Development Program 2017
The Tracks Development Program creates multiple pathways to engage more deeply with Territory relevant choreographic research and development processes, in a place where dance is culturally diverse and there is no available Tertiary dance training. It is predominantly studio based choreographic laboratory work, and is a way of ensuring our cultural future by sourcing and supporting new and emerging dance artists. Broad in its reach, diverse in its content, it is a way to revitalise established dance artists and Tracks creative staff.
We take pride in working with local artists and will continue to invest in the development and employment of the local arts industry. We believe in an intelligent, vibrant, and thriving local arts sector and want our Northern Territory dance artists to be able to give voice to our own culture. Through our Development Program we allow local dance artists to explore, dream, cultivate, test, improve, theorise, and deepen both their own and other people’s engagement with the creative dance innovator.
The Tracks Choreographic 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.
Although the entrance to this program is not limited, it is aimed at first year University level. Entrance is by application.
See here for more information on the program and application process.
Space Time Studio Residencies
In response to the ongoing challenge of accessible space for the development of dance practice, Tracks is offering an opportunity for Northern Territory dance artists to use our dance studio, free of charge, to work on contemporary choreographic development, either through research or development. We also host dance artists who have a connection to the company.
Residencies are held from November-March. Applications for the 2016/2017 residency program have closed.
See here for the Space Time Guidelines and Selection Criteria if you are interested in applying for future residencies.
Find out about the 2016/2017 residents here.
Following the success of Fresh Tracks in 2016, Tracks Dance Company presents a second series of short dance works in 2017 created and performed by local choreographers, artists and dancers.
Fresh Tracks showcases the development and rich potential of new, independent dance in our community. See here for more information if you are interested in an opportunity to show new work in the Darwin Fringe Festival as part of the Fresh Tracks program.
To assist in the creation of pathways for artists’ development, Tracks takes on mentorships of emerging and/or mid-career choreographers/directors.
This year Aaron Lim continued his mentorship Tracks.
Click here to read more about Aaron.
In September Tim got to visit fLiNG Physical Theatre in Bega NSW. Rob McCredie, Flings Co Artistic Director was successful in getting support from the Regional Arts Fund for Tim to come and do some design experimenting together and offer mentorship to him and some of the other Fling staff.
Click here to read more and see photos of mentorship.
In October Frankie Snowdon and Madeleine Krenek from Alice Springs arrived for a week of mentorship with the company. They had been successful in gaining a Strategic Arts Grant from Arts NT for Independent Producers/ Curators. With the aim of creating a Strategic Business Plan for themselves many hours were spent working through the how and whys of setting up their own dance company in Alice Springs.
Click here to read more and see photos of mentorship.
When Shall We Three Meet Again? Is a strategic initiative curated by Browns Mart, Tracks Dance and Corrugated Iron Youth Arts to discover where we have come from, where we are at and where we want to go. The initial planning session’s have taken place this year between Tracks [Tim Newth & David McMicken] Brown’s Mart [Sean Pardy] Corrugated Iron [Jane Tonkin] and Facilitator - Gillian Harrison. In 2018 artists and arts workers who have worked with the organizations with be invited to participate.
Click here to read more.
Artists such as Bec Reid, Jess Devereux, Kelly Beneforti and Emma Porteus have instigated self-funded mentorships with the company as part of their professional development.
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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: Agnès Michelet/Adelaide Wood
Administrator: Clancy Breasley/Jessica Mellor
Production Manager: Mathew McHugh
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Bookkeeper: Noya Chong Wah
Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Stephanie Cvirn, Venaska Cheliah. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)
Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki
Patron: His Honour, The Honourable John Hardy OAM, Administrator of the Northern Territory
“Tracks has given me great opportunities that have let life take me on this path. 10 years ago I would never have thought to be in the position I am in now, and the only reason I can now make dance my full time career is because of the opportunities Tracks has given me to make the right choice.” - Tracks 2016 mentoree, Aaron Lim
“The performances were deeply personal, of a professional quality and contained a freshness that is rarely seen.” – Audience member, Choreographic Program 2012
“It has improved my dancing, deepened my creative aspirations and built my confidence and the ability to discover things within myself and express these through performance and the encouragement and collaboration of others.” – Participant, Choreographic Program 2014
“Working with multiple artists means there is more on offer for me to learn and grow. Working with both beginning choreographers and very experienced choreographers was a great combination of approaches to creating material and I found it to be refreshing to have more than one choreographer.” – Performer, Last Light 2015