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What Matters Most: Dance and Dramaturgy in Turbulent Times

Beginning early December, ADT – through its International Centre for Choreography – is proud to present a series of dramaturgy seminars designed for independent choreographers.

What kinds of perspective can dramaturgy offer to choreographers and dance makers?

How can dramaturgy enhance the creative potential of the dance artist?

Presented by Australian Dance Theatre (dir. Garry Stewart) as part of its International Choreographic Centre program, What Matters Most: Dance and Dramaturgy in Turbulent Times will bring together local and international dance dramaturgs to explore the many ways in which an outside perspective can empower and inform the work of the artist.

We are honoured to bring together Lou Cope (UK), Guy Cools (Belgium), Bojana Cvejić (Belgium), Lim How Ngean (Malaysia/Australia), Nanako Nakajima (Japan), Dalisa Pigram (Aus), Rachael Swain (Aus) and Linda Sastradipradja (Aus) to explore, compare, and experience the many faces of dance dramaturgy. We will learn about the differing contexts within which people work, and how that informs the dramaturg-choreographer relationship. We will also explore the diversity of aesthetic concerns and how they invite different kinds of intervention.

Facilitated by Philipa Rothfield, What Matters Most will invite dialogue between these awesome dramaturgs and encourage conversation with participating artists.

Click here for more information about the facilitator and the dramaturgs.

What Matters Most is in two parts:
Part 1: A two-hour online seminar to be held Wednesday 2nd December 2020, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time
Part 2: Two-hour, one-on-one sessions between renowned dramaturgs and selected choreographers.

Online Discussion:
The first part is a free, online two-hour event, to be held on Wednesday, December 2nd between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm, Australian Eastern Standard time (EST). This event is open to all and will make space for feedback, comment and conversation from all participants. We ask that people register for the event. This is an exciting opportunity to hear from some of the leading dramaturgs working in dance.

Dramaturgs and choreographers one-on-one sessions:
The second will consist of one-on-one work in progress sessions for 7 practising choreographers, selected through an open expression of interest process, to work with one of our featured dramaturgs. This is an incredibly valuable opportunity for choreographers to have a 2-hour brainstorming session with a highly experienced dance dramaturg on a prospective new project. Our aim is to give Australian choreographers the opportunity to work with an experienced dramaturg in order to explore the creative potentials that might lie within a new or early-stage project. Artists will be selected with a view to matching up people’s interests and ways of working.

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Registration:
In order to participate in the free, online discussion event, please register your interest by 1 December. We will send you details of how to join the event.

Expression of interest submission:
In order to submit an EOI to be matched with a dramaturg for a two-hour, one-on-one session, please submit a short description of your project, a single document which includes a one page CV and a 500 word description of the work-in-progress or new project you would like to put forward. This must be submitted by Monday 23  November.
If you complete an EOI we will inform you of the result no later than Friday 27 November. 

Use the form below to register for one, or both of these opportunities.

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