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Program ONE
PRODUCING WORK
SATURDAY, JULY 8

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR FIRST SEASON - 11am-1pm
with SUSANNAH DAY and JAMES WELSBY

TOURING, PITCHING, NETWORKING - 2pm-4pm
with MICHAELA COVENTRY and PRUE LANG

Program TWO
COMMUNICATING WORK
SATURDAY, JULY 15
WRITING ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE - 11am-1pm
with BECKY HILTON and VERONICA BOLZON

ONLINE CONTENT - 2pm-4pm
with AUDREY SCHMIDT and SAM WEST

Program THREE
HOW MONEY WORKS
SATURDAY, JULY 22
BUDGETS FOR BEGINNERS -11am-1pm
with JOSH WRIGHT and NAT CURSIO

WORKING IN AND WITH THE MARKET - 2pm-4pm
with KARA WARD, JASON CROSS and ASHLEY DYER 

 

Price per program: $50 Full / $25 Dancehouse member
Price per session: $25 Full / $15 Dancehouse member
FULL PASS: $100 Full / $70 Dancehouse Member

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Space: Dancehouse, Skylab (no wheelchair acccess)

 

NEXT STAGES is a series of practical, capacity-building workshops for independent dance artists and emerging artists from other art forms, led by industry experts. Each week an industry professional will be paired with a dance artist, to present insightful and hands on sessions that will sharpen your skills, arm you with practical tools, give you valuable insight into the arts industry and support you in building sustainable careers.

 

Program ONE
PRODUCING WORK
SATURDAY, JULY 8

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR FIRST SEASON -11am-1pm
with SUSANNAH DAY and JAMES WELSBY

Everything you need to know when you plan your first show as an independent artist. Budgeting accurately and realistically, choosing the right time for the season, securing a venue, preparing the admin, technical, ticketing, media and marketing aspects of the season, and surviving it all!

TOURING, PITCHING, NETWORKING - 2pm-4pm
with MICHAELA COVENTRY and PRUE LANG

Touring, pitching and networking are the toughest parts in the life of an artists who dream big. Learn what it takes for a work to be 'tour ready', how to pitch your work in a variety of contexts (Australian and overseas), and some useful tips on how to stir the curiosity of presenters/programmers without crossing the lines that ruin opportunities.

 

Program TWO
COMMUNICATING WORK
SATURDAY, JULY 15

WRITING ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE - 11am-1pm
with BECKY HILTON and VERONICA BOLZON

Writing about your work is not the same thing as writing to market your work or having others write about your work. Get the nuances right and learn to become your best advocate!

ONLINE CONTENT - 2pm-4pm
with AUDREY SCHMIDT and SAM WEST

Podcasts, vodcasts, blogs; facebook, twitter, instagram: more and more, the story of an art work is becoming the art work and how we create the story of our practice is becoming the art's practice.  Focusing on video, audio, photos and diverse commonly used web platforms, this workshop, offers you useful, practical, tips to create online content that cuts through the digital noise, and helps you get the most out of your online presence.

 

Program THREE
HOW MONEY WORKS
SATURDAY, JULY 22

BUDGETS FOR BEGINNERS -11am-1pm
with JOSH WRIGHT and NAT CURSIO

Whether it is a provisional budget for a funding application, a show, or a tour, this workshop will have you covered with everything you need to know about budgets and more! Learn great template making and formatting tips, plus all questions to need to ask yourself when preparing a budget, including artist fees, production locations, insurances, contingencies and more.

MAKING MONEY IN THE MARKET - 2pm-4pm
with KARA WARD, JASON CROSS and ASHLEY DYER 

Do you expect to get paid? What kind of artistic work can make mooney? Drawing on examples, from the perspective of both the presenter and the artist, this workshop examines potential ways of existing in the market, benefiting from in or resisting it; it looks at financially viable works and gives a few hints about how not only just survive but thrive in the market.

 

Susannah Day is an arts manager who over the past decade has worked in Australia, the UK and Asia. Most recently she coordinated biennial contemporary dance festival Dance Massive and just prior held the position of Program Producer at contemporary multi-arts space The Substation.  From 2012 - 2016, Susannah held the position of Producer at The Blue Room Theatre in Perth – program managing and curating over 45 productions per year.  Since graduating university in 2005 with a degree in Contemporary Performance, Susannah has worked across a range of arts and events companies including Fringe World Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Frantic Assembly (London) and Propel Youth Arts WA. From 2014 – 2016 she was a peer for the Australia Council for the Arts and has sat on panels for the WA Department of Culture and the Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia.

James Welsby is a performer, choreographer and producer with a decade of professional experience in dance and cabaret. He graduated from the VCA School of Dance in 2007 and in 2008 founded Phantom Limbs (winner "Best Dance" Melbourne Fringe 2013 and "Melbourne Festival Discovery Award"). He has performed for numerous companies (BRIEFS, Finucane and Smith, Buzz Dance Theatre, Opera Australia) and independent choreographers (Luke George, Nat Cursio, Martin Del Amo). James has choreographed for Club Swizzle, Sisters Grimm, Zoe Coombs Marr, and Lucy Guerin Inc (Pieces for Small Spaces), and many more. He has also created several full-length shows under his own name - one of which, "HEX," was performed in Next Wave Festival 2014, the International AIDS Conference 2014 (Malthouse Theatre), and toured Australia in 2015 - (Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, and Canberra). A nominee for 'Artist of the Year' at the 2014 Globe Awards, James' work has also been recognised through awards received from ReelDance, Theatre Works, and Adelaide Fringe. James taught at Chunky Move for five years, and was mentored by choreographer Stephanie Lake through JUMP mentoring. His drag alter ego "Valerie Hex" has been seen touring internationally with BRIEFS, Glory Box, and his own cabaret YUMMY (for which he is the founder and director). YUMMY is a highly in demand subversive drag and burlesque ensemble that has performed in a myriad of contexts across three continents, including headlining Midsumma and Sydney Mardi Gras events.

Michaela Coventry has been working in the arts for the past 25 years across all art forms. Prior to joining Speak Percussion in 2015 she was the General Manager of Megafun, where she produced such programs as the National Gallery of Victoria's Melbourne Now Dance Program, curated by Antony Hamilton; and the Melbourne Town Hall WW1 Commemoration, directed by Andrew Bleby and Paul Grabowsky; as well as producing the choreographer Lee Serle.From 2006 to 2012 Michaela was the Executive Producer of the Australian contemporary dance company Lucy Guerin Inc. Other career highlights include being the Manager of Marrugeku and Stalker, the Project Coordinator of Performance Space in Sydney; as well as working with artists and companies including The Fondue Set, Sam James, Julie-Anne Long and Wendy Houston, Gail Priest, PACT Theatre, Zen Zen Zo, Urban Theatre Projects and Brink. She holds a BA Hons from Flinders University in South Australia. Michaela currently sits on the City of Yarra Arts Advisory Panel and the M.E.S.S Advisory Panel, she has previously sat on boards and panels including Dancehouse, Arts House Advisory Panel, PACT Theatre (Chair), Ausdance NSW and various panels for the Australia Council and Creative Victoria (Arts Victoria).

Prue Lang joined Meryl Tankard's Australian Dance Theatre after graduating from VCA. In 1996 she moved to France to work with Choreographic National Centre in Angers (Bouvier/Obadia), Compagnie Cre-Ange in Paris, as well as creating her own independent projects. In 1999 she began an important collaboration with William Forsythe as a leading soloist and choreographer of the Frankfurt Ballett and The Forsythe Company. She created five original works for the company and was a researcher with Motion Bank project. Since 2005 she has been working as an independent choreographer. She has presented her work in international festivals, theatres and museums throughout the world including Theatre National de Chaillot Paris, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Tanzplatform Deutschland, HAU Berlin, STUK Belguim, Festival Mettre-en-scene Rennes, Festival temps d'images Paris, Rencontres choregraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Mains d'oeuvres, Festival faits d'hiver Paris, the TATE Modern London and Dance Massive Australia. She has been voted Most Innovative Production, Most Outstanding Choreographer and most Outstanding Dancer by Europe's Balletanz's Annual Critics' Survey, awarded in Hybrid Art by the Prix Ars Electronica, and won Green Room awards for her Design, Original Choreography and Best Ensemble in Australia.

Rebecca Hilton is an Australian dancer. She also choreographs, teaches and writes about dance, dancers and dancing. In a practice spanning three decades she has contributed to the work of an array of artists, including Russell Dumas, Stephen Petronio, Mathew Barney, Michael Clark, Tere O'Connor, Jennifer Monson, John Jasperse, Lucy Guerin, Ben Speth, Tino Sehgal, Chrysa Parkinson, Xavier Le Roy among others. She works with dance in many different environments, situations and circumstances both locally and internationally, including universities, dance companies, arts institutions, festivals and community based organisations. Some of these include Dancehouse, the Victorian College of the Arts, the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Kaldor Public Art Projects, MPavillion, Stompin (Australia) P.A.R.T.S., Sarma (Belgium) Mestizas (Argentina), La lagrima (Mexico), Laborgras (Berlin), Stockholm University of the Arts, DOCH (Sweden), NABI (Korea) and the den Danske Scenkunstskole (Denmark). As the recipient of a Fellowship from the Dance Board of the Australia Council, she is slowly writing a book on DANCERNESS.

Veronica Bolzon has over 15 years experience as a Creative Producer, Artistic Director, Event Producer and Project Manager on festivals and projects around Australia and across the globe. Her most recent roles include Artistic Director of regional arts festival Dungog Festival, Program Producer for contemporary dance organisation Dancehouse and Creative Producer for youth arts organisation Outer Urban Projects.  She is currently the Executive Producer at Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival.

Audrey Schmidt joined Dancehouse as Administration and Communications Coordinator in 2016 before becoming our Communications and Development Manager later that year. She has worked in Marketing and Communications for over six years after graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a double major in Film, Media and Cultural Studies and Linguistics. Audrey is also writer, curator and Co-Editor of contemporary art publication, Dissect Journal. Her continuing research focuses on contemporary art, gender, biopolitics and identity in late capitalism and she has presented at the AAANZ Conference (2015), Image|Space|Body, the Victorian College of the Arts (2016), the National Gallery of Victoria (2014) and was a part of the Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Writers program under the mentorship of art historian Rex Butler in 2015. She has been published in Art Monthly, Art + Australia and un Magazine among others.

Sam West is copywriter, writer, editor and content strategist. He's worked in web content creation since 2006. He graduated from University of Melbourne in 2011 with a Masters of Creative Writing Publishing and Editing as well as a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Creative Writing and Literature. His Masters thesis looked at relationship between identity self-fashioning, cultural poetics, contemporary music cultures and late capitalism. In 2012 he was the recipient of a Next Wave art writing mentorship. Slapper, a short film he co-wrote with director Luci Schroder, has been selected for 2017 Sundance Film Festival and won both the 'Dendy Award' for Best Short Film at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival and the award for 'Best Emerging Australian Director' at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival. From 2014 to 2016 Sam edited Melbourne's longest running city guide Three Thousand. He has contributed to Vice, i-D, Das Superpaper, Junkee, The Lifted Brow and others.

Josh Wright is a creative producer based in Melbourne producing for a range of presenting organisations including Arts House (since 2015), Dancehouse, Ausdance Victoria and was Malthouse Theatre's Associate Producer (2011-2015) producing mainstage and independent seasons (Helium). Josh produces for a handful of artists including THE RABBLE and Uninvited Guests and has been a producer for innovative consortium Festivals including Dance Massive (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017), Festival of Live Art (2016, 2018) and the Australian Dance Awards (2009, 2010). Josh co-produced the inaugural national Arts Learning Forum (2015) for the Australia Council.  He has also had lead roles in the delivery of Australian exhibitions at the Venice Biennale (2007), Melbourne New Leaders Network (2009-11) and Martin Creed's Work No. 850 at Tate Britain. Josh was Director of Ausdance Victoria, and has held arts administration roles at the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Council England and the Cultural Leadership Programme (UK). Josh has had independent advisory roles at Creative Victoria, Melbourne Fringe, Office for the Community Sector, Artstart, Australia Council for the Arts, Ausdance Qld, Tasdance, MTC and Next Wave. Josh has been a Board member for Rawcus, The Squeaky Wheel and Arts Industry Council Victoria. Josh has an Arts and Communications Degree in Theatre, Film and Dance, Honours in Film (UNSW) and a Masters in Curatorship (USYD). Josh is a dedicated dancer with Body Electric Dance studios.

Nat Cursio creates choreographies, curated programs and artistic development platforms under the umbrella NAT CURSIO CO. Her work has been presented in Taipei, Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Limerick and around Australia. Recent projects include : TINY SLOPES, a show about learning to skateboard (Arts House, Dance Massive); AT LEAST FOR A WHILE ANYWAY, a large-scale video portrait of dance veteran Don Asker created in collaboration with Daniel Crooks, commissioned by and premiering at Carriageworks, also screened at Light Moves (Ireland), ACMI and ABC's i-view; RECOVERY with Shannon Bott and UK-based Simon Ellis, a candid duet about grief (The Substation, choreographer-in-residence); BLIZZARD, a poetic, uncompromising response to the climate crisis using dance and acoustic sound as integrated modes (The Substation, choreographer-in-residence); PLAYING SHOP a live art experience for kids with Nicola Gunn (Theatre Works, Festival of Live Art); and PRIVATE DANCES a program of intimate mini dances presented in camping tents (Freespace Fest Hong Kong 2014, Darebin Arts 2013, Next Wave Festival 2010). Nat is currently making LOOP, a participatory dance work for young children (premiering at Arts Centre Melbourne 2017). Other recent collaborations include: co-devisor/performer for GREEN SCREEN (Nicola Gunn/Sans Hotel/MTC); performer for A STRING SECTION (Belgian/UK company Reckless Sleepers); and performer for TREMOR (Ashley Dyer, Arts House). www.natcursio.com

Kara Ward's experience in the arts, entertainment and event sectors spans two decades. She has international and national experience in the commercial and not for profit performing arts industries with demonstrated success in both creative and managerial fields. She has held producing, administrative and general management roles for organisations such as: Arts House, Melbourne Festival, Dance Massive, Moriarty's Project Inc., Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, Georgian International Festival of Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. From 2012-2015 Kara worked as an independent producer, focusing on support and advocacy for independent artists. Throughout this time she proudly produced the work of: one step at a time like this, Nicola Gunn, Jo Lloyd, Shelley Lasica, Rosalind Crisp/Omeo Dance, Tim Darbyshire, Robin Fox and Triage Live Arts Collective. She is currently the Senior Producer at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Jason Cross is a Director of Insite Arts and works as a creative producer, artistic director, live performance director and occasional performer. Jason produces a diverse collective of Australian dance & theatre companies and tours work nationally & internationally. Jason works closely with the dance artists Alison Currie, Sally Chance and Larissa McGowan and theatre makers, Fleur Noble, StoneCastro and isthisyours? Jason has a significant experience of touring work in Asia and Europe. Jason conceived and co-directed the performance work Saltbush which he has toured Australia and countries around the world including Asia, Europe and US. Jason was Artistic Director of Big West Festival 2001 - 2003 - 2005 (Victoria), Artistic Director of 2008 16th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival in 2009 Australian Festival for Young People - Come Out (South Australia) and the Senior Program Manager for the 2010 Adelaide Fringe and the Artistic Director of the 2011 Adelaide Fringe Parade.

Ashley Dyer is a producer, performance maker and workshop facilitator based in Melbourne, Australia. Although not a classically trained a dancer, singer, actor, visual artist or writer, over the past ten years he has developed his work extensively in these areas, borrowing from their traditions. He was an Associate Producer at Next Wave Festival 2012 and founded and program managed Erskineville's Tiny Stadiums Festival in its first two years. He was awarded a Creative Australia Fellowship by the Australia Council for the Arts in 2013. His most recent works include: J R Brennan's The Chat, a theatre performance featuring ex-offenders about the parole process presented at both Arts House and La Boite Theatre; Tremor a dance performance/installation about vibration, Arts House; SK!N a dance collaboration with Malaysian based TerryandtheCuz about human trafficking presented at APW Kuala Lumpur and OzAsia festival; and with Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan, No More Public Space, Only Public Order (Water Cannon), Salamanca Arts Centre. Ashley joined Dancehouse in 2017.