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ilDance Professional Development Opportunity 2019: Announcement Jacinta Jeffries

The Mill and Helpmann Academy are thrilled to announce the recipient of the 2019 ilDance Professional Development Opportunity, valued at $17,000. Congratulations Jacinta Jeffries!!

Jacinta, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University dance graduate will undertake a 3-month residency with ilYoung, ilDance’s project based junior company located in Gothenburg, Sweden Directed by Lee Brummer and Israel Aloni.

Jacinta Jeffries Photo By Sophia Calado

Jacinta Jeffries Photo By Sophia Calado

Jacinta, who will depart Adelaide for Sweden mid 2019, was selected for the residency following an intensive audition process with one of the directors of ilDance, Lee Brummer. The audition saw a dozen local dance graduates vying for selection to take part in the ilYoung residency program, ilDance's project based junior company.

Felicity Boyd: Photo by Sophia Calado

Felicity Boyd: Photo by Sophia Calado

“I feel so lucky to have been chosen for this amazing opportunity and to work with such inspiring choreographers. The value of this opportunity for a young emerging artist like myself cannot be expressed enough and I am so thankful that Helpmann Academy, The Mill and ilDance can make such a generous contribution and help young artists get out and experience the world. I cannot wait to begin this residency, as travelling to the other side of the world to create and tour a new work with a unique group of dancers is something I’ll never forget.” Jacinta Said.

The ilDance Professional Development Opportunity is the result of a partnership between The Mill, Helpmann Academy and ilDance. The award provides an opportunity for emerging South Australian dancers to create strong and meaningful connections with both artists and organisations across Sweden and Europe and will potentially become a platform for future creative opportunities and cultural collaborations.

The residency will take a group of 10 young dancers, including Jacinta, from around the world, across Sweden where the cast, choreographers and creative team will engage with the local community in various activities whilst developing a new production by Israel Aloni and Lee Brummer.

“We are so very proud to be working with Helpmann Academy and ilDance to provide this opportunity for emerging AC Arts Dance Graduates. It is a unique experience unlike any other provided in Australia, that gives young dancers an insight into professional company practice Europe and the opportunity to build international career pathways.” Katrina Lazaroff (The Mill Director).

“We are thrilled to be partnering with The Mill and ilDance to once again provide emerging dancers in South Australia with the opportunity to broaden their horizons and extend their abilities abroad. We can’t wait to see what Jacinta makes of this unique opportunity.” Jane MacFarlane (CEO Helpmann Academy).

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ilDance Professional Development Opportunity in Sweden 2018: Felicity Boyd and Zoe Gay

The Helpmann Academy and The Mill have presented their ilDance Professional Development Opportunity, valued at over $17,000 per recipient, to two emerging South Australian dancers.

Zoe Gay Photo By Sophia Calado

Zoe Gay Photo By Sophia Calado

The opportunity will enable Zoe Gay and Felicity Boyd, both dance graduates from Adelaide College of the Arts to undertake a three month ilYoung residency with ilDance, an international and independent contemporary dance company based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Felicity Boyd: Photo by Sophia Calado

Felicity Boyd: Photo by Sophia Calado

Zoe and Felicity, who will depart Adelaide for Sweden in June, were selected for the residency following an intensive audition process with the directors of ilDance, Lee Brummer and Israel Aloni. The audition saw a dozen local dance graduates vying for selection to take part in the ilYoung residency program, ilDance's project based junior company.

The ilDance Professional Development Opportunity is the result of a partnership between The Mill and Helpmann Academy. The award provides an opportunity for emerging South Australian dancers to create strong and meaningful connections with both artists and organisations across Sweden and Europe and will potentially become a platform for future creative opportunities and cultural collaborations.
The residency will take a group of 10 young dancers, including Zoe and Felicity, from around the world, across Sweden where the cast, choreographers and creative team will engage with the local community in various activities whilst developing a new production by Israel Aloni and Lee Brummer.

Felicity Boyd said that winning the ilDance Opportunity was a dream come true. “It is an amazing opportunity to work with world-class choreographers and be exposed to a different dance community, and to collaborate with other dance artists. The value of the IlDance award cannot be overstated - to travel internationally and to have the opportunity to expose my practice to new concepts, physicalities and new ways of thinking about dance is a great privilege. I feel so lucky and grateful to have been chosen. I am ecstatic about taking up this chance to further my knowledge and am excited to see where this will take me.”

Zoe Gay said winning the ilDance Opportunity was an honour. “I am so excited to be given this opportunity to grow and develop as a dancer, under the mentorship of such inspiring choreographers. This experience will no doubt open doors and offer a whole new insight to how I want to portray myself as an artist, how I want to move, and I what I want to further explore.”

Erin Fowler, The Mill Co-Artistic Director, and Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy CEO, said that it was important for young graduate dancers to gain exposure to other influences, build their networks and find opportunities develop as an artist outside of what they already know.

“It can be difficult to find enough opportunities for development locally, so this award will hopefully allow a young dancer to have a significant experience to develop their career, and, to bring that back to the community here in SA.” Erin said.

“The Helpmann Academy is delighted to be collaborating with The Mill Adelaide to enable South Australian dancers to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with ilDance. “ Jane said.

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ilAward 2017: Mieke Kriegesvelt

The Mill Adelaide has been working in collaboration with the Helpmann Academy, ilDance (Sweden) and the Adelaide College of the Arts over the past 3 years to deliver the annual dance award for a young eligible AC Arts dance graduate.

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THE AWARD:

The ilAward is awarded to one young AC Arts graduate each year. It provides them with the financial support required to participate in ilDance’s ilYoung program.

The ilYoung program occurs over three months between June & September each year in Sweden, with touring taking place around Sweden & Europe. ilYoung is ilDance’s project based junior dance company. Lee Brummer & Israel Aloni established ilYoung in 2012 with the ambition to structure a platform which would offer professional experience to young dancers who are still enrolled in a dance education. ilDance, initiated and operate ilYoung with the wish to prepare young dancers upon graduation, for the professional contemporary dance sector both in Sweden and abroad.

Every year ilDance conducts an audition process from which ten dancers are selected to join a full time creation process of 5-6 weeks in a professional setting in Europe. During the creation process, the dancers meet the directors of ilDance, international guest choreographers & teachers as well as guest mentors. The creation process is hosted in residencies across Sweden where the cast, choreographers and the creative team interact and engage with the local community in various satellite activities. Following the creation period, ilYoung tours with the new production across Sweden and to other European countries.

This year’s audition for the ilAward is to be held at AC Arts in November, 2017.

-- “The experience that the dancers gain in ilYoung enhances their individuality and encourages them to unfold their potential to the fullest in a way that gives them the tools and confidence that are necessary to launch a professional career in an ever changing and progressing field such as the contemporary dance field. ilDance’s directors, Brummer & Aloni continue to guide and support the young dancers who participate in ilYoung, also at later stages of their evolvement and of their professional careers” – ilDance -- http://www.ildance.se/ilyoung/

SELECTION:

The young AC Arts dancer is selected by the Artistic Directors of ilDance, Lee Brummer and Israel Aloni, with the support and advice of a panel consisting of:

- A member of the AC Arts Dance Faculty

- A Mill representative

Lee and Israel conduct the audition in Adelaide at the end of the university year and decisions are announced at the beginning of the following year. As the selected dancer joins a cast of dancers in Sweden, the artistic choice will ultimately be the choice of the directors, and panel will ensure that the selected dancer meets the criteria and is a suitable selection.

FEEDBACK:

Quote from 2017 ilAward Winner Mieke Kriegesvelt Aug 12, 2017

"For the last six weeks I have been involved in a beautiful, creative and intense project dancing in Sweden with Ilyoung, a youth company developed and directed by Lee Brummer and Israel Aloni. The company consists of ten dancers and together we worked with Lee and Israel on the creation of two separate works, The Solution is Temporary and #Ghetto, over the course of three residencies, each occurring in different Swedish cities; Linking, Harnosand and Gislaved. IlYoung also created opportunities for practicing artists to do residencies for their own work and exploration in the time we weren't using studio space. Because of this we had some fantastic classes and workshops with a range of different artists who shared with us their unique style and practice.

Being constantly exposed to new methods and approaches to movement everyday has been so invigorating and inspiring. I feel as though this process has introduced to me many different facets of the art form and of myself, widening my perspective of dance and performance and what may be available to explore beyond this experience.

I am very excited about touring these works soon. We will tour to five cities in Sweden. I am looking forward to seeing how the works continue to develop over the course of the tour."