2018 Make a Dance in a Week

2018 Make a Dance in a Week

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    Tracks Dance Studio, Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, Darwin City

    16 - 20 April, 2018

    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 2018 program was facilitated by Tracks Dance Tracktivators and Alumni Jordan Bretherton and Madeleine Brown to create a supportive environment that encouraged creativity, problem-solving, teamwork, initiative and physical expression.

    The program was open to primary, middle and secondary school students for daily workshops, followed by a performance of the dance pieces created during the week-long program at Live Darwin Hub (Smith Street Mall) in the afternoon of the final day, Friday, April 20.

    Artist statement from Facilitators

    Madeleine Brown & Jordan Bretherton started collaborating on this project by drawing on previous events that had occurred in Darwin, such as the recent Cyclone Marcus. This became a starting point for the theme of the project - Natural Elements.

    The younger group focused on the four main elements of earth, fire, water and wind.  They brainstormed ideas of what they envisioned each element was, and formed their individual movement through problem-solving and imaginative tasks. The material they created was then put together and used in innovative ways to develop the work.

    The older group concentrated on the natural disasters that happen in the world, such as cyclones, tidal waves, bushfires, and earthquakes. These phenomena were used as the stimulus to create their movement. Despite initially thinking that it might be a challenge, Maddy and Jordan found that having only two students in the older group was a better process for them as it was a more fruitful experience.

    The Make a Dance in a Week program concluded with both groups collaborating and combining their choreography to produce the finished piece that was performed at the Live Darwin Hub.

    Creative Team

    Facilitators: Madeleine Brown and Jordan Bretherton

    Participants

    Alice Bowden, Charlie Bowden, Stella Campbell, Bes Mizrahi Davies, Eva Ferdinands, Mia Hawkes, Sophie Hawkes, Kira Lesh, Anais Henry-Martin, Brooke McQuinn, Xander Naselow and Debra Zhang

    Company Partners

    Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

    Project Partner

    NTGV Office of Youth Affairs and NTGV Live Darwin.

    Tracks 2018

    Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    Company Director: Adelaide Wood
    Administrator: Jessica Mellor
    Production Manager: Duane Preston
    Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
    Bookkeeper: It Figures

    Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Venaska Cheliah, Sudha Coutinho, Mandela Yu. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)

    Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki

    Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory

    Workshop. (l-r) Jordan Bretherton, Charlie Bowden, Madeleine Brown, Stella Campbell, Anais Henry-Martin. Photo by Duane Preston.
    Workshop. Photo by Duane Preston.
    Workshop. (l-r) Bes Mizrahi Davies, Debra Zhang, Anais Henry-Martin, Eva Ferdinands. Photo by Duane Preston.
    Performance warm-up. (l-r) Bes Mizrahi Davies, Alice Bowden, Anais Henry-Martin, Charlie Bowden, Debra Zhang, Eva Ferdinands. Photo by Duane Preston.
    Performance introduction by Madeleine Brown & Jordan Bretherton. Photo by Duane Preston.
    Performance. Alice Bowden, Charlie Bowden, Stella Campbell, Bes Mizrahi Davies, Eva Ferdinands, Mia Hawkes, Anais Henry-Martin, Xander Naselow, Debra Zhang. Photo by Duane Preston.
    Performance. Charlie Bowden, Stella Campbell, Bes Mizrahi Davies, Eva Ferdinands, Mia Hawkes, Anais Henry-Martin, Xander Naselow. Photo by Duane Preston.
    Performance (l-r) Charlie Bowden, Debra Zhang, Stella Campbell, Eva Ferdinands, Anais Henry-Martin, Mia Hawkes, Charlie Bowden, Madeleine Brown, Jordan Bretherton, Bes Mizrahi Davies. Photo by Duane Preston.
    Performance (l-r) Stella Campbell, Bes Mizrahi Davies, Xander Naselow, Eva Ferdinands, Sophie Hawkes, Brooke McQuinn, Debra Zhang, Alice Bowden. Photo by Duane Preston.
    Performance (l-r) Xander Naselow, Anais Henry-Martin, Bes Mizrahi Davies, Mia Hawkes, Sophie Hawkes, Debra Zhang, Brooke McQuinn, Stella Campbell, Eva Ferdinands, Charlie Bowden, Alice Bowden. Photo by Duane Preston.
    Performance (l-r) Charlie Bowden, Bes Mizrahi Davies, Alice Bowden, Debra Zhang, Eva Ferdinands, Sophie Hawkes, Brooke McQuinn, Anais Henry-Martin, Mia Hawkes, Stella Campbell. Photo by Duane Preston.
    Performance (l-r) Debra Zhang, Eva Ferdinands. Photo by Duane Preston.
    Performance (l-r) Debra Zhang, Alice Bowden, Charlie Bowden, Eva Ferdinands, Sophie Hawkes, Brooke McQuinn, Jordan Bretherton, Madeleine Brown, Anais Henry-Martin. Photo by Duane Preston.
    Performance (l-r) Charlie Bowden, Sophie Hawkes, Bes Mizrahi Davies, Anais Henry-Martin, Debra Zhang, Eva Ferdinands, Madeleine Brown, Mia Hawkes, Stella Campbell. Photo by Duane Preston.
    After the show (l-r) Xander Naselow, Anais Henry-Martin, Jordan Bretherton, Brooke McQuinn, Sophie Hawkes, Eva Ferdinands, Bes Mizrahi Davies, Madeleine Brown, Mia Hawkes, Debra Zhang, Charlie Bowden, Stella Campbell, Alice Bowden. Photo by Duane Preston.

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    Responses

    "It was the first time she has attempted dance and with the support of Maddy and Jordan, she couldn’t have asked for better mentors.

    The concert at the end was so professional." - Mother

    “I’m always making up a dance in my head when I listen to music now”. - Participant

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