What have we done
for our communities?
Back in 2005 Marilyn Miller, founder of BlakDance, initiated the national meeting in Canberra where over 50 Indigenous dancers discussed the lack of opportunities to showcase talents and the sense of isolation experienced when working. Since then, BlakDance has mentored six trailblazing choreographers and dancers. The personal stories of Gary Lang, Vicki Van Hout, Djakapurra Munyarryun, Dujon Niue, Gail Mabo and Rita Pryce demonstrate the diverse paths our dancers tread to success.
In 2012 BlakDance continued to support mid career choreographers through attendance at APAM and the BlakDance 2012 Showcase. Those artists were; Marilyn Miller, Jacob Boehme, Tammi Gisselle, Rita Pryce, Vicki Van Hout and Albert David.
In 2013 BlakDance continued strategic support with Jacob Boehme, Tami Giselle, Rita Pryce and Gary Lang who participated in an intensive preparatory market development skills program. During Dance Massive they showcased at ‘Beat of the Nation’ in front of a 200+ delegation of national and international presenters.
In 2015 BlakDance delivered key industry event Dana Waranara at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane.
Dana Waranara was a unique national event in two parts:
- A one-day Plenary Summit; The BlakDance Summit; held to discuss and set the agenda for the upcoming 2016 National Indigenous Dance Forum. This was an opportunity for the sector to come together, to be heard, and to look to the future.
- Following the plenary, the three-day Convergence saw 28 choreographers and 21 national presenters and producers, plus five international guests take part in a professional exchange around practice, protocol, choreographic expression, collaboration and transformation. It identified critical creative development and presentation challenges and opportunities for Indigenous choreographers, and challenged presenters and producers to work more proactively to broaden their understanding and programming horizons.
Excelsior Dance Group
Ian RT Colless
Mark Howett (Ochre Dance)
Sermsah Bin Saad
Vicki Van Hout
Angel Place Recital Hall - Anne-Marie Heath
Arts House - Angharad Wynne-Jones
Bathurst Performing Arts Centre - Stephen Champion
CarriageWorks – Andrea James and Ali Murphy-Oates
Country Arts SA - Louisa Norman
Sydney Opera House - Rhoda Roberts
Judith Wright Centre - Ruth Hodgman
Brisbane Festival of Contemporary Dance – Glyn Roberts and Kate Usher
Merrigong Theatre Company - Simon Hinton
Cardinia Shire/Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre - Mark Fawcett
Sydney Festival - Wesley Enoch
Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre - Suzanne Fermanis
Gold Coast 2018/CIRCA - Kate Fell
CircuitWest - Ryan Taaffe
Tandanya/Spirit Festival - Angela Flynn
Northern Rivers Performing Arts - Emily Berry and Mitch King
Brisbane Festival, David, Berthed
Brisbane Powerhouse, Marnie Karmelita