Tasmanian's professional contemporary dance company

On The Island Residency Program

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Tasdance has a long history of supporting dance practice and dance artists. The Tasdance Studio and Cottage are located amidst tranquil gardens providing resident artists with much needed space and time for reflection, invigoration, collaboration and response. In 2017 Tasdance hosted 22 professional dance artists, some working alone and some in pairs that were able to take advantage of our unique location and superb facilities.  Artists in Residence in 2017 came from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds such as First Nations dance artists from Tasmania, New South Wales, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Guam, recent tertiary graduates, established independent dance artists, hybrid performance artists and internationally-based directors and academics.

What we can offer

Resident artists will have free access to the Tasdance Studio (14m x 12m sprung floor with tarkett) and free accommodation in the Tasdance Cottage. Travel and other expenses are the responsibility of the artist.

An audience for a showing and/or discussion at the end of the residency is usual practice and can be arranged in consultation with the Artistic Director.

Please note that the Studio is unavailable between 5:00pm and 9:00pm on Monday to Thursdays and weekends due to our public program and youth companies in residence.

Accommodation at Tasdance is in our one bedroom cottage.  There is a kitchen and bathroom adjacent to the bedroom which has one double bed.  There is also a sofa bed that can be made up, though please note both the double bed and sofa bed are in the same room.

A preference will be given to artists who can demonstrate that this residency aligns with their strategic professional development. Evidence of forward planning will be valued.

Prior to completing the online EOI from, residency applicants should prepare the following information:

  1. CV, maximum 3 pages

  2. 200 word bio

  3. A headshot

  4. Up to 3 images of you dancing and/or your work

  5. A showreel video file (must be post-tertiary work), maximum 10 minutes with at least 2 different works included.

I. STATEMENT OF INTENT Responses should include a description of how you intend to use the residency; your area of choreographic interest or how this residency fits into a choreographic development; whether this is an initial investigation or a continuation of an existing practice/ project; and whether you anticipate the need for a discussion or showing (300 words max)

II. DEVELOPMENT 
Responses should explain how this residency will support strategic career development and/or project development and how your residency will contribute to dance in Australia (300 words max)

III. PARTICIPANTS Responses should include information about any proposed partnerships or collaborations during the residency including any other artists/participants who will be joining you for some or part of the time (100 words max)

IV. PLANNING
Responses should include evidence of forward planning by way of a timeline from submission of application through to post-residency goals or plans (200 words max)

V. EVIDENCE OF FUNDING Responses should elaborate on how the applicant will manage financially in Tasmania over the duration of the residency, including what sources of funding they have applied for/secured, if any (150 words max)

Further information

If you need further help please contact Tasdance. Applicants are assessed by the Artistic Director. 

SECONDMENTs

TASDANCE STRIVES TO CREATE AN OPEN AND AVAILABLE SPACE FOR STUDENTS AND GRADUATES TO VISIT AND CONNECT WITH THE COMPANY AND OUR ARTISTS

 Pic from Stephanie Lake’s The Howl 2015

Pic from Stephanie Lake’s The Howl 2015

Tasdance is seeking secondments over a two week period starting January 7th until January 19th. The Tasdance Artists and local Launceston Bhutanese community will be in the final stages of producing their new work Yatra as part of Mona Foma 2019.

We are looking for recent graduates or students currently studying tertiary dance who have a particular interest in working in cross-cultural and community practices.

We are delighted to offer the following:

2 places available week 1 - January 7th-11th

2 places available week 2 - January 14th-19th

Secondees will have the chance to do class with the company each morning, partake in rehearsals, connect with the 2019 Tasdance Artists, spend time with the Artistic Director and gain experience in working in a professional company.

Apply here:

Applications close Midnight Friday 30th of November and successful applications will be notified Monday 3rd of December.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email Adam at adam@tasdance.com.au

INTERNSHIPS

Our internship program will be launching soon.

Tasdance is dedicated to providing early career artists with opportunities to gain professional dance company experience.

If you would like more info about our internship program please email info@tasdance.com.au

MAKE

TASDANCE IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE IT’S NEWEST INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHOREOGRAPHIC PRACTICE IN AUSTRALIA. THIS INAUGURAL EVENT WILL CREATE A PLATFORM FOR FOCUSED GROUPS OF DANCE MAKERS TO SHARE AND EXPLORE CHOREOGRAPHIC PRACTICE

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In 2018 MAKE will provide space for women and those who identify as a woman to delve deep into the art of choreography.

In response to the Turning Pointe: Gender Equality in Australian Dance paper by Andrew Westle in 2018, Tasdance will host acclaimed choreographer Jo Lloyd to facilitate five days of rigorous choreographic exploration, sharing and development. 

Whether you are a recent graduate or have been making dance works for years, MAKE will be the opportunity to further and deepen your choreographic practice.

Through Lloyd’s unique interest as a dance maker, she will share her ideas around choreography, lead conservation and mentor personal pursuits in dance building and crafting.

Dates: December 10th-14th 
Venue: Tasdance Studio 197 Wellington Street Launceston 

Fee: Tasmanian choreographers $80
All interstate and international choreographers $190

For more information email: Adam at info@tasdance.com.au

Please note that Tasdance can not cover any travel or accommodation costs for the project.

Photo by Peter Rosetzky as part of Jo Lloyd's Overture