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November 2017 - March 2018
Space Time Studio Residency
 
February 2, 2018
Grey Panthers Workshop begin
 
February 19 - April 29, 2018
Tracktivation
Live Darwin
 
March 8, 2018
Studio Residency Showing
 
April 16-20, 2018
Make a Dance in a Week
 
April 29, 2018
Big Dance
 
July 2018
Fresh Tracks
 
August 2018
In Your Blood
Full Length Production
 
November 3, 2018
Milpirri Festival
 
  • 01/07/2019

    Grey Panthers Youth Development Fund

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    In 2018 The Grey Panthers launch their Youth Development Fund and perform on stage at Fresh Tracks with the inaugural recipient Will Nery.

    Darryl Butler has danced with the Grey Panthers for seven year’s and in 2017 suggested to the Troupe that by making weekly donations of spare change they could raise funds to support a new generation of NT dancers. The whole group got behind the idea and the Grey Panther Youth Development Fund was born.

    Darryl described his motivation as: ‘Tracks has given us so many opportunities to do things we wouldn’t otherwise do and we want to give back and give something to younger dancers, offer a helping hand.’

    Will Nery

    The inaugural recipient of the Grey Panthers Youth Development Fund.

    With no territory dance education in Darwin, Tracks Choreographic Intensive is the NT’s flagship annual development program for emerging choreographers. Will Nery’s participation in the program was supported through the Youth Development Fund.

    Will has been passionate about dance since he was five years old when his sibling brought home a DVD of a world champion break dancing crew. Since that time he has been driven to perfect his head spin and break dancing style.

    “To be involved in the Choreographic Intensive program [and Fresh Tracks] for me, means to represent young people in the dance community here in Darwin, especially male dancers”, said Will Nery who went on to say “The message I wanna convey [through my dance] is that dance can connect anyone and everyone.”

    Darryl described Will’s motivation to connect people through dance as ‘a big tick for the Grey Panthers.’

    Watch: Darryl and Will speaking about the 2018 Grey Panthers Youth Development Fund

  • 16/06/2018

    May 31, 2018

    Tracks' newly appointed Patron, Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O'Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory invited the Grey Panthers and Tracks staff to join her for afternoon tea at Government House. Her Honour wished to celebrate the achievement and milestone of 30 years of The Grey Panthers.

    Opening with a welcome from Her Honour, she reflected on the spirit of The Grey Panthers and their place in the Darwin community, followed by Tracks Artistic Co Director David McMicken reminiscing through the history and many delights that this group has been through. One thing was certain, that The Grey Panthers hold a very special place in both Tracks and the community of Darwin's hearts.

     

     

  • 15/06/2018

    Meet the participants behind the inagural 2018 Choreographic Intensive, facilitated by Tracks' Dance Animateur Kelly Beneforti who aims to support emerging choreographers in developing their work to the next stage of craftsmanship and refinement.

    Sheila Rose

    (Pictured Left)

    My love for dance is intrinsic to my well-being. My dancing journey started in the early nineties when I looked for dance at Cairns Tafe but found only art and music. In 1999 I was successful in my audition to attend The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane, directed by Michael Leslie, where I completed an Introduction and Cert IV in the Performing Arts. In Darwin, I have attended contemporary ballet classes with Gary Lang and completed the Choreographic Program at Tracks in 2017, which included a public showing of my work, Mother the Giver of Life.

    Felicity Wardle

    (Pictured Right)

    I am passionately into experimental performance art, multi-disciplinary collaborations, and cross-cultural projects. My interests are as much about the process of creation, as in the end results. I let questions emerge naturally, weaving a variety of art forms, psychology and spirituality into all of my explorations through a grounded research methodology. Recent initiatives include Nibbles Theatre, Ritual Opera and Movement Lab, which have focused on immersive art experiences in unusual places, creating site specific performance art that reflects the truth of the moment. I continue my crossdisciplinary participation in projects involving puppetry, physical theatre, contemporary dance, poetry and photography.

    Will Nery

    (Pictured Centre)

    My first inspiration for dancing was a DVD that my brother brought home from the shops when I was five. It introduced me to Gamblerz, a world champion break dance crew, and to Bboy Lazer’s insanely fast head-spins - I trained hard every day just to practice that one move, and I still do. For the past fifteen years I can absolutely say that doing those head-spins is the closest thing I've ever felt to flying. Breakdancing also brought out this competitive edge within me which has brought out my confidence. Now I compete not only with other break-dancers, but with myself. That thirst for constant improvement helps me feel alive every day.

    To watch the works developed in the 2018 Choreographic Intensive program, book tickets to Fresh Tracks - as part of the Darwin Fringe Festival. For more information about the performance and process follow the link to our Fresh Tracks page.

  • 19/04/2018

    Would you like to be a community dancer in Tracks' new show In Your Blood?

    You will learn new skills, create new friendships, get to dance alongside professional dancers and become a better performer by being a part of a Darwin Festival show (August 12 - 19). We are looking for two groups of performers to make up a cast of up to 25 community members, who are aged over 16 and under 100 with a passion for moving.

    'In Your Blood'

    What happens when love of culture, passion for sport and family bonds collide In Your Blood?
    Tracks Dance Company’s Festival show brings the pitch to the dance floor as our Top End Australian, Balinese and Sri Lankan performers come together transforming the George Brown Botanic Garden into this seasons tropical open air theatre.

    In Your Blood draws on the threads between mothers and sons, football and cricket, traditional and contemporary dance and wraps it in a massive soundtrack by Darwin’s ARIA nominated producer James Mangohig.

    Group 1 - The Footy Team 

    Some dance experience is necessary.
    You will learn and create robust, exciting, energetic movement with influences from the game of AFL and Balinese cultural dance. Enthusiasm for getting in and trying new things required! Bring your best Jumping Jack!

    Group 2 -The Cricketers
     

    No prior dance experience required.
    You will be part of a team of diverse performers moving in versatile ways through the show. Think simple, easy to learn dance moves that are inspired by sporting and cultural rituals.

    Auditions

    Will be held at Tracks Dance Studio, Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, 56 McMinn St Darwin.

    Group 1 - The Footy Team
    Tuesday May 15th
    6.00 - 7.30

    Group 2 -The Cricketers
    Wednesday May 16th
    6.00 - 7.30

    If you're keen you will need to register by clicking here

    For more info about 'In Your Blood' click here

     

  • 31/03/2018

    I am a Yawuru woman from Broome, now living and working in Darwin. Throughout my career I have had many roles in a range of organisations: indigenous and non-indigenous; community, personal and corporate; small and large; local and regional; sports, arts and the mining sector, both in town and in the bush, always with a focus on promoting indigenous engagement.

    I began my working life as an Events manager in Broome at Goolarri Media where I was involved in the planning, management, marketing and production of several annual events including Broome’s NAIDOC Festival, Kimberley Girl and Shinju Matsuri Festival. I also helped with exhibitions, and assisting with casting for film productions, and staging musical events. Later I worked at the Darwin Convention Centre coordinating events and compliance.  

    Coming from a strong family background I am committed to encouraging young indigenous people and others of all cultural backgrounds to engage in sport and the arts as a way of building self-esteem, leadership and good liyan (well-being) for themselves, their families and the broader community.

    I look forward to my new role as a member of the Tracks Board.

    Gala mabu

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Diary Dates

 
November 2017 - March 2018
Space Time Studio Residency
 
February 2, 2018
Grey Panthers Workshop begin
 
February 19 - April 29, 2018
Tracktivation
Live Darwin
 
March 8, 2018
Studio Residency Showing
 
April 16-20, 2018
Make a Dance in a Week
 
April 29, 2018
Big Dance
 
July 2018
Fresh Tracks
 
August 2018
In Your Blood
Full Length Production
 
November 3, 2018
Milpirri Festival