Dana Waranara

11 March 2015

BlakDance and Performing Lines announce a partnership that will propel the next generation of Indigenous dancers and choreographers: DANA WARANARA

Ghenoa Gela - Winds of Woerr
Ghenoa Gela - Winds of Woerr

BlakDance, the national industry body for contemporary Indigenous dance, is excited to announce a new project in partnership with Performing Lines.

Dana Waranara will support contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander choreographers to extend their practice and the life of an existing or a new work in-development, and create pathways to new opportunities for the next generation of dancers and choreographers.

Successful in recently securing an injection of funding from the Australia Council for the Arts through the highly competitive Creative Australia/Dance grant program, the Dana Waranara project will be launched in mid-2015.

The project will also be linked to BlakDance’s long-term international strategy, currently being developed by Executive Producer, Merindah Donnelly, and who is attending major markets and festivals in North America during 2015.

Ms Donnelly says, “What’s really important about this project is its focus on redefining producing and touring models. No longer is it solely a presenter driven structure. BlakDance is deliberately undergoing a process that will see presenters collaborating with artists from the beginning of a process, ensuring that protocols and ethics are Indigenous led from day one.”

Dana Waranara will build knowledge, interest and networks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander choreographers through alliances with key events such as Dance Massive and a number of Indigenous festivals, as well as organisations such as Critical Path, Strut Dance, The BANFF Centre in Canada, Arts NSW’s Birrang program and more.

Performing Lines has a rich history of producing and touring Indigenous performing artists. We look forward to partnering with BlakDance to create more opportunities for Australian and international presenters and audiences to experience the extraordinary depth of contemporary Indigenous dance”– Karilyn Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Performing Lines.

BlakDance is thrilled to seed this project.

Image: Winds of Woerr choreographed by Ghenoa Gela, a Performing Lines MAPS NSW artist.

BlakDance would like to acknowledge and thank Uncle Richard Green for the Dharug name Dana Waranara ‘Come over here! Bring your (dancing) feet’.

Media contacts:

Thom Smyth | marketing@performinglines.org.au | 08 9200 6212