BLAKDANCE RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The BlakDance Residency Program provides our dance communities with opportunities to explore dance practice and development new or existing works.

 

The BlakDance Residency Program exists to grow the sector, connecting our communities to opportunities to engage and explore dance practice. Delegates of the National Indigenous Dance Forum 2017 prioritised the need for ‘space and time to develop contemporary dance practice’. It began in 2018 as a local initiative in Meeanjin. By demand, the program will expand nationally in 2019 and beyond.

 

The program also includes artistic mentorships, connections to markets, music and lighting design support, production support and curatorial feedback.  

Every residency has a 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

Early 2018, BlakDance held an EOI process for Queensland artists to submit to the Program, then held an assessment panel with local dance sector practitioners and elders / peers of BlakDance, Waiata Telfer (choreographer), Roslyn Watson (senior dance practitioner), Bradley Chatfield (Head of Dance ACPA) and Kath Quigley (Director of Backbone Youth Arts). Three artists/groups were successful, and three residencies were created for; Karul Projects, Katina Olsen and eXcelsior.

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

 
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
Gold Coast company Karul Projects, founded by Yugambeh, Bundjalung and Wiradjuri choreographer Thomas E. S. Kelly. Featuring artistic collaboration with the hottest new talent in choreography 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 and Aleksandra Borys
New work in development

Katina is a Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri contemporary dance artist and Aleksandra 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 facilitated each resident to have spent time at Backbone Youth Arts, rehearsing and developing their 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.

For Karul Projects, their collaborators were 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.

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

For eXcelsior, their collaborators were 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