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Making Fresh Tracks

MAKE TRACKS TO Brown’s Mart this month to enjoy some of the hottest new Territory dance, as part of Tracks Dance Company’s development program, Fresh Tracks.

Offering a platform for developing dance-makers to explore their choreographic vision in a supported environment, the program culminates in a showcase of four short performances.

With three of the choreographers featured in this year’s showcase having come through Tracks’ Choreographic Development Program, Fresh Tracks is a testament to Tracks Dance’s important role in cultivating a strong and diverse Territory dance culture.

“We had 14 artists that came through that program, and through that, we identified some people that had started to make work that we thought could really take flight in a program like this,” says curator of Fresh Tracks, Jessica Devereux.

Fresh Tracks features dance-makers at different points in their creative journeys, from rising star high school student, Mave Ward, to seasoned teacher and choreographer, Marita Smith.

“Marita’s an incredibly skilled choreographer in her own right, but she hasn’t made a lot of independent work. We thought it would be really lovely to give her that platform to make a work outside of the school situation,” says Devereux.

Expect an eclectic mix of dance styles with Steph Spillett bringing the hip-hop and contemporary moves, while Sita Valadian and Nicky Fearn team up to present a piece that blends their different cultural influences. Valadian has a background in classical Indian dance, while Fearn is a well-known theatre-maker with a movement style Devereux describes as “full-bodied and emotional.” Get set for an innovative dance duet, performed to live music.

For Devereux, however, the best part is being able to see how hungry people are to make their own work.

“Territory dance is growing and it’s an exciting time to continue to celebrate and support lots of different voices and ways of working. I just feel really happy to be part of that.”

So head along and enjoy being part of this exciting movement, too!

Fresh Tracks
COST $25 | $20 CONC

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