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.
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.
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