Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship

The Keith Bain bequest provides financial assistance for an emerging choreographer to travel internationally with the sole purpose of developing and extending their choreographic practice.

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About the fellowship

The biennial Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship (KBCTF) of $5000 is to support international travel and experiences by emerging choreographers (under 40 years) across any dance genre.

Applications closed 31 July 2016. The next Fellowship will be offered in 2018.

Your application should include

  • A brief proposal (no more than 2 x A4 pages) discussing how your choreographic practice will be developed through a specific international professional development experience
  • A current CV and biography
  • A DVD or link to online video sample of work (3–6 minutes of continuous choreography)
  • two referees

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or resident and an Ausdance member.

The successful applicant will

  • provide Ausdance with a written report during and/or at the end of the two-year period. This may be in the form of a blog, an article or work diary for the Ausdance website, a performance or a forum. A plan for this written report must be included in the application.
  • complete the travel within two years of receiving the fellowship. The funds may be used over that time for complementary professional development activities such as attendance at international conferences or to undertake classes and/or partnerships outside of Australia.

Previous recipients

Offering both the gift of time and travel, the Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship enabled me to scrutinise the conceptual and practical methods with which I create. It assisted me to connect with current international discourse on identity, agency and performance, and to meet some fascinating artists along the way. — Gabrielle Nankivell, 2014 recipient

Gabrielle Nanikvell2014 recipient Gabrielle Nankivell undertook dramaturgy research in Vienna. 

Gabrielle Nankivell (2014) is the first recipient. Gabrielle has been creating and performing nationally and internationally since 2000. She has a distinctive and ever-shifting aesthetic as she discovers new methods and influences, and her current desire to move into dance dramaturge is a natural progression for her evolution as a dance and theatre maker. She is an extremely articulate and diverse dance maker who believes in communication through movement. The panel feels confident that Gabrielle's proposal to further investigate how we use dance and movement to engage with the world around us would have been greatly supported by Keith.

About Keith

Keith Bain OAM was a founding member of Ausdance and held state and national committee roles for many years, including Ausdance National President 1988–1991. It was Keith who suggested the name ‘Ausdance’ when the organisation changed its name in 1992, and who initiated the annual Dancers' Picnic, which has evolved into the Australian Dance Awards.

Keith was the inaugural director of movement at NIDA, and he received many honours and awards during his lifetime, including the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal for services to dance and theatre (1977), an Order of Australia Medal (1988) and Australian Dance Awards for Lifetime Achievement (1999) and Services to Dance Education (2003). He received the dance industry's esteemed honour of induction into the Australian Dance Awards Hall of Fame in 2011.

Keith passed away on 4 July 2012. In his will, he left a bequest to Ausdance National to provide financial assistance for a promising young choreographer to travel internationally with the sole purpose of developing and extending existing choreographic practices.

(Clockwise from top left:) Keith leading rehearsal for Jesus Christ Superstar, 1972 Photo by Greg Desmond; Keith with Coralie Hinkley in Gertrud Bodenwieser's Central Australian Suite, 1957 Photo by Max Dupain; Keith helping Ruth Cracknell with the bossa nova for a movie directed by Jim Sharman titled The Night Prowler, 1977; NIDA tribute to Keith, 2005 Photo by Branca Gaica (with Anca Frankenhaeuser at rear and Shirley McKechnie)

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Documenting the influence of travel on my artistic practice

Gabrielle Nankivell, the inaugural recipient of the Ausdance Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship, shares her travel story, research notes and workbook from Vienna, Munich, Barcelona and Berlin, where old and new influences shape her practice.

The subject of travel and professional development, and the value this experience offers artistic practice, arises regularly in the dance arena. As artists we seek these experiences because we are hoping to find something other than what we know or perhaps even something that makes us finally feel at home – either way, we are seeking something to ignite our imaginations and to deepen our knowledge and empathy. We hope to meet people, build new relationships and share practice. We imagine it will generate energy and feed our motivation. We take to the road to connect with others and to connect with our selves. To paraphrase the sentiment of many a wanderlust quote, travel opens the mind and makes the heart grow... We know and the philanthropists know. Travel and international exchange is a good thing.

Patrick (Lucky) Lartey receives Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship

Patrick (Lucky) Lartey is a Sydney-based dancer and choreographer, originally from Ghana, West Africa. In September this year he was awarded the Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship, which provides financial assistance for an emerging choreographer to travel internationally with the sole purpose of developing and extending their choreographic practice.

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Eden Zerk commented on

I am investigating the possibility of applying for a scholarship as choreographer/dancer.
I have travelled extensively for my age to gain experience but need some help in furthering my experience.
Do you have any opportunities I could apply for, any help would be much appreciated.
I am 17 years old and am starting my career in Australia and overseas..
Thankyou in advance Eden Zerk

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