2019 Artistic Program
Global Positioning System (G.P.S.)
Darwin City Smith Street Mall and Surrounds: August 18 - 24
A perambulatory experience of site specific work building on the notion of City Spacemakers. (An international movement that uses interventions to help make our cities, buildings and spaces work better).
We believe that everyone should have the chance to enjoy dancing. The Tracks Participation Program is about engaging in dance as a whole of life activity and presenting it publicly. This program provides diverse opportunities to be involved in a project at Tracks, including everything from large-scale events to smaller pop-up performances.
The Grey Panthers
Darwin and Bachelor: Febuary - November
Tracks believes in dance as a whole of life activity. The Grey Panthers dancing troupe for the over 60's is a prime example of this.
The longest continually running seniors community dance group in Australia. The group has a weekly class in Darwin and Bachelor and regularly performers on the Darwin and surrounding region’s presenting a mixture of repertoire and new works.
Brown’s Mart Theatre courtyard and Civic Park, Darwin: July 13 or 14 (tbc)
A large scale community participation project based on our local experiences of cruise ships and tourists that regularly flood the city, this large scale participatory event will be presented at the Darwin Fringe Festival.
Dead Singers Dance Society
Tracks Dance Studio, 8 McMinn St, Darwin: Three, four week blocks during the year (tbc)
Learn a dance routine to music from a dead singer. Each week participants progressively learn a fun, joyful and energetic routine, celebrating the extraordinary music of a singer who is no longer with us. Enjoy the extraordinary experience of coming together to dance to music by people such as Prince, Freddie Mercury, Aretha Franklin, etc.
Lajamanu Community workshops
Lajamanu: May 27 - 31
One week of youth dance workshops in Lajamanu school and the creation of short film built upon choreography and music from Milpirri 2018.
With no tertiary dance courses available in the Northern Territory, there is limited opportunity for independent artists to develop their skills or to network. Tracks’ Development Program seeks to fill the gap of entrance level dance making with the Choreographic Development Program for adults, and Make a Dance In A Week for youth. Further support for independent dance practice is through the Space Time Studio Residency program.
All Development Program activities are at Tracks Dance Studio, 8 McMinn St, Darwin
Make a Dance in a Week
October 7 -11
School holiday program - choreographic workshops. This program engages school students in intensive movement workshops and closely involves participants in a fun and challenging choreographic process. The program is open to primary, middle and secondary school students for daily workshops, followed by a performance of the dance pieces created during the week-long program.
Choreographic Development Program
Program runs September - November and Showings November 23 - 24
The program provides a unique opportunity for emerging movement artists and dance-makers to explore the mechanics and creative scope of choreography in a supportive environment.
Space Time Studio Residency
Residency open in late 2019
Studio residences for Choreographers and Dancers. Providing local, independent dance and movement artists with the opportunity to access time in a studio space, and mentorship from the Tracks staff.
National Dance Forum
August 9 - 10 (program announced in March)
Expand your thinking about Dance
In 2019 Tracks Dance Company will work closely with the National Council and the Ausdance National team to host the National Dance Forum (NDF) in Darwin. This will be the first time the NDF has come to the Northern Territory and is a strong signal to the national sector about the strength and relevance of regional dance.
This year we expand our Animateur Program. Resident Animateur Kelly Beneforti will be joined by previous Animateur Jess Devereux to expand the reach and depth of engagement with our dance community. Jess will also be mentored by the Artistic Directors around specifics of the impact of artistic decision making on the larger runnings of an organisation. We will also be employing Bryn Wackett across several projects. Previously Bryn has worked as an independent dance artist with the company and the wider dance community, and her employment will help consolidate her skills in a supported company structure. All of this is underpinned by a slow burn approach as the company mentors the Animateurs across a suite of programs, ensuring the Tracks’ methodology into the future.
To assist in the creation of pathways for artists’ development, Tracks takes on mentorships of emerging and/or mid-career artists. This year’s mentees are: Jordan Bretherton (Studio Residency) and Katy Moir (Space and design).
Jordan will take up a studio residency throughout the year, as well as being involved a diverse range of the company's projects and activities. Tracks artists will mentor Jordan through the development of his own work.
Katy, graduate of architecture and emerging spacemaker, is passionate about how people interface with space, and so are we. She will be mentored by the Artistic Co-Directors who will work closely with her in the process of activating city spaces for ‘real people’ interaction.
Dance Body Design
Tracks has a 30 year relationship working in the remote Indigenous community of Lajamanu with initial connection with Lajamanu began in the late 80’s. This time was shared with anthropologists, educators, linguists and cultural workers. Many of these relationships have survived to the current day.
Track’s Lajamanu legacy is of national and international significance and needs to be documented in a manner in which the body of knowledge is accessible and usable by Lajamanu community members as well as the world at large, and which incorporates other researchers fields of expertise.
Building on the Milpirri Banner Home Page which is defined by the Jukurrpa (dreaming/law) meanings held with the Banner designs, Body Dance Design aims to research the knowledge embodied within the Milpirri dances and associated body designs captured on documentation through video and photographs. Collating this knowing and working out how to share this rich Australian Warlpiri knowledge with the world will be done through initial research in Darwin and Lajamanu, the development of academic writing and research Warlpiri knowledge found internationally.
Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.
Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
Company Director: Adelaide Wood
Administrator: Jessica Mellor
Production Manager: Duane Preston
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Bookkeeper: It Figures
Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Venaska Cheliah, Sudha Coutinho, Mandela Yu. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)
Public Fund Trustees: Dr Anita Toth
Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory