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Dance Australia June-July 2020

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in this issue

2 min.
take sanctuary here

I WAS hoping not to mention the C word in this editorial. By now I’m sure everyone is as heartily sick as I am of constant reference to the Corona Virus and it would have been lovely to make this issue a sanctuary from all the noise. But it’s unavoidable. The pandemic has affected Dance Australia’s operations too, causing us to make some necessary changes. This issue of Dance Australia was supposed to contain a lovely big feature on the visit of the Paris Opera Ballet – cancelled. We also prepared an interview with Emily Molner, whose BalletBC from Canada was to grace the Sydney Opera House. Cancelled. These were two big overseas events among the numerous events that were similarly cut off at the knees. Our usual schedule of ongoing…

1 min.
digital embracings

MANY dance companies have responded to the inability to perform in public by joining the digital realm (budget and resources allowing) offering everything from interviews and discussions to full scale performances. One of these was the WA Ballet, which happened to film “Genesis”, its annual season of short new works choreographed by its dancers, just before the lockdown took place. “Genesis” is performed in the company’s main studio, at the WA Ballet Centre, giving audiences the chance to see the dancers in a different light to that of the theatre. Filmed in the studio with relatively simple lighting, the online version has a similar sense of proximity to the dancers. The season is still available for viewing till the end of June. The program is co-presented with the company’s media partners The…

1 min.
celebrating kristian fredrikson

A biography of the late, great theatre designer, Kristian Fredrikson, will be released in July. New Zealand-born Fredrikson (1940-2005), was a designer for a small, amateur operetta company in Wellington before heading to Australia to establish a career as a designer for dance, opera, theatre, film and TV that spanned five decades. Fredrikson met the then-emerging choreographer Graeme Murphy in the 1970s, and made his first work for Murphy’s Sydney Dance Company, Shéhérazade, in 1979. It was during the 1970s that he began working with The Australian Ballet, an association that lasted until the year of his death. During the 1980s he was enticed back to NZ to design works for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Fredrikson was the recipient of many prestigious design awards over the course of his career, including Erik…

1 min.
big ideas for small spaces

IN one of the many inventive responses by dance companies to the lockdown, Australian Dance Theatre conceived a project called The World’s Smallest Stage, an online event. Choreographers were matched with composers to create a series of works and given a theme of “brevity”, in both space and time, with each five- to 10-minute work performed in just four square metres. The project brought together ADT with other South Australian-based groups – Kurruru Youth Performing Arts and Restless Dance Theatre – and independent choreographers and composers (selected in partnership with Music SA). Remote rehearsals began on May 18, and ran for three weeks. The works were then to be live-streamed, and eventually performed live, on stage at ADT’s home space, The Odeon, in Adelaide. Similarly, Melbourne’s Chunky Move, in partnership with the Tanja…

1 min.
sydney eisteddfod at home

THE Sydney Eisteddfod has announced the launch of Stage at Home, a new initiative that invites young performers to share a video of themselves performing on the Sydney Eisteddfod YouTube channel. The idea behind Stage at Home is to give young performers who had entered, or were planning to enter, the Sydney Eisteddfod the opportunity to share the piece they would have performed on stage, be it dance, drama, music or song. Unlike the Sydney Eisteddfod, however, Stage at Home is not a competition and there will be no judging or prizes. Submissions are open and Sydney Eisteddfod will start uploading and sharing videos from June 1. Submissions close July 29 and new videos will be uploaded until July 31. Want to upload a video? Head to the Sydney Eisteddfod website for more information:…

1 min.
arts funding blow

AUSTRALIAN dance culture has been dealt a blow with four dance/physical theatre companies losing their four-year funding from the Australia Council (AC) in the latest round announced on April 3. Across the disciplines, 49 organisations lost their AC funding. Even with 28 organisations funded for the first time, the number of organisations receiving four-year funding dropped from 128 (2017-2020) to 95 (2021-2024). Australasian Dance Collective, Branch Nebula, Restless Dance Theatre, Shaun Parker & Company, Tasdance and Tracks were among the 49 to lose out. These companies will instead receive an additional 12 months funding at a reduced level (approximately 70%) aimed at helping them “recalibrate… and make plans for the future.” Australian Dance Theatre, BlakDance, Chunky Move, Dancenorth, Dancehouse, Force Majeure, Lucy Guerin Inc. and Marrugeku were successful. Additionally, other dance organisations that were…