
- Registrations close on 20 November 2015 (unless sold out prior)
- For program and registration, visit the Arts Learning Forum web page.
The Arts Learning Forum program is a three-day event for arts professionals with a role or interest in arts education, learning or engagement across all art forms, ages and communities. Delegates will exchange insights, practices and creative ideas and be inspired by Australian and international leaders including Katherine Zeserson (UK), Anna Cutler Director of Learning from the Tate in London, and Deborah Cheetham Artistic Director of Short Black Opera Company.
The forum is part of the Australia Council’s continued commitment to build the capacity of the sector and to help make the arts more accessible to all Australians. It extends the work of the Arts Education Forum established by Major Performing Arts companies in 2010.
Drawing on the talents of over 60 contributing speakers, workshop leaders, panellists and provocateurs, the Forum will harness the collective knowledge and experience of arts learning leaders from around Australia. The Forum will include workshops, pecha kucha sessions, panels discussions, open space facilitation, open mic sessions, debate and resources across the breadth of the arts sector. Participants will be encouraged to share and discuss approaches to arts learning including: strategic vision, programs and their delivery, engagement methodologies and other issues.