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Dance Australia February-March 2020

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2 min.
arts on the defensive – again

WE start the year with a new arts political landscape. The Morrison Government has announced that the Commonwealth Department for Communications and the Arts will be merged (should that be submerged?) into a new mega-agency called the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. This is all part of a restructuring of the public service into more efficient, larger ministries. The Minister for the Arts, Paul Fletcher, has assured the public that the change will not result in a reduction in the amount of funding or the number of people in the department. He has pointed out that the arts are not the only area to be affected – 18 departments have been reorganised into fourteen. He has argued that such a change may even have benefits: “... in my…

1 min.
desert memories

BANGARRA Dance Theatre’s 2020 season will see the company present two major Australian tours. The year will begin with performances of the company’s award-winning Bennelong around Australia in February and March, including Perth (as part of Perth Festival), Albany and Karratha in WA and Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Dubbo and Rooty Hill in NSW. In the second half of the year Bangarra will present Sandsong, a new work that traces the ancient memories embedded in the Great Sandy Desert in WA, and which will create “new narratives for Indigenous futures”. Sandsong will be guided by Elders from the Kimberley and choreographed jointly by Bangarra’s artistic director Stephen Page and associate artistic director Frances Rings – their first choreographic collaboration in more than 15 years. ‘Sandsong’ will open in Sydney on June 11, before touring…

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adt’s apt appointments

AUSTRALIAN Dance Theatre starts the year with an unusual and exhilarating collaboration – the dancers are combining with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, 36 singers and four opera soloists on a concert version of Mozart’s Requiem. The production is directed by Romeo Castellucci and choreographed by Evelin Facchini, both Italians, and had its debut in France. The cast is joined by rising Australian opera singer Siobhan Stagg. The company’s first own-presentation for the year is also a collaboration – with Perth’s contemporary dance company, Co:3. Together they will present artistic director Garry Stewart’s Objekt, which was originally created with Germany’s Tanzmain company in 2016. Objekt will run from June 26 to July 1 in Adelaide, then July 22 to 26 in Perth. Before then, ADT will undertake a European tour of its well-received…

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top acts at asiatopa

MELBOURNE is currently playing host to Asia-TOPA, a three-month-long festival of arts from the Asia-Pacific region. Among the 30 new works on the program are some curious and sometimes definition-defying dance offerings and collaborations. As just a sample: At Arts Centre Melbourne, Lucy Guerin Inc collaborates with Ensemble Tikoro, a heavy metal choir which comes direct from the underground music scene in Bandung for its first appearance outside Indonesia. At Dancehouse, Japan’s legendary Akira Kasai, heralded as the “Nijinsky of butoh”, will present his tour-de-force solo Pollen Revolution. Kasai morphs from kabuki performer to street dancer to solitary actor while his movement shifts between classical Japanese, hip-hop and the soulful otherworlds of butoh. China and India meet in Samsara. Created and performed by Aakash Odedra (UK/India) and Hu Shenyuan (China), this is inspired…

1 min.
web highlights

1 CALLING YOUNG DANCERS! There’s a new ballet competition in town… the Brisbane International Ballet Grand Prix. Entries close February 14. http://www.danceaustralia.com.au/news/entries-openfor-new-brisbane-basedinternational-ballet-competition 2 CALLING MORE YOUNG DANCERS! Rambert School will be visiting Australia and New Zealand in February 2020 to conduct auditions for its degree courses in ballet and contemporary dance, commencing September 2020. http://www.danceaustralia.com.au/news/rambertschool-auditions-in-australiaand-new-zealand 3 CELEBRATING YOUNG DANCERS! This year’s final performance by ADT’s Youth Ensemble showcased eleven talented young dancers performing works by local choreographers http://www.danceaustralia.com.au/news/adt-s-youthensemble-impresses…

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stepping out against bullying

SHAUN Parker, artistic director of Sydney-based Shaun Parker and Company, is passionate about reaching young people through the arts. In the lead up to the National Day of Action against Bullying on March 20, the company will present his award-winning, anti-bullying program, The Yard, which aims to raise awareness of bullying and to help educate children about the importance of seeking support. Targeting school-aged children from as young as eight, The Yard will once again tour across Sydney and nearby regional NSW from March 9. Also on the company’s 2020 program is the return of In The Zone, another work for young audiences, which was presented in Western Sydney in 2019. Developed in collaboration with musician and instrument designer Alon Ilsar, who co-designed the AirSticks that are pivotal to the work,…