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Submissions are open for Brolga #41 under the broad theme 'A place for dance'.

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The art and community ecology in which dance exists is delicate and complex. As with the fight for survival by animals in compromised environments perhaps it is the ‘charismatic’ or ‘innovative’ artists who survive. If so, where is the place for the dancers and dance makers who exist outside the realm of publically notable; who eschew spectacle or even notoriety? And how is it possible for a dancer to find their dance place in the rich history of skill and experimentation?

Big Dance Australia 2016 update

Big Dance is a biennial festival of people dancing led by the Mayor of London in partnership with People Dancing and the Big Dance Hubs, a network of leading dance organisations across the UK.

Big Dance Week ran from 2 to 10 July 2016 and Ausdance Queensland and Tracks Dance in Darwin hosted Big Dance events.

Michelle Silby, Director of Ausdance NSW and Executive Director Ausdance Victoria, said

I firmly believe dance is for everyone and everyone can dance! Big Dance UK is a wonderful opportunity to participate in dance for free. We in Australia have really enjoyed the opportunity to join in, and be part of the global dance community. Working with choreography by Akram Khan has been a dream, inspiring young and old alike all over the country. We will aim to tie Big Dance in with the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth/Arts Festival.

Big Dance Australia started in 2014 in Sydney and regional NSW, led by Ausdance NSW, Sydney Dance Company and Sydney Opera House. 2016 see’s two major Big Dance events with Ausdance NSW working with inter-state partners, in Darwin, Northern Territory, with Tracks Dance Company 01 July and in Brisbane, Queensland working with Ausdance QLD on 10 July. We are also encouraging people to use the choreography to inspire their own Big Dance.”

The Big Dance Film will be featured at this year's Australian Dance Awards in September!

Catch up on Big Dance

Read the Ausdance NSW Big Dance update.

Big Dance Darwin 

Visit the Tracks Dance Company Big Dance page.

Big Dance Queensland

Ausdance Queensland presented their Big Dance event on 10 July 2016.

daCi and WDA announce World Dance Congress for 2018

How can dance help in transforming society? This and many more questions will be a focus in 2018 at one of the world’s largest gatherings of dance educators and young artists in Adelaide, Australia. 

During the week of 11–15 July 2016, delegates from daCi (dance and the Child international) and WDA (World Dance Alliance Education and Training Network) met in Adelaide, Australia to collaborate in planning for a joint congress to be held from 8–13 July 2018. How to connect with UNESCO and initiate global advocacy informed our planning. 

Apply for the 2017 Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography

The Pina Bausch Fellowship supports professional dancers or choreographers to undertake their own development project with a partnering institution, choreographer, or dance/choreographic training institution. Possible projects could be collaboration in the form of an externship with a choreographer or a stay at a renowned training institution as a visiting student. Each applicant has to contact their cooperating partner themselves and have the planned project confirmed in a 'letter of intent'.

Up to four fellowships are granted each year.

Key information

  • Fellowship length: 3–6 months
  • Location: North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Allowance: 2.500 Euros /month and one-time travel expenses.
  • Age: no age restrictions.
  • Applications close 15 September 2016
  • To apply, visit the Pina Bausch Fellowship website.

Sir Matthew Bourne auditions male dancers for Melbourne production

Arts Centre Melbourne, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of New Adventures are working towards a major creative project that will culminate in a one week season at Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre in Autumn 2017.

This project offers an opportunity for Melbourne-based dancers to work for one month with choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne’s leading international dance company. 

Sir Matthew Bourne and other members of the New Adventures team will be in Melbourne in August 2016 to audition six male dancers to join the company for this one-off project at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Key information

  • Audition date: Saturday 6 August 2016 (applications required)
  • Recalls: Sunday 7 August 2016
  • Where: Auditions and recalls will be held in a centrally located venue in Melbourne
  • Rehearsals & season: Sunday, 14 August 2016 (workshop) & Monday 13 March – Sunday 9 April 2017
  • For Melbourne-based male dancers with at least three years of professional level training in classical or contemporary dance with a stage appearance age between 14–22.
  • Audition notice and application information on the Arts Centre Melbourne website.
  • Applications close COB Tuesday 12 July 2016.

Asia-Pacific Channels June 2016 issue out now

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.

Download the June 2016 issue (2 MB)

Asia–Pacific ChannelsImages from the June 2016 issue.

We produce and publish Channels as a contribution to the World Dance Alliance and dance in our region. It also helps us build the international networks that provide professional development opportunities for Australian dance artists.

Our work producing this publication helps us contribute to the World Dance Alliance's goals, which are:

  • To promote the recognition, development and mutual understanding of all forms of dance.
  • To facilitate communication and exchange among dance individuals, institutions and organisations interested in dance.
  • To provide a forum for discussion of matters relating to dance.
  • To encourage and support the research, education, criticism, creation and performance of dance.
  • To liaise, co-ordinate and participate in activities with other dance organisations in the world.

Australian Dance Awards 2016

The annual Australian Dance Awards recognise and honour professional Australian dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to Australian dance. 

When: 6.30 pm Sunday 18 September 2016
Where: Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Perth
Tickets: Ticketek

Presented by Harlequin Floors and Ausdance as part of the MoveMe Festival 2016.

WA hosts the 2016 Australian Dance Awards

Australian Dance Awards 2016 key information

  • 6.30 pm Sunday 18 September 2016
  • Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Perth
  • Tickets: ticketek
Ochre Contemporary Dance CompanyThe 2016 Australian Dance Awards image is from WA-based Ochre Contemporary Dance Company. Photo: Dana Weeks

The dance community in Western Australia is gearing up to host the 2016 Australian Dance Awards at the Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Perth, on Sunday 18 September. Ausdance WA is working with Claudia Alesssi, creative producer of this year’s event, to curate a truly memorable evening, showcasing Western Australian dance companies, and more.

Dancehouse’s Housemate Residency

The Housemate Residency is about accompanying dance artists through the entire creative process, from vision to realisation. The program offers time to explore, space to examine possibility and the financial support to bring the Resident's project to fruition.

EOI submissions close 7 July 2016 at midnight.

Dancenorth experiment fills in the blanks

Media release

Next week Dancenorth opens their tour of the double bill ‘If _ Was _’

Tour performance dates and locations

  • 9–11 June, Dancenorth, Townsville
  • 15 June, Mackay Entertainment Centre
  • 16 June Proserpine Entertainment Centre 
  • 23–25 June, Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane
  • 29 June – 2 July, the Substation, Melbourne

Delve into the fanciful and illusionary worlds of two extraordinary choreographers, Stephanie Lake and Ross McCormack, as they fall down the rabbit hole of imagination and fill in the blanks for Dancenorth’s most recent double bill.

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