Tracktivation 2018

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Darwin CBD

Activating the City with Dance

We are relocating our dance studio to the Live Darwin Hub in the Mall from 19 February – 29 April.  Our mission is to put movement back into the city with a 10-week program of exciting and innovative events. You can expect to find the vibrant, diverse and ‘fiercely local’ Tracks that you know and love, but on a super-sized scale!

Learn dance in 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 Darwin city with the pulse and rhythm of dance.

For the full information release, click here.

Participate

Be a part of Tracks Dance and participate, learn a dance and perform! All workshops and performances are free and open to the public.

The Dance Doctors are currently residing in Darwin for March 2018 and are available for 'routine check-ups' on Wednesday's 14th, 21st and 28th at 9.30am, 10.30am & 11.30am. If you wish to meet our Dance Doctors; Dr Walnut is a Neurologist, Dr Arthur-itis is a Rheumatologist, Dr Beats is a Cardiologist, Dr Goodstrong is a Pulmonologist and Dr Brown is an Orthopaedic Surgeonologist then contact us today to get your workplace moving.

Saturday 17th March: 'Singing in the Rain'. Meet us at the Live Darwin Hub - Darwin Mall at 2pm to learn the dance and perform it at Raintree Park.

Sunday 29th April: 'Big Dance'. Public workshops will be run at 5.30 - 7pm on the 18th & 19th and 25th & 26th of April. Dress rehearsal on Saturday 28th April, with the Final Rehearsal on Sunday 29th April before the filmed performance at 6.30pm. For more information about Big Dance, see our webpage here.

If you or your workplace/school/organisation wish to be a part of Big Dance, contact us now.

On the Dance Floor

Lunchtime Classes. Spend 20 minutes of your lunchtime having a boogie on Tuesday's and Wednesday's in the Live Darwin Hub - Darwin Mall. Each week there is a new theme so check the timetable for updates and bring your friends.

4.21 Dance Class. Finish at 4.21pm? Why not start your weekend by learning new some moves and having a boogie on Friday's from 4.21pm.

Beginner Course in Contemporary Dance for Adults. Held for 4-weeks in the Live Darwin Hub, each Saturday from March 3 to March 24. This is the only activity with a fee attached of $40 for the 4 week block.

Watch

A series of open rehearsals, performances and pop-ups around the CBD. This is for people who might want to dance but aren't quite ready or able to, so this is where you can watch and see how dance is made.

The Live Darwin Hub is open from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday to visit the pop-up studio and see the Tracks Dance poster exhibition, 'Tracks Dance around Darwin' and video archives.

All public classes are open for visitors to watch and tap along to the beat, including The Grey Panthers on Friday morning's from 9.30am with a performance somewhere in the mall from 11.15am. Until 16th March.

Want to watch the pro's in action? Pop in on Thursday's between 10am to 2pm to watch their open rehearsals and see the process of how dance is made.

Plus, keep your eye out for pop-up performances and dance interventions around the Darwin CBD, particularly Thursday's in the Darwin Mall from 12.15pm to 12.45pm.

CBD Sites Revisioned - City Walk. 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.

Transforms 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.

 

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 the most up-to-date program details.

Creative Team

Four local and inspiring dancers will be joining our resident Dance Animateur, Kelly Beneforti for this special program of interactive activities, dance will literally be spilling out into the streets of the CBD. It will be hiding in unexpected corners, 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 and create. Meet our Tracktivators!

Concept and Artistic Directors: Tim Newth and David McMicken
Tracktivators: Kelly Beneforti, Jenelle Saunders, Bryn Wackett, Jordan Bretherton and Madeleine Brown
Performers: including professional and community dancers

Company Partners

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.

Project Partners

Proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government and Live Darwin.

Thank you

Brown's Mart Theatre, City of Darwin, Cj Fraser-Bell, Angus Robson, Chris Kluge, Brenton Ryan, Finn Williams and Gus Fitzgerald.

Donors

We greatly thank Sylvia Langford, Brian Tucker, Katrina Fong Lim, Barbara Bauert, Barbara Pitman, Barry Thomson, Darryl Butler, Don Whyte, Encore Pilates team, Graeme Cheater, Heather Hyde, Joanne Hilliard, J.L Hills, Judy McKerr, Nicole Cridland, Noya Chong Wah, Roslyn Henry, Sally-Anne Mason, Shannon Beneforti, Virginia Burrow, Jan Conti, Ian Landon, Diana Leeder, the Grey Panthers, our Deckchair Fundraising night audience, the Board of former Ausdance NT and the Board of Charttes.

Wish to support Tracks and join our giving program? Go to  http://www.tracksdance.com.au/giving-tracks

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

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