KCA Public Program | Media Release
January 25, 2018
Carriageworks today announced the public program for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award (KCA), Australia’s first major choreographic award, in partnership with The Keir Foundation, Dancehouse and Australia Council for the Arts. From 27 February – 20 March 2018, the diverse public program expands on the Keir Choreographic Awards Sydney season and includes performances, workshops and discussions engaging the 2018 KCA jurors.
Highlights of the program include the Australian premiere of an evening of solo works from acclaimed choreographer and performer Meg Stuart at Carriageworks and two workshops in Western Sydney in association with Campbelltown Arts Centre; Black Dance facilitated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, US choreographer and improviser; and Little Orange Workshop with celebrated Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin for emerging Western Sydney artists with disabilities.
Hungarian choreographer, dancer and performer, Eszter Salamon will speak at the National Gallery of Australia; present a seminar in conjunction with the University of New South Wales and lead a choreographic lab at Critical Path, Sydney.
Launched in 2014, the Keir Choreographic Award looks to identify and illuminate experimental choreographic practices occurring in the Australian context today. For the third edition of the Award, the eight commissioned artists will present their new work at Melbourne’s Dancehouse 6 – 10 March 2018, with four works then selected to participate in the Sydney season at Carriageworks 15 – 17 March 2018 to compete for the accolade of the $30,000 Award and the $10,000 Audience Choice Award announced on the 17 March 2018.
The 2018 Keir Choreographic Award jury responsible for selecting the eight finalists, is comprised of: Head of Dance, Performing Arts of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong, ANNA CY CHAN; local dance icon LUCY GUERIN; ISHMAEL HOUSTON-JONES, US choreographer, author, performer, and curator; Hungarian choreographer, dancer and performer ESZTER SALAMON; Artistic Director of international arts festival Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, CHRISTOPHE SLAGMUYLDER; and acclaimed Brussels-based American choreographer and dancer MEG STUART.
The eight artists selected for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award are: Nana Biluš Abaffy, Branch Nebula (Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters), Luke George, Amrita Hepi, Prue Lang, Melanie Lane, Bhenji Ra and Lillian Steiner.
The inaugural Keir Choreographic Award in 2014 was presented to Melbourne-based artist Atlanta Eke and in 2016 to Sydney-based Torres Strait Islander choreographer and performer, Ghenoa Gela.
KEY DATES AND DETAILS:
- SYDNEY PUBLIC PROGRAM: 27 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH 2018
- DANCEHOUSE, MELBOURNE, 6 – 10 MARCH 2018
- CARRIAGEWORKS, SYDNEY, 15 – 17 MARCH 2018
- FULL PUBLIC PROGRAM DETAILS HERE
- READ MORE ABOUT THE 2018 JURY HERE
To request interviews and imagery relating to the Award or Public Program please contact:
FOR CARRIAGEWORKS: Jasmine Hersee, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0406 649 393 or Julia Barnes, email@example.com, 0402 678 589.
FOR DANCEHOUSE: Audrey Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org, 03 9347 2860
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Carriageworks presents a contemporary multi-arts program that engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The program is artist led and emerges from Carriageworks’ commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity. The Carriageworks artistic program is ambitious, risk taking and unrelenting in its support of artists. Carriageworks is a cultural facility of the NSW Government and is supported by Create NSW www.carriageworks.com.au
ABOUT THE KEIR FOUNDATION:
Established by Phillip Keir and Sarah Benjamin the Foundation’s purpose is to foster innovation and excellence in the arts, particularly among new and emerging practitioners. The Keir Foundation has previously worked in commissioning dance projects and this choreographic award emerged from an on-going involvement with the dance community both nationally and internationally. http://www.keirfoundation.org