The Keir Choreographic Award (KCA) is a national biennial award dedicated to commissioning original works by Australian artists and promoting innovative, experimental and cross-artform practices in contemporary dance.

In 2022, eight works selected by a jury will be presented across two weeks at both Carriageworks, Sydney and Dancehouse, Melbourne as well as online. A $50,000 cash prize awarded by the KCA Jury, and a $10,000 audience choice award will be announced on Saturday 2 July.

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Performance Season
23 June – 2 July 2022

Run time
1hr 40 min, including a 20min interval.

Joshua Pether, Lucky Lartey, Raghav Handa, Rebecca Jensen

Thu 23 Jun, 7pm
Fri 24 Jun, 7pm – SOLD OUT
Sat 25 Jun, 7pm

Alan Schacher & WeiZen Ho, Alice Will Caroline, Jenni Large, Tra Mi Dinh

Thu 30 Jun, 7pm
Fri 1 Jul, 7pm – SOLD OUT
Sat 2 Jul, 7pm

Performance Season
23 June – 2 July 2022

$40 Full (one night)
$35 Concession (one night)

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Leading New Artistic Directions
Daniel Riley in conversation with Danielle Micich, Artistic Director, Force Majeure and Eamonn Flack, Artistic Director, Belvoir.
Sat 2 Jul, 4.30-6pm
Track 12, Carriageworks

This conversation will reflect on what leadership in the arts sector at this moment, and what we ask of art and artists in the pursuit of storytelling and audience engagement.

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Evaporative Body / Multiplying Body
Alan Schacher, Performer and Choreographer
WeiZen Ho, Performer and Choreographer
Hirofumi Uchino, Collaborator, Sound Artist, Performer
Alexander Gene Torney, Live Visuals, Performer
Fausto Brusamolino, Collaborator, Video Artist, Lighting Designer

What’s Actually Happening
Alice Dixon, Performer and Choreographer
Caroline Meaden, Performer and Choreographer
Will McBride, Performer and Choreographer
Jeremy Meaden, Composer

Wet Hard
Jenni Large, Performer and Choreographer
Amber McCartney, Performer
Anna Whitaker, Sound Designer

As Below, So Above
Joshua Pether, Performer and Choreographer
Daisy Sanders, Performer
Josten Myburgh, Performer
Sage Pbbbt, Performer
Helah Milroy, Costume Design

Lucky Lartey, Performer and Choreographer
Vishnu Arunasalam, Performer
Martin del Amo, Dramaturg

Follies of God
Raghav Handa, Performer and Choreographer
James Brown, Collaborator and Sound Artist
Justine Shih Pearson, Design
Shashi Handa, Cultural Consultant
Vicki Van Hout, Dramaturg

Rebecca Jensen, Performer and Choreographer
Aviva Endean, Performer and Composer
Romanie Harper, Visual Design

The ___
Tra Mi Dinh, Performer and Choreographer
Claire Leske, Performer
Robert Downey, Sound Design

Daniel Riley (Wiradjuri/ Australia)
Eko Supriyanto (Indonesia)
Laurie Uprichard (Ireland)
Lemi Ponifasio (Aotearoa/ New Zealand)
Nanako Nakajima (Japan)

Smoke, nudity, haze, loud erratic noises

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Presented by Carriageworks, Dancehouse, The Keir Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Evaporative Body _ Multiplying Body (2022), Alan Schacher and WeiZen Ho. Photo by Fausto Brusamolino and Hirofumi Uchino
Evaporative Body / Multiplying Body 
Alan Schacher and WeiZen Ho (NSW)

An exploration of tremulous bodily states, liminal thresholds and shimmering auras which asks “What will happen if the things we are pretending to do actually manifest?”
What_s Actually Happening (2022), Alice Will Caroline. Photo by Amelia Dowd
What's Actually Happening 
Alice Will Caroline (VIC)

We had a bad dream.
We did a bad thing.
A number of states of emergency have been declared, with a few more in the pipeline. We’ll have to do something about it.
Wet Hard (2022), Jenni Large. Photo by Erin O'Rourke
Wet Hard 
Jenni Large (TAS)

Balancing instability and innuendo atop 8-inch heels, two women smear across an other-worldly landscape in a melting and solidifying display of strength and focus.
As Below, So Above (2022), Joshua Pether. Photo by Josh Wells
As Below, So Above 
Joshua Pether (WA)

A 20 minute ritual that exists as a portal to personal histories and deliverance. A journey from end to beginning.
Exoticism (2022), Lucky Lartey and Vishnu Arunasalam. Photo by Shane Rozario
Lucky Lartey (NSW)

An exploration of exotification and contemporary masculinity which delves deeply into the collective lived experience of people with diverse backgrounds.
Follies of God (2022), Raghav Handa. Photo by Lucy Parakhina
Follies of God 
Raghav Handa (NSW)

An emotionally charged landscape; a battlefield as an allegory for inner conflict. Using Sanskrit verses from the Bhagavad Gita, Raghav Handa explores the seduction of violence and how language can be weaponised to inspire or subjugate.
Slip (2022), Rebecca Jensen. Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti
Rebecca Jensen (VIC)

Slip entangles choreography and sound considering the effects of delay and disembodiment as the present gives way to an anticipated future. Everywhere there is noise.
The ___ (2022), Tra Mi Dinh. Photo By Gregory Lorenzutti
The ___ 
Tra Mi Dinh (VIC)

Two dancers oscillate through shifting scenes that challenge the finality of “endings” and what it means for something to come to a close.