National Dance Forum 2013

National Dance Forum


Presented by project partners Ausdance National and Australia Council for the Arts, the second National Dance Forum (NDF2013) will take place at Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne, 15-17 March 2013 and is set to coincide with Dance Massive.

Jeff Khan, Performance Space Co-Director, will facilitate the Forum. The NDF2013 program is being developed by a curatorial panel Practitioner members of the panel are Matthew Day (independent artist, VIC), Margrete Helgeby (independent artist, WA), Raewyn Hill (Artistic Director, Dancenorth, QLD), and Frances Rings (Bangarra Dance Theatre artist-in-residence, NSW); they join Julie Dyson (National Director, Ausdance), Carin Mistry (Director, Dance Board Australia Council) and Kath Papas (NDF Producer). 

NDF2013 will have a focus on practice and the program will be built around the central question Why dance? through a series of dynamic, interactive and responsive sessions and curated keynote speakers and presentations. 

Sessions, speakers and presentations will explore the unique qualities of dance as an artform and why we choose it as our mode of expression, communication or storytelling. It will embrace views from multiple perspectives: maker, dancer, educator, audience member and the broader community.
In contemporary Australia, what compels us to create and connect with dance? Is it social and political engagement? Is it creating a strong platform for the continuation of culture? How is dance communicating, and what is it doing in the world? Who are we dancing for, and how do we know what they see?

The program will be influenced by feedback to the previous 2011 Forum and through input from participants prior to NDF2013. Suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed at NDF2013, or speakers you would like to hear from are welcomed. The online tool, ideascale is available to add suggestions or comment and vote on existing ideas.

Proposals for sessions at NDF2013 are also welcomed, suggestions include: Five-minute presentations that will be thematically grouped in fives, to form the basis for sessions of one- and-a-half hours.- each session will include presentations and discussion, ‘Pecha kucha' style presentations (20 slides x 20 seconds) and studio-based sessions such as lecture demonstrations.

For further details, updates and to contribute, visit the NDF2013 webpage on the Ausdance National website. To engage with NDF2013, Follow NDF 2013 on Twitter: @natdanceforum and the hashtag #natdanceforum, and the link to Ausdance National Facebook page is here.

Sue Peacock & Stefan Karlsson in Sprung by Sue Peacock. Photographer Christophe Canato.