Choreographic Program 2014
Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, Darwin
In its fifth year, Tracks Choreographic Development Program provided workshops, skills development and leadership opportunities for dance artists to find their own choreographic voice. Tracks offers places for up-and-coming choreographers the chance to participate in the program, stirring up artistic ambition in the Northern Territory dance community.
Led by choreographer and dancer Jess Devereux, the program is open to anyone with a desire to develop their understanding and practice of choreography, in a supportive and professional environment. It’s an opportunity to meet dancers, make new friends and explore a variety of processes, working in the Tracks Dance Studio at Frog’s Hollow Centre for the Arts. It aims to assist participants in uncovering their personal dance style and uniqueness, and to build the culture of dance making and appreciation in Darwin!
Jess is interested in diverse dance practices and making multi art-form projects, solo and collaborative and is particularly interested in dance film, contemporary music, costume, dance theatre and visual art. Jess facilitates workshops that explore all of these things plus improvisation, task orientated movement and writing. The program is all about developing your ideas and finding new moves and new ways! Most importantly, it’s about challenging yourself to find a deeper understanding of process and what goes into making strong dance work.
The fourteen-week program will run February 3 - April 11 then May 5 - June 1 (taking a 3 week break over Easter and school holidays). Two workshops will be run per week, ending in a public showing May 24 – 25.
Program Director: Jess Devereux
Maddy Brown, Darryl Butler, Venaska Cheliah, Jon Clarke, Tahnee Cvirn, Chandrika Munasinghe and Bryn Wackett
Past Participants Response
“By working across an extended period of time with the same, small group of artists, I felt safe about presenting my ideas/choreography to the others in the program. Working with an incredibly diverse group of artists invited much discussion on the varied nature of our choreography and allowed us to see the virtue in a whole range of choreographic styles/approaches. The emphasis on play/investigation/nurturing, rather than competitiveness or comparison has extended my skills and abilities as a choreographer.” Kelly Beneforti (2010)
"I’ve enjoyed the diversity in the Choreographic Program; the points of difference are nice. The different backgrounds and ideas brought to the studio, the individuality and unique styles. It’s been so much fun! It has helped me a lot to fit into the movement of everything in my life." Ashley Dougan (2012)
“The relaxed open feel from Jess and the program was really good in feeling comfortable and open to sharing and exploring dance and our ideas with encouragement and positivity. It has given me more confidence and inspiration in the choreographic field. I feel there’s never an excuse to be blocked for ideas. I hope I can pass what I’ve learnt onto others to help them also to create. I’ve learned that inspiration and motivation can come from anything!” Bree McCutcheon (2010)
"I have enjoyed the Choreo Program, the creative process. In general, every task has really challenged me, I feel like in every task we were set, I created new dance moves and ideas, which really is my favourite thing to do." Theeradet (Teddy) Suphannabutt (2012)