Caught Falling - Choreographic Program 2017


Tracks Dance Company Studio

Tracks Choreographic Program

The program provides a unique opportunity for emerging movement artists and dance-makers to explore the mechanics and creative scope of choreography in a supportive environment. The Program has been running since 2009, and fills a much needed gap in the performing arts sector in Darwin where it is difficult to gain training and experience in choreography.

This year's choreographers are Kira Witte, Tara Schmidt, Virginia Spicer-Harden, Sheila Rose, Haylen Duncan, Anokai Lancaster, and Cassandra Wallace. Program Director, Kelly Beneforti, leads the group through 12 weeks, with the first 6 weeks of workshops exploring and experimenting with a wide range of processes for making choreography and developing ideas. In the second half of the program, each choreographer develops their own short choreographic work, with support from the Tracks artistic, management and production teams.

“What stands out to me about this group is how readily they have let themselves be open to new choreographic possibilities, and step into the unknown. As a collective, they have been incredibly supportive of each other, which is what has allowed them to take these creative risks. This is partly what the name Caught Falling expresses”  Kelly Beneforti.

The Choreographic Program also focusses on weekly discussion to develop critical and articulate thinking around the creative process, which leads this year to our artist talks as part of the public showing. 

Tim Newth Artistic Co-Director of Tracks Dance Company said of the program “You can not underestimate the value that supporting emerging dance makers brings to the Darwin dance scene. We watch participants grow, experiment and translate creative ideas into movement-based work. It is very exciting process to be part of! ”

Caught Falling Choreographic Showing and Artist Talks

For those who want to experience the up-close evocative nature of dance.

Joined by a fantastic group of guest dancers, our 7 emerging movement artists and dance-makers will present their work in Caught Falling on 18-19 November in the Tracks Studio. There are four performances to choose from - bookings are essential as capacity is strictly limited. 

Not intended to be finished or polished products, the showings will be raw, experimental and with an audience of just 30 people for each showing it will definitely be up close and personal. 

Creative Team

Program Director: Kelly Beneforti
Choreographers: Kira Witte, Tara Schmidt, Virginia Spicer-Harden, Sheila Rose, Haylen Duncan, Anokai Lancaster, Cassandra Wallace
Guest Dancers: Jenelle Saunders, Daniel Ferguson, Natalie Hafsteins, Venaska Cheliah

Showing Running Order

Tracks Dance Studio. Sat 18 and Sun 19 November 2017


Mother the Giver of Life by Sheila Rose

Performed by Anokai, Cassandra, Tara, Haylen, Kira, Kelly, Virginia
Music: ‘Djilile’ - Wulfin Lieske & William Barton

This work shows part of a vision I have of the multi-layers of what “mother” is… exploration of creation, time, space, words, bones, breathe and life.


The universe can and will create itself out of nothing by Cassandra Wallace

Performed by Tara, Venaska, Sheila
Music: ‘data.syntax’ - Ryoji Ikeda

Gravity. Acceleration. Black Holes. Negative Space. How can we physicalize the infinitude of emptiness?


Fertile Territory by Virginia Spicer-Harden

Performed by Kira, Haylen, Anokai
Music: ‘He Won’t Sleep’ - Jen Powell


Rainy Season by Tara Schmidt in collaboration with the dancers

Performed by Tara, Cassandra, Jenelle
Music: ‘Humid Green Haze’ - Recondite. Various sounds of nature - Nature Sounds; Life Sounds Nature; Pro Sound Effects Library


Together by Anokai Lancaster

Performed by Kira, Haylen, Sheila, Anokai, Daniel, Venaska
Music: ‘Together’ - The XX

Movement qualities. Drawing inspiration from an unfamiliar pallet. Unfolding into a familiar process, working with unfamiliar bodies, creations drawn from Caught Falling.


Disentangled by Haylen Duncan

Performed by Tara, Natalie, Venaska
Music: ‘Safe Passage’ - 65daysofstatic


Think Less by Kira Witte

Performed by Sheila, Cassandra, Anokai, Daniel
Music: ‘Terminal’ - Holly Herndon


Group piece directed by Kelly Beneforti, in collaboration with the Choreographic Program participants

Music: ‘Displaced’ - Dirty Beaches

Thank you

Amy Hetherington, Venaska Cheliah, Mathew McHugh, David Taylor, Glenn Bernardin, Jenni Sanderson, Sally Crawford and Jade Kimm


Darwin International Airport, Southern Cross TV

Government Partners

Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

Tracks 2017

Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
Company Director: Adelaide Wood
Administrator: Jessica Mellor
Production Manager: Mathew McHugh 
Production Manager (Caught Falling): Duane Preston
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Bookkeeper: Noya Chong Wah

Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Stephanie Cvirn, Venaska Cheliah. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)

Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki

Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O'Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory



“The choreographic program allows artists to stay in the Territory while they develop their skills. Throughout the program we can be inspired and draw from our local environment and culture. The program also strengthens the artistic community through connections with other Territory artists and creates a space for collaboration”.
– Felicity Wardle (Participant 2016)

“I enjoy dancing but I didn’t really know if I wanted to take that further. But now being in this program, and I’m really enjoying this choreographing side of things, and not thinking as a dancer but as an artistic person- I was like, you know what, I think I am going to extend on this and see where I go.” – Leanne Eltagonde (Participant 2015)

“I learnt how different things can be interpreted by different people, I gained the experience of working with the different artists. ….it has taught me different ways in which dance can be created, it has expanded my knowledge and understanding and I have an advanced vocabulary of movement now.” – Maddy Brown (Participant 2014)

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