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Diary Dates

January to March -  Studio Residencies continue

March 25 - Studio Residency showing. Doors open 4.45pm for a 5.00pm start. 

February 3 - The Grey Panthers (over 60's) start their weekly Friday classes. Read More 

April 8 - The Grey Panthers seniors dance troupe perform "Caravan" at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, Katherine. Read More

May 6 - Big Dance - Nightcliff at Seabreeze Festival. Looking for interested Nightcliff individuals and organisations. Read More

May - Auditions for our Darwin Festival show Man Made – we are looking for male community dancers. Read More

July -  Fresh Tracks, our contemporary dance offering as part of the Darwin Fringe Festival. Read More 

August - Man Made - Darwin Festival performance. Read More

August to November - Choreographic Development Program course runs August to November, with applications opening in June. Read More

October 2-7 - The Make a Dance in a Week school holiday program. Read More 

October 8 - Tracks Film Night Fundraiser at the Deckchair Cinema

November 18-19 - Choreographic Program Performance. Read More

  • 07/11/2016

    Congratulations to our 2016 / 17 Space Time Studio Residents: Felicity Wardle, Kate Mornane, Nat Hafsteins, Venaska Cheliah, Darryl Butler and Jenelle Saunders.

    Tracks offers studio space and time to Northern Territory resident dance artists in order to investigate, explore and develop new ideas for dance performance. Our focus is on emerging and independent dance practitioners. Space Time is a component of Tracks Dance Development Program.

    Venaska Cheliah Nebula - "I hope to use this studio residency to further develop my skills as a choreographer/dancer. I would also like to use this an an opportunity to build relationships and develop a creative space between Tracks Dance Company and Dusty Feet dance collective in Alice Springs. I do not have a solid project idea as of yet. My current inspiration is the landscape around Central Australia and the colourful/unique life and community that is present there. I am also open to using film as a medium to portray my idea. There are many opportunities both in Central Australia and In the Top End that we can use to showcase our work. The Fringe festival being one of them and the other Unbroken Land."

    Felicity Wardle Nebula -  "I hope to achieve two aims during my residency time. Firstly, use the space to develop and choreograph contemporary dance-circus pieces, with other local artists, for use in corporate performances during November and December. Secondly, explore some creative ideas for future performances and experiment with choreography techniques. Purely for play, expression and experimentation."

    Kate Mornane Planetary"I would like to join forces with Tara Jane Schmidt, Jenelle Saunders and Alexandra Jordan. Each member will take turns running the sessions – bringing their ideas, personal attributes and experience to Space Time. This will provide excellent opportunities for each dancer to build confidence through facilitating and presenting ideas, and to see ideas expand and develop outside of the individual. The possibility to engage other dancers to facilitate or join sessions would also be exciting. Our group has backgrounds in social work, dance therapy, teaching, as well as a unifying love of dance.  So I envisage an enriching experience coming from each session. 
    The overall theme I want to explore through my sessions is ‘emotion and communication through movement. A way of confining this broad theme of emotion and communication may be to spend some time looking at the concepts with regard to femininity and fertility. An age old quandary between the extremes of our expansive choices vs lack of control over our bodies."

    Darryl Butler Nebula - He has twice participated in the Choreographic Development Course and is an active member of the Grey Panthers for whom he has also choreographed two numbers. As a senior himself he is particularly interested in how dance inhabits the seniors’ bodies. Darryl is using this residency to explore "echoes and memories” and is working with Tracks Co-Artistic Director David McMicken

    Nat Hafsteins Planetary - "Explore further ideas into a new work. Embrace local dance artists in the work. Ideas are still forming."

    Jenelle Saunders Planetary - "Dancemongers - The goal is to have time to be immersed in dance with a fellow dance maker, Kelly Beneforti (dancemongers). We have discussed the drive we each have to make space for a solid chunk of time within which to work together… and bring ideas that we are both intrigued by... to make the dance that we would want to see."
     

    Keep an eye on Tracks facebook page for more info on the artists and their projects.

  • 01/11/2016

    Come and join the Grey Panthers.
    “ It’s better than taking a pill…” Glad Morris, a founding member.

    Tracks believes in dance as a whole of life activity. 
    The Grey Panthers dancing troupe for the over 60's is a prime example of this.

    Grey Panther Classes
    Friday morning 9.30 - 11am at the Tracks Dance Studio. 
    Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, 56 McMinn St, Darwin.

    $5.00 per class

    For more information contact Tracks office on 08 8941 1410.

  • 07/09/2016

    Tracks announces the call for applications for our 2016/2017 Studio residency program - SPACE TIME

    EOI due by 20 October 2016

    GUIDELINES

    Tracks Dance offers studio ‘Space and Time’ to Northern Territory resident dance artists in order to investigate, explore and develop new ideas for dance performance. Up to 4 creative proposals will be supported each year via application. Our focus is on emerging and independent dance practitioners. SPACE TIME is a component of Tracks Dance Company’s Dance Development Program.

    SPACE TIME residencies can be for pure ‘Blue Sky’ research, or for creative development of new project ideas. SPACE TIME is for development projects that would clearly benefit from a residency in a fertile environment that supports the creation of new Northern Territory dance works. (A SPACE TIME residency is not for rehearsing a performance.)

    The primary aim of SPACE TIME is to identify and support NT based dance makers of vision and excellence, and to provide a level of support and resources. We are interested in ensuring strong development outcomes both for the dance artists we support and for the work they create. Non-NT residents may apply if their application has at least one NT dance artist who will benefit.

    SPACE TIME is one of the mechanisms that Tracks uses to identify and develop future collaborations and partnerships.

    Applicants will be encouraged to seek additional support for their work and the securing of such will not be seen as an impediment to the granting of a SPACE TIME residency.

    SELECTION PROCESS

    Successful residents are selected through an open application process assessed by the Tracks Artistic Directors. Applicants are encouraged to talk through their applications with the Artistic Director/s  before submitting.

    SPACE TIME has 3 tiers
    1. Solar: 2 week residency (up to 80 hours) for dance artists with consolidated project ideas
    2. Planetary: Up to 40 hours for dance artists with emerging project ideas
    3. Nebula: Up to 20 hours for dance artists engaging in open research and practice exploration

    ADMINISTRATIVE AND PRODUCING SUPPORT
    All SPACE TIME residencies will be supported by the Tracks Dance team, who will provide assistance with the following as appropriate:
    • induction session for all residents
    • studio scheduling & co-ordination
    • feedback & professional advice
    • advocacy & promotion (via our website, social media, and newsletters, and media releases)
    • future project 'mapping' if requested
    • residency wrap-up including public presentation outcome on April 1st, 2017
    • resident Artists will be covered by Tracks Inc.’s Public Liability and volunteer’s workers compensation insurances for their scheduled dates and times.
    • successful applicants will be contracted by Tracks Inc. for legal and safety purposes. However, the applicant remains the Producer of their work and is responsible for negotiating with any other artists involved in their residency.

    APPLICATIONS NEED TO SHOW
    • A clearly articulated and passionate vision with ideas that are bold, pressing, committed and relevant.
    • Demonstrated plan of how a studio residency would be used to develop project ideas or pursue dance/movement research, including budgeting where appropriate.
    • Suitably high standard of practice: Tracks will where necessary assist artistic initiators in identifying other potential collaborators.
    • What are the development and professional practice opportunities for Northern Territory artists? (Tracks seeks to support artists that cultivate a thriving NT dance sector.)
    • Who else would benefit from your residency? (Collaborating artists/dancers, community members, NT audiences)
    • Tracks will, where appropriate, suggest ways to maximise the skills and profile development opportunities offered through the development.
    • Tracks is particularly supportive of dance artists from Indigenous and Culturally diverse backgrounds.

    SELECTION CRITERIA
    • The potential to deliver quality artistic outcomes
    • The use of NT Artists
    • The experience of and/or potential benefit for the artists involved
    • Top End dance sector development
    • The potential to progress the project artistically, beyond a SPACE TIME residency
    • Audience relevance – Does this development have potential to move towards performance?
    • Does this project reflect contemporary expression of NT arts and culture?

    SPACE:
    The Tracks Rehearsal Studio is housed in the premises tenanted by Tracks Dance Company in the Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, entered from the car park located at 56 McMinn Street, Darwin 0800.

    Facilities
    12m x 6m sprung timber floor
    Fans and air- conditioning
    High quality sound system
    External toilets, showers and change room
    Internet access
    Television, DVD, Video player, and Data Projector can be made available for use. (The Tracks Production Manager can provide a range of technical and infrastructural support with prior arrangement).
    Power
    Off street parking available

    TIME:
    Tracks encourages the use of the studio space in two, four or six hour time-slots. Contact us prior to making your application to discuss studio availability.

    Applicants need to be aware of that a presentation of some form will take place on Saturday the 1st of April, 2017

    We highly recommend that you contact the office to discuss your proposal: 08 89 411 410

    Link to Application Form

  • 17/08/2016

    In May - June of this year Tracks staff were in Lajamanu to get things started for this year's Milpirri. Tracks artistic directors David McMicken and Tim Newth, dancers Kelly Beneforti, Aaron Lim and Caleb Japanangka Patrick and musicians Marc Peckham and Rob Tremlett  worked together with Steve Jampijinpa Patrick (Milpirri Creative Director) and his father Jerry Jangala to establish the themes and key messages of Kurdiji.

    Kelly and Aaron then worked in the school to establish the youth dance groups and link them up with their themes. A key reason for starting this year's Milpirri training in May is to give school staff a longer period of time to digest the themes and hopefully be able to integrate them into other areas of their teaching.

    Marc and Rob worked closely with Steve and Jangala to record introductions to both the youth and traditional dance sections. They also worked in the school with students contributing to the vocals for the youth dance tracks.

    A community meeting was planned to officially invite all family groups to participate in this year's Milpirri. However due to royalty meeting and Lajamanu sports events being held at that time , this was postponed until September when the company returns.

    In the meantime, preparations keep happening in Darwin as we meet wih Alan Marshall who looks forward to evaluating this Milpirri edition.

    All up a great start to this year's event. Milpirri 2016 will be performed on Saturday October 15th.

    Read more about Milpirri 2016

  • 01/08/2016

    Artistic Directors Tim Newth and David McMicken have been creating performances that speak to the Northern Territory for over two decades. The company is known for its highly visual outdoor performances in iconic sites around Darwin, combining community members and professional dancers. Tracks has won three Australian Dance Awards for its outstanding achievements.

    In its 21st much anticipated rendez-vous with Darwin Festival audiences, Tracks invites us to share insights of wisdom that come from people and place. Landed more specifically draws from the company’s long-term connection with the Warlpiri people of Lajamanu and the natural beauty of the dry Marrara Swamp at the source of Rapid Creek. With an enduring sense of wonder and humour, Landed follows the homecoming of three young Darwinites, freshly arrived from their overseas own rite of passage. As their feet kiss the earth of their birthplace, the thick humidity soon permeates the bodies, the overwhelming physical experience takes hold and minds have no choice but give in and let go.

    Seasoned dancers Kelly Beneforti, Darren Edwards, and Vera Tabuzo join a cast of over 40 performers featuring breakdancers from the D*City Rockers, children of Millner Primary School, and dance students of Casuarina Senior College. The Tracks Artistic Directors weave together Larrakia renowned artist Gary Lang’s sensual choreography, Kelly Beneforti’s contemporary and Aaron Lim’s breakdancing moves. In this evocative new dance collaboration, Landed will take the audience on a very special guided tour through exquisite woodlands.

    The original soundscape composed by David McMicken and mixed by Mat Cunliffe, includes the haunting sounds of DSO principle cellist, Rebecca Harris, and will bathe the scenery lit by the late afternoon light.

    “Experience the magic of walking into the bush, of just being there, so close to the city that we forget such places exist” say the Directors. “The doors slide open, and you step outside, all of a sudden, you are back in Darwin”. What happens next is where the trail begins.

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Diary Dates

January to March -  Studio Residencies continue

March 25 - Studio Residency showing. Doors open 4.45pm for a 5.00pm start. 

February 3 - The Grey Panthers (over 60's) start their weekly Friday classes. Read More 

April 8 - The Grey Panthers seniors dance troupe perform "Caravan" at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, Katherine. Read More

May 6 - Big Dance - Nightcliff at Seabreeze Festival. Looking for interested Nightcliff individuals and organisations. Read More

May - Auditions for our Darwin Festival show Man Made – we are looking for male community dancers. Read More

July -  Fresh Tracks, our contemporary dance offering as part of the Darwin Fringe Festival. Read More 

August - Man Made - Darwin Festival performance. Read More

August to November - Choreographic Development Program course runs August to November, with applications opening in June. Read More

October 2-7 - The Make a Dance in a Week school holiday program. Read More 

October 8 - Tracks Film Night Fundraiser at the Deckchair Cinema

November 18-19 - Choreographic Program Performance. Read More