The Dance Board welcomes Dean Walsh as a dance Fellow

29 March 2011

The Dance Board is very happy to welcome Dean Walsh as a dance Fellow.

Dean is a highly respected dance artist who presented a very strong program of activity for the two year fellowship.

The fellowship will focus on further research and development of Dean’s choreographic practice, specifically his choreographic scoring system, Foreign Language.  This will build on several years work. The creative concepts and thematic base are being stimulated by environmental/ climate change and extinction issues, with specific focus on researching marine habitats and their bio-diversity.

“Being an Australia Council Fellow at this point in my career will have the most rewarding impact on my current practice and my investigations into Foreign Language, “ says Dean.  “I’m so captivated by this system’s potential, but to fully investigate it I need sustained time to focus, study, gather, experiment, expand, consult and educate myself in ways I cannot currently do.”

“The fellowship offers me the time and space to focus; to meticulously research Foreign Language, to see what works, what doesn’t, what’s important and what’s arbitrary – and to document this so that it can be shared with others.”

Research, interviewing, residencies, work in progress showings and short 'touch down' performances will happen at: Critical Path and Performance Space, Macquarie University, NAISDA, Ausdance in (NSW), Ausdance QLD, Traverse Theatre and Dancebase in Edinburgh (UK) and Bates College in New York (USA).

Key people working with Dean will be Narelle Benjamin, Paul Selwyn Norton (Holland / Australia), David McInnes-Hughes (Scotland), Carol Dilley (USA) and Marcus Hughes.

Dean has worked in the dance sector in a range of roles; performer, collaborator, choreographer, director and educator both in Australia and internationally since 1991. In these roles he has worked with numerous companies, individuals, and organisations such as Sydney Theatre Company, Frantic Assembly, DV8, The opera Project, Opera Australia, Stalker Theatre Co, Sydney Dance Company, ADT and WAAPA to mention a few.

His last two productions Mirror Mirror 2009 (with David Clarkson) and Back from Front 2008 received critical acclaim. In 2002 he received the prestigious Robert Helpmann Scholarship and the Australian Dance Award for Most Outstanding Performance by a Male dancer for his role in ADT’s Age of Unbeauty and in 2005 he was again nominated for this award for his solo Grounded on Air. Dean has devised and performed over twenty solo works.

Image courtesy of Dean Walsh.

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