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Solo festival of dance—workshops

Expressions Dance Company has two commissioned choreographers Daniel Jaber and Narelle Benjamin rehearsaing for SOLO Festival of Dance. Daniel and Narelle will be creating brand new commissions on EDC dancers for the season playing at QPAC 15 – 24 May.

While Daniel and Narelle are in Brisbane, they will be leading two very special workshops:

In Studio with Daniel Jaber

9.30 – 11.30am Sat 3 May
EDC Studio, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
Lvl 4, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Cost: $25 per person

Suitable for: Open advanced (tertiary, semi-professional, professional)

About Daniel: Upon closing a 4 year career with Gary Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre, Daniel has developed a specific contemporary dance training that derives from the various physical disciplines he studied while at ADT (including: acrobatics/tumbling, Ashtanga Yoga, breakdance & classical ballet formation). The aim of this class is to expose dancers to ways in which to combine alternative disciplines with technical contemporary dance technique. The class will move through a series of short structured exercises to apply ‘safe dance practice’ and articulate the dancers: feet, shoulder sockets, spine, knees and hips before extending into phrases of movement vocabulary, focusing on virtuosic movements and acrobatic skills married within dance choreography. The class is focused on engaging the dancers’ precision of movement, speed and floor work and educates the use of tumbling and extreme physicality within choreographic practice. The workshop will conclude with phrase work and repertoire.

In Studio with Narelle Benjamin

9.30 – 11.30am Sat 10 May
EDC Studio, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
Lvl 4, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Cost: $25 per person

Suitable for: Open advanced (tertiary, semi-professional, professional)

About Narelle: Narelle has danced with many Australian companies and international choreographers, including, Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, Bangarra Dance Theatre, One Extra, The Chrissie Parrot Dance collective, Wendy Houston, and Douglas Wright. She has choreographed works for the One Extra Company, The Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Ballet, Sydney festival 2008, Theatre of Image, In Glass for the Spring Dance Festival 2010 and Dance Massive 2011. In Glass won an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievenent in Independent Dance in 2011. Narelle has worked on several films as a performer, choreographer and director. Narelle received the Australia Council two year fellowship for 2014 and 2015. Narelle will begin the class with a warm up, using her own practice, informed by Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga in combination with contemporary dance techniques. She will then move on to leading the class through an improvisation inspired by her somatic exploration and research, to awaken the imagination and one’s own expression, before finishing off with repertoire work.

To book go to the EDC website or T 136 246

Work with Keir Choreographic Award finalist Shaun Gladwell

Shaun Gladwell is looking for three male dancers to take part in a new piece he's developing for the Keir Choreographic Award. The Keir Choreographic Award is a new biennial award dedicated to the commissioning of new choreographic work and promoting innovation in contemporary dance.

Current schedule

  • 2–13 June 2014 at Carriageworks, Sydney, Elston Mezzanine Room 10am to 6pm for creative development.
  • 7–13 July 2014 at Dancehouse, Melbourne for tech rehearsals and four-day performance season.

If Shaun's work is selected for the finals in Sydney, there will be another four days of work.

About Shaun Gladwell

Shaun Gladwell is a contemporary artist working within a wide range of mediums. Key concerns of all Gladwell’s activity is the way human beings critically and creatively respond to their immediate environments.

Gladwell’s artwork critically engages emerging languages of movement such as skateboarding, BMX riding, break dancing and parkour. An ongoing concern of Shaun’s practice is to consider these activities and others (soldiering) as forms of dance. Shaun critically analyses and celebrates the body in a wide range of media such as performance, video installation, film (for cinema), painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography. Most of his artworks are generated from a direct involvement and ongoing personal relationship to urban movement and he often performs in his own work.

Recently, Shaun has collaborated with Zambian, Belgian choreographer, Lindy Nsingo. He also developed a live piece with Branch Nebula titled Paradise City in 2007. Shaun has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas, and his work has been included in many internal survey exhibitions.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!

Email Expressions of Interest to Shaun with a current CV, photo and any links to online videos of your work before 10 May.

Keir Choreographic Award finalists announced

The Keir Choreographic Award is a new biennial award dedicated to the commissioning of new choreographic work and promoting innovation in contemporary dance.

The eight finalists for the prize include a mix of dancers, choreographers and visual artists: Sarah Aiken (VIC), James Batchelor (VIC), Tim Darbyshire (VIC), Matthew Day (VIC), Atlanta Eke (VIC), Shaun Gladwell (NSW), Jane McKernan (NSW) and Brooke Stamp (VIC).

The Keir Choreographic Award is supported and delivered jointly by Dancehouse in Melbourne and Carriageworks in Sydney. A two-week season of the commissioned works will be presented at Dancehouse in Melbourne to provide increased exposure for the artists. The jury will select four of the commissioned works to be presented at Carriageworks in Sydney for the finals. The winner will receive a $30,000 prize, with a further $10,000 prize in the hands of the voting audience. The impact of the Award is significantly enhanced by a new Australia Council initiative, which provides $80,000 worth of funding for the commissioning of new work by the finalists.

Congratulations to the eight finalists!

Read more about the Award and finalists on the Dancehouse website.

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014

The 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival runs from 17 September – 5 October. General registration will open Friday 2 May, 2014.

If you are interested in presenting an event in the 2014 Festival, please sign up for the eNews to be notified about confirmed registration dates and details.

Expressions of Interest

North Melbourne's Errol St will once again be the home of the Fringe Hub—the beating heart of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. It's a special precinct of venues featuring work from all the presentation categories in the Festival and also houses the always-vibing Fringe Club. 

If you're interested in being programmed in a Fringe Hub venue this year, you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Go to the Fringe website for forms and more information.

As a part of the Fringe Hub EOI process, it is recommended that you make a time soon to visit the office and speak in person with Producer, Felix Preval.

fLiNG Physical Theatre Co. seeks dance director

An exciting position exists in Bega NSW with fLiNG Physical Theatre Inc. as Youth Company Director.

The position involves the creation of choreographic and project work with the company of fLiNG Physical Theatre and YfLiNG. A contract for a full-time position is currently on offer from July 2014 for a twelve-month period with the option of negotiating an additional twelve-month tenure.

The Youth Company Director will develop his/her role and responsibilities within the company whilst working with an experienced team including, the Artistic Director Lee Pemberton and Associate Director Gabrielle Rose.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to develop their knowledge and skills of community arts practice whilst developing their choreographic and artistic work.

Email fLiNG or phone 0429 909 433 for a full job description.

Australia Council dance grants 2014

Dance grants

Apply now for these Australia Council for the Arts grants for dance projects starting in 2014.

  • Artform Development: provides organisations with funding for programs and services that benefit a range of dance artists. Applications close 15 August 2014.
  • Fellowships: to support an established dance artist to undertake creative or professional development. Applications close 31 July 2014.
  • Projects—Presentation: support for dance works with a presentation outcome. Applications close 7 February 2014.
  • Projects—Creative Development: support for the research and creative development of new dance works. Applications close 7 February 2014.
  • Creative Australia—New Work: for the creative development of new artistic works in dance. Applications close 15 August 2014.
  • Cité Residency: three-month residency at the Australia Council's residential studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Applications close 15 August 2014.

Leadership grants

Artistic Leaderships Grants Program invites proposals from artistic leaders (including emerging leaders) to undertake highly impactful professional development in artistic leadership that leads to a significant advancement of capabilities, knowledge and global awareness. Applications close 24 February 2014.

Executive Leadership Grants Program invites proposals from established senior arts leaders and managers for periods of professional development that would lead to new models of organisational capacity and leadership structures in the arts. Applications close 24 February 2014.

For more information about funding for dance read our factsheet Funding Sources for Dance Artists.

Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship

The Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS) is published annually in September by the World Dance Alliance (WDA). It is designed to serve the needs of international dance scholars who are currently enrolled in a graduate program or within 5 years of having graduated from a graduate program in dance or a related field.

JEDS is published online as an open resource. Articles are selected to assure dance scholarship from around the world is included in each publication.Each article submission is reviewed by two international dance scholars with no more than 16 submissions accepted for the annual publication. Articles are chosen based on originality of research and the contributions each makes to the future of dance praxis (theory and practice).

JEDS Vol. 2 will be published 1 September, 2014

JEDS 2015 Vol. 3, will be comprised only of blind-reviewed papers selected from those presented at the 2014 World Dance Alliance Global Summit in Angers, France.

Visit the JEDS website to find out more.

Registrations open for the 2014 AYDF

Ausdance SA is pleased to launch the AYDF Renmark SA 2014 website, complete with artistic program, online payments and registration.

Australian Youth Dance Festival, Renmark SA, 2014 – theme Regeneration.

Book now to secure a place!

Young dancers from across Australia are getting ready to invade Renmark, in the South Australian Riverland for the 2014 Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF). Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Country Arts SA the festival enables young dancers to participate in a program of classes, screenings, performances and workshops. First held in 1997 the Festival has a strong regional focus and looks to engage young people from across the country.

Read more about the AYDF program and partner support in this media release

Strut dance presents workshops with Antony Hamilton

The Object Looks Back: Body, Space, Objects, Response

Antony Hamilton is an award-winning visionary artist who has grown up through Australian Dance Theatre and Chunky Move to develop his own powerful and vivid language.

Antony’s combination of urban flux and structural rigor is unique, bold and brutally poetic. For his first two-week master workshop, Antony will take a group of artists through a bespoke process utilising his visionary tools and systems.

The experience is not just another learning curve but will be directed towards an original work. Antony's interests are specifically related to body, space, object and voice. Watch Antony Hamilton Projects Showreel.

When: May 19 – 31 (Monday – Friday)
Where: King Street Arts Centre, Munster Lane, Perth

To secure your place, send an EOI (including current CV and motivation) to Jamie McGleave, Communications & Development Manager at STRUT Dance.

Visit the Strut Dance website for more information.

Deadline for EOIs: 2 May

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