KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD 2014
In 2014, Dancehouse, Carriageworks (Sydney), Australia Council and the Keir Foundation partnered for the first time to present the KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD, the first Australian prize dedicated to commissioning new choreographic works and increasing the profile of contemporary dance in Australia, both nationally and internationally.
This national award provides an important opportunity for fostering excellence, originality and risk-taking. And builds a much needed platform for artists to present new works which will tour nationally and internationally.
The Keir Choreographic Award is presented and delivered by Dancehouse for the semi-finals in Melbourne and Carriageworks for the final in Sydney.
'Contemporary dance is thriving in Australia right now and yet there are few, if any, opportunities to showcase, reflect on and reward talent on a truly national level. This award creates an exciting and unprecedented platform for all Australians to enjoy the very best contemporary dance work being made across the country. We are thrilled to be playing a part in the development of this landmark event in the dance sector.' said Phillip Keir, Director of The Keir Foundation on the inaugural edition.
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2014 INAUGURAL SEASON
The international and national line-up of judges included a range of voices from the artistic community, from visual art through to dance from Australia and around the world including: Mårten Spångberg, the acclaimed maverick of contemporary dance and major influence to many important dance makers today; Matthew Lyons, director of experimental cultural hub The Kitchen in New York; Josephine Ridge Creative Director of Melbourne Festival and one of Australia's most experienced arts identities Becky Hilton a leading Australian choreographer, director and teacher for festivals and companies nationally and internationally and Phillip Keir, The Keir Foundation Director and visionary behind the Award.
Out of the 77 entries, the jury selected 8 artists: Sarah Aiken (VIC); James Batchelor (VIC); Tim Darbyshire (VIC); Matthew Day (VIC); Atlanta Eke (VIC); Shaun Gladwell (NSW); Jane McKernan (NSW); and Brooke Stamp (VIC).
READ THE MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MELBOURNE SEMI-FINALS
READ MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS AND THEIR WORKS
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ABOUT THE KEIR FOUNDATION
Established by Phillip Keir and Sarah Benjamin as a private ancillary fund, the Foundation's purpose is to foster innovation and excellence in the arts, particularly among new and emerging practictioners. The Keir Foundation has previously worked in commissioning dance projects and this choreographic award has emerged from an ongoing involvement with the dance community both nationally and internationally. Phillip Keir worked for twenty years in media, specifically as Chief Executive, Publisher and Founder of NextMedia. He is a board member of the Biennale of Sydney and Lift International Theatre Festival.
Carriageworks presents a contemporary multi-arts program that engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The program is artist led and emerges from Carriageworks' commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity. The Carriageworks artistic program is ambitious, risk taking and unrelenting in its support of artists. Carriageworks is a cultural facility of the NSW Government and is supported by Arts NSW. The Carriageworks program can be viewed at carriageworks.com.au
Pictures from the 2014 Keir Choreographic Award Ceremony and Performances