Following the success of previous Ausdance forums targeting dance education in schools, Ausdance and the Tertiary Dance Council of Australia (TDCA), convened this research forum to address the lack of opportunity for dance researchers to meet and share ideas, and to facilitate the establishment of specialised dance research networks.
Ausdance and TDCA were also keen to see how dance research could be better linked to policy development for dance in Australia. There seems to have been a large disconnect there. Dance researchers—from established to early-career—came together from all over the country to contribute their thoughts and expertise on this issue, to listen to high-profile professionals working in the field of dance and performance research, and to share their own research.
Dr Kim Vincs is a choreographer whose collaborations integrate scientific and artistic approaches and in 2012 was working on 'Capturing Dance: using motion capture to enhance the creation of innovative Australian dance', a three-year project to identify choreographic movement signatures using motion capture.
Ruth Gibson and Bruno Martelli, British artists from a company called igloo and 2012 Artists in Residence at Deakin University, examine the relationship between natural and the artificial, transposing sites to create ambiguous topographies. They create environments, installations and performances using a wide variety of media including print, video, and computer games.
Choreographer, performer and teacher, Carol Brown is the Director of Choreographic Research Aotearoa and a senior lecturer in Dance Studies at the University of Auckland. Carol’s practice "takes place at the intersections between movement, architecture and performance and includes solos, group works for theatre, performance installations and site responsive works", and this keynote focused on recent work in Perth, Auckland and Christchurch.
- Exchange information, ideas, expertise and resources
- Provide leadership in dance education & dance research
- Provide initiatives and opportunities for the industry
- Strengthen relationships and networks
- Facilitate links between the tertiary dance sector and the industry
Saturday 4 August
|10.00am||Welcome: Prof. Lee Astheimer, DVC (Research), Deakin University|
|10.15am||Keynote: Ruth Gibson & Bruno Martelli (Igloo, UK)
Dance research directions from a UK perspective
|10.45am||Questions & discussion|
|11.45am||Studio demonstration by Dr Kim Vincs of Deakin’s interactive work.
(Includes embedded analysis, 3D scenography, demonstration of Indigenous work by Monica Stevens)
|1.45pm||Panel: Cheryl Stock (Chair), Kim Vincs, John McCormick, Kate Stevens, Shirley McKechnie & Garry Stewart|
|4.00pm||Keynote: Carol Brown Creative practice and artistic research|
Sunday 5 August
|9.00am||The research environment—each participant to give a 3-minute introduction to their research|
|2.00pm||Research breakout groups (e.g. health sciences, psychology,cognitive science, technology, education etc).|
|3.45pm||Groups report back: Actions arising—one future action from each group: (including who, what, when, where?) Future of Tertiary Dance Council of Australia (e.g. opening up membership to individuals)|
The next dance research event, titled Tertiary Dance Research Symposium (TDRS), will be held towards the end of 2014.