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International Teaching Artist Conference

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.

ITAC welcomes community artists, community cultural development workers, artists-in-residence and cultural animateurs to register now.

Visit the ITAC website for more information.

International conference on dance education

An International Conference on Dance Education 2014 (ICONDE 2014) will be held at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur 13 – 17 August. 

The conference theme is 'Dance Education—International Perspectives on Teaching, Learning, Creating: Challenges, Possibilities and Prospects'

Call for papers

ICONDE 2014 will explore and examine various dimensions of dance education mainly focusing on teaching, learning and creating dance in international communities (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific) and in Malaysia.

This conference hopes to define dance education and its goals, such as: The objectives, values, benefits, and rationale for why dance education is important in today’s society.

ICONDE 2014 will deal with issues on dance education’s connections with other disciplines in the arts, humanities and sciences in developing curriculum design and instructional strategies, and will assess the status of dance education and dance in tertiary institutions where dance education programs are offered.

Issues and questions might include, but need not be limited to the topics below:

  • What is the current status of dance education?
  • Who provides dance education experiences, and where?
  • How can dance become a viable part of the educational curriculum in primary, secondary schools, and higher institutions of learning?
  • What types of standards are used to teach and assess learning in dance?
  • Where can one train to become a dance educator to teach, create and conduct research?
  • What are the employment opportunities for dance educators?
  • What types of research and writing are being conducted in the field of dance education?
  • What kind of challenges does dance education face?
  • What are the possibilities and prospects for the future of dance education in various countries?
  • What are the philosophies and epistemological perspectives guiding research and practice in dance education today?
  • How does one frame and conduct research and practice in dance education?

Papers should be approximately 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. E-mail your submission (in English) to Mohd Anis Md Nor.

Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2014

For more information visit the conference website.

Professional training opportunities in London

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.

Talking dance—meet the makers at the 2014 Australian Performing Arts Market

Ausdance celebrates Australian dance makers at APAM 2014

In February 2014, Ausdance National and Ausdance Queensland hosted Talking dancemeet the makers, a networking event for the dance makers participating in the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM).

The following slideshow, which was projected during the event, showcases the latest work of Australian dance companies and independent dance artists who were presenting work at APAM 2014.

NAAE concerned for future of UNESCO cultural program

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.

2014 Asian Satellite meeting

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.

Dance and science—knowledge and creativity.

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.

Tanja Liedtke fellowship

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:

  1. To provide a program of opportunity for a developing Australian dancer/choreographer to expand and develop his/her creative boundaries,
  2. 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.
 

National Dance Forum program

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.

TAFE funding cuts and the arts

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.

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