Leap into the Modern
Dance Culture in Australia from the 1930s

Sat 12 Aug 17, 10am–4.45pm

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Past program

NGV Australia, Federation Square

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Explore the unique art of modern dance in Australia from its expressive vitality to its defining cultural and aesthetic legacy.

Gathering an interdisciplinary field of researchers who have contributed to researching this history, as well as artists and specialists who carry the living legacy of modern dance, the symposium includes a series of talks, discussions and an opportunity to view the performance program Dancing Sculpture and exhibition Brave New World: Australia 1930s.

Session 1: Embodied legacies; modern dance as cultural history

Professor Denise Varney, Co-director Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne
Professor Rachel Fensham, Assistant Dean Digital Studio, The University of Melbourne
Dr. Jordan Beth Vincent, Research Fellow, Deakin University

Session 2: Dancing the Self: Recalling Australian Moderns

Lee Christofis, writer on dance, music and design
Dr. Amanda Card, Senior Lecturer, Department of Performance Studies, The University of Sydney
Shelley Lasica, choreographer and director
Marian Quartly, Professor Emerita of Australian History, Monash University
Associate Professor Jenny Kinder, Head of Dance, VCA, The University of Melbourne
Dr Suzanne Robinson, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne

Session 3: Radical Bodies/Radical Ideas

Michelle Silby, Executive Director, Ausdance VIC and Director, Ausdance NSW
Associate Professor Tony Moore, Monash University
Dr Maggie Tonkin, Senior Lecturer, The University of Adelaide
Ruth Osborne, Artistic Director, QL2 Dance Inc
Dr. Priya Srinivasan, artist and Honorary Fellow at the Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne

Session 4: Re-performing the Archive

Professor Rachel Fensham, Assistant Dean Digital Studio, The University of Melbourne and Dr. Jordan Beth Vincent, Research Fellow, Deakin University
Carol Brown, choreographer, performer, Associate Professor, University of Auckland
Jochen Roller, choreographer
Meryl Tankard, director and choreographer
Mariaa Randall, Bundjalung/Yaegl choreographer

This program has been funded through the University of Melbourne, Engagement Grant 2017 with support from the Australian Centre, School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts and the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Special events Australia Contemporary Brave New World NGV Australia, Federation Square