Salamanca Moves announced


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Celebrating the Diversity of Dance

MEDIA RELEASE by Salamance Arts Centre

Salamanca Arts Centre is pleased to announce Salamanca Moves, a new contemporary dance festival running from 20 September to 1 October 2016 in Hobart, Tasmania.

The inaugural biennial Festival will take place across the Salamanca Precinct, Moonah Arts Centre and surprise pop ups. Aimed at all ages and all abilities, this community Festival offers opportunities to view, create, perform, experiment, and experience new ways of moving.

“We’re delighted to be bringing the power of dance to the Salamanca Precinct. Not only will the Festival celebrate dance as an art form, but also as one of the best exercises you can possibly do.” said Salamanca Arts Centre’s CEO/Artistic Director Rosemary Miller.

Curated by Kelly Drummond Cawthon, the Festival delivers an ambitious and extensive program of free and ticketed dance performances, including the creation of new works and critically acclaimed productions. Dancers of all levels are invited to experiment, and get physical through a series of development dance workshops and performance opportunities led by national and international contemporary dance makers.

“Contemporary dance really is suitable for any BODY and every BODY. It’s an expression of who we are and what moves us” said Drummond Cawthon, “and it’s that philosophy that underpins the whole Festival”

The 2016 ‘Movers in Residence’ include: Cari Ann Shim Sham (USA), Liesel Zink (QLD), Lz Dunn (VIC), Melinda Smith + Dianne Reid (VIC), Neta Pulvermacher (Israel), Philip Channells (NSW), Sannamaria Kuula (Finland), Ana Degues (Portugal), Liz Aggiss (UK), Julie-Anne Long (NSW), James Batchelor (ACT), Ina Sladic (Croatia)

The Festival Dance Companies include: Dancenorth (QLD), Drill Performance, [in]visible Practice, MADE, Tasdance, Tasmanian Youth Classical Ballet Company, Second Echo Ensemble & Stompin.

Festival Patron is multi award-winning Melbourne based Tasmanian choreographer, dancer and director Stephanie Lake. In 2014 Stephanie was awarded both the Helpmann Award (A Small Prometheus) and Australian Dance Award (AORTA) for Outstanding Choreography. She also won the Green Room Award for Mix Tape in 2011. Stephanie was awarded a prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2013 and the Dame Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship in 2012. She has been commissioned by Sydney Dance Company, Chunky Move, Tasdance, Dancenorth among others and her works have toured to France, Germany, Denmark, the UK and Singapore and across Australia.

Funding Partners: Festivals Australia, Tasmanian Regional Arts, City of Hobart and Arts Tasmania

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