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Birrang and The Corner Lab Bring Opportunities for Indigenous Dancers

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers and choreographers based in NSW still have an opportunity to be part of the Birrang program.

Focused on expanding Indigenous dance horizons in NSW, Birrang is funded 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 & Radio School. Bankstown Youth Development Services joined the partnership this year.

The free final workshop for the 2015 program on market development will be held on Friday 4 December. Regional artists living outside Travel and accommodation subsidies are available to artists in regional areas outside Newcastle, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong are encouraged to enquire about travel and accommodation subsidies.

Lead by Merindah Donnelly from Blak Dance, it will  guide participants through building an effective market development plan.

Workshop details:

Applications are still open. Full details and application forms are available here.

A Building on Birrang discussion will be held on Saturday, 5 December, from 10am- 3pm.

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Inaugural Dance Integrated Australia and Arts Northern Rivers Indigenous Residency Scholarship for
The Corner Dance Lab 2016 Recipients Announced

NAISDA dance college graduate, Taree Sansbury and Australian Company of Performing Arts (ACPA) graduate, Tyrel Dulvarie are the recipients of the inaugural Dance Integrated Australia and Arts Northern Rivers Indigenous Residency Scholarship for The Corner Dance Lab 2016.

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Tyrel Dulvarie. Image credit: Joel Devereaux

The two scholarships have been awarded to Taree,  a descendant of the Kaurna, Narungga and Ngarrindjeri people of South Australia, and Tyrel who is a descendant of the Yirriganydji and Mamu people of Cairns and Innisfail.

The Indigenous Residency Scholarship is a new initiative for The Corner Dance Lab, which celebrates and promotes diversity in Australian contemporary dance.

The scholarships valued at $1500 are funded by Arts Northern Rivers and cover travel, accommodation and registration fees for two emerging Indigenous artists in the first three years of their dance career to participate in the 9-day dance lab held on the NSW North Coast.

Taree has been part of various initiatives including the Sydney Opera House’s Homeground Festival 2014, Won Smol Bag International Theatre Festival in Vanuatu. She has also performed in Vicki Van Hout’s Long Grass for the 2015 Sydney Festival.

Taree said she is interested in understanding who she is as an artist and refining her voice.

‘I can’t wait to learn and grow with the array of amazing artists who will be contributing to the residency and creating a space to work intensely,’ she said.

Tyrel Dulvarie, who is soon to star along side Hugh Jackman in the upcoming production of Broadway to Oz, is currently training with the Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year. He comes from a diverse cultural background with Malaysian, Aboriginal and German heritage.

I am looking forward the nine-day residency, to learn, collaborate and experiment with other artists, he said.

Now in its third year, The Corner Dance Lab will return to the historic Federal village from 15 – 23 January 2016.

Co-facilitators Philip Channells (Dance Integrated Australia) and Gavin Webber (The Farm Company) will bring together an exciting line up of dance practitioners, musicians and visual artists from the local area, interstate and abroad for a practice-led dance laboratory at Jasper Corner (Federal Hall).

Corner Dance Lab is a nine-day skills development and performance-making intensive for emerging and established dance artists from diverse backgrounds, different embodiment and life experience wanting to challenge themselves physically, intellectually and artistically.

Expressions of Interest are open until 20 December 2015. For more information email: Sean Campbell seanwcampbell68@gmail.com

For more information about The Corner Dance Lab, visit the Arts Northern Rivers website.