Dance touring in Australia is supported and delivered by touring and support organisations who deliver government funded touring programs and/or work with the many networks of presenting venues and tour coordinators. Here we briefly outline touring programs, mechanisms and industry organisations.
Are you interested in touring your dance work or developing an existing work to tour? The first step is understanding the available funding and support. Here we briefly outline grants for touring dance.
Annalouise Paul (Theatre of Rhythm and Dance) has recently returned from a successful tour of Game On in India.
For Stephanie Lake — recipient of the inaugural Ausdance Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship — this recognition was a valuable affirmation that her artistic career was heading in the right direction.
BlakDance intern and dance and journalism student Ann-Maree Long shares her experience of the performance Blakdance 2012.
This paper outlines the Future Landings project run by Ausdance WA, examining how the artistic relationships between the choreographers played out, and suggests steps that may be taken to ensure that such ‘facilitated marriages’ have the best chance of success.
Independent artist Martin del Amo explains the process of his research and creation of his latest work Anatomy of an Afternoon, made in collaboration with dancer Paul White.
Dancer Paul White talks about the working process and the evolution of character and movement behind Martin del Amo's solo work Afternoon of a Faun.
Amanda Card talks about her research with Martin del Amo on Anatomy of an Afternoon which was part of a project funded by Critical Path's Responsive Programme. The intent of Martin’s research was to expand and challenge his choreographic process by using a historical source as stimulation as well as experimenting with the transference of his particular choreographic framework onto another dancer.
Martin del Amo talks to Matthew Day about the influence of Vaslav Nijinski in relation to Anatomy of an Afternoon: the thwarting of desire and expectation; the utility of stillness; and the centrality of the quotidian and the animal.
The dancer’s performing life is highly focused, demanding dedicated vocational training from an early age, and it depends on time-consuming creative and physical regimes. Dance artists, in contrast with other artists, are particularly challenged when it comes to professional career development.
Exploring the unique qualities of dance as an artform and why we choose it as our mode of expression, communication or storytelling, this forum embraced views from multiple perspectives: maker, dancer, educator, audience member and the broader community, while focusing on a central question, 'Why dance?'
This, the fourth book in the series Celebrating Dance in Asia and the Pacific, explores the current dance scene in Australia from a wide perspective that mirrors the creative engagement of artists with Australian culture and the landscape.
Some of Australia’s most exciting dancers, choreographers, curators, critics and collaborators met to discuss and reflect on the state of dance practice in Australia now, and to chart a course for the future.
SCOPE’s aim was to ensure that dance artists proactively participated in and effectively managed their own careers, education and personal development. Each of the artists worked with a professional career counsellor to develop their own career action plans. The program aimed to capture, transfer and adapt the creative capital of the individual artist to other areas of work and productivity.
After nation-wide research, Innovation and Business Skills Australia concluded that 'there is strong industry and community demand for national qualifications to help lift standards across the profession and set clear national benchmarks which promote consistency while maintaining flexibility'.
Asia–Pacific Channels is the bi-annual newsletter of the World Dance Alliance (WDA), published by Ausdance National in collaboration with MyDance Alliance in Malaysia. It profiles dance events and activities from WDA members throughout the Asia–Pacific region.
Want to get properly qualified for a professional career in the dance industry?
Dame Peggy van Praagh, founding Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, had a vision of developing a unique dance culture for Australian dance. The Ausdance memorial addresses pay tribute to, and acknowledge, her legacy in this country.
Moving on presents the findings of research into problems and prospects for career transition amongst professional dancers in Australia.
A report on the organisational structure of dance in Australia, the situation of individual dancers, the characteristics of audiences, funding issues, and dance education and training
This report uses the experience of arts teachers to show how the key competencies may have a generic function across the five arts areas.
These 8-week courses are ideal for well-trained dancers looking to launch their professional careers.
You may have just graduated or been working for a year or two and want to spend time on an intensive programme improving your skills. The professional programme offers the knowledge, skills, and techniques you need to establish yourself as a working dancer.
Participants will train across the board with some of the best and most connected teachers in London and have opportunities to attend intimate 'sofa sessions' to educate you on all aspects of the industry.
Scheduled programme dates for 2014 are:
14 July — 7 September
29 September — 24 November
Visit London Dance Programme website for more information.
Carriageworks and Dancehouse with the support of the Keir Foundation have announced the Keir choreographic award. This biennial Australian choreographic award is dedicated to commissioning new work and promoting innovation in contemporary dance. The aim of the award is to increase the profile of and cultivate new audiences for contemporary dance within Australia by commissioning and presenting new choreographic works in a competitive context.
Entries are now open and Australian dance makers and professional artists with an established practice in other art forms are invited to propose a new choreographic idea for an original live performance work of up to 20 mins.
Entry is by means of short video (up to five minutes) outlining a new choreographic idea. Videos are assessed by a jury of national and international industry peers. Through an assessment process, eight selected artists will be commissioned to develop their work. Commissioned artists will receive a fee, a production budget and in-kind space proportionate to the scale of their project.
The commissioned works will be presented in a four day season at Dancehouse, Melbourne. The jury will select four of these works to go forward to the finals, to be presented by Carriageworks, Sydney. Following the final performance at Carriageworks a work selected by the jury will be awarded a prize of $30,000 and the title of inaugural Keir Choreographic Award winner. The audience will vote for a second work to be awarded a $10,000 prize.
Deadline for entries is 28 February, 2014
The Australian Performing Arts Market 2014 will be held in Brisbane 18 – 22 February. APAM is Australia's premier opportunity for contemporary performance artists to network, share and promote their work.
Being held in Brisbane for the first time since the establishment of APAM in 1994, the 2014 program includes a range of exciting new dance work in a variety of formats. Shaun Parker and Co, Lisa Wilson, Vicki Van Hout, Antony Hamiliton, Lucy Guerin Inc, Kage, Claire Marshall and Force Majeure with the Sydney Theatre Company have all been selected to present full length works or pitch select excepts of their upcoming work.
Early bird registrations to join in the networking and see these exciting performances close 10 December.
National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE), have expressed concern UNESCO has recently voted to downgrade its cultural program (including arts education), thus risking the program's eventual elimination. Writing to the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, NAAE have outlined concerns about the possible downgrading of UNESCO's cultural program, and requesting Australia's representatives prioritise this program when it votes again at its November meeting. NAAE also acknowledges the leadership role UNESCO has played as an active advocate for Arts Education internationally.
Toshi Kawaguchi, Secretary-General of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO has recently responsed:
Australia is not a member of the Executive Board. As such, we were not involved in the decision. The Australian National Commission for UNESCO intends to participate in the General Conference, however, and has registered National Advocates for Arts Education’s (NAAE) views. We appreciate your input as the peak national arts education association.
Australia has much to offer in the cultural and arts education sphere and places value in arts education, including working to elevate creativity and cultural expression nationally. As you note, education ministers endorsed the Australian Curriculum for the arts in July 2013 so that for the first time, all Australian students from Foundation to Year Ten will have access to an arts education that covers five art forms of drama, dance, media arts, music and visual arts. To the credit of cultural bodies such as NAAE and Drama Australia, the Australian Curriculum for the arts recognises the opportunities that the arts learning area offers students in relation to further developing their general capabilities such as literacy, personal and social capability, and intercultural understanding.
NAAE will continue to monitor the progress of the decision and the outcome of the General Conference.
Australia is delighted to host the 2014 Asian Satellite for IETM (the leading international network for contemporary performing arts) bringing together a focused group of contemporary performing arts professionals from Australia, Europe and Asia to network and exchange ideas for collaboration and coproduction between the regions.
The meeting will be held in the context of Arts Centre Melbourne's Asian Performing Arts Program and is preceded by the final weekend of the Next Wave festival. It will be an inspiring gathering of artists and arts professionals engaged in collaboration between Europe and Asia.
Delegates are strongly encouraged to arrive in Melbourne to be able to start the performance itinerary on the morning of Saturday 10 May through Sunday 11 May, alongside their international peers and then attend the IETM Asian Satellite meeting, 12 – 14 May 2014.
Go the Australia Council website for more information.
1 — 3 July 2014, Brisbane
The Second International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC2) is co-hosted by the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and in association with QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival for Children 2014.
ITAC2 will not be a typical academic conference. ITAC2 is built upon demonstrations of practice and TED-talk style keynote provocations from around the world. Teaching artists will also have the opportunity to lead activities with young people at the renown Out of the Box Festival (OOTB). This conference will be authentic and electric.
Call for participation
Are you a community artist, community cultural development worker, artist-in-residence? Do you make artist’s interventions in business or work as a cultural animateur?
If any of these terms resonate with you and your organisation, then we invite you to respond to the Call for Participation form.
Visit the ITAC website for more information.
There is so much we still have to learn about dance. Human bodies have been dancing for centuries and some of our training techniques have been passed on from generation to generation.
At Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Dr Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science, is leading a growing group of researchers and students applying scientific methods to the dance training we do every day, seeking to gain knowledge about the body and the impact of dance.
Dance Scientists strive to optimise the dancer’s potential as an elite performer through areas such as physiology, psychology, nutrition, and biomechanics. Additionally, by measuring the effect of regular dance activity, Dance Scientists are able to explore the unique benefits that dance can have on other populations. Trinity website
Current dance science research and PhD students are looking at
- the differing fitness levels dancers require for performance and how to achieve that through class and strengthening programs
- how training techniques can be used to address common injuries
- the physical and physiological benefits of dance for young people and in ageing
Dr Redding is currently president of IADMS and Trinity Laban is a partner of the DanceUK-led initiative that established a National Institute for Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) in the United Kingdom. The Institute focuses on keeping dancers healthy using preventive strategies, following a ten-year research project showing that 80 percent of dancers are injured. An initiative of NIDMS allows dancers free access to the first specialist dance injury clinic funded by the National Health Service and based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Watch Helen Laws (Dance UK), Nouska Hanly (Dance UK) and Dr Roger Wolman (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital) discuss the treatment pathways for dancers who get injured in the UK.
Congratulations to Joseph Simons of Dubbo who is this year's recipient of the Tanja Liedtke Fellowship (TLF).
The fellowship will take place in Berlin and Frankfurt in August/September of 2013. The two key objectives of the 2013 Fellowship are:
- To provide a program of opportunity for a developing Australian dancer/choreographer to expand and develop his/her creative boundaries,
- To enable young artists to meet and work collaboratively in the context of international exchange and experimentation.
Previous TLF recipients have been Antony Hamilton (2009) and Katarzyna Sitarz (2011).
Read full Media Release.
For more information visit Tanja Liedtke Foundation.
Opening and closing with interactive visioning sessions, the program featured a full morning 'Open Space' session on the Sunday tapping the pulse of the forum, and through it that of the dance sector in Australia.
Keynote artists-in-conversation were Dalisa Pigram, co-Artistic Director of Marrugeku, with David Pledger, and Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre Garry Stewart with Anne Thompson.
Diverse breakout sessions covered panel, presentation, roundtable and screening formats:
- BlakDance First Nations Dance Panel
- 'Whose responsibility is it to make sense of this?'
- Dramaturgy, outside eye or feedback?
- Virtuosi industry preview screening
- 'What role dance education play in shaping Australian culture for tomorrow?'
- Beyond hybridity: current Australia/Asia-Pacific dance practices
- A Lifetime's Collaboration
- BETWEEN US: Connections within and beyond the independent dance sector
- What is dance doing in Australia? And what is Australian dance doing in the world?
The NDF2013 Facilitator was Jeff Khan, co-Director of Performance Space, Sydney. Also joining the NDF2013 team for a number of sessions was Janenne Willis, guest co-facilitator, roving provocateur and catalyst at large. Janenne brought her energy, seasoned facilitation skills and experience co-creating futures one conversation at a time.
|12:30pm – 2:00pm||Registration|
|2:00pm – 2:30pm||Welcome to Country & NDF2013 opening speeches|
|2:30pm – 4:30pm||Introduction: Who's here? Facilitated by Jeff Khan, NDF Facilitator, with Janenne Willis|
|4:30pm – 5:30pm||Forum opening and networking drinks on the lawn overlooking the Maribyrnong River|
|8:30am – 9:00am||Registration|
|9:00am – 9:15am||Introduction to day two – Jeff Khan, NDF Facilitator|
|9:15am – 10:45am||
Breakouts # 1
|10:45am – 11:15am||Morning tea|
|11:15am – 12:30pm||
Keynote artist-in-conversation # 1
Dalisa Pigram in conversation with David Pledger
|12:30am – 1:45pm||Lunch|
|1:45pm – 3:15pm||
Breakouts # 2 (parallel sessions)
|3:15pm – 3:45pm||Afternoon tea|
|3:45pm – 5:00pm||
Keynote artist-in-conversation # 2
Garry Stewart in conversation with Anne Thompson
|5:00pm – 5:30pm||Plenary facilitated by Jeff Khan|
|9:30am – 12:30pm||Open Space session with morning tea break, facilitated by Jeff Khan and Janenne Willis|
|12:30pm – 1:45pm||Lunch|
|1:45pm – 3:15pm||
Breakouts # 3 (parallel sessions)
|3:15pm – 3:45pm||Afternoon tea|
|3:45pm – 5:30pm||
Postcards from the future
Future visioning session facilitated by Jeff Khan and Janenne Willis, and forum close.
At the recent meeting of the Tertiary Dance Council of Australia (TDCA), serious concerns were raised about the massive cuts to TAFE training in several eastern States.
In this article for Artshub, Tamara Winikoff, Executive Director of the National Association for the Visual Arts, also raises these concerns, and the broader issues of career pathways for artists. While Tamara focuses on the visual arts, much of her analysis could be applied to dance in the TAFE sector, especially with the imminent introduction of the new Australian Curriculum: The Arts.
We'll be making our concerns known to the Victorian, New South Wales, South Australian and Queensland governments about their proposals to so drastically cut TAFE funding. We suggest you read Tamara's article and respond to your own governments about the future of arts training in your State.