Congratulations to the successful Victorian applicant - Fiona Bryant!

Congratulations also to interstate Dance Sites artists, Rhiannon Newton from WA and Kay Armstrong from NSW.

Dance Sites, a network between long-time collaborators Critical Path, Dancehouse and STRUT dance, is a mobility network stemming from the partners' shared commitment to support the independent dance community by circulating and exposing new works at all stages of development to interstate audiences, peers and presenters alike.

The first Dance Sites initiative is a multi-year project to develop and present 3 new dance works (one each from NSW, VIC and WA), beginning with showings of the works in development as part of STRUT's Eyes Wide in the studio at Kings St Art Centre, Perth, WA. The artists will work with facilitator Rebecca Hilton over the course of four days, engaging with each other and audiences in open rehearsals and more formalised presentations over 3 nights 7-9 November.

Dancehouse artist, Fiona Bryant will create a duet,  And now I know, with performer Natalie Cursio that is concerned with "our perceptions of and responses to the mundane, boring or nothing moments of our day-to-day existence".

"Bryant is such an exciting choreographer, it's difficult to do her work justice in words." (John Bailey, The Sunday Age)

FIONA BRYANT is a Melbourne based dance choreographer, performer and educator. She has a Diploma of Dance (Queensland Dance School of Excellence), Bachelor of Dance (Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne), Postgraduate and Masters of Choreography (VCA, University of Melbourne), Advanced Diploma of Alexander Technique Teaching and Diploma of Yoga and Alexander Technique (School for F.M. Alexander Studies).

Fiona has created and performed dance works for curated and independent seasons at the Melbourne International Arts Festival (2007), Melbourne International Design Festival (2008), Melbourne Fringe Festival (2008, 2012), Melbourne Fashion Festival (2007), Next Wave Festival (2010, 2012), Lucy Guerin Inc. (2009), La Mama theatre (2010) and Dancehouse (2006-2012). She has studied with Australian and internationally renowned teachers and artists, in particular Deborah Hay (USA) from whom she has commissioned and performed two world premier solos. Fiona's work has been recognized with grants and awards from The Australia Council for the Arts, University of Melbourne, City of Melbourne and Besen Family Foundation. Fiona recently received a Green Room nomination (Dance – Best Concept and Realization) for Hiatus (Next Wave 2012).

In 2013 Fiona will continue work with Dr Judith Walton on a site-specific work for Heide Modern Art Museum (2014) and begin to develop a solo, Lone and duet This Dancer Might Fall with Luke Hockley. Fiona will also travel to Singapore to guest lecture in the Dance and Theatre schools at Lasalle College of the Arts.