Choreographic Program 2017
Tracks Dance Company Studio
Program runs 30 August to 19 November
Public showing (venue to be confirmed) - 18-19 November
What is the Choreographic Program?
The Tracks Choreographic 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 2010, and fills a much needed gap in the performing arts sector in Darwin where it is difficult to gain training and experience in choreography.
Who runs the program?
Kelly Beneforti is the director and facilitator of the Choreographic Program in 2017. This is her third program since taking up the position of Dance Animateur at Tracks in 2015. Kelly is supported by the Tracks Artistic Directors, Production Manager and Administrative team in running this program.
Who is it for?
The program is aimed at anyone interested in creating and crafting movement of any style or form with a desire to work collaboratively as well as independently. Participants will be involved in a series of workshops that explore and experiment with a wide range of processes for making choreography and developing ideas, plus workshops that support participants to make their own work. Workshops include weekly discussion amongst the group to develop critical and articulate thinking around the creative process.
What is the commitment?
The program runs for 12 weeks and requires a minimum commitment of 6 hours per week. Workshops will be held on Thursdays (6-8pm) and Saturdays (1-5pm).
The final week of the program requires commitment to some extra rehearsals, and a public performance on the weekend of 18-19 November.
How do I apply?
To be considered for the program you need to complete an Expression of Interest (EOI), which is available as an online form on the Tracks website until Friday 28 July. Applicants will be notified of the result of their EOI on Friday 4 August. Successful applicants will be asked to attend an interview and induction at the commencement of the program to meet Tracks staff and other applicants. Invitation to the interview indicates preliminary acceptance into the program but does not guarantee full entrance, at the discretion of the Tracks Artistic Directors.
Program Details 2017
EOIs close: Friday 28 July
Applicants notified: Friday 4 August
Interview/induction: Wednesday 30 August 6-8pm
First workshop: Saturday 2 September 1-5pm
Weekly sessions: Thursday 6-8pm and Saturday 1-5pm
Performance weekend: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November
*Workshops are held at Tracks Dance Studio, McMinn St.
How much does it cost?
The Tracks Choreographic Program is offered free of charge. Places are limited.
See here for participant and audience comments, video footage and photographs from the 2016 Choreographic Program.
The Choreographic Program is part of the Tracks Development Program.
Program Director: Kelly Beneforti
Choreographers: Kira Witte, Tara Schmidt, Virginia Spicer-Harden, Sheila Rose, Haylen Duncan, Anokai Lancaster, Cassandra Wallace
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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.
Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
Company Director: Adelaide Wood
Administrator: Jessica Mellor
Production Manager: Mathew McHugh
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: His Honour, The Honourable John Hardy OAM, 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)