ANTONY HAMILTON (Vic)
Antony Hamilton is an independent choreographer. His award winning creations involve a sophisticated melding of movement, sound and visual design. His major works include the seminal Black Project 1 (2012), critically acclaimed MEETING (2015) and NYX for the 2015 Melbourne Festival. He has created numerous national and international commissions including Keep Everything and I Like This for Chunky Move, Black Project 3 for The Lyon Opera Ballet and Sentinel for Skanes Dansteater.
Antony was the inaugural recipient of the Russell Page Fellowship in 2004, Tanja Liedtke Fellowship in 2009, a Creative Australia Fellowship in 2012, and Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2014. He was guest dance curator at The National Gallery of Victoria in 2013-14, honorary Resident Director at Lucy Guerin Inc in 2014 and inaugural Resident Artist at Arts House in 2015. He is currently Artist In Residence with Canada’s DanceMakers.
Dancenorth is a contemporary dance company based in Townsville, Tropical North Queensland. An epicenter for artistic exchange and collaboration Dancenorth balances a dynamic regional presence with a commitment to creating bold, adventurous and critically acclaimed contemporary dance.
Under the Artistic Direction of Kyle Page, Dancenorth delivers an ambitious and far-reaching program including the creation and presentation of new work, national and international touring, professional development opportunities for dancers and choreographers as well as national and international residencies and research projects.
Parallel to this is Dancenorth’s education and cultural engagement program, The Enrichment Projects, which provides the framework for a wide range of reciprocal activities. Bound by an overarching ethos of inclusion, each branch of the Enrichment Projects has been designed to Inform, Impart and Inspire.
As a creative hub for choreographic development and research, Dancenorth makes a significant contribution to Australia’s cultural ecology by valuing and supporting risk and innovation as a means of extending contemporary dance as an art form.
KAGE exists to explore and extend the form of dance; collaborating across cultures and disciplines to create works of skill, beauty and irreverence that are rich in ideas and resonate deeply with diverse audiences. KAGE has created highly original contemporary dance since 1997 and produces work from the perspective that dance should play an inspiring, joyful and significant role in modern day life.
KAGE was established in 1997 by Kate Denborough and Gerard Van Dyck. Kate and Gerard have a shared desire to create original works that progress the form of dance. This takes place by collaborating with extraordinary artists and communities to find original ways to present dance. KAGE has performed in every corner of Australia taking their works to over 80 venues, including in theatres, on a football oval and in food, wine and fashion festivals.
LUKE GEORGE AND COLLABORATORS (Vic)
Raised in Tasmania and based in Melbourne, Luke George creates new performance work borne out of experimental creative processes with collaborating artists. George takes daring and at times unorthodox methods to explore new intimacies and connections between audience and performers. Luke George and Collaborators create and perform work locally and internationally/culturally. Their work has been presented extensively throughout Australia, and internationally in France, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Japan, Singapore, and U.S.A. Since receiving his B.A. from the Victorian College of the Arts, George has collaborated and performed in the works of many acclaimed dance and theatre companies, and in music, queer clubs, and social justice projects. George was recipient of Melbourne Fringe Awards (1999, 2013), Asialink Residency (2005), Russell Page Fellowship (2007), Greenroom Award for Best Male Dancer (2011), and commissions: Sydney Opera House (2006), Keir Foundation (2008), Lucy Guerin Inc (2010), Phantom Limbs (2013), Phillip Adams Balletlab (2015) and Campbelltown Arts Centre (2016).
TIM DARBYSHIRE (Vic)
Darbyshire is interested in dynamic and expansive choreography – drawing on visual, aural and spatial fields, whilst acknowledging the body as a fulcrum.
Tim studied Dance at Queensland University of Technology (2003) and Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (France 2006-2007). He has worked with choreographers including Vera Mantero, Emmanuelle Huyhn, Nuno Bizarro, Meg Stuart, David Wampach, Marianne Baillot, Antonio Julio, Christine de Schmedt, Eszter Salamon, Shelley Lasica and Matthew Day.
In 2012 he presented MORE OR LESS CONCRETE at Arts House, followed by a remount for Dance Massive in 2013 and a European premiere at Noorderzon Festival in the Netherlands. In 2015 he premiered STAMPEDE THE STAMPEDE in Dance Massive. He recently undertook an Australia Council Residency at Cite des Arts in Paris and is currently developing his next work, TAINTED TITLE.