Dance TNQ

29 March 2011


For the first time in Cairns, an exciting new dance initiative is launching at the Centre of Contemporary Arts. In 2011 this will be the place to experience new dance work through Move – Dance TNQ and the ‘New Move Network’, an inaugural program of five, two-week choreographic residencies throughout the year.

Combining key practitioners and partnerships the ‘New Move Network’ will support independent artists in their practice through a Studio Season:

  • Raymond Blanco: 14 – 27 February
  • Bonemap (Rebecca Youdell and Russell Milledge): 11 - 24 April
  • Monica Stevens: 27 June – 10 July
  • Sarah Collins: 5 – 18 September
  • Jess Jones: 7- 20 November

Creatively the choreographers will have the ability to share their experiences and explore themes of shared identity, personal histories and collective knowledge with peers and public through forums, artist talks, masterclasses, workshops and choreographic showings.

The work the artists create will be made through a series of kinaesthetic, text, sound and media processes that will generate culturally appropriate, innovative and challenging context for new dance in tropical far north Queensland.

Project Coordinator Rebecca Youdell states, ‘It’s fantastic to see that the project is attracting so much partner support from across all tiers of government, key industry stakeholders and the education sector.’  The project has been partially funded by The Australian Government through The Australia Council for the Arts.

Each residency will have an Education Kit available for download developed by dance educators Miriam Torzillo and Erika Jackson in collaboration with the artists. The Education Kit will act as an important learning tool for young people and emerging artists.

Youdell said, ‘The creative, theatrical opportunity for dance artists of national repute residing in this region, and the potential for transformative pathways for young and emerging artists is a fertile mix.’

Venue: The Space - Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns, 96 Abbott St Cairns Qld 4870 Australia

For more information contact: (‘New Move Network’ project coordinator) Rebecca Youdell
m: 0407794385 or e:

Image courtesy of Bonemap

Tagged: Dance, Artform news

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