BLAKDANCE RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The BlakDance Residency Program is a new platform to explore dance practice and develop new or existing works. it is a space for experimentation and culturally engaged collaboration.

 
 

The BlakDance Residency Program began in 2018 in Meeanjin. By demand, the program will expand nationally in 2019 and beyond.

The residency includes artistic mentorships, connections to markets, technical and production support and curatorial feedback.  

Every residency has an outcome sharing for industry and community attendees.

Karul Projects and ACPA students during residency. Photo by Joella Warkill

Karul Projects and ACPA students during residency. Photo by Joella Warkill

 

BlakDance Residency Program 2018/2019 - Meeanjin

Programmed through an EOI process, the BlakDance residency supports multidisciplinary performance, testing ideas and new talent. Our 2018 assessment panel included local dance sector practitioners, elders and peers of BlakDance: Waiata Telfer (independent choreographer), Roslyn Watson (elder), Bradley Chatfield (Head of Dance at ACPA) and Kath Quigley (Director of Backbone Youth Arts). Our inaugural artists in residence are: Karul Projects, Katina Olsen and eXcelsior.

 
 

Residency highlights reel

 
 
Karul Projects, photo by Hayley Rose

Karul Projects, photo by Hayley Rose

Katina Olsen, photo by Trina Cary

Katina Olsen, photo by Trina Cary

eXcelsior, photo by Lewis James

eXcelsior, photo by Lewis James

Karul Projects
New work in development
Karul Projects is a Gold Coast company, founded by Yugambeh, Bundjalung and Wiradjuri choreographer Thomas E. S. Kelly. Featuring artistic collaboration with choreographer Taree Sansbury, Karul Projects works with graduates of the Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts (ACPA) and National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA).

Karul Projects residency took place at Backbone November - December 2018, with a showing at the Judith Wright Centre.

 


Katina Olsen
New work in development

Katina is a Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri contemporary dance artist and her collaborator Aleksandra Borys is a Polish born, UK-based artist. The duo is working on a cross-cultural project grounded in the relationship astronomy has with the human body. Their work will feature Kombumerri cosmology developed through protocol and cultural performance making methodology.

Katina Olsen’s residency took place at Backbone February - March 2019, with a sharing under the stars on the Backbone green.

 


eXcelsior
New work in development
eXcelsior is an intracultural dance company made up of Queensland Murris, based in Brisbane. Featuring; Leonard Donahue, Ben Maza, Benjamin Creek, Manduway Dutton and Joshua Thaiday. Their practice is anchored in body based storytelling and they have performed at the Sydney Opera House and festivals across Australia. Most recently they were part of Festival 2018, Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast.

eXcelsior’s residency took place at Backbone over March 2019, with a showing in the Backbone studio.

 

BlakDance partnered with Backbone Youth Arts, for rehearsal and development space to create new work.

Through the Program, each resident was given the opportunity to enlist collaborators to assist with the development of their work during this residency.

The three showings were presented with Brisbane City Council’s Gathering, as offsite gatherings. 

Karul Projects collaborators: Cheryn Frost (lighting designer), Jhindu-Pedro Lawrie (percussion), Sam Pankhurst (music design) and Alethea Beetson  (dramaturge). Karul Projects also auditioned 4 new cast members for their showing, dancers Tiana Pinnell, Amber Nofal, Jessica Coupe, Katie Baring-Gould.

Katina Olsen collaborators: Aleks Borys (choreographer), Victoria Hunt (choreographer) and Graham Brady (elder).

eXcelsior collaborators: Mark Sheppard (mentor) and Sam Pankhurst (music design).

 
 

BlakDance has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland's Backing Indigenous Arts Initiative