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KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD

CARRIAGEWORKS, DANCEHOUSE AND THE KEIR FOUNDATION PRESENT

KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD

The Award increases the profile of and cultivates new audiences for contemporary dance within Australia by commissioning and presenting new choreographic works in a competitive context. The 2016 Keir Choreographic Award finalists are Ghenoa Gela, Rebecca Jensen, Martin Hansen and Sarah Aiken.  The 2016 Jury and full public program have now been announced.

2016 JURY
Bojana Cvejić [Belgrade] -performance theorist and performance maker based in Brussels; Pierre Bal-Blanc – documenta 14 curator and independent art critic based in Athens and Paris; US based choreographer Sarah Michelson, Australian choreographer and inaugural winner of the 2014 Keir Choreographic Award, Atlanta Eke and Phillip Keir, Keir Foundation founder.

2016 FINALISTS

GHENOA  GELA is  a  Sydney  Independent  performing  artist  and  a  proud  Torres  Strait  Islander  woman  from  Rockhampton.  She  has worked  across  several  mediums  such  as  Dance,  Circus,  Television  and Stage.  Some  of  her  credits  include:  Force  Majeure  ‘Nothing  to Lose’,  Winds  of  Woerr,  Ghenoa  Gela  (Melbourne  Next  Wave  Festival  2014,  Spirit  Festival  2015),  Dance  Site  Festival  (2012/2015),  Move it Mob  Style,  Deadly  Vibe  Australia  (ABC3,  NITV  2011-­‐2014),  The  Piper,  My  Darling  Patricia  (Sydney  Festival 2014, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015),From the Ground Up, Circus Oz (National & International Tour  2012/2013)  Happy  as  Larry,  Shaun  Parker  (National  & International  Tour  2011/2012).  Ghenoa  facilitates  dance  workshops  in  varies  styles  from  urban  to  remote  communities  and  participates in programs such as: ARMTour, Young, Black and Deadly and Vibe Alive, just to name a few. Ghenoa is inspired by her family’s stories and wants to increase awareness of her Torres Strait Islander culture through dance. Genoa most recently collaborated with Force Majeure to present Mura Buai [Everyone, Everyone] as part of Performance Space’s Liveworks at Carriageworks.

REBECCA JENSEN is a Melbourne based choreographer and dancer, born in New Zealand (1988).  She studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (BA Dance 2009). Rebecca has presented work at Next Wave Festival  and  Dance  Massive  with  Sarah  Aiken  (OVERWORLD  2014); Melbourne  Fringe  Festival  (POSE  BAND 2015), Lucy Guerin Inc’s Pieces for Small Spaces (Within An Inner 2011); Food Court Gallery, Ian Potter  Cultural  Trust  (AH  2012);  Conduit  Arts  Gallery  (Still  Life  2014);  MONAFOMA  Festival  club,  Ponderosa  Tanzland,  Germany  and Dallas  Texas  Woman’s  University  (Head  Back  2012).  She  is  a founding  member  of  Deep  Soulful  Sweats  Fantasy  Light  Yoga  (Festival  Of Live  Art,  Dark  MOFO,  Tiny  Stadiums, Chunky Move, Next Wave Festival).  Australia Council for the Arts, Art Start grant and an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant, have enabled Rebecca to expand her practice in New York and Europe. She was a DanceWEB scholarship recipient, IMPULSTANZ 2015. Notable appearences include work with Jo Lloyd,  Sandra  Parker,  Natalie  Abbott,  Balletlab,  Luke  George,  Shian  Law, Sarah  Aiken,  Janine  Proost,  Brooke  Stamp  with  Aphids,  Ben  Speth,  Zoe  Scoglio  and  Liz  Dunn,  Mårten  Spångberg,  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Kate Neal and Andras Fox.

MARTIN  HANSEN is  a  2014  graduate  of  the  Hochschulübergreifendes  Zentrum  Tanz  Berlin.  In  collaboration with Ania Nowak he was the HOUSEMATE RESEARCH artist in residence at Dancehouse Melbourne  in  2014  and  premiered  ‘A  Queer  Kind  of  Evidence’  at  Tanztage 2015.  Martin  presented  ‘Monumental’  at  Tanznacht  2014,  PACT  Zollverein,  Semper  Oper  Dresden  and  Ballhaus  Ost.  With Kareth Schaffer, Martin developed and performed in ‘Other Dreams’, an artistic tour of Gropiustadt, B-­‐Tours  Berlin  2015.  Martin  has  performed  with Tino  Sehgal,  Sebastian  Mathias,  Christoph  Winkler, Jeremy Wade, Sebastian Blasius, Ligia Lewis, Laurie Young and others. Martin was named ‘Dancer of the  Year’  by  Tanz  Magazin  in  2012,  was  a  danceweb  scholar  in  2013  and  was  the  Origin  Foundation  Scholarship winner in 2014. In 2015 Martin received the Einstiegs Forderrung from the Berliner Senate and Art Start funding from the Australia Council for the Arts. Before moving to Germany Martin toured internationally with Chunky Move, Not Yet Its Difficult and Hydra Poesis.

SARAH AIKEN is a Melbourne based performer, choreographer and teacher originally from Bellingen NSW. Sarah pursues an ongoing interest in how and what we value, utilizing dichotomies and clashes, aiming to create poignancy through absurdity. Through solo and collaborative practice, her work investigates the roles of audience, performer, subject and object. Performance credits include work by Maria Hassabi, Natalie Abbott, Jo Lloyd, Shian Law, Carlee Mellow, James Welsby, Brooke Stamp and Aphids, Deanne Butterworth/Linda Tegg , Ben Speth and Eliza Dyball Sarah’s choreographic work includes SET (Dancehouse Housemate Residency 2015) Three Short Dances (Keir Choreographic Award, Dancehouse, Carriageworks 2014, Les Plateaux de la Briqueterie. Paris, 2015, Artshouse 10th Anniversary 2015), Set (Lucy Guerin Inc. Piece’s for Small Spaces, 2013, EDC Solo Festival of Dance 2014) Jurassic Arc (Dancehouse, Melbourne Fringe 2012, K77, Berlin 2012),) as well as a range of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects across music, live art, film, photography and visual arts. Together with Rebecca Jensen, Sarah has created OVERWORLD (Next Wave Festival 2014, Dance Massive 2015), Deep Soulful Sweats; a participatory, yogic, disco (Next Wave Festival/Speakeasy 2014, FOLA 2014, Dark MOFO 2014, Chunky Move (ongoing)) and Upacara/Ritual (Dark MOFO 2015).

2016 COMMISSIONED ARTISTS
Sarah Aiken, James Batchelor, Chloe Chignell, Ghenoa Gela, Martin Hansen, Alice Heyward, Rebecca Jensen and Paea Leach.

 

JAMES BATCHELOR ON A 2 MONTH RESIDENCY AT SEA ABOARD THE CSIRO INVESTIGATOR. IMAGE: CHARLES TAMBIAH

5 - 7 MAY 2016

5 – 6 MAY 8PM
7 MAY 2PM & 8PM

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