Dana Waranara 2015


Bringing together Indigenous choreographers and Australian and international festival directors, venue programmers and presenters, Dana Waranara was a landmark event that took place at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane from 8 – 10 December 2015.

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Panel discussion

Deciding whether, when and how to travel and participate in cultural exchange, residency and collaboration globally is never simple. This panel discussion looked at how artists have worked successfully with international presenters to address matters of protocol in commissioning, programming, and presenting.

Presented in partnership between BlakDance, Australia’s industry body for contemporary Indigenous dance, and respected national producers Performing Lines, Dana Waranara is an Indigenous-led event enabling participants to develop a rich understanding of practice and needs to generate creative development and presentation opportunities.

Choreographers and presenters from around Australia were joined by special international guests include Alaskan First Nations choreographer Emily Johnson, American producer Meredith Boggia, Maori choreographer Jack Gray from New Zealand, and Canadian dance industry leader Judy Harquail.

At its core, Dana Waranara addressed questions of how presenters and producers can work together to enable Indigenous choreographers to create, present and tour productions from their own voice, not mitigated through a Western lens.

This project looked at long-term pathways to creative development, presentation and touring to regional and metropolitan presenters and festivals with an interest and commitment in developing and presenting contemporary Indigenous dance.

BlakDance and Performing Lines look to a future where Indigenous-led collaborations with presenters create dance that is performed on country, in arts centres and festivals, around Australia and the world.

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