Celebrating the Spirit of People and the Place they Live
Tracks Dance Company’s Artistic Co-Directors David McMicken and Tim Newth have conceived and directed many iconic works between 1996-2021. Starting in the late eighties, Tracks' early roots were in making dance performances with diverse communities. This work has developed into radically local, large scale spectaculars, celebrating the spirit of individuals and groups, and the place they live.
Our Inspiration for Making Work
Tracks dance artists are in a wonderful position of having made work over three decades about the Northern Territory and the amazing people who live there. As Artistic Co-Directors, Tim Newth and David McMicken have created an extensive body of work that comes from many different places, spaces, people, ideas, and feelings. As a contemporary company, we are always trying to tap into the very fabric of our community, allowing the influences to infuse our practice. Sometimes deeply personal, sometimes conceptual, unfailingly about our community, and always entertaining.
An iconic work: is full length, tells a local story, is performed in an outdoor venue created especially for that performance season and is not made to tour, has a large (30 on average) culturally diverse cast of predominantly local performers that is made up professionals and passionate amateurs, includes diverse dance forms and styles, and is very often intergenerational. Most of these works have featured in the Darwin Festival, the first being in 1997. In doing so we have produced a recognised dance vernacular that could not come from anywhere else.
You don’t move Uluru
As we say - “ You don’t move Uluru - you have to go to that place" and so it is with Tracks; if you want to see our iconic works live, you have to come to us.