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Engage: Announcing Adrianne Semmens for the First Nations development project at Critical Path Sydney

Adrianne Semmens

Adrianne Semmens

The Mill in partnership with Critical Path (Sydney) congratulates South Australian First Nations Australian dance artist, Adrianne Semmens as the successful applicant for the opportunity to attend a 3-day development project in Sydney, NSW.

She will participate in a three day project which will explore and share where participants find themselves in their artistic practice now, their connections and responsibilities to community, and work to explore how they represent their work (in text, image and when speaking about it) along with what they communicate with others. Finally they will look at how they can support each other to take their respective practices forward.

The project will have the input of guest First Nations Australian artists, and has been planned with advice from BlakDance.

Claire Hicks, the Director of Critical Path will be facilitating the agreed framework for the program, with other guest artists, working together to roll out the activities together across the three days.

The Mill will provide a $1000 bursary toward accomodation and travel for the 3 days to Adrianne. Critical Path will also provide a small fee/honorarium of $500.

Date/s: 21st - 23rd September, 2019

Venue: The Drill Hall, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney (Critical Path)

Adrianne Semmens Biography:

Adrianne Semmens is a dance practitioner with experience working across the arts, education and community sectors. Born in Adelaide, Adrianne is a descendant of the Barkindji People of North Western NSW and a graduate of NAISDA Dance College and Adelaide College of the Arts.

Adrianne’s recent choreographic explorations have centred on place and identity, creating a site specific work on a group of international youth dancers at the Panpapanalya, 2018 Joint Dance Congress.  

Passionate about dance education, Adrianne has previously worked with the Australian Ballet’s Dance Education Ensemble, and presented programs as part of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Our Mob exhibition.  

As a performer Adrianne has worked with choreographers and companies including; Jo Clancy and Wagana Aboriginal Dancers, Erth Visual & Physical Inc, Jade Erlandsen (Adelaide Fringe Festival), Gina Rings (Spirit Festival) and Cathy Adamek (Adelaide Fringe Festival).

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Call Out: ENGAGE - Development Project for First Nations Australian Dance Artists 2019

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The Mill in Partnership with Critical Path (Sydney) is offering a position for one South Australian First Nations Australian Dance Artist, to attend a 3-day Development Project in Sydney, NSW.

Artists participating in the three day project will explore and share where they find themselves in their practice now, their connections and responsibilities to community, and work to explore how they represent their work (in text, image and when speaking about it) along with what they communicate with others. Finally they will look at how they can support each other to take their respective practices forward.

The Project will have the input of guest First Nations Australian Artists, and has been planned with advice from BlakDance. https://www.blakdance.org.au/

Claire Hicks, the director of Critical Path will be facilitating the agreed framework for the program, with other guest artists, working together to roll out the activities together across the three days.

Confirmed artists are: Jacob Boehme, Mariaa Randall, Henrietta Baird & Jasmin Sheppard

The Mill will provide a $1000 bursary toward accomodation and travel for the 3 days to the successful SA applicant. Critical Path will provide a small fee/honorarium for all participants of $500. Food will be provided.

Date/s: 21st - 23rd September, 2019

Venue: The Drill Hall, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney (Critical Path)

Total Artist Fee: $1500 for successful SA applicant.

Call Out Opens: July 29th, 2019

Call Out Closes: August 19th, 2019

Applicants Notified: August 23rd, 2019

To Apply: please send your CV and photo to director@themilladelaide.com and include a short paragraph about yourself and why you’d like to attend this development project at this time in your career.

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Engage: Tanya Vogues

As the inaugural recipient of The Mill's Engage residency I'm very grateful to have been able to participate in two workshops, one in Perth at Strut and one here in Adelaide at Leigh Warren Dance Hub. I am now midway through a creative research period where I am working on my choreographic practice that involves choreographic scores and performance drawing. The Mill have organised time for me in the new studio at Restless Dance Theatre and also with the third year dance students at AC Arts. So throughout this residency I have felt extremely supported by The Mill to experiment and start to develop a new dance work, and have had the opportunity to meet dancers and visual artists from all around Australia through the workshops and different organisations that have supported this residency. 

The Choreographic Future's workshop titled Choreography Across Disciplines facilitated by Canadian choreographer Ame Henderson, has helped bridge the gap between the new project that I had proposed, to the creative research that I'm involved in. I won't know what the full effect of this residency will uncover until I've seen this choreographic project to the next stage and can look back to reflect on it, but I do feel that the structure of the residency- having been able to attend a workshop in Perth at Strut with Maxine Doyle of Punchdrunk prior to this and then having studio time to cultivate my current choreographic interest of mark making, recording a trace and involving an audience by taking the work off the stage and into a gallery setting- means this Engage residency with culminate with a new work that has taken my choreographic practice to a new level and given me a deeper understanding of the possibilities of my craft.

I look forward to continuing discussions with The Mill around the potential to realise an outcome to this creative research that might have connections to some of the other wonderful dance and arts organisations that I've been introduced to, but for now the ENGAGE residency is living up to it's proposal to engage me in the practice of developing my choreographic practice whilst engaging me in the artistic community of Adelaide. www.tanya.voges.net

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Engage: 2017

Strut Dance (WA) will partner with The Mill, for the first time in an inaugural incubator project, Engage. The Engage incubator will offer one SA choreographer a residency based between the two organisations in SA and WA with the motivation to create greater connections and engagements between the two dance communities.

Strut Dance offers choreographers and dance practitioners the possibility to engage with leading national and international choreographers, the chance to work with collaborative partners in the making of their own performance and, the opportunity to put their work in front of a willing and informed audience. Strut is committed to developing the WA dance sector and connects their western community to national and international networks. In 2017 these national networks will reach SA in this new partnership.

The Mill is excited to work alongside Strut to support a SA choreographer in the development of a new work through a series of opportunities. 

The successful applicant will undergo a residency incubator with The Mill (SA) and then with Strut (WA). The recipient will have access to studios in Adelaide in order to focus on developing new work, before flying to Perth to under go further development time with Strut. The recipient will also be able to participate in one of a selection of Strut’s international workshops of their choosing (see list of offered Master Workshops below) and will have access to Strut studios at the King St Arts Centre. Return flights and accommodation in Perth are included in the residency. 

The selected choreographer will have a commitment to creating a new work during the residency, engage with the community and facilitate a development showing in both Perth and in Adelaide on their return from Strut.

Applications for the 2017 - 2018 Engage Residency have now closed. 

Congratulations, Tanya Voges who will be undertaking this opportunity.