Carriageworks commissions ‘A New Project’

Carriageworks commissions A New ProjectSydney’s Carriageworks, the largest and perhaps most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia, has commissioned A New Project in partnership with its resident company Force Majeure and Dance Integrated Australia (DIA), a company of associate artists with and without disability led by Philip Channells.


Force Majeure’s new Artistic Director Danielle Micich will work with Channells and a company of artists with disabilities to develop and premiere a new work. The work will be developed over a period of nearly two years, culminating in a world premiere season at Carriageworks in 2016.


A New Project is being developed and presented as part of Carriageworks’ national strategy dubbed “New Normal”, which will commission 10 new works by artists with disability over the next three years.


Force Majeure and DIA now invite artists with physical, sensory, psychosocial, neurological, medical or intellectual impairment to participate in a weekend workshop audition taking place at Carriageworks on May 9-10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Participants are required to attend one day, where they will work within a supportive environment and be encouraged to take risks exploring their physicality.


Micich and Channells are especially interested in artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Applicants must be based in NSW and be age 18 or older.


According to Force Majeure, you are a perfect candidate if you are a highly skilled dancer, actor or physical-theatre performer who has an interest in devising process’ of dance theatre and identify as a person living with impairments (a problem in body function or structure), activity limitations (a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action) and/or participation restrictions (a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations).


To apply, dancers meeting the requirements should complete and submit an Expression of Interest form online here by Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m. For specific questions, contact Executive Producer Bec Allen at


Photo: Still from One in 5 film. Photo courtesy of Torrid Films and Force Majeure.