Force Majeure Announce 2013’s Cultivate Company

After a selection process that encompassed over 100 applicants, Force Majeure have announced their Cultivate Company for 2013. Cultivate is a unique lab-style workshop that gives choreographers, directors, dancers and physical performers/actors direct experience of the methodologies employed by Force Majeure to create new work. Taking place 15 July – 2 August 2013, the lab is led by Kate Champion, Artistic Director of Force Majeure and Byron Perry, Associate Director of Force Majeure. The company-members are listed below. Directors Ghenoa Gela Victoria Hunt Kirk Page Jason Pitt Performers Phillip Benjamin Jenkins Paea Leach Gregory Simon Lorenzutti Katina Olsen Bhenjamin Radburn Taree Sansbury (NAISDA Secondment) Carl Sciberras (JUMP Mentee) Melinda Tyquin Samantha Williams

New Australia Council Board Appointed

The Hon Tony Burke MP, Minister for the Arts has confirmed the inaugural members of the new Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. The appointments were made pursuant to the Council’s new legislation – the Australia Council Act 2013 – which commenced on Monday 1 July. The 12 members of the inaugural Board under the new Act are: Mr Rupert Myer AM – Chair, Australia Council for the Arts; previously Chair, National Gallery of Australia, the Opera Australia Capital Fund, Commonwealth Inquiry into the Contemporary Visual Arts and Craft Sector and Kaldor Public Arts Projects; previously Trustee, National Gallery of Victoria; previously Board Member, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Currently Deputy Chair, Myer Holdings Ltd. Ms Robyn Archer AO – Deputy Chair, Australia Council for the Arts; Creative Director, Centenary of Canberra; celebrated singer, writer, director, artistic director. Mr Tony Grybowski – CEO, Australia Council for the Arts; previously General Manager, Australian Youth Orchestra; previously Executive, Musica Viva; Sydney Symphony Orchestra; teacher and musician. Mr Waleed Aly – Award-winning author; Broadcaster, currently host of Big Ideas on ABC TV; Academic and lecturer in politics at Monash University; Rock musician in the band Robot Child. Ms Lee-Ann Buckskin – Continue ReadingNew Australia Council Board Appointed

Leadership Spill Veiled Groundbreaking Arts Legislation, says Ben Eltham.

Writing for, Ben Eltham has reported that the past week has seen not just a shift in Australia’s leadership but crucial arts and cultural legislative reforms. “Amid the spectacular pyrotechnics of the Rudd-Gillard confrontation, the last week of Parliament before Julia Gillard’s proposed September 14th election date saw some significant developments in cultural policy,” Eltham says. “Most importantly, the Australia Council Bill passed the Senate. This law, the culmination of Labor’s Creative Australia policy, enshrines the most significant reform of the nation’s top cultural funding agency since its creation in the 1970s.” To read the whole story, see here.

Congratulations to Fresh Ground Residents

Ausdance Queensland would like extend our congratulations to the Judith Wright Centre’s latest array of Fresh Ground residents. Fresh Ground supports artists, collectives and companies to create high-calibre contemporary performance work able to entice, excite and inspire audiences. Designed to assist in the development and delivery of new projects, Fresh Ground optimises the return on investment for artists by focusing on the long-term future of the work created and the artists creating it. As part of the initiative, four companies will now share in $35,000 of Fresh Ground funding and approximately $80,000 of in-kind support during residencies of six to eighteen months. The four collectives chosen for the current round represent some of the most interesting dance/movement artists in Queensland. Phluxus2 Dance Collective, under the stewardship of Artistic Director Nerida Matthaei, will be collaborating with Queensland dancers Liesel Zink, Gareth Belling and Elise May. Polytoxic’s Lisa Fa’alafi will collaborate with Neridah Waters and Lucas Stibbard. Prying Eye Productions is the work of acclaimed dancers and choreographers Zaimon and Lizzie Vilmanis. Company 2 consists of circus artists David Carberry and Chelsea McGuffin – who will be working with musician/composer Ben Walsh to create a new circus work. Ausdance Queensland offers our Continue ReadingCongratulations to Fresh Ground Residents

Brisbane Festival Program Launch

Brisbane Festival’s program launched on Wednesday. We’re pleased to report that it has a fantastic array of dance shows on offer. Locally, we have excellent work coming from Queenslanders Expressions Dance Company and Bonemap. Internationally, we have works from UK’s Dan Canham and Aakash Odedra and the US’s Debbie Allen. And, really, that’s just a selection. See the full program here.

Ausdance Queensland’s Dance Careers Day

Ausdance Queensland would like to thank everyone involved with our recent Dance Careers Day. We had a great time and have had lots of positive feedback. Special thanks must go to Christian Tatchev, Simon Lind, Lizzie Vilmanis, Dr Gene Moyle, Melissa Lanham, Courtney Stewart, Erica Rose Jeffrey, Ali Philips, Sponsor and Presenter David Peirce of Pondera Physio and Pilates, Lucy Ingham, Yenenesh Nigusse and Barbara Everson – who kindly lent us her venue. And, of course, the incredible parents – who drove the amazing participants in from places as far away as Gatton, Buderim, Caloundra and the Gold Coast. We’re honoured to have reached so many exciting young dancers. Bring on next year.

Federal Budget Announced: National Cultural Policy Stays

On Tuesday, Wayne Swan revealed Australia’s latest federal budget. Despite fears that Simon Crean’s pioneering National Cultural Policy legislation would be scrapped in the wake of his failed leadership spill, it remained a key commitment of the budget. The Australia Council will receive $75.3 million over the next four years from 1 July 2013, with $15m per year to be targeted to arts organisations to address the demand for “high quality creative content from established, emerging and hybrid art forms” and $1.25m per year to establish a funding pool for the major performing arts organisations, subject to matched funding from the states and territories. Other initiatives include the continuation of the ArtStart program for graduates, additional funding for Arts Training Organisations and some MPAs. These were all announced in the NCP. The full NCP can be found online here.

‘Can Science Guide the Arts?’ By Melanie Fuller

In the coming months, Ausdance Queensland will be featuring articles from sponsors Pondera Physio and Pilates. These articles are designed to help dancers manage and maintain their health and wellbeing as performers and educators. This week, Melanie Fuller looks at the importance of science in the health of dancers. The performing arts are steeped in tradition. Physical care of your body is certainly one area where science can be used to potentially guide changes in the way you train. Clinicians who care for artists, teachers, choreographers, company managers and of course the artists themselves can learn from the wealth of clinical research being performed around the world. In the performing arts, ‘the show must go on’ belief is evolving and science is starting to inform us of what the long term effects may be. It is best to be informed. Physios, doctors and other medical consultants have a duty to inform artists of the known and perceived risks.The demand, joy, satisfaction & personal need may out way those risks at times. As an example, a recent MRI study (Chang, Diamond, Nevsky, Regatte & Weiss, 2013) on pre professional contemporary dance students has revealed some preliminary findings into knee medial meniscal (the cartilage on the inside Continue Reading‘Can Science Guide the Arts?’ By Melanie Fuller

‘Do I Really Have to Stop Dancing?’ by David Peirce

The latest article from Ausdance Queensland sponsors Pondera Physio and Pilates. These articles are designed to help dancers manage and maintain their health and wellbeing as performers and educators. This week, David Peirce answers the question – Do I Really Have to Stop Dancing? The biggest challenge of dance medicine is not diagnosing injuries or knowing the right treatment. It is managing the dancer who doesn’t want to (or can’t) stop. The human body is only capable of so much. Injuries need time to heal and no amount of wishing, hoping, praying or negotiating with anyone or anything can change that. The process is simple (in theory): Diagnose (fast – don’t wait until you cant dance) Unload (rest) Heal (nature, treatment, medication, surgery) Gradually Reload (rehabilitation) Return To Dance – some will take two days, some will take months. The worst outcomes happen when any of the steps are not done well. Diagnosis is not always straightforward and may involve radiology or even surgery (along with the skill and experience of your health professional team). Injury history is vital and hiding things will not help you get back. Healing can only be so fast. Injuries like stress fractures or joint impingements have underlying biomechanical or technique problems that need to Continue Reading‘Do I Really Have to Stop Dancing?’ by David Peirce

Welcome Ian Walker – Queensland’s New Arts Minister

Ausdance Queensland would like to welcome Ian Walker – Queensland’s new minister for Science, Innovation, IT and the Arts. Mr Walker was sworn in on Wednesday following the recent resignation of former minister Ros Bates. He made his debut speech as arts minister at the World Theatre Festival that evening, where he was warmly received. Ausdance Queensland look forward to what Mr Walker will bring to his new portfolios and congratulate him on his appointment.