The Choreographic Lab provides a safe environment where early career professionals can come together to explore their creative practice. The Lab builds relationships between artists, facilitates the development of methodology and skills, and can be the first steps towards the creation of new work.
2 weeks of studio space at ReadyMade Works, Ultimo NSW;
A NSW-based mentor to offer guidance;
Professional photographic documentation;
Basic film documentation of your showing;
A small studio sharing hosted by DirtyFeet on the final Friday of your Lab, 5 - 6pm;
Any number of dance artists via an expression of interest process:
Administration and management support.
The program is aimed at early career choreographers (in their first 5 years of practice);
The project should be based in contemporary dance practices, and can include collaborations with other disciplines;
The project can be at any stage of development, but preference is given to research or the creation of new work;
The artists involved should be NSW-based artists, or artists who have a demonstrated practice in NSW.
This is a First stage development and research exploring the influence of cultural heritage on our identity. How much of the way we see ourselves is shaped by the culture we're a part of?
Interchange is a collaboration of multi-disciplinary artists, where we share, learn, collaborate and create. For this choreographic lab we are looking for artists to begin a multi-disciplinary work about Solutions. To research and focus on the process of solving problems. What does it take to be a problem solver?
Spaces of Belonging is an interactive performance exhibition where performers create visceral experiences to share. We will dive into an inquiry of self in relation to the concept of belonging, finding this space within our bodies and in our dance and then designing experiences that we can offer outwards as an artwork.
Riana is an emerging choreographer with disability, who uses a wheelchair for mobility. She will use the lab to develop a choreographic communication toolkit for herself; so she has a variety of ways of conveying her choreographic ideas with optimal clarity. Movers with acrobatic experience are encouraged to apply.
Previous Choreographic Lab recipients have included:
Ashley Barton, Sofie Burgoyne, Ian Colless, Matt Cornell, Elle Evangelista, Sarah Fiddaman, Alysha Firbank, Emi Forster, Cloé Fournier, Kirsty Fromholtz, Leeke Griffin, Emma Harrison, Brianna Kell, Thomas E.S. Kelly, 'Lucky' Lartey, Chanel Leaudais, Laura Levitus, Rob McCredie, Jodie McNeilly, MakeShift Collective, Venettia Miller, Rhiannon Newton, Kathryn Puie, Carl Sciberras, Chimene Steele-Prior, Jeni Sutton, Tamarah Tossey, Tanya Voges, Kassidy Waters, Ivey Wawn, Patricia Wood, Rosslyn Wythes and Miranda Wheen.
The Choreographic Lab is proudly supported by Shopfront Arts Co-Op and ReadyMade Works.
"Thank you for a wonderful year of exploration with DirtyFeet last year! Reflecting back it was such an awesome experience. It has given me that extra confidence to create myself and to meet such amazing and talented people with interesting ideas, was very inspiring."
Natalie Pelarek, DirtyFeeter
"I had an amazing week and I learnt so much about my own practice. I really appreciated the relaxed, open, respectful environment and felt comfortable attempting everything that was asked of us."
Kirsty Fromholtz, DirtyFeeter
A NOT-FOR-PROFIT DANCE ORGANISATION SUPPORTING EARLY CAREER DANCERS, CHOREOGRAPHERS AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITY.