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Community Skills for Climate Action

Community Skills for Climate Action

In 2021, Dancehouse is offering two artists the opportunity to participate in the Community Skills for Climate Action program supported through City of Yarra, City of Darebin and City of Moreland.

The program connects 75 community activists — 25 from each Council area — and consists of 9 sessions facilitated by Pru Gell and Matt Wicking.

Dancehouse will pay an honorarium of $1,200 + Superannuation to each artist to participate in the program.

Following the program, the two Dancehouse artists will present a public program at Dancehouse to share reflections and connect with other dance artists interested in climate action, environmental practice.


2021 Artists

Rebecca Jensen is dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Narrm. Her work is presented in theatres, galleries, public spaces — spilling into the spaces between disciplines. Rebecca is inspired by the equally speculative and practical forces of dance practice. Works include Deep Sea Dances, Dance Massive 2017, Explorer Keir Choreographic Award 2016, Sinkhole with Jess Gall and Arini Byng, Designhub RMIT, 215 Albion, Irene Rose Gallery 2018, MPavillion 2020. Shorter works have been presented by Experimental Dance Week Auckland, Tiny Festival Christchurch, Venice Biennale International Dance Festival, Victorian College of the Arts, Blindside, Liquid Architecture, Spring 1883 Windsor Hotel, Lucy Guerin Pieces for Small Spaces. Works in collaboration with Sarah Aiken include, What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD) Art Centre Melbourne 2019, OVERWORLD 2014, Underworld 2017 and ongoing participatory project Deep Soulful Sweats. Rebecca has worked with artists including Jo Lloyd, Lucy Guerin inc, Shelley Lasica, Atlanta Eke, Lee Serle, Nathan Gray, Lilian Steiner, Amos Gerhardt, Sandra Parker. She was a recipient of danceWEB scholarship 2015, Artist in residence at Temperance Hall 2018, and was awarded a residency at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, supported by the Australia Council.

Caitlin Dear is an artist working with choreography, live art and practice-based research who presents across theatre, gallery and public settings. Her work prioritises audience participation, incorporating immersive or interactive elements to directly engage people with the inquiries of her projects. Working with dance, text and sound she creates sensorially and intellectually engaging experiences, whether it be a theatre show or an outdoor adventure. Her works engender clinical wonder and focused multiplicity, encouraging audiences to ponder philosophical problems from an embodied perspective with a scientific sensibility. Passionate about human-tree relations and ecologically-engaged artistic practice, Caitlin has presented at research symposiums on these subjects at Stockholm University of the Arts, Malmö Academy of Music and Inter Arts Center. Caitlin has worked with Dancehouse through the Emerging Choreographers Program, On The Table and Summer Space Grants. In Narrm/Melbourne, she has also worked with Lucy Guerin Inc, Testing Grounds and c3 contemporary artspace, as well as performing for other choreographers including at Melbourne Festival, Arts House, MPavilion and Dance Speaks. In Sweden, her work has been shown by Index the Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation and Weld Theatre. She has also worked with Danscentrum, Höjden and Index to lead research-based workshops as professional training opportunities for artists.

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