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In September of this year, Tim got to visit fLiNG Physical Theatre in Bega NSW.
In a one-week residency, Tim worked alongside and mentored Rob McCredie, Flings Co Artistic Director in design development and experimentation. The residency was supported through Regional Arts Fund.
"Rob and I meet each other at a friends (Nick Power) wedding several years back. We clicked straight away talking passionately about our love of working with fabric and dance. Rob throughout his dance training often found himself sitting behind a sewing machine making amazing patch work quilts, I entered the dance world as a visual artist know for my work in fabric. It's been great for us to come together professionally, to not only create a wild and whimsical fabric creation but to also share notes about work in regional Australia” Tim Newth - Tracks Artistic Co Director.
In October of 2017 Frankie Snowdon and Madeleine Krenek from Alice Springs arrived at Tracks for a week of mentorship. They had been successful in gaining a Strategic Arts Grant from Arts NT for Independent Producers/ Curators. With the aim of creating a Strategic Business Plan for themselves many hours were spent working through the how and whys of setting up their own dance company in Alice Springs.
Frankie and Madeleine have a broad and inclusive vision for dance in Alice Springs, from a community participatory level to an experimental contemporary dance practice. Over the past few years their collaborative work has gone from strength to strength, building strong connections and audiences within the community, seen particularly in their annual schools project Alice Can Dance and the successful premiere of The Perception Experiment this year at the Araluen Centre, which brought together a team of local, Territory, and interstate artists.
“It is really exciting seeing the rising of the next generation of Territory artists. David and I are proud to be mentoring Frankie and Madeleine in the early stages of this venture. It has been a healthy process for us all reflecting on the knowledge we have built up over the past three decades. With David and I choosing to be Artistic Co Directors, having a strong belief in collaboration and wanting to create a significant regional Australian company with rich community relationships there was much for us to talk about.” Tim Newth - Artistic Co Director
"This was a rare opportunity for me to be present and involved in the process of imagining and breathing life into a new NT-based dance organisation. Having collaborated with Frankie and Maddy on their project The Perception Experiment, I already had a sense of their creative drive and passion but this residency showed me a new side to their artistic partnership - their willingness to dive in and tackle the difficult topics like legal matters, strategic planning and funding; the scope and breadth of their vision for dance practice in Alice Springs; and their thirst to learn and grow alongside an organisation for dance investigation, creation and exchange that they are not only dreaming up but also doing the hard yakka to make happen." Kelly Beneforti - Dance Animateur
When Shall We Three Meet Again? Is a strategic initiative curated by Browns Mart, Tracks Dance and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts to discover where we have come from, where we are at and where we want to go. The initial planning session’s have taken place this year between Tracks [Tim Newth & David McMicken] Brown’s Mart [Sean Pardy] Corrugated Iron [Jane Tonkin] and Facilitator - Gillian Harrison. In 2018 artists and arts workers who have worked with the organizations with be invited to participate.
The project was funded as part of Arts NT Strategic Arts Grants with the purpose of ‘Positioning ourselves for the next twenty years as strong and sustainable leaders in the arts and cultural sector’. This initiative is guided by a commitment to share knowledge, break down thinking silos, identify challenges and problems, and forming appropriate and creative solutions.
Together Jane, Sean, David and Tim will:
- Reflect on shared history
- Recognise shared people, projects, resources as well as values and vision
- Look ahead with a view to sustainability both for the organisations [how we work together] and the sector: examine our role in the broader sector.
- Consult with micro groups/collaborators/genres through a series of Labs followed by reflection process
- Collect all of this to inform a future strategy that strengthens the organisations, our collaborations/intersections, and our sector investment.
Tracks Dance is hosting a Fundraising event again this year at the Deckchair Cinema, Darwin. With our chosen movie West Side Story we know it'll be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there, plus an exclusive performance from our Make a Dance in a Week participants. Dee Bee's catering will be at the venue and a little something special from our gorgeous Grey Panthers.
Tickets are available through the Deckchair Cinema website now, so don't miss out!
2-6 October (Term 3 School Holiday)
Make a Dance in a Week (MADIAW) is Tracks’ once-yearly school holiday program that engages school students in intensive movement workshops and closely involves participants in a fun and challenging choreographic process. The program is facilitated by the Tracks Dance Animateur, Kelly Beneforti and Tracks associated artist Leanne Eltagonde to create a supportive environment that encourages creativity, problem solving, team work, initiative and physical expression.
Participants will perform the dance pieces created during the week-long program at the Deckchair Cinema on Sunday 8 October as part of a Tracks Dance fundraising film night, screening West Side Story.
Click here to register now!
For more information about the program, visit our Make a Dance in a Week page
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