Arts in the City / Awards keep dancers on their toes

EAGLE-eyed Neil Roach, at Ausdance ACT, has spotted a swag of Canberra-connected nominees in the coming 2014 Australia Dance Awards. As well as our own QL2 Dance, there’s Janet Karin, formerly principal of the National Capital Ballet School; WA’s Buzz Dance Theatre, directed by Canberran Cadi McCarthy and locals dancer Kathleen Lott, choreographer James Batchelor and dancer Jack Ziesing.

IN the 2014 Poetry in Motion event from September 5-7, a carriage of poets will travel to Sydney by train while writing poetry. At Central they’ll read poems then join Sydney poets at Harold Park Hotel, Glebe, for dinner and a reading on the Saturday night. Bookings to fionamcilroy@bigpond.com or 0427 088149.

CANBERRA filmmaker Sotiris Dounoukos’ French-Australian short film “A Single Body” (Un Seul Corps) has been selected for the big Toronto International Film Festival in September. Screen Australia will send him there.

Violinist Stephen King. Photo by Jacqui Way

Violinist Stephen King. Photo by Jacqui Way

MUSIC lovers will be spoilt for choice on 
Sunday, 
August
 31, 
when the 
Australian
 String 
Quartet will perform Haydn, 
Beethoven
 and
 Bartók masterworks, with former Canberrans, violinist
 Kristian
Winther 
and
 violinist
 Stephen 
King, performing.
 At the NGA’s Gandel
 Hall at 2pm, bookings to asq.com.au

And in St Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka, at 2.30pm, Rowan Harvey Martin will conduct The Llewellyn Choir, organist Anthony Smith and soprano Greta Claringbold in “From Those Who Served”. Bookings to llewellynchoir.org.au

In Melba at 2pm the Brindabella Orchestra will perform works by Delibes, Gilbert & Sullivan, Beethoven, Saint-Saens and other popular composers. Entry donation of $5 includes afternoon tea. In North Belconnen Uniting Church, Conley Drive, Melba, tickets at the door.

THE Albert Hall will be transformed for Monaro Folk Society’s Colonial Ball, “an evening of elegance, grace and glamour,” with music by the Heritage Band from Sydney. September 6, doors open 7.15pm, bookings by September 3 to mfs.org.au/wiki/index.php/Colonial_Ball.

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Judith Clingan.

Judith Clingan.

CANBERRA musician Judith Clingan has been honoured with the Award for Excellence by an Individual at the Art Music Awards in Melbourne for her “So Good A Thing” festival, held at Albert Hall in December to mark her 50 years of music-making in Canberra.

THE Australian National Eisteddfod’s 2014 piano competition will be held over the week of September 2-7 at the Austral Asia Church in Isaacs and the Wesley Music Centre in Forrest, with a new focus on works by Australian composers. There are 100 entrants and the total prize money is $3775.  More information from nationaleisteddfod.org.au

CANBERRA science fiction writer David Scholes has written to tell us of his latest book, “Daughter of the High Lords and other Speculative Fiction Stories”, which was published last month and it – and his seven other books – are available on Amazon.

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