Choreolab 101 Explore
Workshop Program: 8th March - 14th May
Public Showings: Wednesday, May 17th, 2023
Developing Artistic Practice
Choreolab 101 provides a yearly opportunity for emerging movement artists and makers to explore the mechanics and creative scope of choreography in an artistically rich environment. A collaborative approach is made to the facilitation of the course, this year there are 2 core facilitators and a variety of guest facilitators to be announced.
The 2023 Choreolab 101 Program will begin with a weekend intensive where participants are immersed in a rich and playful environment for choreographic enquiry. Followed by 10 weeks, 2 sessions per week (60 Hours total) allowing for a rich time of process-driven, movement exploration (solo and group) with diverse creative tasks and entrances into the artistic process of building ideas for choreography. The final weeks are spent creating a showing to share select processes and activities from the workshops to audiences.
The program is aimed at people with some level of experience in dance/movement (in any style) or with a current artistic practice, and a curiosity about the choreographic craft.
Steph Spillett and Kelly Beneforti
2023 Participating Artists:
Jennie Attrill, Marilynne N Kirshbaum, Flynn, Jeremy Garnett, Karen Hawkes, Anita Lakatos, Severine Meunier, Serina Pech, Terra Suppiah
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"You are much more aware of the physical space you take up. How you choose to move is very immediate so bringing that into conscious awareness is definitely a wow moment. It's felt in your own body but also those surrounding you." - Serina Pech
"…All the activities were designed to expand our way of thinking about movement, to encourage us to grow aware of and develop the possibilities of movement, limited only by what we then choose." - Jeremy Garnett
"I find it really interesting the many different ways of engaging in creating movement and choreography. I really enjoyed doing the program for the second year as I saw so many more activities, but also some of the same ones - but being explored for a different aspect or having a different focus. I really enjoy the different responses that come from the same activities. I love the accessibility that Choreolab provides people who have incredibly different levels of experience of movement and dancing. And how it takes people from where they are, shares experiences and opportunities and allows people to engage from whatever level they are at." - Flynn
"A rare opportunity to just be creative; no grants, marketing, production chats or anything else" - Cj Fraser-Bell
"I think the program enabled us to express ourselves in new ways, creating a commentary of identity and place that did not exist for us in Darwin prior to the program...it is a joyous experience" - Mim Ellen-Barwell
"I gained a discipline and regularity of creating, an exercising of skills of objective ego-less reflection on creation, and new vocabularies for movement, devising, teaching and performing" - Kyle Walmsley
"It was such a positive and safe space. Tracks has got such a long history of working with different people in such enabling, positive and beautiful ways... The gentleness, the lack of judgement, but very clear direction, and solid shaping and input, was a treasure." Nicky Fearn
The first Choreographic Development Program in 2009 had a strong youth focus, growing out of there being no Territory Dance training offered in the Northern Territory. Later programs attracted a diversity of artists from differing artforms and at different stages in their careers.
The Search for Innovation
Tracks creates multiple pathways to engage with relevant Northern Territory choreographic research and development processes; in a place where dance is culturally diverse and there is no available Tertiary dance training. Predominantly studio-based choreographic laboratory work, this is a way of ensuring our cultural future by sourcing and supporting new and emerging dance artists.
Tracks Inc is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.
Artistic Director: David McMicken
Associate Artistic Director: Jess Devereux
Creative Producer: Britt Guy
Production Manager: Duane Preston
Dance Animateurs: Kelly Beneforti and Steph Spillett
Administrator: Debbie Micairan
Bookkeeper: It Figures
Auditors: Brian Tucker Audit
Committee Members: Chairperson: Max Dewa Stretton. Treasurer: Glenn Bernardin. Ordinary Members: Andrea Wicking, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Lachlan Peattie, Rachael Wallis, Anna Lindsay, Venaska Cheliah. Ex-Officio: David McMicken
Public Fund Trustees: Maari Gray and Michael Grant