Development Program 2018


Tracks 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.

Space Time Studio Residencies

In response to the ongoing challenge of accessible space for the development of dance practice, Tracks annually offers 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. The 2017/2018 residents were Rochelle Cabury, Aaron Lim, Jordon Bretherton, Jenelle Saunders and Alexandra Jordan. See here for an outline of what these residents explored during their time in our studio. 

See here for the Space Time Guidelines and Selection Criteria if you are interested in applying for future residencies.

Fresh Tracks

Following the success of Fresh Tracks in 2016 and 2017, Tracks Dance Company presented a third series of short dance works in July 2018 created and performed by local choreographers, artists and dancers. Once again, the Fresh Tracks performance was held as part of the Darwin Fringe Festival program, placing emerging and experimental choreographic practice within the wider independent arts community in Darwin. Produced by Kelly Beneforti, it was the performance outcome for this year's inaugural Choreographic Intensive, with a guest performance by the Grey Panthers. 

The Choreographic Intensive was structured as a 7-week program of improvisation, choreographic and creative practice, providing 3 diverse and inspiring individuals with a nurturing framework to realise their artistic ideas and take them from the studio to a theatre setting. In 2018, the Choreographic Intensive took the place of the Choreographic Program, intended as a next step in the choreographic development pathways offered by Tracks, supporting emerging choreographers to develop their work to the next stage of craftsmanship and refinement.

See here for more information on Fresh Tracks and the Choreographic Intensive. 


To assist in the creation of pathways for artists’ development, Tracks takes on mentorships of emerging and/or mid-career choreographers/directors.

When Shall We Three Meet Again?
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 took place in 2017 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 were invited to participate to reflect and dream on for the next 20 years. The three organisations drew together the many conversations, personal stories and future aspirations from these meetings with artists and art workers into a report and presentation. 
Click here to read more.

Read below about a few of our 2017 Mentorship projects:

In September 2017, Tim visited fLiNG Physical Theatre in Bega NSW. Rob McCredie, Flings Co Artistic Director was successful in receiving support from the Regional Arts Fund for Tim to visit and implement some design experimentation and offer mentorship to Rob and fLiNG staff.
Click here to read more and see photos of this mentorship.

In October 2017, 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 this mentorship.

Company Partners

Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government

Project Partners

Darwin International Airport

Supporting Partners

Darwin Fringe Festival

Tracks 2018

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: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki

Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory


“[The residency has] started from…this idea of creating a very specific, little, physical space. So in this case it’s a circle made out of clothing and within that space occurs movement…repeated movement that is impacted by different people and a few different little structures." Jenelle Saunders, 2017/18 studio resident

“I grew up in the NT so coming back home is always inspiring. There’s no place like Darwin and I love getting to revisit all the beauty it has to offer which then sets off ideas in my mind. [Through the residency] I’ve been able to have a safe space to experiment and it’s pushed me to make the most of my practice time." Rochelle Cabry, 2017/18 studio resident

"Overall, the entire experience for me was totally encompassing and emotionally engaging. The piece I was involved in taught me about different cultures and made me more aware of some of the issues young people may be currently experiencing in our world. I learnt new
things about myself as a person, and as a dancer. I had to challenge my personal boundaries and was encouraged to explore new ideas and engage in unique experiences. I was completely overawed at working alongside so many talented individuals and feel honoured that I was given the opportunity to take part."
Ashley Almarjani, dancer in Fresh Tracks 2018

"I think I’ve matured – I’ve grown heaps as a choreographer, leaps and bounds with my confidence and me as a person. It’s been a good journey." Sheila Rose, participant for Choreographic Intensive 2018

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