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2018 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD - CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN & JURY ANNOUNCED

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2018 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD JURY:

ANNA CY CHAN (HK)
LUCY GUERIN (AUS)
ISHMAEL HOUSTON JONES (USA)
ESZTER SALAMON (BE/FR)
CHRISTOPHE SLAGMUYLDER (BE)
MEG STUART (GE/BE)

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Dancehouse is extremely proud to announce the third incarnation of the Keir Choreographic Award (KCA). KCA has assumed a significant and dynamic place in the Australian dance landscape. It offers eight artists the time and space to create and present a fully funded new work, a remarkable context in which to engage with international perspectives and an opportunity to connect with new and ever expanding audiences for dance in Australia. The KCA today is an unmissable national mini-festival, assembling an inspiring and diverse community of artists, international guests, audiences, and local and national stakeholders.

 

WHAT IS THE KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD?

The Keir Choreographic Award (KCA) is a national biennial award dedicated to the commission, presentation, promotion and dissemination of new Australian choreography..

Choreographic Art in the 21st Century is an increasingly expanded and international field, incorporating  a multiplicity of practices and  production modes, and a diversity of aesthetic, philosophical and social perspectives, The KCA looks to identify and illuminate the most urgent and experimental choreographic practices occurring in the Australian context today.  The KCA public program, with its array of national and international jury members, panellists, guests and workshop leaders, runs concurrently with the performance season, providing a vital context for related and relevant discourse, reflection and debate.  
 
 

WHO IS THIS FOR?

KCA invites Australian artists with an established practice, to propose a choreographic idea for an original live performance work. Artists from across the career spectrum, from established to emerging, are encouraged to apply. 

Eight applicants will be selected to develop and present a completed live work in professionally supported conditions.

The work must be between 15 and 20 minutes long and involve a maximum of five performers.

Either the applicant OR one of the main collaborators MUST be a choreographer.

 

HOW IT WORKS?

To enter, make a video (maximum 5 minutes) outlining a new choreographic idea. Each submitted application will be assessed by a jury of national and international industry peers. Eight artists will be commissioned to develop a work of up to 20-minutes over a four month period. Each artist will receive a commissioning fee, proportionate to the scale of the work, for development and production costs. They will also receive 100 hours of free rehearsal space in the city or region in which they reside. 

The eight commissioned works will be presented at Dancehouse, Melbourne. The KCA jury will then select four works to be presented at Carriageworks, Sydney. The 2018 Keir Choreographic Award recipient will receive $30,000 and Sydney audiences will vote for the recipient of the $10,000 Keir Choreographic Audience Award.

 

 

HOW TO APPLY?

  • Download and carefully Read FULL APPLICATION GUIDELINES AND REGULATIONS
  • Make a video of no longer than 5 minutes presenting the choreographic idea. Create a Vimeo account and upload your video.
  • Download and complete the Entry Form including the Vimeo link and budget template and submit to kca@dancehouse.com.au
  • All entries must be received by FRIDAY 11 AUGUST 2017, midnight. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

All entrants will be notified on:

25 SEPTEMBER 2017.

If commissioned, artists must be available for the Dancehouse season [inclusive of technical rehearsals] from 26 FEBRUARY- 10 MARCH 2018.

If selected for the finals, artists must be available for the Carriageworks season [inclusive of technical rehearsals] from 11 MARCH – 17 MARCH 2018.

NB. Artists selected for the Carriageworks season will be notified on 10 March 2018 at the end of the Dancehouse season.

 

THE KCA PUBLIC PROGRAM

The richly diverse KCA Public Program in now an integral part of KCA. It brings together an array of outstanding thinkers and practitioners from the dance field and the community at large - providing a context to consider the deep, subtle ways in which dance, with its multiplicity of choreographed and embodied practices, connects to the social, the ethical and the political.

The KCA Public Program accompanies the performance seasons and spans four weeks. Dancehouse is extremely committed to enabling accessibility, dialogue, discourse and criticality for the art form, its makers and its audiences. Free events and online content are highlights.

ACCESS ONLINE CONTENT FROM THE 2016 KCA PUBLIC PROGRAM

 

READ DEBORAH JOWITT'S REVIEW OF 2016 KCA:

For two evenings in April, 2016, I sat among the spectators in Dancehouse's modestly appointed black-box theater, feeling as if I were in another world. In one sense, I was. I live in New York, and now I was in Melbourne; jet lag could have been to blame for my disorientation (delayed flights, hours and hours of unraveling in airports and on planes). But although much of what I saw onstage related to choreographic themes and devices with which I'm familiar, I intermittently felt like an alien unsure of the turf it's on. How often do you see dancers in two pieces out of eight wearing morphsuits?  How often do this many performers arrange their own set pieces and props and tidy up afterward? How often do they control sound, video, or lighting equipment onstage while onstage performing? What often seemed to be involved was a tactical interplay between process and product, which created something akin to a carefully designed garment some of whose seams are on the outside. READ MORE *

*Reputed NY critic Deborah Jowitt was a special guest of the 2016 edition of KCA.

 

 

2016 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD TRAILER:

READ MORE ABOUT THE 2016 EDITION

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

READ THE 2018 MEDIA RELEASE

Dancehouse
Ashley Dyer, Program Producer
e: kca@dancehouse.com.au
ph: 03 9347 2860

 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. 

 

Image: Rebecca Jensen, semi-finalist of the 2016 Award, photographed by Gregory Lorenzutti for Dancehouse