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2016 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD

THE KEIR AWARDS 2016

It was an incredible journey with eight commissioned works premiering at Dancehouse in April.

Here are some media and photography highlights of the program.

 

KEIR AWARDS IN PICTURES

Photos by Gregory Lorenzutti

FACEBOOK ALBUM

 

THE TRAILER

 

KEIR AWARDS IN THE MEDIA

The Australian

"Torres Strait Islander Ghenoa Gela wins Keir Choreographic Award." READ MORE

"New York-based Deborah Jowitt is one of the world's most eminent dance critics. She wrote for The Village Voice for 44 years, is a biographer, speaker and lecturer, and next week visits Melbourne to conduct a workshop as part of the Keir Choreographic Award." READ MORE

The Guardian

"The heavy cross-breeding of body with multimedia, and the obsession with reality, memory, and identity, should not come as a surprise..." READ MORE

The Sydney Morning Herald

"There is a blurring between movement, text, shifting realities and the expression of ideas through technology – a key emerging theme for dance as it seeks to reflect our world." READ MORE

Dance Australia

"Viewing a program of dance works that are competing for an award can be a peculiar experience. It is not expected that they will necessarily speak to one another or cohere in any way." READ MORE

Real Time Arts

"The 2016 Keir Choreographic Award program has aroused more debate than the first in 2014. Andrew details some of the issues raised in his report." READ MORE

"It's no secret that the biennial Keir Choreographic Award aims to foster an expansive, cross-disciplinary vision of contemporary dance, one in which choreography is re-imagined as an associative process, a way of bringing together multiple artistic, philosophical and critical practices in performance." READ MORE

"There is conceptual choreography that works, and there is conceptual choreography that doesn't. And this is what we should be talking about." READ MORE

"Dance to me is very much part of that in the local context because it is about a contemporary performance practice which is often quite open. It's that interest I've held throughout. It's fair to say that if there's a sweet spot in what the Keir Foundation covers, it's work that's multi-disciplinary, that works between areas and sometimes does have a high/low culture kind of [mix]." READ MORE

TAGG

"Could it possibly be that this is where dance, as a form now finds itself? On the precipice of something that it neither understands just yet, nor has the gumption to fully tackle head on? "READ MORE

 

THE SEMI FINALS AT DANCEHOUSE

FACEBOOK ALBUM

 

THE FINALS AT CARRIAGEWORKS

Carriageworks photos by Daniel Boud

 

WATCH BOTH PROGRAMS NOW

Program One:

Program Two:

 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The KCA semi- finals season is supported by the City of Yarra. Venue partners:  Arts House, Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin Inc.

 

Credit Image: Atlanta Eke, winner of the inaugural 2014 Award photographed by Gregory Lorenzutti