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Dance to put bullying in its place

BULLYING gets the thumbs down in Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Fresh Funk mid-semester show, “Stand Up”, coming to the Erindale Theatre this weekend. Fresh Funk’s young dancers aim to battle bullying by tackling issues of cause-and-effect. The show explores many forms of bullying, including: physical, emotional, exclusion and cyber-bullying. Within the framework of urban dance, and […]


Arts / Dance emerges from shocks and shakes

TWO horrendous earthquakes have formed the inspiration for an Australia-NZ-China collaborative dance work that we’ll see at The Playhouse very soon. “Fault Lines”, inspired by the earthquakes in Christchurch in 2011 and Sichuan, China in 2008, had its world premiere at the Melbourne Festival in 2012, followed by a season at the Christchurch Arts Festival […]

Benjamin Shine in front of male face, part of 'The Dance'

Champagne and canapés to mark artistic collaboration

THE Canberra public is invited to a Champagne and canapé event this Friday to mark the closing of the of the Canberra Centre art collaboration with artist Benjamin Shine. Before leaving for a new project in New York, Shine will provide a final overview of his artwork titled ‘The Dance’, inspired in part by Canberra […]

GOLD dancers performing in the Courtyard of Gorman House, photo Helen Musa

‘Gold’ hoofers launch campaign for European tour

CANBERRA dancer and choreographer, Liz Lea, yesterday unveiled an important initiative that puts dancers of un certain age centre stage. At a National Dance Week event supported by the ACT Office of Ageing, Lea and her company Canberra Dance Theatre unveiled a campaign to raise funds for the forthcoming ‘GOLD’ tour to Europe in September […]

Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, in Gin Woman Distress, Choreography by Eleo Pomare 1966  photo by the late  Jan Dalman

Fortuitous week of dance for Mirramu

AS we told you in our arts pages earlier this week, “Fortuity” is a project by Mirramu Dance Company and visiting Taiwanese dancers, celebrating 50 years of contemporary Australian dance in this 50th anniversary year of Australian Dance Theatre, founded by Elizabeth Cameron Dalman in Adelaide on 10 June 1965. “Fortuity,” the Macquarie Dictionary tells […]

Folk having fun, but watch the parking costs

VARIABLE weather has not daunted the spirit of patrons at the 2015 National Folk Festival running at Exhibition Park until tomorrow, April 6. Festival director Pam Merrigan says that “the power of ‘folk’ is in its capacity to connect with and engage people.” With an estimate of 50,000 people coming through the gates this weekend, […]