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Dance Australia April-May 2018

Dance Australia is the most respected dance journal in the country. The articles and reviews are written by the cream of Australia’s dance journalists. The beautiful photographs and glossy design make the magazine a work of art in itself –a keepsake for anyone who loves dance.

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freedom in form

LATE summer in my home town sees Perth Festival and Fringe World festival transform Perth’s cultural centre, Northbridge, into a hive of live shows. The current Perth Festival director, Wendy Martin, is a passionate advocate for dance. It’s reflected in her programming, with six superb dance productions this season. That’s in spite of the fact that contemporary dance tends to attract a small sector of the arts-attending audience, in comparison to genres such as theatre and circus. This summer, however, there were two movement-based works that appeared to appeal as much to those new to dance as to those who watch it regularly. The first was Michelle Aitken’s Fringe World show Future’s Eve, a full-length solo work of physical theatre that scathingly interrogates ideas about the female body. Clever, comedic and…

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dance north receives sidney myer award

THE artistic director of Dance North is “truly ecstatic” to be named recipient of the 2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award. “Dancenorth is the coming together of incredible minds generously collaborating to create contemporary dance that challenges convention and inspires a reimagining of the world,” Kyle Page says. “The extraordinary generosity of the Sidney Myer Fund and the Trustees enables us to continue pushing the boundaries, creating bold new work in Townsville before touring around Australia and across the globe.” The prestigious awards were announced by Carrillo Gantner AO, Chair of the Sidney Myer Fund, at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the Australian Performing Arts Market on February 21.Three of Australia’s leading arts practitioners have been announced as the winners – playwright and actor Kate Mulvany has won the…

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the world’s largest dance gig

BIG Dance is an event that sees thousands of people dance together in some of the world’s most iconic locations. It will be hitting Australia on International Dance Day, April 29. Encouraging people to be active through dance, Big Dance is a free, large-scale participatory celebration open to everyone of all ages, abilities and experience. In the months leading up to Big Dance, Ausdance Victoria and NSW will motivate aspiring dancers and community groups to learn the Big Dance 2018 routine in a series of fun, free dance workshops. The Big Dance 2018 routine includes versions to suit a variety of capabilities and circumstances, including standing and seated. Online tutorials will be available, in which the Big Dance 2018 routines are guided and taught by developing dance college artists from National Aboriginal Islander…

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a landmark year for sdc

AS this issue hits the newsstand, Sydney Dance Company will be in the middle of a European tour. The company will perform for the first time in Paris, at the Theatre National de Chaillot, from April 11 to 13, followed by gigs at the Belgrade Dance Festival in Serbia; at the Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana, Slovenia; and in Germany (venue unconfirmed at the time of printing). The European tour comes on the heels of performances at the Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil in Chile and at the Teatro Mayor in Bogota, both in January. The tours are the start of a landmark year for the company. 2018 is Rafael Bonachela’s 10th year as artistic director, and he is marking the occasion with the creation of a full-length work – [ab] Intra, in collaboration…

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web highlights

1 BOYS ONLY BALLET WORKSHOPS Ballet Brothers, an independent organization aimed at supporting and encouraging boys who love to dance, is holding workshops in April. There will be male specific classes, coaching and more.http://www.danceaustraliacom.au/yafevent/.ballet-brothers-workshops 2 NEW SHAPE FOR BODYTORQUE The Australian Ballet is presenting its choreographic season in Melbourne this year, with the title of Bodytorque:Atelier. Read more at http://www.danceaustralia.com.au/news/bodytorque-takes-anewshape. 3 MURIEL WILL BE BACK So successful has been the premiere season of ‘Muriel’s Wedding The Musical’ in Sydney that the producers have already announced it will return in July, 2019. The first season was sold out.http://www.danceaustralia.com.au/news/muriel-swedding-returns-in-2019…

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performing under pressure

Dancers regularly experience the pressure to perform well. This pressure usually manifests as anxiety or stress – which are essentially a combination of psychological and physiological responses in your brain and body. When your brain anticipates a threat, regardless of whether it is real OR imagined (!), it sends messages to your body to prepare to respond (e.g., fight, flight or freeze). Harnessing your nervous energy AND being able to manage your thoughts about what is ‘stressing you out’ will help you perform at your peak regardless of the situation. • Focus on controlling your breathing – take deep and slow breaths. • Reflect upon the self-talk or ‘worrying’ thoughts that might be racing through your mind – are they really accurate or are you potentially imagining the worst? • Focus on your…