Dance Launchpad 2022

Dance Launchpad 2022

Dance Launchpad 2022 will present a contemporary dance double bill, Loom and Semblance
Presented by The Mill and supported by venue partner Australian Dance Theatre, Dance Launchpad nurtures the ecology of dance in South Australia – commissioning established South Australian choreographers to make new work and share their industry knowledge with emerging South Australian dancers.

“Opportunities such as Dance Launchpad give young dancers a platform to develop the skills they’ve learnt over the course of their tertiary training to build their professional experience,” says The Mill CEO / Artistic Director Katrina Lazaroff.

“The four young dancers will experience working with a professional team – including choreographers, lighting and sound designers, and a videographer – within professional organisations The Mill and ADT. Furthermore, The Mill has received funding to pay the dancers for a 3-week full-time contract, a rare and unique program we are undeniably proud of.”

This year, Dance Launchpad will present two works – Loom, choreographed by Amanda Phillips, and Semblance, choreographed by Tobiah Booth-Remmers. These works will be performed by emerging dancers Jess Minas, Isobel Stolinski, Amelia Walmsley and Amelia Watson.

“Choreography is an original art form – there is no script or score at the outset of the rehearsal period – and the dancers benefit from being embedded in choreographic enquiry. I’m equally excited as a choreographer and director to test and try some new methods of working with this generation to enliven and question and provoke my own approaches as a mid-career maker and artist,” says choreographer Amanda Phillips. 

Audiences will not only get the chance to see two debut works, they’ll also be supporting a program that helps keep dancers developing and working within South Australia.

“This kind of training and support is hard to come by in South Australia, especially when it is coupled with a performance outcome and a professionally edited showreel. Experiences like this are crucial and formative for young artists to practice and refine their craft and build their unique performative style,” says choreographer Tobiah Booth-Remmers.

Dance Launchpad’s performances will be showing on Friday, May 20, 7pm and Saturday, May 21, 3pm and 7pm at The Odeon Theatre, Norwood. Tickets are $18 (+ booking fee)