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National Dance Forum 2015 (19–21 March) addressed the inherent concerns and realities affecting current professional practice in Australia. It was framed by three specific lines of focus:

  • Transforming the form: changing structures and their effects
  • The subtleties and nuances of innovation.
  • Discourse: How is dance written about, spoken about and communicated?

A partnership between the Australia Council for the Arts and Ausdance National, the NDF is a biennial gathering for the Australian professional contemporary dance sector. It fosters the artistic development of dance in Australia by providing a platform for discussion between Australian choreographers, dancers, independent artists, artistic directors, educators, researchers and dance producers.

Keynote #2 Jerril Rechter interviewed by Fiona Winning

Date: 20 March 2015

Contemporary dance happens here: deploying dance in regional settings

Date: 20 March 2015
Chair: Annette Carmichael.
Speakers: Jacob Boehme, Lesley Graham, Britt Guy, Julian Louis

This panel features dynamic and diverse representation from some of Australia’s leading voices within the regional arts sector. They will engage you in a debate on notions of excellence, community engagement and being objectified as ‘regional'.

The academic artist: oxymoron or creative synergy?

Date: 20 March 2015
Chair: Cheryl Stock
Speakers: Shaun McLeod, Julie-Anne Long, Jo Pollitt

There are ongoing tensions between academics who employ artistic practice as part of their skills set versus artists who enter the academy through a higher degree or taking up a university job opportunity. This panel will address both the pitfalls and opportunities when academic research interacts with creative practice. How one area supports and engages the other is a multifaceted and complex endeavour.

Dance Massive artists panel

Date: 20 March 2015
Chair: Emily Sexton
Speakers: Martin del Amo, Anouk van Dijk, Clare Watson, Zaimon Vilmanis, Katrina Lazaroff

Dance Massive Artists Panel A panel of diverse artists all presenting a varied spectrum of completed and, in-progress works as part of Dance Massive 2015, this discussion will invite conversation regarding current trends in Australian choreographic practice and the significance of presenting work within a Festival context.

Dance criticism, writing and discourse

Date: 20 March 2015
Chair: Ashley Dyer
Speakers: Matthew Day, Jordan Beth Vincent, Jana Perkovic, Vicki van Hout

'The perfect dance critic does not exist.' Miguel Gutierrez.
The role of the critic is no longer merely about helping an audience discriminate between 'better' and 'worse'. This panel discussion unpacks the changing value of discourse and critical writing. It engages thoughtful artists and dance writers who ask the sometimes fraught questions: What is the role of the critic? For who or what are they writing? Can anyone be a critic? What role can writing and discourse play in influencing the development of dance practice? And how does it affect dance as a form?

Crossing borders: International collaboration

Date: 20 March 2015
Chair: Jeff Khan
Speakers: Tim Darbyshire, Thomas E. S. Kelly, Pirjetta Mulari (Dance Info Finland), Paul Selwyn Norton, Ade Suharto

This discussion explores Australia-international exchange from the perspective of artists, curators, and organisations. What are the benefits of international exchange and how can it develop artists' practices? What are some best-case examples of genuine exchange between practitioners from diverse backgrounds and perspectives? Where, how and why do artists want to be working in this context?

From black box to white box

Date: 20 March 2015
Chair: Hannah Mathews
Speakers: Phillip Adams, Atlanta Eke, Alison Currie, Latai Taumoepeau

This panel seeks to map out the historical lineage and contemporary concerns of creating and presenting choreographic works within gallery spaces. By reflecting on past examples and considering the current trend towards using the white cube as a context for dance, the session will address the interests and concerns of choreographers who cross dance with visual arts practice.

Integrated practice

Date: 21 March 2015
Chair: Andrew Morrish
Speakers: Michelle Ryan, Kate Sulan, Janice Florence, Philip Channells

Some of Australia’s leading dance practitioners, who work in dance and physical performance with or alongside artists with disability, discuss process, performance, access, aesthetics and disability politics.