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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
 
  • 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

  • 28/03/2018
    'Revisioning our city with Dance'
    April 5 & 6

    As part of our Tracktivation project - 'activating the city with dance' alongside Live Darwin, our Tracktivators have been searching out sites throughout the CBD. In response to these sites new contemporary works are being produced concluding in 2 city dance walks. The Tracktivators have initially been inspired by site specific dance specialist - Tim Newth and Architect Katy Moir who have led our dancer and choreographers into new ways of envisioning and utilising “Space”.

    Maddy Brown is working at the Darwin Bus Depot.
    Bryn Wacket has been inspired by the bike riding capacity of the city and its bike racks.
    Jenelle Saunders goes back to the 40's and movie stardom in the Star Village Arcade.
    Kelly Beneforti transforms the stairwell near Sari Rasa into an aquarium.
    Jordan Bretherton releases the inner child in the Mall's well-known fountain.
     
    Transforming these performances together into a city walk and watch during your lunchtime.
    Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of April.
    Meet at the Bus Terminus at 12.15 and finish in the Mall at 12.45.
    Wear your Walking Shoes, bring a walking lunch, water and sunscreen.

    Join us in this connection between our city-spaces and dance - register your place on the walk here.

    How you can get involved with Tracktivation.
  • 26/03/2018

    Sudha is an avid supporter of the arts in all its forms.

    She has a background as an Occupational Therapist specialising in mental health. Sudha has always been interested in the stories we tell about ourselves and those that others tell about us, and the power in the telling for both the storyteller and the listener. Sudha was the Chairperson of Backroom Press, a Broome based publishing house focusing on creating books that resonate with authentic Kimberley voices telling Kimberley stories.

    She was also the founding Director of Broome's inaugural writers festival, Corrugated Lines : a festival of words. Sudha has a deep seated connection to community and cultural development and has worked remotely across northern Australia for the last 20 years.  Her own project 'Telling Story' has been recognised nationally as a narrative practice project that supports communities tell their stories in ways that make them stronger.

    Sudha is attracted to Tracks Dance because of their commitment to tell stories of people and place through the medium of dance.

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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