Choreolab - Choreographic Program 2021
Tracks Dance Studio, Harbour View Plaza, Darwin
Mar - May Choreographic Program
22 - 23 May Showings
Developing Artistic Practice
The Choreographic Program provides an opportunity for movement artists, dance-makers and others in the performing arts, to explore the mechanics and creative scope of choreography in an artistically rich environment.
Since 2009 the Choreographic Program has filled a much-needed gap in the performing arts sector in Darwin, where there are limited opportunities to gain training and experience in the art of choreography.
Through this course, Tracks offers an inclusive, safe, and nurturing environment that leads participants through movement experimentation, improvisational scores, and into the beginnings of dance making with movement.
This is a non-accredited training course aimed at dance and movement practitioners with a strong interest in developing their artistic practice.
Program Facilitator: Jessica Devereux
Artists: Nicky Fearn, Sita Valadian, Katy Moir, Steph Spillet, El Ibo, Eleni Vettos, Stephanie Thompson, Mave Ward, Felicity Wardle, Raj Pillai, Rachal Van Wyk, Kate Boston Smith, Omaya Dona Padmaperuma, Kelly Turner, Peta Goodrem, Cat Hart
Choreographic Program 2021 provided an opportunity to explore choreography in a process-led environment. The experience encouraged participants to develop their individual artistry within the supportive framework of an established company.
The program began with a weekend intensive where artists submerge into an immersive, rich and playful environment for choreographic creativity.
Across 11 weeks, dance artist and choreographer Jess Devereux led participants through lively dance exploration, experimentation, compositional tasks and creative discussion in twice-weekly workshops, fostering more confident and articulate dance artists.
"Today we’ve aimed to softly capture a number the movement experiments from the process, to share that raw energy of being in workshops together. Plus we’ll share some spontaneous, improvised works, and a new dance film. " Jess Devereux
- Dance Film by Naina Sen - All
- Tuning score with movement - All
- Bend blend break - KBS, Raj, Eleni, Omaya
- Chance Process:
- Quartet - Raj and Rach, Katy and Eleni
- Duo - Sita and Nicky
- Design pieces:
- Party Hats / Cones - Spillet, Raj, Stephanie, Rach, Katy M, Cat
- Silk Scarves - Eleni, PJ, Mave, Nicky
- Cockroach - Eleni, Raj, Steph, Kate BS, Flick
- Alphabet cube / name dance - Omaya, Spillet, Sita
- Canon and Rhythms - All
- Sensory solos - PJ, Spillet, Omaya, Katy M
- Site Responsive solos - Cat, Raj, Katy M, Nicky
- Mapping impro score (mystery) - All
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.
Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
Company Director: Adelaide Wood
Administrator: Jo Shearn
Production Manager: Duane Preston
Dance Animateur: Jessica Devereux
Bookkeeper: It Figures
Committee Members: Venaska Cheliah (Chairperson), Andrea Wicking (Vice-Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), David Taylor, Michael Grant, Ken Conway, Max Dewa Stretton, Rachael Wallis. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)
Public Fund Trustees: Maari Gray, Will Crawford and Lachlan Peattie
Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory
"What made the program unique for me, was that it gave me a chance to play and explore and make mistakes and celebrate them, and learn from them, and mould and grow as a dancer." Eleni Vettos
"Choreo Program is highly inclusive, accessible, manageable, inspirational, it pushes you, nurtures you, listens, disciplines... and as adults, we don’t have a lot of spaces where we can ebb and flow into that, mindfully." Kate Boston Smith
"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, so there was an ability for everyone to come in and feel like you had something to offer, and you weren’t being judged because you couldn’t dance or didn’t have technique or whatever, it felt like a pleasure zone! The gentleness, the lack of judgement, but very clear direction, and solid shaping and input, was a treasure." Nicky Fearn
"It was a beautiful equitable process to go through." Rachal Van Wyk
"It’s a space for true artistic exploration and creative development... The inclusivity creates this amazing fabric for artistic development." Katy Moir
Sat 22 & Sun 23 May 2021
1.30pm & 4.00pm
An afternoon of short choreographic works, improvisations, thoughts and ideas. Celebrating 11 weeks in a process-led, collaborative environment at Tracks Studio.
Including a premiere screening of experimental dance film.
Tracks Dance Studio, Harbour View Plaza, Darwin