We know the dance sector wants a chance to share, inspire, connect and to be inspired by the whole dance industry—that includes the broader ecology, from independents to majors. At NDF 2017 we'll hear inspiring talks from our National Dance Forum 2017 speakers.
Here are our first speakers for this year's forum.
The fourth National Dance Forum (NDF2017) will take place from 25–26 September 2017 at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Victoria.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Congratulations to the shortlisted nominees for one of the country’s most prestigious performing arts awards. The Australian Dance Awards recognise and honour outstanding achievement.
Award for Services to Dance
- Ben Cobham
- Nicolette Fraillon AM
- Jennifer Irwin
- Philip Piggin
Award for Services to Dance Education
- Sally Chance
- Lesley Graham
- Katrina Rank
- Kim Walker
Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance
- Country Arts SA – Dance Jungle Gym
- Liz Lea, Canberra Dance Theatre & collaborators – Great Sport!
- Sprung!! Integrated Theatre Inc. – Encounters
- Tracks Dance Company – Landed
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance
- Catapult Dance, The Flipside Project – In Search of the Lost Things
- QL2 Dance – Connected
- Slide Dance – Secrets
- Tracks Dance Company – Milpirri (Kurdiji)
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
- Anouk van Dijk – Rule of Thirds (Chunky Move)
- Lucy Guerin – The Dark Chorus (Lucy Guerin Inc)
- Kyle Page & Amber Haines – Rainbow Vomit (Dancenorth)
- Natalie Weir – We Who Are Left (Queensland Ballet)
Outstanding Performance by a Company
- The Australian Ballet – Nijinsky
- Bangarra Dance Theatre – OUR Land People Stories
- Queensland Ballet – Strictly Gershwin
- Sydney Dance Company – Untamed
Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance
- Australian Dance Artists – Seven Impossible Pieces for Four Dancers
- Dance Makers Collective – DADS
- Praxis – Dark Matter
- Liesel Zink – The Stance
Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer
- Natalie Allen – Decadence Perth 2016 (STRUT Dance)
- Amber Haines – Syncing Feeling (Dancenorth)
- Ako Kondo – Coppélia (The Australian Ballet)
- Clare Morehen – Lest We Forget (Queensland Ballet)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer
- Richard Causer – Black (Expressions Dance Company)
- Benjamin Hancock – The Dark Chorus (Lucy Guerin Inc)
- Kevin Jackson – Nijinsky (The Australian Ballet)
- James Vu Anh Pham – Rule of Thirds (Chunky Move)
Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance or Musical Theatre
- Sarah Boulter – Dance Academy (ABC TV)
- Jack Chambers – Singin’ in the Rain (TEG Dainty, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises & Michael Cassel Group)
- Company 2 – Scotch & Soda
- The Dream Dance Company – The Secret Society
Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film
- Juliet Burnett, Nicholas Robert Thayer & Gabrielle Adamidis – Letting Blood
- Lucy Doherty – Mandala (One Dance Collective)
- The Samaya Wives – The Knowledge Between Us
- Sally Wicks & Dan Crestani – Empathy is the Devil (Sumi Productions)
2017 National Dance Forum
25–26 September, Victorian College of the Arts
NDF 2017 will address four key questions:
- How do we approach or adapt artistic practice to take advantage of new digital technology, and use it to create meaning? Or is technology an art form in its own right?
- How is work curated and created for digital distribution?
- How can artists expand their reach to new and existing audiences?
- What can we take from other industries that have successfully (or unsuccessfully) navigated digital disruption and/or developed an effective digital futures agenda?
Expressions of interest: 10-minute presentation
We welcome your proposal to make a 10-minute presentation about your work that directly addresses one or all of the four key questions. The program will be shaped by these questions, and we will choose presentations based on innovative practice, relevance to the topics, and by hearing about some of the challenges faced in creating work in a digital environment.
- Fill in the expressions of interest form: 10-minute presentation (26 Kb MS Word)
- Email it with a brief CV to Ausdance National
- Due date: Monday 24 July 2017
Expressions of interest: 3-minute pitch presentation
We invite practitioners who use digital technology in, or for, their work to demonstrate innovation and/or digital distribution strategies in a 3-minute pitch session.
- Fill in the expressions of interest form: 3-minute pitch presentation (26 Kb MS Word)
- Email it with a brief CV to Ausdance National
- Due date: Monday 24 July 2017
The Ausdance National board has been very busy these past couple of months, in-between meeting for a second time in early June and planning for our next meeting on 23 July 2017. These regular meetings have enabled a range of initiatives to be implemented which have included:
- working with the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) on a joint submission in addition to an individual Ausdance submission regarding VET Student Loans
- clarifying and streamlining roles and responsibilities for our Ausdance National office team across administration and marketing areas
- the establishment of Board Subcommittees with key board members being tasked with responsibility for actively supporting and driving identified priority areas
- the launch of our fundraising campaign with the fabulous support of past life members Shane Colquhoun and Julie Dyson
- the activation of the National Dance Forum advisory panel including initial curation and program scheduling
- the ongoing planning and securement of sponsorship support for the Australian Dance Awards in collaboration with Ausdance VIC.
Australia Council's National Service Organisation scan
The Australia Council has finally completed the desktop scan of national service organisations that analyses 111 arts organisations, covering all states and territories and artistic disciplines.
Of the analysed organisations:
- 97% engage in member communication activities including newsletters, social media, and journals
- 83% deliver capacity building activities
- 43% engage in advocacy
- 36% undertake research and evaluation
The research is of particular interest to Ausdance National, following its loss of Australia Council operational funding last year—we definitely fulfil all of the activities listed above! The Council notes that it won’t be undertaking any specific communications related to the scan, but sees it as one of the many resources available on its website.
The 2017 WDA Global Summit will be held in St John’s, Newfoundland, from 24–28 July, with a full program of performances, scholarly papers and workshops, including a Choreolab. The timetable is still being developed, but you can read the exciting program that includes several Australian presenters, among them Assoc. Professor Cheryl Stock AM, who has just stepped down as the WDA’s inaugural Secretary-General.
The National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) met with several key groups and individuals in Canberra on 19 and 20 June.
We were especially encouraged by our meeting with officers from the Department of Communications and the Arts, Rebecca Rush, Mark Gordon and Stella Jones, and with officers from the Department of Education & Training, Cris Castro and Eleanor Newby. We were able to follow up on our previous submissions regarding the loss of VET FEE-HELP for arts courses (575 Kb PDF) and with further discussions about advancing the STEAM agenda.
Ausdance National congratulates the 2017 recipients and thanks you all for your significant contribution to Australia's dance sector.
AO—Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia
- Mr Stephen George PAGE (NSW) — For distinguished service to the performing arts and contemporary dance, through enriching Australia's cultural environment, and by presenting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts to the world.
- Mr Michael Francis LYNCH AM (NSW) — For distinguished service to arts administration, to leadership of international cultural institutions and nationally recognised art organisations, and through contributions to Australian public life.
As per our previous submission in October 2016 regarding the exclusion of dance performance courses from the eligible course list for the VET Student Loans program, Ausdance would like to re-state its significant concern in light of the recent call for submissions regarding the review of the VET Student Loans Eligible Course List and Loan Caps methodology.
Read the full response: Download Ausdance National's letter to Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training about the review of the VET Student Loans Eligible Course List and Loan Caps Methodology (80 Kp PDF).
16 May 2017
The 2017 National Dance Forum will bring together makers, producers and presenters to discuss and share knowledge on current digital practices and technological developments. The two-day forum will focus on strengthening the dance sector’s capacity within the digital domain.
Led by the dance sector’s advocate for 40 years—Ausdance National—the fourth National Dance Forum (NDF2017) will take place at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, 25–26 September 2017 and will follow the Australian Dance Awards (Arts Centre Melbourne, 24 September 2017).
Dance artists, companies, presenters and researchers looking for ways to grow meaningful audience relationships and understand the issues around making art in a digital environment, need to attend.
ArtsPeak’s new goal
Drafted at its planning session in Sydney on 15–16 March, the following new goal will be included as a discussion point in the next ArtsPeak meeting in September:
That the cultural, arts and creative industries are central to political thinking, economic priorities and civic life in Australia.
Addressing that goal, the intended outcomes are:
by Julie Dyson, Chair
NAAE is coordinating the publication of a new edition of its highly successful More Than Words Can Say – a View of Literacy Through the Arts, last updated in 2003. This has meant re-engaging with the original authors and commissioning a new Foreword. We’re delighted to announce that this will be written by arts educator Professor Robyn Ewing AM of the University of Sydney, author of the influential research paper The Arts and Australian Education: Realising potential.
Following the Annual General Meeting on 19 March 2017, the new skills-based board members of the Ausdance National Council formally commenced in their new director roles. It has been great to connect as a group not only in better understanding the breadth of experience that each team member brings to the responsibility of leading Ausdance National, but how passionate everyone is about Ausdance and the dance sector in general!
This year’s World Dance Alliance (WDA) Global Summit will be held in St John’s, Newfoundland from 23–28 July. Australian Cheryl Stock, AM has stepped down from the role of Secretary-General of WDA, having introduced new protocols, policies and procedures to the organisation and facilitating the re-forming of WDA Europe, which had not been active for some years. She also coordinated the wonderful 2014 Global Summit in Angers, France and edited the peer-reviewed papers, many presented by Australian scholars, choreographers and performers. These have been published by Ausdance, and provide (with the more recently published 2015 Dance and the Child International papers) a wonderful insight into dance processes across all genres.
Cheryl has been succeeded by Dr Anis Mohd Nor of Malaysia, also a distinguished scholar and long-time participant and organiser of WDA events. Anis will chair the Global Executive meeting in July, and I will join the meeting as the independent member elected in 2011. We’ll provide an update after the meeting about developments, particularly those that provide opportunities for young scholars and choreographers.
In the meantime, the Global Education & Training network of WDA, co-chaired by Ralph Buck and Jeff Meiners, has been working with WDA and dance and the Child International (daCi) to prepare for the second joint world congress (the first was in Taiwan in 2012), in Adelaide next year (8–13 July). Panpapanpalya 2018 will focus on four interwoven themes: dance, gathering, generations, learning. These themes, summarised by the Aboriginal Kaurna word Panpapanpalya, honour Australia’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance practices, as well as indigenous dance cultures from around the world.
The new Panpapanpalya 2018 website has just been launched, and you are encouraged to submit proposals for papers and performances by the due dates. As an Ausdance member you will receive a discount for registration and other benefits.
I will be in Wellington later this month, and have arranged to meet with Anton Carter, CEO of Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) for an update on his role as WDA Asia Pacific Vice-President (Pacific). Anton has fantastic dance networks across the Pacific and he will be working with WDA to promote the many and varied dance cultures that exist in the Pacific region. It will also be an opportunity to share news of Panpapanpalya 2018 with him—it would be wonderful to have Pacific dance cultures represented in big numbers next year!
Another wonderful opportunity available to Australian Ausdance members is the International Young Choreographer Program (ICYP), which offers fellowships to eight young artists: three from Taiwan, three from other Asia Pacific countries, and one each from WDA Europe and WDA Americas.
This year’s Australian young choreographer, Scott Ewen, has been selected to participate in ICYP in Taiwan, to be held in July this year. Scott also attended the WDA Choreolab as a a highly regarded choreographer last year in Seoul.
Don’t forget the biannual publication, Asia Pacific Channels and the valuable archive of editions back to 1996. Channels has been designed and published by Ausdance National’s Rachael Jennings for many years, with co-editor Bilqis Hijjas (Malaysia), but it was first published by WDA founder Carl Wolz in 1994 with Ausdance National’s Hilary Trotter.
Services to Dance
- Ben Cobham
- Nicolette Fraillon
- Jennifer Irwin
- Susan Mayes
- Philip Piggin
Following our Annual General Meeting on 19 March 2017, members of the new Ausdance National Council have commenced their roles. Their first meeting will take place in Canberra in April.
The new Council is made up of highly experienced and skilled individuals who will now take charge of your national peak body and continue its work into the future.
The new National Executive is:
- Gene Moyle, National President
- Shaun Comerford and Elizabeth More, National Vice Presidents
- Marinda Burger, National Treasurer.
New National Council members are:
- Jasmine Moseley (Ausdance Victoria) as the representative of the National Advisory Committee
- Katarina Baykitch
- Annette Carmichael
- Jacqueline Simmonds
Read about the new Ausdance National Council members.
The Green Room Awards were presented on 27 March 2017. For winners in other artforms, visit the Green Room Awards website.
Lilian Steiner, The Dark Chorus (Lucy Guerin Inc as part of Melbourne Festival)
Benjamin Hancock, The Dark Chorus (Lucy Guerin Inc as part of Melbourne Festival)
CounterMove (Sydney Dance Company)
Ben Cobham for Bluebottle (Set and Lighting Design) and James Sandri and Pete Brundle for PDA (Video System Design), Lucid (Chunky Move)
Music Composition and Sound Design
Duane Morrison, Mermermer (Jo Lloyd and Nicola Gunn for Next Move 9 presented by Chunky Move)
Outstanding Work by an Emerging Artist/Choreographer
Thomas ES Kelly, [MIS]CONCEIVE
Concept and Realisation
Lucid (Chunky Move)
Ausdance National and the Ausdance network welcome news today that the Arts Minister, Senator Mitch Fifield, has decided to return Catalyst funds to the Australia Council.
The sudden removal of funds from the Australia Council, the loss of transparent peer reviewed decision-making processes and uncertainty about the role of Catalyst have caused enormous disruption and distress across the sector.
Ausdance National President-elect, Associate Professor Gene Moyle, said: ‘The Minister’s decision to return remaining Catalyst funds to the Australia Council is a very welcome step. The Minister is to be congratulated for acting on the strong messages he has received about the loss of highly-regarded dance companies and organisations, and has moved to address the ongoing concerns of the arts profession.
‘We now want to ensure that some funding balance will be returned to the small to medium dance sector in particular, so we welcome the Minister’s comment that “This will allow the Australia Council to continue to focus on supporting small to medium arts organisations.'
We look forward to working with the Minister and the Australia Council to ensure that this goal is realised.
Contact: Gene Moyle (0411 640 012) or Julie Dyson (041 2211 513)
Members of the new Ausdance National Council will commence in their roles following the Annual General Meeting on 19 March 2017. Led by National President Gene Moyle, this is a group of highly experienced and skilled individuals who will now take charge of your national peak body and continue its work into the future. I thank the Australia Council for providing additional funding to allow the new council to meet face to face during 2017 as they consider the future of the organisation.
Last year, the interim executive developed a draft strategic plan with a vision that states that by 2020, Ausdance National will be:
- reaffirmed as the leading national advocate for dance in Australia
- the leader of a respected, integrated and sustainable Ausdance network supporting and promoting professional dance practice in Australia
- financially sustainable and empowered in a new funding environment.
What should a peak service organisation look like in 2020? What priority services, programs and projects should it provide? How should it build and engage with its membership?
While we celebrate Ausdance’s 40th Anniversary this year and many significant achievements, Ausdance National also needs to consider these critical questions as the new council sets in place a viable plan for the future without core operational funding. The support and contribution of our members around the country will be an essential part of that conversation.
Ausdance National and the Ausdance state and territory organisations that make up the network will continue to make a significant contribution to dance across Australia and internationally. While acknowledging that the future is not without its challenges for Ausdance National in the short-medium term, I am also excited at this unique opportunity to build and secure the future of dance in Australia through the uniquely integrated services of Ausdance.
I take this opportunity to again acknowledge and thank our hard working staff—Rachael Jennings, our publications & communications manager and Leanne Craig, who co-ordinates the Australian Dance Awards selection process and assists with administration.
I look forward to reporting on Ausdance National’s 2016 activities and our plans for 2017 at the AGM—I hope some of you will be able to join us in Melbourne to meet some of the new council members and to join me in congratulating them and wishing them the very best.
Interim National President
The National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) has had a very productive start to 2017, with the NAAE paper advocating for inclusion of the Arts in the STEM agenda being submitted to the Federal Government’s Inquiry into Innovation and Creativity: Workforce for the new economy. The paper was co-authored by John Saunders and Sandra Gattenhof (Drama Australia), with input from all other artform members of NAAE, including dance educators Jeff Meiners (SA) and Sue Fox (Qld).
While most people only refer to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) when discussing innovation and creativity, the Arts are considered in many countries to be an essential element of an innovative economy, hence the increasing advocacy for STEAM in Australia. We note with real concern that the arts were not included in the Federal Government’s original National Innovation & Science Agenda, nor do most submissions to the current inquiry mention the Arts.
However, strong submissions were made for a STEAM agenda by several prominent organisations, including the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG), the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), the Australian Copyright Council, and Arts Educators, Practitioners & Researchers Australia, as well as several universities.
NAAE wants to bring together all those advocates for STEAM and develop a new strategy for increasing the voice of the Arts in this country’s innovation agenda.
To keep up with current NAAE agendas and discussions about future activities, go to our NAAE Facebook page and join the conversation.
Julie Dyson – Chair