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Plans are underway for 2023 Australian Dance Week! Canberra's dance scene is abundant and thriving and Ausdance ACT, along with the Ausdance network, celebrates and promotes dance in all its forms every year during Australian Dance Week.

Inclusion in the Ausdance ACT 2023 Australian Dance Week calendar (online and printed) as well as subsequent promotion, is open to all Ausdance ACT members. Now is the time to think about timing your event during Australian Dance Week.

Ausdance ACT will present a mixture of accessible, curated and open events from 28 April - 7 May 2023.

We will be sending out an expression of interest form for participation in the upcoming weeks.

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This year's International Dance Day Message is by South Korean dancer KANG Sue-jin.


Photo credit: Jail Souen

The Covid-19 catastrophe has stopped life as we so freely knew it and being amidst this tragedy makes us rethink the meaning of ‘dance’ and ‘dancers’.

In the distant past, dance was a primal means of expression and communication through gestures, becoming performance art that moved the soul and inspired the audience.

It is a momentary art that is difficult to restore to its original form once completed because it’s created with the entire body and soul. Dance is made of ephemeral moments, which destines dancers to be on the move forever. Yet, Covid-19 has restricted and even blocked the art of dance in its original form.

Even though the situation is improving, dance performances are still subject to many restrictions. This makes us cherish the precious memories of times when dance and dancers sparkled like jewels, conveying human anguish and anxiety, will and hope for life, and illuminated the world.

Similarly, it is important to recall that during the aftershocks of the Black Death in Medieval Europe, the ballet Giselle – depicting love beyond death – was performed at the Paris Opera on 28 June 1841 and received an explosive response.

Since then, Giselle has been performed all over Europe and around the world to comfort and encourage the souls of mankind ravaged by the pandemic. It is also my understanding that this was first demonstrated in that very performance of Giselle, as  the magnificent spirit of a ballerina trying to escape the gravity of the world’s hardships.

The lonely and weary audience is thirsty for the sympathy and comfort of the dancers. As dancers, we believe that the flapping of our wings gives hope to the hearts of those who love the art of dance and gives them the courage to overcome this pandemic.

My heart is already starting to pound.

Kang Sue-jin

KANG Sue-jin was born on 24 April 1967 and is Artistic Director of Korean National Ballet. She has an honorary doctorate in the Department of Dance, Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. She was Stuttgart Ballet soloist and principal dancer for more than 15 years, and was appointed as Kammertanzerin (Royal Court Dancer), Germany, in 2007. She was Honorary Ambassador of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. KANG Sue-jin uses her fame and her artistic skills for introducing children with disabilities to dance. Photo credit: Jail Souen


Australian Dance Week 2021 was officially launched on International Dance Day by Minister for the Arts Tara Cheyne MLA at Belconnen Arts Centre. Featuring performances by Wiradjuri Echoes, Chip Lo, Divyusha Polepalli and Jazida. 


Read more here Celebrating a diverse dance community | Canberra CityNews


The 2021 International Dance Day Message was shared at the launch by Ausdance ACT Director Dr Cathy Adamek.


The intention of the International Dance Day message is to celebrate dance, to revel in the universality of this art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together with a common language - DANCE.

Every year, a message from an outstanding choreographer or dancer is circulated throughout the world. This year principal dancer from Das Stuttgarter Ballett, Friedemann Vogel was selected by the International Theatre Institute to deliver the 2021 International Dance Day message.

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Photos by Art Atelier Photography

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Love, in all its forms, took centre stage at the National Portrait Gallery's 'Australian Love Stories' exhibition during Australian Dance Week. Romance through dance with ‘Love Dance’! The exhibition experience was enhanced with pop-up performances that filled gallery spaces (and hearts) in surprising and delightful ways. Featuring performances by Australian Dance Party,
Debora Di Centa, Canberra Dance Theatre, Dance Development Centre and Tap Kix from Bom Funk Dance Studio. 

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Photos by Art Atelier Photography

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First Nation dancer and choreographer Tammi Gissell presented her new work 'Mundaguddah' during Australian Dance Week.

A dance and music commission responding to The Rainbow Serpent (1982) by Australian modernist composer Brian Howard and performed with Ensemble Offspring.

In Mundaguddah (The Spirit of the Rainbow Serpent) Tammi explores the notion of premonition as an expression of past-presence on country. A flooding of personal and cultural histories in tribute to the great Murruwarri spirit who demands we look, listen and keep moving in the right direction.

Ausdance ACT co-presented this dynamic cross collaboration during Australian Dance Week with the Canberra International Music Festival.

Two performances took place on Sunday 9 May, at The Fairfax Theatre National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

More here: Tammi Gissell – Rainbow Serpent – Living Arts Canberra

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Photos by Peter Hislop


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