2016 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD SEMI-FINALS
presented by DANCEHOUSE, CARRIAGEWORKS & THE KEIR FOUNDATION with the AUSTRALIA COUNCIL
26 April 2016 - 30 April 2016
...AND THE FOUR FINALISTS ARE:
PROGRAM ONE - APRIL 26, 28, 30
4 works x 20 min + interval
Tuesday, 26 April- 7pm
Thursday, 28 April - 7pm
Saturday, 30 April - 2pm
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS AND THEIR COMMISSIONED WORKS
PROGRAM TWO - APRIL 27, 29, 30
4 works x 20 min + interval
Wednesday, 27 April- 7pm
Friday, 29 April - 7pm
Saturday, 30 April - 7pm + CLOSING CEREMONY
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS AND THEIR COMMISSIONED WORKS
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse (wheelchair accessible)
PROGRAM ONE or TWO - $30 F / $25 C / $20 - DH Member/Student/City of Yarra resident
FULL PASS (Saturday, April 30 only - PROGRAM ONE + TWO) - $50 F / $45 C / $40 DH Member/Student/City of Yarra resident
*The programs run for approximately 95 min including interval and four works will be presented every night. You can see all 8 works on Saturday, April 30th.
The Keir Choreographic Award is Australia's first major choreographic award presented by the Keir Foundation, Carriageworks and Dancehouse with the Australia Council. The Keir Choreographic Award is dedicated to the commissioning of new choreographic work and promoting innovative, experimental and cross-art form practice in contemporary dance.
The eight commissioned works will have a premiere season at Melbourne's Dancehouse in late April 2016. Four of the works will then be selected by the jury to participate in the Sydney season presented by Carriageworks in May 2016. The eight commissioned artists will compete for the accolade of the award including a cash prize of $30,000 for first prize and $10,000 for an audience choice prize that will be voted by Sydney audiences.
THE COMMISSIONED ARTISTS
The 2016 Keir Choreographic Award jury consists of:
Bojana Cvejić - Performance theorist and performance maker based in Brussels;
Pierre Bal-Blanc – Documenta 14 curator and independent art critic based in Athens and Paris;
Sarah Michelson - NY based choreographer
Wendy Martin - Perth International Arts Festival Artistic Director
Phillip Keir - Keir Foundation founder
Atlanta Eke - Choreographer and dancer
5 – 6 MAY 2016, 8PM
7 MAY 2016, 2PM & 8PM
MORE ABOUT THE 2016 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD JURY:
BOJANA CVEJIC. Bojana Cvejić is a performance theorist and performance maker based in Brussels. She studied musicology and holds a PhD in philosophy. Her latest books are Choreographing Problems: Expressive Concepts in Contemporary Dance and Performance (Palrgrave Macmillan, 2015), A Choreographer's Score: Drumming and Rain with A.T. De Keersmaeker (Mercator, 2014), and Public Sphere by Performance, co-authored with A. Vujanović, (Bbooks, 2012). Cvejić teaches at various dance and performance schools and is co-founding member of TkH editorial collective. She has been the jury member of European Cultural Foundation Princess Margriet Award and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.
PIERRE BAL-BLANC. Pierre Bal-Blanc is an independent curator and art critic based in Athens and Paris. He is currently curator for the Documenta14. He was director of CAC Brétigny (Contemporary Art Centre of Brétigny, greater Paris in France). There from 2003 to 2014, echoing the societal thought of Charles Fourier, he has run the "Phalanstère Project," a series of site-specific proposals aiming at critical rethinking of the logic behind accumulation of art works. His exhibition sequences La monnaie vivante/Living Currency adapted from Pierre Klossowski essay (CAC Brétigny/Micadanses, 2005–06; Stuk Leuven, 2007; Tate Modern London, 2008; MoMA Warsaw and Berlin Biennale, 2010) and Draft Score for an Exhibition(Le Plateau Paris, Artissima Torino, Secession Vienna, 2011; Index Stockholm, 2012; catalog Draft Score for an Exhibition, NERO Publisher Rome, 2014) negotiate the current and historical analysis of the body and the strategies related to performance in visual arts.
SARAH MICHELSON. Choreographer Sarah Michelson's work has been presented by The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, BAM, PS 122, The Kitchen, The Walker Art Center, Chapter Arts (Cardiff, UK), On the Boards, Venice Biennale, SommerSzene Salzburg, Tanz im August (Berlin) and Zurich Theater Spektakel Festival. She has received three Bessies, 2012 Bucksbaum Award, 2012 Doris Duke Artist Award, 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2008 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, 2006 Alpert Award in Dance and Der Foerder prize. Sarah Michelson has created several evening-length works and modular works including her most recent works tournamento (2015) for the Walker Arts Center, 4 for The Whitney Museum of American Art (2014); Devotion Study #3 (work in progress), MoMA for the Some sweet day series curated by Ralph Lemon (2012); Devotion Study #1, The American Dancer, The Whitney Museum of American Art (2012) and Devotion, which premiered at The Kitchen, New York (2011).
WENDY MARTIN. Wendy Martin's career embraces television production, theatre and dance programming and production, event production and a contribution to the arts through board membership. She has a track record as a commissioner of innovative theatre and dance projects, and of developing major programming initiatives at a number of the world's leading performing arts centres. Previously, Wendy was Head of Performance and Dance at Southbank Centre, London, where her achievements include creating the acclaimed disability arts festival Unlimited. A celebration of disability arts and culture on an unprecedented scale, Unlimited had its inaugural outing during the Paralympic Games and was a highlight of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. In 2001 Wendy joined Sydney Opera House as a producer and in 2006, was appointed Head of Theatre and Dance. Her programming and commissioning initiatives made an important contribution to Sydney Opera House's reputation for programming excellence and as a producer of new Australian work.
ATLANTA EKE. Atlanta Eke is a dancer and choreographer working internationally. Atlanta was a DanceWEB Europe scholarship recipient 2010 in Vienna, and received Next Wave Kickstart 2011, Dancehouse Housemate residency 2012 in Melbourne, and ArtStart Grant recipient. She performed for Sidney Leoni in Undertones at Tamz in August Berlin and Marten Spangberg's Page 74, ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna. Atlanta performed in Jan Ritsema's Oedipus My Foot throughout Europe as well as in Allianz-The Agora Project (Performing Arts Forum). Her solo MONSTER BODY has been presented at the 2012 Next Wave Festival, SEXES Festival Performance Space Sydney, 2013 Dance Massive Festival at Dancehouse, MONA FOMA Festival Hobart, MDT Stockholm, BACKFLIP Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art, Margaret Lawrence Gallery and the Fierce Festival in Birmingham. Atlanta presented her work Untitled at the NVG for the Melbourne Now exhibition; she performed the work of Marina Abramovic and Joan Jonas at the Kaldor Public Art Project #27: 13 Rooms in Sydney and was part of Maria Hassabi's work Intermission for the Melbourne Festival. Atlanta premiered her works Fountain at Chunky Move, and Organ, made in collaboration with composer Daniel Jenatsch, at Liquid Architecture Festival. She is an Arts House Culture Lab resident for her work I CON and is the recipient of the 2014 inaugural Keir Choreographic Award for her latest work Body Of Work which has since toured to Dance Massiv/Dancehouse Melbourne, Adelaide Festival, Dark Mofo Festival MONA Hobart and Les Plateaux de la Briqueterie Paris. More recently, Atlanta premiered her work MISS UNIVERSAL at Gertrude Contemporary and Chunky Move Next Move program.
PHILLIP KEIR. Phillip worked in theatre and performance in New York, London and Cologne before returning to Australia to join Sydney Theatre Company as Associate Director. In 1987 he developed NextMedia, a consumer magazine company, which went on to become the 4th largest consumer magazine company in Australia, publishing popular culture titles including Australian Rolling Stone Magazine. In 2005 he established the Keir Foundation to provide grant support in the arts and human rights. The Foundation has been active in the areas of Visual Arts and Dance, particularly with projects that have involved the commissioning of new work with an international dimension. Recent international co-commissioning or presentation partners have included the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) LIFT, Chisenhale Gallery, Nottingham Contemporary, Performa, The Showroom, Holland Festival, Momentum (Berlin), La Briqueterie (Paris) and Faits D'hiver (Paris and Avignon). Phillip has served on the board of the London International Festival of Theatre, Aerowaves and the Power Institute of Sydney University. He is a collector of international contemporary art. He speaks regularly on contemporary collecting; most recently at Art Basel HK. Phillip has had a particular interest in contemporary dance since studying at the Merce Cunningham studios in the late 1970s.
MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT PARTNERS:
Keir Foundation - Established by Phillip Keir and Sarah Benjamin as a private ancillary fund, the Foundation's purpose is to foster innovation and excellence in the arts, particularly among new and emerging practictioners. The Keir Foundation has previously worked in commissioning dance projects and this choreographic award has emerged from an ongoing involvement with the dance community both nationally and internationally. Phillip Keir worked for twenty years in media, specifically as Chief Executive, Publisher and Founder of NextMedia. He is also a former board member of the Biennale of Sydney and Lift International Theatre Festival.
Carriageworks - 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 Arts NSW.
MORE ABOUT THE INAUGURAL EDITION OF KCA
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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The KCA semi- finals season is supported by the City of Yarra. Venue partners: Arts House, Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin Inc.
Credit Image: Atlanta Eke, winner of the inaugural 2014 Award photographed by Gregory Lorenzutti