10-22 Mar / 2015

Dance Massive

Now in its fourth incarnation, Dance Massive 2015 brings you over 40 curated dance shows, events and activities over 13 days, including bold new works, workshops, networking opportunities and special events.

 

This beautifully hand-crafted program will introduce new ways of thinking about contemporary dance. It will surprise, challenge, entice and dare artists and dance-lovers from all over Australia.

Dance Massive has seen bold works, sell-out seasons and a coming together of artists and dance-lovers from around Australia.

The Dance Massive consortium: Arts House, Dancehouse and Malthouse Theatre in association with Ausdance Victoria are pleased to announce their commitment to programming dance works, events and activity for Melbourne’s Dance Massive 2015.

Dance Massive exists as the concurrent programming and scheduling of contemporary dance works and events across three Melbourne venues.

These venues, Arts House, Dancehouse and Malthouse Theatre are centrally located in Melbourne and have an established history of programming new contemporary dance works for both Melbourne and Australian audiences.

During Dance Massive, the consortium partners come together to share resources, collaborate and promote their seasons and programs under the Dance Massive banner.

Dance Massive is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria.

 

http://dancemassive.com.au/

19-21 Mar / 2015

National Dance Forum 2015

This National Dance Forum will focus on the inherent concerns and realities affecting current professional practice in Australia

 

 

National Dance Forum invites Australian dancers, makers, researchers, writers, directors, producers, advocates and educators to participate in the most significant platform for dialogue across the Australian contemporary dance sector.

In 2015 the National Dance Forum seeks to

  • instigate intelligent and insightful engagement between Australian dancers, makers, researchers, writers, producers, advocates and educators
  • create the most significant platform for dialogue across the Australian contemporary dance sector
  • connect Australian artists with local, national and international communities
  • recognise the responsibility to acknowledge the past whilst asking important questions about the future of Australian dance practice
  • provide an immersive, participatory experience, offering delegates a rich and valuable opportunity to inspire new ideas and/or refresh existing ones in an environment tailored to complement the unique qualities of the dance sector.

 

NDF2015 will address the inherent concerns and realities affecting current professional practice in Australia and will be 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?

Essential for all dance makers and artists to be part of the national conversation.

More information here.

 

 

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12-15 Feb / 2015

POST PHASE. Chloe Chignell & Timothy Walsh

12-15 FEB. POST PHASE. CHLOE CHIGNELL & TIMOTHY WALSH. THE COURTYARD STUDIO

 

Chloe Chignell is returning to her home town of Canberra to present a work in which she is both a performer and a choreographer. Post Phase: the Summit is Blue, in which she works with fellow choreographer and performer Timothy Walsh, uses the metaphor of scaling an ice-capped mountain to explore ideas of physical endurance and beauty. It was first performed at the Melbourne Fringe Festival last year.

 

 

POST PHASE: The Summit is Blue is an urgent undertaking, a departure point, a pursuit for transition and a hope for an arrival. A pursuit bound to fail; the dancers push their limits. Using a metaphor of scaling an ice-capped mountain the dance explores physical endurance, beauty and their changing relationship. A mountain of ice glimmers in the space, melting, changing state, and reflecting the light. The sound is so persistent the rhythm becomes a texture, filling the air with kinesthetic experience.

 

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12-15 Feb / 2015

METASYSTEMS. James Batchelor

12-15 FEB. METASYSTEMS. JAMES BATCHELOR. THE COURTYARD STUDIO

 

METASYSTEMS is a series of live installations by James Batchelor and collaborators. Originally commissioned as a twenty minute work called ESCAPE TO THE INFINITE for the Keir Choreographic Award in 2014, the work has since expanded with the addition of a series of parallel systems.

 

METASYSTEMS analyses our human interactions with the environment from the individual to the universal. Sourcing inspiration from high-rise construction sites in Melbourne’s Hoddle grid, METASYSTEMS is an observation of the rapidly evolving landscape we inhabit. Through the documentation and translation of the processes taking place at the construction site, METASYSTEMS is a subtle yet detailed choreography of linear and rhythmic constructions, an assemblage of concrete with the human body. This physically demanding and rhythmically hypnotic work creates the awareness of a world in flux, a space that is simultaneously being constructed and deconstructed.

Choreographer: James Batchelor
Performers: Emma Batchelor, James Batchelor, Madeline Beckett, Amber McCartney
Architect: Anna Tweedale

Upcoming Presentations:

MELBOURNE:
Presented by the Summersalt Festival
February 6 – 8

CANBERRA:
Presented by the Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra Museum and Gallery and Canberra Multicultural Fringe
Canberra Theatre Centre Courtyard Studio
February 12 – 15

BANGKOK:
Supported by the Australia Thailand Institute
April 2015

ISTANBUL:
Presented by the Australia in Turkey Festival
September 2015

Previous Presentations:

Dancehouse Keir Choreographic Award (July 2014)

 

METASYSTEMS is a contemporary dance performance that analyses our human interactions with the environment from the individual to the universal. Through the documentation and translation of the processes taking place at the construction site, METASYSTEMS is an observation of the rapidly evolving landscape we inhabit. This physically demanding and rhythmically hypnotic work creates the awareness of a world in flux, a space that is simultaneously being constructed and deconstructed.

There is more on James’ personal website.

 

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17 - 19 October / 2014

3rd Annual Canberra Latin Dance Festival

 

3rd Annual Canberra Latin Dance Festival

 

The Nation’s Capital is proud to announce that it will host the third Canberra Latin Dance Festival in 2014. It will be held over the weekend commencing Friday, 17 October to Sunday, 19 October 2014.

Two days and three nights of back to back first class workshops, amazing performances and parties. All held under the one roof at the Australian National University (ANU) Sports and Recreational Centre. There will be two party rooms, so you can dance all night long.

We are bringing some of the best international and Australian artists to perform and teach workshops. These amazing dancers will not only inspire you with their breathtaking performances, but will share their wealth of knowledge with you.

  • Super Mario (UK) – International Guests
  • Shani Talmor (USA) – International Guest
  • John Narvaez and Liz Rojas (USA) – International Guest

 

 

Find out more at www.canberralatindancefestival.com.au

 

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15-18 October / 2014

La Fille mal gardée, The Wayward Daughter

 

“THE SIMPLE, ATTRACTIVE LOVE STORY HAS BEEN A WINNER IN ONE STAGING AFTER ANOTHER SINCE JEAN DAUBER VAL INVENTED IT IN 1789.”

— John Percival, The Stage (UK) on La Fille mal gardée

STYLISH, FUNNY AND TENDER, LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE WILL PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP AND A SMILE ON YOUR FACE.

Lise loves Colas. Colas loves Lise. But Lise’s mother, the Widow Simone, has agreed that her wayward daughter should marry Alain, son of a pompous, wealthy vineyard owner. Alain however, is more interested in his precious umbrella than romance.

What ensues is a series of mischievous ‘arabesques’ as Lise works her way out of the Widow’s marriage contract and into the arms of her love-struck beau.

A popular family favourite because of its simple, engaging story and colourful humour, this stunning new production, set in 1950’s rural France, will leave you applauding for more.

La Fille mal gardée is a co-production of West Australian Ballet and Queensland Ballet.

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Aurélien Scannella

CHOREOGRAPHER
Marc Ribaud

MUSIC
Ferdinand Hérold/John Lanchbery

SET DESIGNER
Richard Roberts

COSTUME DESIGNER
Lexi De Silva

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Jon Buswell

TAKE PART
Pre-show forum, Wednesday 15 October, 6:30pm

Public viewed class, Saturday 18 October, 12:00pm

 

 

27 Mar ‘14

Interplay – Sydney Dance Company

published on 27 March 2014

THREE CHOREOGRAPHERS COME TOGETHER IN ONE CAPTIVATING TRIPLE BILL.

Sydney Dance Company returns to Canberra with a thrilling triple bill direct from its premiere season in Sydney.

Bonachela, Godani and Obarzanek: three choreographers that have each carved their own, unique paths through the world of contemporary dance, ushing at the possibilities of movement with acclaimed, innovative works. Now, for the first time ever, they share the one canvas.

Rafael Bonachela, Sydney Dance Company’s award-winning artistic director, begins the night with the world premiere of his latest work, set to a score of Bach’s majestic Violin Partita No.2 in D Minor. Italian choreographer Jacopo Godani revisits his critically acclaimed 2011 composition Raw Models – a sinuous, sexy testament to the infinite malleability of the human body. Finally, former Chunky Move director Gideon Obarzanek creates a work for the entire company, showcasing once again his genius for composing movement pieces on a grand scale.

Drawing together three distinct visions for dance, Interplay presents a triple bill of breathtaking ambition – a glorious salute to the state of contemporary dance, and an exhilarating reminder: sometimes the things that set us apart are the things that bind us closest together.

MUSIC
Violin Partita No.2 in D Minor

CHOREOGRAPHY
Rafael Bonachela
Jacopo Godani
Gideon Obarzanek

TAKE PART
Pre-show forum, Thursday 10 April, 6:30pm

Watch out for the matinee at 12.30pm on 11 April 2014.

Presented by the Canberra Theatre Centre and the Sydney Dance Company, at the Canberra Theatre.

More at the Canberra Theatre Centre website.

 

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27 - 30 August / 2014

Food at The Q

 

Co-produced by Force Majeure & Belvoir

 

Writer: Steve Rodgers; Co-Directors: Kate Champion and Steve Rodgers; Set and Costume Designer: Anna Tregloan; Lighting Designer: Martin Langthorne; Assistant Director: Danielle Micich; Composer and Sound Designer: Ekrem Mulayim

On a stretch of Australian highway, two sisters run their family takeaway joint.  Chiko Rolls and reminiscing are on the menu.  While they quietly wage war with their past and dream up a brighter future, a young life-loving Turkish traveller arrives with a charm and sensuality that turns their world around.

Their dreams become reality when they transform their rundown fast-food stop into a restaurant showcasing Elma’s gift for comfort cooking.  Audience members become restaurant guests as the sisters serve up Elma’s hearty minestrone soup, sourdough and local wines.

Kate Champion’s Force Majeure is a ground-breaker in dance theatre and Belvoir is one of Australia’s greatest theatre companies.  Food is a true fusion of the elements of movement-based performance and the theatre.  Food is a Force Majeure – Bevoir collaboration, and the first time a Force Majeure production has had a bona fide script from the outset: that of actor-playwright Steve Rodgers, who also co-directs here.

The result is a play that occasionally and brilliantly bursts into dance.  It is a feast for the senses with an erotic mix of words and movement that will spice and stir in equal parts.  Come share a meal.

Note: The food in this production is vegetarian, does not contain nuts, and is composted at the end of each performance.

‘I found the smorgasbord of theatricality perfectly in sync with what I think lies at the heart of this play: the notion that opening your mind and heart to change can lead to all sorts of wonderful surprises and marvellous opportunities.’ Greenroom, Kate Foy

‘A show that is a robust meal… warm, substantial, and completely delicious.  I recommend this play unreservedly.’ Australian Stage, Jodi McAlister

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes with no interval
Audience Advice: Strong language, adult themes, appropriate for patrons 16+

 

BOOKINGS AT THE Q

 

 

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1 September / 2014

Arts Leadership Forum 2014

 

The Childers Group has partnered with the Cultural Facilities Corporation to present the Arts Leadership Forum 2014.

 

We hope you can join us for a half-day forum that tackles the big issues for the future of arts leadership in our region, and the nation. The Childers Group has gathered some of the best and brightest arts leaders to help us take on the task, including cultural leadership guru, David Fishel, speakers from the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Partnerships Australia and some of our most engaging local arts leaders.

A networking lunch, two plenary sessions and diverse breakout workshops will provide a unique opportunity to share ideas and join in conversation with speakers and participants who are helping shape the future of arts leadership in our region.

Save the date: Monday 1 September 2014, 12 noon – 5pm

Where: Canberra Theatre Centre and Canberra Museum and Gallery

Cost (including GST): full $100, independent arts practitioners and concession card holders $75

We are now very pleased to announce that as well as David Fishel, speakers and panelists will include:

  • Daniel Ballantyne, Chief Executive Officer, Belconnen Arts Centre
  • Shane Breynard, Director, ACT Museums and Galleries
  • Janine Collins, State Manager, NSW and ACT, Creative Partnerships Australia
  • Julie Dyson, the Childers Group (former National Director, Ausdance)
  • Harriet Elvin, Chief Executive Officer, Cultural Facilities Corporation
  • Joseph Falsone, Director, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres
  • Ingeborg Hansen, Director, Megalo Print Studio and Gallery
  • Helen Musa, Arts Editor, The City News
  • Neil Roach, Director, Ausdance ACT
  • Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, Director-General, National Library of Australia
  • Rosanna Stevens, Co-Producer and Founder, Scissors Paper Pen
  • Lyn Wallis, Director, Theatre Section, The Australia Council for the Arts
  • David Whitney, Director, artsACT

You can find an outline of the program here: Arts Leadership Forum 2014 – program

Bookings can be made via Eventbrite or phone 02 6207 3968. Spaces are limited, book early to avoid disappointment. Bookings close 25 August 2014.
Bursaries
We are pleased that a limited number of bursaries are being offered to allow emerging arts leaders to attend the Forum at no cost. To apply for one of these, send an application (maximum length one page) by COB 11 August 2014 to the Childers Group at childersgroup@gmail.com setting out your eligibility against the following criteria: aged 35 or under; demonstrated leadership potential; and currently working in the arts in the ACT region.

 

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5 - 7 September / 2014

PRECIPICE 2014…

 

PRECIPICE 2014…

 

Precipice is a 3 day event that brings together experienced dance improvisers with a diverse range of practices and styles from all around Australia. Precipice has been running for more than thirteen years and provides a great opportunity for improvisers to work with peers and perform for each other over the course of three days.

An opportunity to watch, discuss, collaborate, investigate and practice.

Each morning a workshop is held. Each afternoon there are “in-house” performances. Each evening there are public performances.

Gorman House Arts Centre (at QL2 Centre for Youth Dance), from Friday 9.30am to Sunday 5.30pm, cost: $170

For information email Tony Osborne at: info10@silentsonority.com, and the Facebook page.

 

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6-9 August / 2014

Circa – “S”

 

““ S”” WILL TEST ANY PRECONCEIVED IDEAS YOU MAY HAVE ABOUT THE PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS OF THE HUMAN BODY.”

— Australian Stage

 

“S” IS SINUOUS, SEDUCTIVE, THEATRE – SOPHISTICATED, SENSUAL AND SAVAGE.

Following the huge success of Wunderkammer in 2013, “S” explores the possibilities of human strength and flexibility through a daring interplay of complex acrobatics. A physical ode to the human body and spirit, “S” is raw energy, dazzling in its intensity.

Inspired by the shape, grammatical functions and sound of the 19th letter of the alphabet, “S” fills the stage with performers at their physical and emotional limits.

A mélange of bodies perform to intoxicating music from Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen and the Kronos Quartet; their sinuous movement at one with the pace and rhythm of the score.

Fresh from a 2013 world tour, Circa’s critically acclaimed “S” has been described as “brilliant limitless…contemporary…and astonishing.”

DIRECTOR
Yaron Lifschitz

PRODUCER
Danielle Kellie

PRODUCTION MANAGER/LIGHTING DESIGNER
Jason Organ

COSTUME DESIGNER
Libby McDonnell

MUSIC
Featuring music composed by Kimmo Pohjonen and Samuli Kosminen

(Copyright Control/ TEOSTO). Performed by Kronos Quartet / Kimmo Pohjonen / Samuli Kosminen from the album Uniko, courtesy of Hoedown Arts, Helsinki. Additional music and sound composed by Purcell, Viñao, Múm and the cast.

TAKE PART
Pre-show forum, Wednesday 6 August, 6:30pm

Demonstration, Saturday 9 August, 2:00pm

 

More on the Canberra Theatre website.

 

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17-19 July / 2014

Patyegarang

 

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, Bangarra – Australia’s multi award winning dance theatre company – tells the story of Patyegarang, the inspirational journey of a potent Indigenous spirit alive in Australia’s past and present.

As the colonial fleet arrived on Eora country in the late 18th Century, Patyegarang befriended the colony’s timekeeper, Lieutenant William Dawes, gifting him her language in an extraordinary display of trust and friendship, which now inspires our imaginations about ‘first contact’.

In Dawes’ notebooks, rediscovered in 1972, are transcripts of this remarkable cultural exchange. Patyegarang’s words are a window into a rich, complex and utterly different perspective on her world, its values and its sacred meanings.

Bangarra liberates Patyegarang from the library shelves, putting spirit into her heart, as a striking visionary and educator. This deeply moving production is told through the acclaimed creativity of Stephen Page’s choreography and David Page’s soundscape, in a powerful and meaningful dance theatre experience.

CHOREOGRAPHER Stephen Page

MUSIC David Page

SET DESIGNER Jacob Nash

COSTUME DESIGNER Jennifer Irwin

LIGHTING DESIGNER Nick Schlieper

DRAMATURGY Alana Valentine

TAKE PART Pre-show forum, Thursday 17 July, 6:30pm

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30 July - 2 August / 2014

Quantum Leap in Boundless

 

Choreographers James Batchelor, Dean Cross and Danielle Micich with QL2′s Quantum Leap ensemble.

 

Boundless is a triple bill, with three related but contrasting short works around the theme of, well, boundlessness.

Danielle Micich work on The Bigger Picture with large scale photography projected as a backdrop. It will be a highly visual, physical, intimate, quirky, funny and emotional work. James Batchelor is creating Cinders: an investigation of how we perceive and respond to our environment, and the language and symbols which veil our perception of identity to discover the basic truth that we are intimately connected with the world around us. We are taking a shortened version of Cinders to the Australian Youth Dance Festival in Renmark, South Australia, and then on an international tour to Bangkok and the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow.  And Dean Cross is developing a work on revealing and deconstructing our hidden boundaries about age, habits and beliefs. Dean’s work also includes a group from Canberra Dance Theatre’s “over 55s” group Golds.

QL2 Dance: who we are
We run challenging, diverse and rigorous youth dance programs. Our artistic director, Ruth Osborne, is passionate about extending youth dance practice beyond training, beyond ‘young people dancing’, to immersive, creative, ongoing dance experiences. She brings together community and professional practice and presents quality performances to diverse audiences. We develop the next generation of dance-makers, and contribute to a caring, diverse society.

Tickets from $20 from Canberra Ticketing.

 

Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap is our auditioned, selective youth dance ensemble, for dancers aged 15-26.
It is a demanding, supportive and structured environment for young people to learn about choreographic processes, develop choreographic literacy and work together to create sophisticated productions that wrestle with big ideas.

About previous Quantum Leap shows:

“…adventurous choreography …adrenalin charged performances… successfully and excitingly achieved… loose-limbed, fast and furious dancing … vibrant and rousing” Michelle Potter

“…the discipline and hard work of the dancers was very evident.  You don’t have to make allowances for anyone in this company.  They all give 100 percent and it shows.” Len Power 

“… accessible, entertaining, technically demanding . … resulting in many genuinely thrilling moments.…a succession of dazzling, joyfully-danced episodes…” Bill Stephens

 


10 - 11 May / 2014

Dance On The Edge 2014

Dance on the Edge 2014

 

 

Saturday 10 May » 8:00pm & Sunday 11 May » 2:00pm

 

Celebrate Dance Week 2014 with a vibrant visual smorgasbord of selections from ACT Dance Artists.  Spirited, skilled and diverse, they are a striking addition to the ACT dance landscape and definitely worth a look!

With Canberra based dancers Elizabeth Cameron Dalman (just back from a tour to Taiwan), Jake Kuzmar, Holly Diggle, Rachael Hilton, Lauren Vieira, and dance films from Cadi McCarthy and Alison Plevey.

Cost >$20 adult, $15 concession

Tickets > click here

 

 

 

Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen.
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday – Sunday. www.belconnenartscentre.com.au

 

30 April - 4 May / 2014

Island by James Batchelor and collaborators

Island is a new contemporary dance performance and installation by James Batchelor and collaborators.

 

 

Island is a multisensory experience, combining dance with interactive architectural design and live sound composition.

Island is a utopian experiment, an abandonment of the myth that is human progress and a rejection of the language that veils our perception of space. Movement, sound and structure will form new ways of describing the chaos of our world.

Direction and Concept – James Batchelor
Architect and Design – Ella Leoncio
Sound Design – Morgan Hickinbotham
Performers – James Batchelor, Bicky Lee, Amber McCartney

This project is supported by the ACT government through Arts ACT, the Canberra Theatre Centre and Dancehouse through the Housemate Performance Residency.

Dancehouse is assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body, and is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria, Department of Premier and Cabinet and by the City of Yarra through the use of the Dancehouse facility.

At the Courtyard Studio of the Canberra Theatre Centre. Free but bookings essential here.

 

Island is an Ausdance ACT auspice project.

 

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5-6 May / 2014

Don Quixote at CTC

 

The Imperial Russian Ballet in Canberra

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company comprises 40 dancers from the major ballet schools of Russia: Moscow and Perm. Actively combining forces with the Imperial Russian Ballet Company are world renowned dancers and ballet stars. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company was formed in 1994 by the Bolshoi Theatre soloist, Gediminas Taranda.

Following on from their 2013 season of “A Festival of Russian Ballet” The Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia to perform their full-length version of Don Quixote. Don Quixote was first performed in Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in 1869. Since then it has been performed all over the world by Russian and international ballet companies. Don Quixote is a retired gentleman from the region of La Mancha in Central Spain. Obsessed with the chivalrous ideals touted in books he has read, he decides to take up his sword to defend the helpless and destroy the wicked. Accompanying him is Sancho Panza who he has persuaded to accompany him. Don Quixote gives up food and shelter for the love of a peasant woman Dulcinea del Toboso.

More at the Canberra Theatre Centre website.

 

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25-26 April / 2014

That Place in Between – Cadi McCarthy – Artist in Residence Performances

Open rehearsal  Friday 25 and Saturday 26 April at 6:30pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre

 

The music stops… There is an all-consuming myriad of possibilities just beyond reach. The incessant internal dialogue racing. Are you at a turning point? Is this an opportunity to re-write yourself? It is your choice…

That Place in Between is a first stage creative development of a new contemporary dance-theatre work by Cadi McCarthy & Company, examining the many faces we use to keep relationships ‘healthy’, to stay in ‘control’ and keep functioning during pivotal moments of transition. It is a a new professional dance theatre work that presents the fragility of human interactions through collisions in relationships; personal conflicts and exchanges. The decisions we make act as catalysts for change,  a springboard to propel life in new directions.

Director: Cadi McCarthy
Dancers: Dean Cross, Peter Fares, Amy Macpherson, Ella Rose Trew, James Welsby
Mentorship Recipients: Kathleen Lott & Daisy Sanders
Visual Designers: dashvisual
Set Designers: Townsend & Associates (Architects)
Composer: Reuben Ingall

Performers include:
Ella Rose Trew
Dean Cross
Amy Macpherson
James Welsby
Kathleen Lott
James Shannon

Entry > $10 adults, $5 concession

Bookings > Cadi McCarthy cadimccarthy@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image credit: Cadi McCarthy
Performer: Ella Rose Trew
Photographer: Ashley de Prazer

 

A series of development showings of the three creative phases of ‘That Place In Between’ will be held throughout 2014

 

Creative Development Showing 1

Dates: Friday 11th April & Saturday 12th April
Venue: 48Watt, 48 Watt St Newcastle
Times: 6.30pm
Cost: $8 adult, $5 concession
Bookings: cadimccarthy@gmail.com
Tickets Available at the Door

Creative Development Showing 2

Dates: Friday 25th April & Saturday 26th April
Venue: Belconnen Arts Centre –  118 Emu Bank, Belconnen ACT
Times: 6.30pm
Cost: $10 adult, $5 concession
Bookings: cadimccarthy@gmail.com
Tickets Available at the Door

Master Class with Cadi McCarthy

Dates: Saturday 3rd May
Venue: Belconnen Arts Centre –  118 Emu Bank, Belconnen ACT
Times: 10am – 12pm
Cost: $20
Bookings: cadimccarthy@gmail.com
Information: www.belconnenartscentre.com.au

Creative Development Showing 3

Dates: Thursday 4th, Friday 5th & Saturday 6th September
Venue: Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre
Times: 6.30pm
Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession
Bookings: cadimccarthy@gmail.com
Tickets Available at the Door

 

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30 April - 4 May / 2014

Island

The Courtyard Studio of The Canberra Theatre Centre.

Island is a new contemporary dance performance and installation by James Batchelor and collaborators. It is a multisensory experience, combining dance with interactive architectural design and live sound composition.

Island is a utopian experiment, an abandonment of the myth that is human progress and a departure from the language that veils our perception of space. Movement, sound and structure will form new ways of describing the chaos of our world.

Wednesday 30 April 8pm, Thursday 1 May 8pm, Friday 2 May 8pm, Saturday 3 May 2pm and 8pm,  Sunday 4 May 6pm.

Entry is by donation but places are limited. To ensure your preferred night, RSVP James Batchelor by clicking here.

 

More at the Canberra Theatre Centre website.

 

An Ausdance ACT auspice.

 

 

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17-21 April / 2014

National Folk Festival – dance

 

Diversity of Dance

 

Dance is a wonderful social activity and a vibrant element of the National Folk Festival Program.

In 2014 the National offers both spectator and participatory dance activities with special attention given to ensure accessibility for all levels of dancers from those just starting to get involved right through to the more experienced. Workshops for NEW dancers are highlighted in green on the Program Grid and provide opportunities for those with little or no previous experience in either the style or dance in general to gain some entry skills.

Over the weekend there will be a number of dances in styles as diverse as Bush, Cajun, early Australian, Tango, Bellydance, Irish, Euro, Contra, Scottish, Swing and more. We even have a morning Zumba world dance fitness class. Festival patrons of all ages are very welcome to join in and experience the fun and diversity of dance.

More about the National Folk Festival here.

(And guess what: there’s an Ausdance ACT member in this photo)

 

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10-16 April / 2014

Australian Youth Dance Festival

The Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF) is the nation’s original dance festival for young people presented by Ausdance.

 


Young dancers aged from 15-26 will delve into the festival theme of REGENERATION, working with leading dance artists from around the country through an exciting program of masterclasses, workshops, rehearsals, talks and performances.

The AYDF is a non-competitive, affordable, culturally inclusive, regional event. The week long intensive includes showcase performances, a dance for screen program and an outdoor riverbank promenade performance created for, by and with the local community.

Ausdance SA, the leading provider of dance development in South Australia, is working in partnership with Carclew, Ausdance National and Country Arts SA, to present the AYDF from 10-16 April 2014, during the April School holidays in Renmark.AYDF Renmark SA will connect local, state and national youth dance communities in the Riverland.

Dates: 10 April 2014 – 16 April 2014
Location: Renmark, South Australia | Renmark Paringa Town Maps
Venue: Chaffey Theatre
Accommodation: Big 4 Caravan Park Renmark, Riverbend Caravan Park

Participant Registrations: Early Bird Registrations: Until End of February Cost: $315
Leaders: $90
15+ group offer: book 15 participants and receive a $200 discount.

Booking is via http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=64790

Or go to Try Bookings home page/buy tickets and search Australian Youth Dance Festival on the home page

 

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6 April / 2014

Pace Peña presents Flamencura

The legendary talents of Paco Peña embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As a renowned guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form.

For his latest production, Flamencura, the highly-skilled virtuoso talents of Paco Peña are further explored in the art of flamenco – “Flamenco rhythms are vital; the compás is like a primal pulse, like the rhythm of the earth… and everyone must get to feel it!”

Paco Peña will premiere his most recent production in Australia in April 2014, proudly presented by Abstract Entertainment. The New York Times declared that “Mr Peña is a virtuoso, capable of dazzling an audience beyond the frets of mortal man. He combines rapid-fire flourishes with a colourist’s sense of shading; this listener cannot recall hearing any guitarist with a more assured mastery of his instrument.”

It should come as no surprise that readers of America’s Guitar magazine judged Paco Peña as best flamenco guitarist of the year for five consecutive years.

 

More at the Canberra Theatre Centre website.

 

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10 -12 April / 2014

Interplay – Sydney Dance Company

THREE CHOREOGRAPHERS COME TOGETHER IN ONE CAPTIVATING TRIPLE BILL.

Sydney Dance Company returns to Canberra with a thrilling triple bill direct from its premiere season in Sydney.

Bonachela, Godani and Obarzanek: three choreographers that have each carved their own, unique paths through the world of contemporary dance, ushing at the possibilities of movement with acclaimed, innovative works. Now, for the first time ever, they share the one canvas.

Rafael Bonachela, Sydney Dance Company’s award-winning artistic director, begins the night with the world premiere of his latest work, set to a score of Bach’s majestic Violin Partita No.2 in D Minor. Italian choreographer Jacopo Godani revisits his critically acclaimed 2011 composition Raw Models – a sinuous, sexy testament to the infinite malleability of the human body. Finally, former Chunky Move director Gideon Obarzanek creates a work for the entire company, showcasing once again his genius for composing movement pieces on a grand scale.

Drawing together three distinct visions for dance, Interplay presents a triple bill of breathtaking ambition – a glorious salute to the state of contemporary dance, and an exhilarating reminder: sometimes the things that set us apart are the things that bind us closest together.

“Super-charged program… crackling energy and virtuosity by the Company and showcased with flair.” - Sydney Morning Herald

“5 stars’ - Timeout Sydney 

‘Interplay makes clear why the Sydney Dance Company remains Australia’s darling after 45 jam-packed years in the business.’ - Concrete Playground 

‘… a tour de force for the company… go and see it yourselves. You won’t be disappointed.’ – Limelight Magazine

‘a stimulating, highly theatrical triple bill’ – Daily Review

MUSIC
Violin Partita No.2 in D Minor

CHOREOGRAPHY
Rafael Bonachela
Jacopo Godani
Gideon Obarzanek

TAKE PART
Pre-show forum, Thursday 10 April, 6:30pm

Watch out for the matinee at 12.30pm on 11 April 2014.

Presented by the Canberra Theatre Centre and the Sydney Dance Company, at the Canberra Theatre.


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4, 5, 6 April / 2014

Mirror Image

Mirramu Dance Company, Dancecology, DPAC Dance Company present a new contemporary dance theatre work of reflections on people and land.

 

 

Mirramu’s major work in the first half of 2014 is the Mirror Image project, a collaboration with Dancecology from Taiwan and Jyh Shyong Wong from Malaysia. Mirramu dancers Janine Proost and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal joined Elizabeth and our international visitors in March 2014 to continue development of this work towards this theatre season at ANU ARTS CENTRE Main Theatre on 4, 5 and 6 April.

Mirror Image, Reflections on People and Land, explores the connection between people and their landscapes -  the way we reflect the land and it us. Our deep need for identity through land lies at the heart of this work.

Aspects of the development of this project are presented during the Weereewa – a Festival of Lake George at a variety of venues. Information including booking arrangements about these short performances and showings can be found at www.weereewafestival.org

Mirror Image has been funded entirely by Mrramu Dance Company, Mirramu Creative Arts Centre, private donors and through the generosity of the dance artists and Mirramu’s team. Our donors list is on the Donors and Patrons page of our website. We thank them all for supporting this dance theatre work. If you would like to find out how to become a donor please contact Elizabeth Cameron Dalman on 0418 698 196 or 6238 1492.

Bookings for Mirror Image are now available online at www.canberrarep.org.au and we invite you to book early and to bring a party with you of family, friends and acquaintances with you. Group bookings are available along with a range of pricing options.

Dinner show bookings are also available from Teatro Vivaldi Restaurant for $80. For this option phone 6257 2718. There is no online booking for the dinner show tickets. We thank Teatro Vivaldi for its support of our Mirror Image Season and encourage you to enjoy our Friday and Saturday night performances in this way.

ANU Arts Centre Main Theatre
4, 5 April 2014 at 8pm and 6 April 2014 at 3pm
Bookings canberrarep.org.au
Tickets from $15
Info www.mirramu.com

Teatro Vivaldi dinner show package $80 pp phone bookings (02) 6257 2718

 

This production is supported by Mirramu Dance Company, Mirramu Creative Arts Centre, Dancecology, DPAC Dance CompanyWriting with Light, Ausdance ACT, Lerida Estate, Teatro Vivaldi and generous private donors. For information about our donors or to find out how to become an MDC supporter go to www.mirramu.com or email elizabeth.mirramu@gmail.com

 

 

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23, 30 March / 2014

Weereewa Festival – dance

See two clever afternoons of dance

 

Weereewa – a Festival of Lake George was founded in 1999 to celebrate this magnificent ancient landscape in arts and environmental science activities and events. It has since been held about every 2 years. 

This year’s festival theme is AWE – we invite you to share our sense of AWE about the magnificent landscape that is WEEREEWA – LAKE GEORGE. Attend some or all of the twenty two events during this year’s festival. They all offer an insight into the lake’s capacity to inspire awe and wonder in people of all ages and from all walks of life.

On our doorstep in this region we have a landscape whose bedrock is about 400 million years old (Barrow p.3) and which is described in the Register of the National Estate as ‘one of the most important geological features in Australia’ (ibid from the register itself).

Five Aborignal communities claimed rights to Weereewa around 1820 when the Europeans arrived (and declared it to be Lake George after the then King of England): the Kamberri, Pajong/Wallabalooa, Mulwaree, Parramarragoo and Moolinggoolah (Jackson-Nakano p.xviii).

In the not too distant past, the lake hosted flocks of water birds and was used for water sports. It was one of the proposed sites for the capital city, now Canberra.

It is, however, also a source of inspiration for practitioners in the creative industries in our region and it is often through their work that attention can be drawn to the singular value of the lake as an awe-inspiring landscape worthy of our care for future generations.

 

disAPPEARance @ Silver Wattle Quaker Centre, 23 March

 

Contemporary dance performance by Mirramu Dance Company and international guest artists. Music by Nitya. from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. $20 per person at the gate. More info: www.mirramu.com or phone 6238 1492.

 

Walking on water and other miracles, 30 March

 

Mirramu Dance Company, A Chorus of Women and international guest dance artists present  Walking on water and other miracles, a closing event of the Weereewa Festival 2014, from 3pm to 5pm. Join the dancers after the show for a drink to celebrate the closing of the Weereewa Festival.

In the Ralph Wilson Theatre at Gorman House Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Place Braddon, ACT, Australia.

 
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8 Mar, 21-22 Mar / 2014

Soft Landing Showing

Soft Landing

Soft Landing is a QL2 Dance program offering intensive performance and choreography skill development opportunity for dance graduates

Soft Landing is about the dancer, a performing artist and human being, with mentors Amelia McQueen, Natalie Abbott, Solon Ulbrich and Adelina Larsson.

Dancers graduate from tertiary dance institutions with huge expectations and a burning desire to work. These month-long programs with an experienced dance professional prepare graduates for work in the ‘real world’ of professional dance practice.

Soft Landing 1 focuses on dance practice. Young dance graduates work with a choreographer to develop a piece, including all the associated production, marketing and administrative challenges. Soft Landing 2 brings choreographic practice to the fore. In creating their own short work, young dance graduates are mentored and challenged by the project convenor, focussing and honing their work to engage an audience.

There are showings of work at Belconnen Arts Centre, 2pm and 3.30pm on 8th March, then a final showing on Friday  21 March and Saturday 22 March at QL2 theatre.

More information at QL2 Dance

Soft Landing at QL2 Dance

 

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15 Mar / 2014

Art Not Apart Festival 15 March

 

art not aprt logo

The Art Not Apart Festival is a festival of creative spaces run by an artist or group. These spaces interconnect artists, their work and audiences. There are a set of curators targeting video, performance, music, street art, craft and visual art, as well as an artist discussion space. Work will be shown across the entire NewActon precinct, indoors and outside.

2014′s festival has an expanded focus on major performance spaces and exhibitions. Expect unique areas with punchy shows.

Audiences will be exposed to a wide range of processes from painters, filmmakers, poets, sculptors, all types of performers and installation artists. There is a focus on live, interdisciplinary and site-specific works.

This year we will make tracks through artistic, political and social minefields recognising that the world is interpreted in diverse and unique ways. Work that traverses media, subverts a space, plays with both analogue and digital expression and unpacks the creative process is encouraged. Art, Not Apart is about the dissolution of boundaries.

Craft and pre-loved sales are perfect for Suitcase Rummage, also located within the festival. It’s is a mini-scaled markets with giant rewards. Register with them to bring up to three suitcases filled with handmade, vintage or interesting things to sell on the day.180 artists contributed to the day in 2013.

This year’s applicants and national artists will reach a similar number.

 

See Admit One in person…

What will you admit to?

A single audience member is invited to offer an admission to start a feedback loop that directs and guides the unfolding experience.

Do your best to see this intimate, site specific, interactive performance work combining dance, theatre and installation. As solo dance artists, Tanya Voges and Alison Plevey are concerned with the impact of solitary and one-on-one creative practice, in process and performance. Blurring the line between performer and audience member admit one entices curiosity and courage.

Will you admit a secret or a guilty habit to fuel the performance?

This 8 minute show is for one person at a time, make your free booking at the Art Not Apart website.

Smith Murdoch Room, beside the Library Bar, NewActon Pavillion

 

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14 - 23 March / 2013

You Are Here Festival – Dance!

The You Are Here Festival has announced a quirky, intelligent program featuring the best of Canberra’s diverse independent and experimental arts and culture.

 

In 2014, supported by funding from ArtsACT, Events ACT and sponsorship from Canberra CBD Limited, You Are Here is presenting yet another packed program of events from experimental and emerging artists, musicians, theatre makers, dancers and other creative communities. And dance!

Watch out for:

 Admit One with Tanya Voges and Alison Plevey 14 March

Admit-one is an intimate, site specific, interactive performance work combining dance, theatre and installation. Personal, reactive and responsive, a single audience member is invited to uncover something of themselves directing and guiding the experience that unfolds. Independent solo artists Tanya and Alison are concerned with the impact of solitary and one-on-one creative practice, both process and performance, and blur the line between performer and audience member. Date: Friday, 14 March 2014, Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Venue: The Money Bin, Petrie Plaza, next door to Cube and Smoque, opposite the Labor Club and near the Merry-go-round. You need to book - one person at a time, for 8 minutes!

 

The Exorcism of Megan Clune and Angela Goh with Angela Goh and Megan Clune   15, 16 March

The Exorcism of Megan Clune and Angela Goh is a performance which simultaneously reproduces and annihilates itself, becoming possessed in order to save itself. All of the music which has ever been learnt by the musician Megan Clune, and all the dance which has ever been learnt by the dancer Angela Goh, is transformed through the ceremony of exorcism. It interrogates ideas of authenticity and authorship, and reveals the work of the performer and the expectation of the audience. It steals from everywhere and owns everything, in order to conjure up history and channel a new future. Date: Saturday 15, Sunday, 16 March 2014, Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Venue: Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit & Civic Sq

 

Square Nebula with Jake Kuzma and Kathleen Lott   17, 18 March

Square Nebula is a tribute to our old friends the circle, the square and everything in-between. Viewing our appreciation of the order that comes from geometric shapes and our excitement in the chaos when the structures lose their stability. Kathleen Lott and Jake Kuzma are the Square and Circle as they perform in front of a colourful moving projection creating a dance and multimedia journey from a simple circular cell to the edge of the universe. Date: Monday, 17 March 2014, Time: 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Venue: Gallery 4, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit & Civic Square Date: Tuesday, 18 March 2014, Time: 8:00 pm – 8.30pm, Venue: Gallery 4, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit & Civic Square

 

Elevate with Amelia McQueen, Natalie Abbott, and Janine Proost 19 March

Elevate lifts you up, shakes you up a little, and leaves you wondering whether yesterday’s normal could be tomorrow’s insane. This interactive dance performance stretches the space of social expectations through tactile exchange and shifting modes of interaction. The three performers meet you with their toolkit of subtle – and if you’re up for it, less subtle – methods to unlock physical boundaries, expand your perception of reality, and create a greater sense of connection. Date: Wednesday, 19 March 2014, Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Venue: Gallery 4, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner London Circuit & Civic Square

 

No Lights No Lycra 21 March

No Lights No Lycra is a global community dedicated to dancing in the dark and we warmly invite you and your groove thang to don your finest tracky dacks and dance like no one’s watching.  All the joy of shaking your cake off without the sticky floors or scary mirrors. There is no light, no lycra, no steps to learn, no teachers, NO JUDGMENT. Just get loose and get dancin’! Grapevine? Air guitar? Grapevine guitar? Anything goes. Want a little preview? NLNL happens every single Tuesday from 7:45 in Corroborree Park, Ainslie. Date: Friday, 21 March 2014 Time: 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm Venue: The Money Bin, Petrie Plaza, next door to Cube and Smoque, opposite the Labor Club and near the Merry-go-round.

 

Carrying Capacity 23 March with Somebody’s Aunt

An urban processional performance by an ensemble of dancers known for their mix of movement, music and voice in public spaces. This dance work thematically explores both our planet’s capacity to support life and our capacity to support our planet. Accompanied by Canberra composer–musician Helen Way. Dates: Friday, 21 March 2014 @ 6:30 pm to Friday, 21 March 2014 @ 7:00 pm at City Walk, Civic and Sunday, 23 March 2014, Time: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm, Venue: Gorman House Arts Centre.

 

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21-28 January, 2 February / 2014

Canberra Dance Theatre Summer School & Tammi Gissell workshop

Ballet Summer School

Join the CDT Ballet Summer School.

Tuesday 21 & 28 January 2014 (Beginner 6 – 7.20pm, Intermediate 7.30 – 8.50pm)

Wednesday 22 & 29 January 2014 (Elementary 6 – 7.20pm, Intermediate 7.30 – 8.50pm)

Thursday 23 & 30 January 2014 (Beginner 6 – 7.20pm, Intermediate 7.30 – 8.50pm)

Celeste Flannery will be teaching the 6.00pm beginner classes and Lauren Viera will be teaching the 7.30pm intermediate classes.

At the CDT STudio, corner of Barry Drive and Kingsley Street.
Cost $20 or $16 concession per class.

 

Tammi Gissell Workshop

On Sunday 2nd February Tammi Gissell will be taking a workshop exploring Indigenous movement and dance in relation to the land and our histories. The workshop will be at CDT Studio from 11.00am – 1.00pm. Cost: $25.

27 Nov - 1 Dec / 2013

No Place – dance/projections/sound

No Place is an intriguing contemporary performance about four women caught in the borderline territory between the state of wakefulness and sleep.

The work investigates the permeable boundaries between the fictive and the real specifically looking at Hypnagogia – the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep. It draws on Hypnos the Greek mythological personification of sleep and his sons Morpheus, Phantasus and Icelus.

No Place is the perceptional experience of the subconscious mind transcending into a physical, sonic and visual manifestation creating an innovative work of contemporary performance.

Choreography: Adelina Larsson

Dancers: Amelia McQueen, Alison Plevey, Janine Proost, Kelly Beneforti

Video: Sarah Kaur

Composer: Shoeb Ahmad

Installation:  Christiane Nowak

Nishi Gallery, 27 Nov – 1 Dec.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24-26 October / 2013

Right Behind You by Lingua Franca dance and physical theatre

Right Behind You is a physically charged take on modern love, scripted from tales of real life love and loss and inspired by the ancient Greek myth of the lovers Orpheus and Eurydice. An intimate, physical and visceral work performed by Lingua Franca Co-directors, Alison Plevey and Adam Deusien, combining physical theatre, contemporary dance and verbatim theatre, with original music composed by Hamish Lane.

Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th October, 8pm QL2 Dance (Theatre) A Block, Gorman House Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave,Braddon ACT

Tickets: $15, ($10 Ausdance members!!)

Bookings: At the door or reserve your tickets, 0400 387 643 or linguafranca.au@gmail.com

 

About Lingua Franca

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Read about their recent UK premiere

See an excerpt of Right Behind You.

 

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26-27 October / 2013

Seeking Biloela

Seeking Biloela – where science and dance meet Indigenous and cross cultural heritage. Two new solo works by internationally recognised dance artists Tammi Gissell and Liz Lea bring to life stories of Indigenous knowledge and Indian traditions – dance and music refined by scientific fact. ‘Magnificus Magnificus’, performed by Tammi Gissell and directed by Liz Lea, dives into the world of the red tailed the Black Cockatoo. ‘Magnificus Magnificus’ draws upon Indigenous knowledge and stories, aligned with science. The work celebrates a stunning bird, her history, character and style in a cabaretesque explosion of feathers.

Highly theatrical with a simple but effective set ‘Magnificus Magnificus’ explores the nature of being a performer, where we come from and how we go forward, making the most of Tammi’s strong performance quality, speaking voice, strength and vulnerability. The red tailed Black Cockatoo is the bringer of truth, tears and rain. Let the stories begin.

‘Kapture’ created and performed by Liz Lea is inspired by the writings of Ahmed Kathrada and his favourite Hindi song about a trapped bird. Kathrada was imprisoned alongside Nelson Mandela for 26 years. A play between dancer and drummer and accompanied by ARIA Award winner Bobby Singh and Sandy Evans, Lea flits between spoken and song, dance and drama. Classical Indian contemporary and flight in and around a set of light designed by Karen Norris.

Cost: $29 regular, $27 concession, group plus four $23, student, $19

Artistic Director; Liz Lea

Performers; Tammi Gissell and Liz Lea

Produced by Liz Lea & Co and The Street Theatre

Seeking Biloela is supported by artsACT, CSIRO Discovery, the Street Theatre, Canberra Dance Theatre and Ausdance ACT.

 This is an Ausdance ACT auspice project.

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5 August / 2013

2013 Australian Dance Awards

2013 Australian Dance Awards

 

“Canberra loves to dance and the event was a real showcase of achievement for Australia.”

 

Ausdance was delighted to host 2013 Australian Dance Awards  in Canberra on 5 August at The Playhouse. It is the first time the national awards ceremony have been held in Canberra, as a birthday gift for Canberra. Commencing with a ‘red carpet’ VIP event in the theatre foyer the Awards extended into formal presentations with performances that showcased some of the best Australian dancers and dance companies.

Chair of the Australian Dance Award Committee, Robina Beard OAM, said she was thrilled that the Australian Dance Awards is making its mark all around Australia. “After wonderful presentations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and  Perth in 2012, the Awards truly are the Australian dance awards. Canberra has always produced incredible dance and dancers and it is exciting that the dance profession gathered in 2013 for the presentations.”

The Australian Dance Awards recognise and honour professional Australian dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to Australian dance. Awards are presented in eleven categories including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2013 Australian Dance Awards featured performances from some of Australia’s leading dance companies and independent choreographers in a night-of-nights for Australian Dance. Eleven awards were presented by luminaries from the dance world – and you may have been surprised to see just how many of them were from Canberra.

Initiated in 1986 by Keith Bain OAM, the dance community in NSW gathered each year at the Dancers’ Picnic to celebrate the International Dance Days Honours. In 1997, Ausdance NSW, with support from the City of Sydney and The Australian Ballet, established the Australian Dance Awards at the Sydney Opera House. Over time, the Awards have evolved into the industry’s ‘night of nights.’ In 2008 the Awards moved to Melbourne with Ausdance Victoria, then Ausdance QLD  in 2011 and Ausdance WA in 2012.

 

7.30pm, 5 August 2013 at The Playhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further information: www.australiandanceawards.net.au

 

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31 July - 3 August / 2013

Hit The Floor Together

QL2′s “Hit the floor together”. See the full show, and then see a highlight performance in the Australian Dance Awards!

Featuring some of Australia’s finest emerging Indigenous choreographers, Hit the Floor Together is a collaboration between 30 creative Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people from the Canberra region, with visiting dancers from around Australia.

This new contemporary dance work is created by Bangarra’s Daniel Riley McKinley and Kurruru Youth Performing Arts’ Deon Hastie, with choreographer Dean Cross and QL2 Artistic Director Ruth Osborne.

These young people are determining the future, with an understanding of the present. Evoking their hopes and dreams, despite their differences in culture, geography and understanding. This show will move your heart and mind.

CHOREOGRAPHERS: Deon Hastie, Dean Cross, Daniel Riley McKinley and Ruth Osborne

TAKE PART – PRE-SHOW FORUM: Mark Gordon will be hosting a pre-show forum with the choreographers: Deon Hastie, Dean Cross and Daniel Riley McKinley and Artistic Director Ruth Osborne in the Canberra Theatre Foyer on Wednesday 31 July from 6pm.

Tickets at Canberra Ticketing

Hit The Floor Together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 May / 2013

Symmetries – The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet

 

Celebrating classical purity – in two very different forms

 

How do you make a ballet about Parliament House? Garry Stewart, artistic director of Australian Dance Theatre, will answer the question with his Centenary of Canberra tribute to one of Australia’s greatest monuments, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. Stewart, known for his far-ranging, intellectual approach to dance, will work in consultation with Parliament House architect Aldo Giurgola, using the design principles of the neo-classic building to shape balletic movement. Designer Mary Moore, meanwhile, will base her work on Parliament House’s original plans.

Mirroring the building process will be the classical showcase Harald Lander’s Etudes, which shows the growth of ballet technique from basic barre exercises to the most exuberant of bravura displays. Both works return to basic principles to show the complexity in simplicity; both works will highlight The Australian Ballet’s versatility and pristine techinique.

MONUMENT CHOREOGRAPHER
Garry Stewart

MUSIC
Huey Benjamin

COSTUME AND SET DESIGNER
Mary Moore

CREATIVE COLLABORATOR
Aldo Giurgola

Monument is a Centenary of Canberra project, proudly supported by the ACT Government and The Australian Government

ETUDES CHOREOGRAPHER
Harald Lander

MUSIC
Knudåge Riisager (after Carl Czerny) with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra

COSTUME AND SET DESIGNER
Lise Lander

LIGHTING REPRODUCTION
Francis Croese

Photography: Georges Antoni


Take Part

People’s Day – Join us for a behind the scenes look into the life of a professional dancer.
Watch the dancers of The Australian Ballet take their daily class on stage, meet the 2013 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominees and learn more about your national ballet company. Don’t forget to bring your autograph book!

McAllister in Conversation – Join The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister and special guest Garry Stewart as they discuss Stewart’s new work Monument, a centenary of Canberra tribute inspired by Parliament House. 5pm, 25 May. This is a ticketed event.

Pre-performance Music Talk – In this free talk before the evening performance of Symmetries on Friday 24 May, The Australian Ballet’s Music Director and Chief Conductor Nicolette Fraillon will offer insights into the music of Études, with live musical accompaniment.

Post-performance Q&A – Stay in the theatre at the conclusion of the performance of Symmetries on Friday 24 May to ask The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister and the panel of artistic staff and dancers your questions.

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15-17 March / 2013

2013 National Dance Forum

The second National Dance Forum (NDF2013) in Melbourne continues from the inaugural forum in 2011, and will encompass discussions and debates that have taken place since then in other forums. It will focus on the central question, “Why dance?” The forum will be a dynamic conversation for the whole dance sector—choreographers, dancers, independent artists, artistic directors, educators, dance producers.

NDF2013 will explore the unique qualities of dance as an artform and why we choose it as our mode of expression, communication or storytelling. It will embrace views from multiple perspectives: maker, dancer, educator, audience member and the broader community.

In contemporary Australia, what compels us to create and connect with dance? Is it social and political engagement? Is it creating a strong platform for the continuation of culture? How is dance communicating, and what is it doing in the world? Who are we dancing for, and how do we know what they see?

The National Dance Forum is a project of the Australia Council for the Arts and Ausdance National, presented in association with Footscray Community Arts Centre.  It is held in conjunction with Dance Massive.

Registrations will open soon.

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