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Aaron Lim, well know Darwin B-Boy and one of the Tracks studio residents, talks about what he’s been working on during his residency, what 2018 holds for him, and what he loves about being a dance artist in the NT.
“I’ve had this crazy obsession over [movement] qualities. I recorded myself doing a whole bunch of different qualities…started slicing it together and then tried to do that again. But I also did that live as well, just trying to mix qualities and seeing what happens. I tried to be as far away from ‘breaking’ as possible… I found it really hard to find different qualities, I didn’t really know where to look, so my approach was like ‘what is completely not breaking?’ Normally I dance with my shoes on, I even took my shoes off…just to see what came out of it.
[In 2018] I’ve got a few show dates for Between Tiny Cities, which is the show with [choreographer] Nick Power...That will be shown at APAM, out in Hong Kong, and possibly Europe… Most excited? Europe… I’ve never been so I’m super excited.
When I was younger, I used to knock being in Darwin but I will never knock it again, because Darwin is such a crazy place for opportunity in dance…because you have great people like Tracks who bring a whole different bunch of styles together and different people from all over Australia to collaborate…I would not be where I am now without doing [Tracks Dance show] Struck back in 2008.”
Tracks Dance Company is calling for applications to our Studio Residency Program, 'Space Time', which offers the Tracks studio free of charge, to foster contemporary choreographic development in the Northern Territory. This program is open to all NT dance artists, as well as interstate artists who can clearly demonstrate benefits to the NT dance community in their application.
Space Time is an opportunity for artists to engage in open research or creative development projects, with a vision to strengthen the NT independent dance community by providing access to rehearsal space, time, and the support structures of a well-established dance company.
Tracks also hosts visiting dance artists who have a strong connection to the company.
Residencies are held from November-March. Please read the Space Time Guidelines and Selection Criteria before applying.
Applications for the 2017/2018 residency program are open. Apply here.
Applications will be assessed on receipt. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 10 business days from the date of submission.
Find out about the 2016/2017 residents here.
Alex is a Dance movement therapist with over 15 years experience in Contact Improvisation. Come and join us in an exploration into Contact improvisation over the next 3 wet and sticky months, in the air conditioned comfort of the Tracks studio!
In the first 4 weeks of the residency we will look into contact improvisation fundamentals. Members with experience in the form will share their favourite basic exercises and core practices. The practice will then unfold following the curiosity and connections between the group.
Tracks Dance Studio, 10am - 12.30pm on:
Sunday 21st Jan
Sunday 4th Feb
Sunday 11th Feb
Sunday 18th Feb
The second 4 weeks of residency will focus on family dance (including contact based) for older people with their small family members and friends: think rough and tumble on a grand scale... add shapes, stillnesses and different music and dynamics, and we will see what we find.
Tracks Dance Studio, 10am - 12.30pm on:
Sunday 25th Feb
Sunday 4th March (TBC)
Sunday 18th March
Sunday 25th March
Please contact Alex if you are interested to join this exploration. 0425776416/ firstname.lastname@example.org
facebook page: Adventures in Movement
You are welcome to join either part of the residency, family or contact, or both, preferable for more than one session, but drop ins welcome also.
Our office and studio have currently been relocated.
Until further notice Tracks does not have a studio available to hire for public or private use. If you need more information during this time please call (08) 8941 1410.
The rehearsal space is housed in the premises tenanted by Tracks Dance Company in the Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, located at 56 McMinn Street, Darwin 0800.
12m x 6m sprung timber floor
Fans & air-conditioning
High quality sound system
External toilets, showers and change room
Television, DVD and Video player can be made available for use (on request)
Off street parking available (best access off McMinn Street)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. Hire conditions:
$30 per hour
Please note: The studio is charged in hourly blocks i.e. if you book for 1.5 hours, you will be billed for 2 hours.
All payments to be made prior to using the studio. Electronic payments preferred (Please note Tracks does not have Credit Card or Eftpos facilities).
Cancellation needs to be made at least 1 business day prior to the booking. Failure to do so will incur full charge of studio booking fee.
2. Tracks is not liable for any injuries sustained during the hire period.
3. Shoes with hard heels are not to be worn to protect the floor.
4. No food or drink is to be consumed in the studio.
5. If any breakages or damage occurs during the hire period (e.g. sound system, barres on the wall, mirrors etc) you will be billed for the damage. Please notify Tracks immediately of any breakages.
6. If the space is left in an unclean state, a cleaning fee will be charged ($30 per hour).
7. The space must be left properly secured, all doors and windows shut and locked and the fans, lights and air conditioner turned off and the sound system switched off at the wall.
8. Please ensure toilet key is always returned to the studio. If you lose the key you will be responsible for paying the costs of getting new keys cut. This is costly, as locks need to be changed and new copies given to all tenants of Frog Hollow.
9. Please contact the office at least 1 week prior to your hire date to organise access codes and instructions on the use of keypad, stereo etc. Tracks' office hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
10. In the event of Darwin being placed on a cyclone warning our policy that all studio hire is cancelled until the warning status is lifted. Refunds or credit of the hire fee will be arranged in such cases.
Studio Hire: Booking Request Form - Not taking bookings
Please complete this form (click the link above), then contact Tracks Dance office on email@example.com or 08 8941 1410 to confirm availability and arrange payment and key collection.
In 2018, Tracks Dance is celebrating 30 years of the Grey Panther's dance troupe. To do so we have created a 2018 calendar with memorable photos over the past thirty years.
A unique Northern Territory dance troupe, with participants predominantly over the age of 60. The Grey Panthers are ‘successful’, ‘productive’, ‘healthy’ and ‘positive’ role models for active ageing and life long learning. The group sets high expectations for themselves and constantly rise above them, enjoying their lives and living them to the fullest. Anything but flighty, this amazing group show us what happens when you commit to long term extended relationships and links into your community.
Tracks has a long term relationship with the Grey Panthers, begun in 1988 and continuing to the present. The Grey Panthers have made a major contribution to the company’s body of work. They explore what it means to part of the Aging Australian population and the role of the elder in contemporary Northern Territory Life.
Join us at our Annual Tracks Fun-raiser @ Deckchair Cinema, 8th October 2017 to purchase your very own copy of the 2018 Calendar or contact us at the Tracks Office.
Read more about The Grey Panthers.
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