Keir Choreographic Award names finalists

Posted on: 12/3/2018 10:20AM

2018 Keir Choreographic Awards FinalistThe 2018 Keir Choreographic Awards finalists have been announced following the Semi-Finals at Dancehouse in Melbourne on March 6-10.


The Keir Choreographic Award is Australia's first major choreographic award presented by the Keir Foundation, Carriageworks and Dancehouse with The Australia Council. The Keir Choreographic Award is a national biennial award dedicated to commissioning short works and promoting innovative, experimental and cross-art form practices in contemporary dance. The award invites Australian professional artists with an established practice to propose a choreographic idea for an original live performance of no more than 20 minutes.


The four finalists will perform in the final series at Carriageworks in Sydney this weekend, from March 15–17. To book tickets, visit




Concept/choreography: Amrita Hepi
Performers: Jahra Rager, Tyrone Robinson, Sarah Vai
Set Design: Alice Joel
Music: Daniel Von Jenatsch, Sarah Scott

This work ponders if it’s possible to transcend class through movement or if society's inscriptions remain firmly imprinted on the body. Three performers conduct an embodied exploration of cultural corporeality, navigating a complex entanglement of the theatre’s social function, a motorbike and its ensuing somatic assumptions.


2018 Keir Choreographic Awards FinalistLUKE GEORGE - PUBLIC ACTION


Concept/choreography: Luke George
Collaborating Performers: Luke George, Latai Taumoepeau, Timothy Harvey, Brooke Powers, Leah Landau
Collaborator (Media & Technology): Nick Roux

This work is a collective negotiation between bodies, objects, artist and audience. Using conflict resolution principles (an alternative method used to bring disagreeing parties to a non-violent understanding) the group is set the physical task of moving a difficult object from one place to another. This is the starting point for a choreographic investigation into groups and group processes.


2018 Keir Choreographic Awards FinalistMELANIE LANE - PERSONAL EFFIGIES


Concept/choreography: Melanie Lane
Performers: Melanie Lane, Chris Clark
Music: Chris Clark
Costume Design: Paula Levis

Personal Effigies is a synthesis of constructed bodies for a singular body, drawing from avatars, puppets, dolls and effigies. In collaboration with musician Chris Clark and costume designer Paula Levis, a storytelling of romance and morbidity unfolds. The artificial and the natural, intimacy and its melancholic impossibility, are negotiated in this solo dance.


2018 Keir Choreographic Awards FinalistNANA BILUŠ ABAFFY - POST REALITY VISION


Concept/choreography: Nana Biluš Abaffy
Performers: Milo Love, Geoffrey Watson

This work explores why it is that we need the body now, in this era of post truth. It is as though its appearance here now is some kind of proof. The presentation of the body as evidence that reality still exists.



Photo (top): Amrita Hepi. Photo by Marielle Sales​. Photo (left): Luke George and Collaborators in Erotic Dance. Photo by Sarah Walker. Photo (right): Melanie Lane. Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti. Photo (bottom): Nana Bilus. Photo courtesy of Carriageworks.



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