The Birrang dance program commenced this week at Carriageworks with workshop leaders include; Frances Rings, Kirk Page, Jade Dewi Tias Tungall, Victoria Hunt, Jo Clancy, Lisa Duff and Narelle Benjamin. Four of the 16 participants (eight men and eight women) selected to take part in the 5-day “Creative Lab” have come to Sydney for the workshop from areas in regional NSW.
- Sarah Lugnan, Coffs Harbour
- Steve Donovan, Port Macquarie
- Victor Chapman, Bowraville
- Clancy Johnson,Albury
Regional Arts NSW Aboriginal Arts Officer, Bradley Gilchrist said he was pleased with the high level and calibre of regional representation of the participants.
“Birrang responded to the recommendations of the 2011 Darung Muru Dance Forum. The delegates saw the need to strengthen the professional sector in order to develop a thriving Aboriginal dance community in NSW,” he says. “These regional participants have strong community connections as well as artistry and are sure to be influential figures in re-igniting interest in dance in our regional communities.”
Focused on expanding indigenous dance horizons in NSW, Birrang is a new professional dance development initiative supported by Arts NSW, coordinated by Ausdance NSW, Regional Arts NSW and Bangarra Dance Theatre in partnership with NAISDA Dance College, Carriageworks and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
In its inaugral year, Birrang is dedicated to building capacity within the NSW indigenous independent dance sector and providing professional creative development opportunities for NSW Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander dance artists. Places in Birrang programs are considered scholarship places that cover all fees.
Congratulations to all the dancers.