music / “Sticks and Stones”. The Song Company with Oday Al Khatib. At Wesley Uniting Church, March 24. Reviewed by GRAHAM McDONALD
THE artistic director of QL2 Dance, Ruth Osborne, has been awarded a 2016 Churchill Fellowship to research youth dance programs in the UK.
Fellowships give talented and deserving Australians the opportunity to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field and Osborne intends focusing on career pathways, mentorship and creative collaborations.
“I am thrilled to be able to take the time to research, investigate programs and find people with similar aims, away from the day-to-day pressures of being artistic director at QL2 Dance,” she told “CityNews,” adding that at she is particularly pleased that the arts, and youth dance in particular, is recognised as a worthy field for support.
Osborne was among the 106 recipients from around Australia, and plans to spend several intense weeks in the UK, visiting and working with different youth dance practitioners in late 2017.
“I am seeking creative, inclusive, non-competitive, programs that are intellectually stimulating, not only developing clever bodies; but clever and unique minds,” she says. “Meeting people and organisations with similar goals to mine, and seeing how their different solutions work in different contexts, will inform and inspire my future work with young people at QL2 Dance and beyond. I am interested not just in what they are doing now, but their history.”
As well as learning from her UK counterparts, she sees the fellowship as an opportunity to showcase some of the youth dance practice in Australia, and in Canberra, which she describes as “a progressive city with good support for young dance artists to progress and excel”.