Antony Hamilton’s Blaze Blue Oneline

Screen Dance Initiative Announced

20 July 2012 Naomi Gall

The Australia Council’s Screen Dance initiative provides an arts organisation with $300,000 over a three-year period to develop, produce, manage, market and present a Screen Dance Program. Screen dance is dance choreographed specifically for screen, combining dance with film/video practice.

‘Screen culture has exploded into practically every part of our lives,’ says Chrissy Sharp, Chair of the Australia Council Dance Board. “From screens you carry in your pocket or video billboards that wrap around entire buildings, our relationship to screens is expanding.’

‘No longer do we just watch screens; increasingly we pinch and flick and spin them, we smile at them and we use our whole bodies to operate them,’ says Chrissy. ‘This new environment of touch screens and gesture control opens up numerous new opportunities for screen dance practice.’

CarriageWorks was announced as the 2012-14 recipient and will deliver a new project, 24 Frames per Second. This initiative will commission 18 Australian artists and six international, to create 24 new works over the three-year period. These works, presented across a number of diverse platforms, will create an intersection between screen and dance culture.

In its third year 24 Frames per Second will present a major exhibition in various locations across Australia. From the final commissions, small-scale touring projects will be created with the potential to tour Australia and internationally.

This significant new partnership between the Australia Council and CarriageWorks will provide Australian artists with the opportunity to collaborate with international artists on a large-scale project as well as affording them valuable resources and industry support.

CarriageWorks Director Lisa Havilah concurs: ‘24 Frames will provide Australian artists with significant opportunities to collaborate with international artists. An Indigenous and cross-cultural focus will reflect the cultural diversity of artists currently working across multiple disciplines.’

AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS commissioned to create new works under the project, include: Tony Albert (Brisbane), Alison Currie (Adelaide), Vicki Van Hout (Sydney),  James Newitt (Hobart), Byron Perry and Antony Hamilton (Melbourne), Khaled Sabsabi (Sydney), Aimee Smith (Perth), Latai Taumoepeau (Sydney), Christian Thompson (Gawler, South Australia) and Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters (Sydney).

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS: Nick Cave (USA), Sriwhana Spong (New Zealand), Wit Pimkanchanapong (Thailand) and Ming Wong (Singapore).

Image: Antony Hamilton’s Blaze Blue Oneline. Credit: Byron Perry