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Newsletter – Tanja Liedtke Foundation
October 2018

News from the Tanja Liedtke Studio
ADT International Choreographic Centre 

Recently in Australian Dance Theatre’s home, The Odeon in the Tanja Liedtke Studio:
  • The ADT Youth Ensemble have been working with physical theatre artist Paulo Castro, developing a new work which was performed at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
  • ADT dancers and independent artists have been working in the studio, exploring and developing their ideas for ADT’s annual event Rough Draft - an opportunity for local independent dance and physical theatre makers to present their work to an audience in the early stages of creative development. This year twelve artists will present in the program. 
  • Current ADT Secondment Mirka Vlachou has been working with the ADT dancers in the studio, learning choreography from Garry Stewart’s The Beginning of Nature.
  • The Australian Centre for Performing Arts held their SACE Dance Performance final assessments with a full audience.
  • Renowned BBOY PoeOne held a breaking (break-dancing) class with 12 young dancers.
  • Australian Dance Theatre held its regular public dance class program with classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Jazz.

construct - Jana Castillo

Australian Dance Award for Jana Castillo with her performance of construct

In November/December 2017, Australian Dance Theatre presented the return season of construct by Tanja Liedtke, with support from the Tanja Liedtke Foundation. We are thrilled to announce that ADT dancer Jana Castillo was awarded the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer for her role in construct. An astonishing performance fusing strength, flexibility and the ability to illustrate raw and empathic emotions in ways which left audiences and critics in awe, the award was well deserved.
For more information on Jana – click here.

Left: construct - Kimball Wong, Jana Castillo. Right: Jana Castillo

Two Australian Artists were selected to participate at DanceWEB in Vienna: Jayson Patterson and Luigi Vescio

Jayson wrote us the following about his time and experiences at DanceWEB 2018:„With the support of the Tanja Liedtke Foundation, I spent five weeks as a guest of the Vienna International Dance Festival DanceWeb programme. As a guest, I had the ability to take part in multiple workshops, classes, presentations and performances during this time. The DanceWeb Scholarship Program influenced, challenged, and questioned my ideas around dance and contemporary performance practice.  What was particular about those 5 weeks spent in Vienna was the constant changing and unfolding of rhythms and routines. At once it is a shared experience among 36 other international participants, but it is also a very singular process. I got confused with dance, angry with dance, fell in love with dance and then broke up with it and then, climatically, we got back together.
Photo: Jayson Patterson 
And here is what Luigi Vescio wrote about the DanceWEB scholarship program 2018 and his time in Vienna. Luigis scholarship was co-sponsored by Eva Bernhart:
„Dear Tanja Liedtke Foundation,
I would like to send my heartfelt thanks for your support, which made the DanceWEB scholarship program a possibility for me all the way from Melbourne. I have never been part of such a rich and intensive engagement with my artform. Over five weeks in Vienna, I attended workshops, research labs, lectures, exhibitions and over 30 performances as part of ImPulsTanz festival. The scholarship program brought together 36 up and coming dance artists from 21 different countries under the creative mentorship of dance icons, Florentina Holzinger and Meg Stuart.

Photo: Luigi Vescio

Dance film "Garden of Others"

Last Friday, "Garden of Others" won the Audience Award in Mannheim at the regional short film festival ZUM GOLDENEN HIRSCH! This means that the film will be broadcast again in July 2019 in Heidelberg.

Left: Pascal Sangl - Dancer, Choreographer, Filmmaker


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