BlakDance has been a wonderful resource for me as an independent producer. It is great to have an industry body that is working to support our artists, whether as a source of advice, to broker new opportunities, or as an advocate for the sector.
BlakDance is a necessary and nationally significant organisation who provide access, information and ethical frameworks for collaboration. As a regular presenter of contemporary dance in Australia, and a lead producer of Dance Massive, Arts House welcomes the existence of BlakDance and its ambitions.
The new BlakDance framework and vision is encouraging and their initiatives are vital. Not only are they providing a level of confidence to the broader dance performance and producing sector, they are endeavouring to deliver a much need national space to ensure knowledge transmission & guidance, network opportunities, protocol advice and support on many levels.
BlakDance Australia is an important, necessary, and symbolic organisation. The role BlakDance plays in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists helps to keep strong connection with ongoing and developing culture through dance. Ausdance is proud to have supported the development of BlakDance and looks forward to ongoing partnerships.
The recent collaboration between BlakDance and Talking Stick Festival galvanized the national artistic leaders to form a Steering Committee to care for the Indigenous Performance Network. IPAA is grateful for this guidance and the future is bright for the sharing of Indigenous performance between Canada, Australia and the world.
Recently we were lucky enough to build a deep relationship with BlakDance. I have no doubt that in the years to come the Talking Stick First Nations Festival and BlakDance will enjoy a rich collaborative future together as we activate our strong collective priorities through our respective industry bodies.
BlakDance is extremely important for the Indigenous community - it is their voice. The role BlakDance will play in the future is as the key connector - driving Indigenous contemporary dance with Indigenous organisations, contributing to the uniqueness of the broader dance sector, and building capacity of our artists to realise their goals and dreams.