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I am a Yawuru woman from Broome, now living and working in Darwin. Throughout my career I have had many roles in a range of organisations: indigenous and non-indigenous; community, personal and corporate; small and large; local and regional; sports, arts and the mining sector, both in town and in the bush, always with a focus on promoting indigenous engagement.
I began my working life as an Events manager in Broome at Goolarri Media where I was involved in the planning, management, marketing and production of several annual events including Broome’s NAIDOC Festival, Kimberley Girl and Shinju Matsuri Festival. I also helped with exhibitions, and assisting with casting for film productions, and staging musical events. Later I worked at the Darwin Convention Centre coordinating events and compliance.
Coming from a strong family background I am committed to encouraging young indigenous people and others of all cultural backgrounds to engage in sport and the arts as a way of building self-esteem, leadership and good liyan (well-being) for themselves, their families and the broader community.
I look forward to my new role as a member of the Tracks Board.
28/03/2018'Revisioning our city with Dance'April 5 & 6
As part of our Tracktivation project - 'activating the city with dance' alongside Live Darwin, our Tracktivators have been searching out sites throughout the CBD. In response to these sites new contemporary works are being produced concluding in 2 city dance walks. The Tracktivators have initially been inspired by site specific dance specialist - Tim Newth and Architect Katy Moir who have led our dancer and choreographers into new ways of envisioning and utilising “Space”.Maddy Brown is working at the Darwin Bus Depot.Bryn Wacket has been inspired by the bike riding capacity of the city and its bike racks.Jenelle Saunders goes back to the 40's and movie stardom in the Star Village Arcade.Kelly Beneforti transforms the stairwell near Sari Rasa into an aquarium.Jordan Bretherton releases the inner child in the Mall's well-known fountain.Transforming these performances together into a city walk and watch during your lunchtime.Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of April.Meet at the Bus Terminus at 12.15 and finish in the Mall at 12.45.Wear your Walking Shoes, bring a walking lunch, water and sunscreen.
Join us in this connection between our city-spaces and dance - register your place on the walk here.How you can get involved with Tracktivation.
Sudha is an avid supporter of the arts in all its forms.
She has a background as an Occupational Therapist specialising in mental health. Sudha has always been interested in the stories we tell about ourselves and those that others tell about us, and the power in the telling for both the storyteller and the listener. Sudha was the Chairperson of Backroom Press, a Broome based publishing house focusing on creating books that resonate with authentic Kimberley voices telling Kimberley stories.
She was also the founding Director of Broome's inaugural writers festival, Corrugated Lines : a festival of words. Sudha has a deep seated connection to community and cultural development and has worked remotely across northern Australia for the last 20 years. Her own project 'Telling Story' has been recognised nationally as a narrative practice project that supports communities tell their stories in ways that make them stronger.
Sudha is attracted to Tracks Dance because of their commitment to tell stories of people and place through the medium of dance.
We are very excited to welcome Bryn, Jenelle, Madeleine and Jordan to the Tracks team. These four local and inspiring dancers will be joining our resident Dance Animateur, Kelly Beneforti for TRACKTIVATION - activating the city with dance.
Click here for more information on all the fantastic activities that are happening as part of this 10-week project.
Bryn Wackett (far left) is a core dancer with Gary Lang NT Dance Company, a versatile performer and animateur, and regularly coordinates over 40 dance groups as part of the annual Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival. Bryn’s dedicated, light-hearted approach to dance, and enthusiasm and appreciation for all forms of creative and cultural movement have resulted in strong collaborative links with fellow NT artists and arts organisations.
Kelly Beneforti (2nd left) is the Dance Animateur at Tracks Dance Company, bringing with her a diverse history with the company since 2004, as well as national and international experiences. Kelly also performs and collaborates as an independent artist in works such as Beautiful Noise with Jess Devereux and most recently, The Perception Experiment with Frankie Snowdon and Madeleine Krenek.
Jordan Bretherton (middle) is a professional dancer and graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, taking on the role of Roger in the New Adventures production of Lord of the Flies in Melbourne last year. Since returning to Darwin, Jordan has performed in the Tracks Dance production Man Made and worked with Artistic Director of SLIDE Youth Dance Theatre, Joanna Noonan, as a performer, choreographer and mentor for her work EXISTENCE.
Jenelle Saunders (2nd right) is a dancer, teacher, and performer with qualifications in education and contemporary dance. Most recently she co-devised the independent work Dancebox with Kate Mornane, which they performed as part of the Darwin Fringe and Darwin Festival (2016) and the Melbourne Fringe Festival (2017). She works with schools, arts and social support organisations, and within a broad range of community and dance based projects in urban, rural, and remote cultural contexts.
Madeleine Brown (far right) has just returned from a 6-month contract in Mumbai with a prestigious Bollywood dance company, where she danced in countless shows, events, music videos, and movies, and worked with India’s best choreographers and directors. With a Diploma of Elite Dance from Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, Madeleine has studied numerous styles of dance including hip-hop, commercial, contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom, Bollywood, belly dance and music theatre.
Tracks Dance Company presents
Tracktivation - Activating the city with Dance
TRACKTIVATION is a 10-week program where we get to activate the city with dance. Funded through the NTG Live Darwin initiative, Tracks Dance Company will literally be setting up shop in the city as we relocate our dance studio to the Live Darwin shopfront in the Mall.
Simply put, TRACKTIVATION is a community and civic activation program and our mission is to get the city moving with a range of exciting and innovative activities and events. You can expect to find the vibrant, diverse and ‘fiercely local’ Tracks Dance Company that you know and love, but on a super-sized scale!
Artistic Co Director and Founding member of Tracks Dance Company David McMicken said “Tracks has been activating Darwin city sites for decades. I am so excited to introduce TRACKTIVATION as our latest way of using dance to make this wonderful city come alive in new and dynamic ways. I can’t wait to see how many people across the city get involved in active dance making”.
Four local and inspiring NT dancers will be joining our resident Dance Animateur, Kelly Beneforti for this special interactive project, as dance literally spills out into the streets of the CBD. It will be hiding in unexpected places, activating urban and green city spaces in new and refreshing ways, and providing a junction for ordinary people, passionate amateurs and professional artists to meet.
Learn dance at lunchtime drop-in classes, participate in large-scale community dance events, experience original choreographic works in unconventional places, and witness cheeky dance interventions, TRACKTIVATION is here to transform your city with the pulse and rhythm of dance.
Drop into the dance studio in the Mall (56 Smith St) to find out how you can get dancing or follow us @tracksdance on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest program updates.
How to get involved? Click here
For Tracktivation photo opportunities or interviews contact:
Company Director Adelaide Wood
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