Australian Youth Dance Festival - Ausdance National

Australian Youth Dance Festival - Ausdance National


    Armidale NSW

    April 12 - 16, 2004

    Tracks Artistic Directors create a sixty-minute site-specific performance with 250 youth participants in Armidale NSW for Ausdance National.

    Four days to create a new 60-minute site-specific work with 250 youth performers, 1 Indigenous adviser, and 10 Choreographers, performed in 10 sites. Inspired by visits to sites of significance to the Indigenous locals, the work dealt with issues of place, belonging, history, massacres and celebration

    This festival was designed around a choreographic development project linking AYDF tutors/choreographers, participants and the Armidale community, and reflecting the region’s stories and environment. The process began with a site visit to Aspley Falls National Park, guided by Indigenous educator Fay Ball and National Parks guides, who passed on the Indigenous history of this site.
    Festival participants and choreographers met together each day over the five days of the festival to investigate ways of making performances that celebrated various aspects of place and environment. The process included discussion, workshops in storytelling, performance making and Indigenous protocols. The project team worked with festival participants to reflect those stories and the environment through the creation of a dance piece, assisting them to identify with their own places and environments, whether they were urban, regional or remote.

    Director’s Notes - Ausdance National

    It has become an important aspect of the Youth Dance Festivals that the dancers are involved in the performance of a large-scale performance. Tim and David have built a solid reputation for being able to work with large numbers of diverse dancers and choreographers and collaborate to get events on quickly. They have also developed particular sensitivities around working with Indigenous issues. As such they were a clear choice to lead the 10 choreographers into an amazing performance.
    Some choreographers at first found it hard to think about performing anywhere except on a polished wooden floor and were a little reticent when we edged towards an outdoor performance where the audience moved along a pathway through the dance performance areas.

    The connection with AYDF has proven a very useful one for the company as it gives the Artistic Directors an opportunity to observe and work with many choreographers at once, all of whom have an interest or ability to work with youth. It also lets us see what other youth dance companies are up to.  

    Creative Personnel

    Cultural Advisor: Fay Ball
    Facilitator: Andrew Morrish
    Choreographic Advisers: Tim Newth and David McMicken
    Choreographic Mentors: Gerard Veltre, Morganics, Michael Hennessy, Jeanette Fabila, Darren Green, Bernie Bernard, Mariaa Randall, Bec Reid, Ruth Osborne and Kylie Ball.
    Tutors: Sandi Rapson, Sandi Woo.
    Documentor: Lazlo Szabo


    All AYDF participants

    Tracks 2004

    Artistic Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    Company Manager: Sue Mornane
    Dance Animateur: Julia Quinn
    Youth Trainee: Marko Taopo
    Bookkeeper: Heather Richards
    Development Consultant: Suzanne Fermanis

    Committee Members:  Jackie Wurm (Chair), David Taylor (Vice-Chair), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Kyleigh Hindson (Secretary/Public Officer), Ken Conway, Donna Quong, Jill MacAndrew, Kay Brown (Ordinary Committee Members), David McMicken and Tim Newth (Ex-Officio Members)

    Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Paul Wan

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    "The final outdoor performance of the Dance Armidale Project, brought together by Tim and David, was inspirational”  Julie Dyson - Dance Forum

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