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Choreography is Everywhere

Join NIDA Head of Movement Gavin Robins for an evening of conversation with Garry Stewart, Artistic Director Australian Dance Theatre and 2014 Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation Artist-in-Residence at NIDA.

Join NIDA Head of Movement Gavin Robins for an evening of conversation with Artistic Director Australian Dance Theatre Garry Stewart, and choreographers and dancers Tess de Quincey and Martin del Amo.

Garry Stewart is an award-winning choreographer and theatre director. He will be sharing his ideas and research around the idea that choreography can be found in many areas outside of the world of dance – in the theatre, technology and everyday life.

Don’t miss this fascinating chance to hear from some of Australia’s most innovative creators as they explore how our definition of choreography is changing and the impact of the constantly evolving role of technology upon theatre and movement.

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Garry Stewart is the 2014 Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation Artist-in-Residence at NIDA. Throughout this year he is working with NIDA students as he develops an original work to be premiered at Carriageworks in October later in 2014.

Gavin Robins

NIDA Head of Movement, Gavin Robins draws inspiration from a broad spectrum of theatre training and performance experience. His work focuses on the biomechanics of the actor and the animation of the actor for both the stage and screen. An internationally acclaimed director of physical theatre, circus and aerial performance, Gavin has directed movement for award-winning theatrical productions, major events, film, television and music videos: the Tin Symphony in the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympics, How to Train Your Dragon, War Horse and King Kong for which he was recognised with a special Helpmann Award for ‘Outstanding Theatrical Achievement’. His Creative Director credits include Clusters of Light the opening of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest and opening of 2012 Dubai National Day.

Garry Stewart

Garry Stewart was appointed as the Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre in late 1999. He has created some of Australia’s most revered and innovative contemporary dance works, collaborating with artists working in areas as diverse as robotics, photography, architecture and video. His repertoire for Australian Dance Theatre includes, Birdbrain, The Age of Unbeauty, Nothing, HELD, Devolution, G, Be Your Self, Worldhood and Proximity. He has produced work for the Rambert Dance Company, Ballet de l’Opera National du Rhin, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and recently created the Australian Ballet’s Monument for the for the Centenary of Canberra. He is currently Thinker in Residence at Deakin University, where he works with their Motion.Lab to develop new ways of using animation and 3D technology for live dance performance.

Tess de Quincey

Tess de Quincey is a choreographer and dancer who has worked extensively in Australia and Europe as a performer, teacher and director. Based in Japan from 1985 until 1991, she was a dancer with Butoh artist Min Tanaka and his Mai-Juku performance group. Her major solo productions include Movement on the Edge, Another Dust, Is and Is.2, and Nerve 9. Tess initiated a long-term exchange entitled Embrace between Indian and Australian artists and is director of the Triple Alice Forum & Laboratories which brings together interdisciplinary practices of artists, scientists and thinkers in relation to the Central Desert of Australia. In 2000 she formed De Quincey Co presenting a range of dance-performance works and interactive environments in metropolitan and outback areas.

Martin del Amo

Martin del Amo, originally from Germany, is a Sydney-based choreographer and dancer. He is best known for his full-length solos, fusing idiosyncratic movement and intimate storytelling. In recent years, Martin has also built a strong reputation as creator of group works and solos for others includingSlow Dances For Fast Times, Anatomy of an Afternoon and Mountains Never Meet. Martin regularly teaches for a wide range of arts organisations and companies and has extensively worked as mentor, consultant and dramaturg. He also writes and frequently contributes to RealTime magazine. In 2012, Martin was nominated for a Helpmann Award in the category Best Ballet or Dance Work. He has also been nominated for two Australian Dance Awards – Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance (2010) and Best Male Dancer (2005). His work has toured nationally and internationally (UK, Japan, Brazil).

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