March Dance returns to embrace Sydney’s vibrant dance community 

Dance artist Tra Mi Dinh performing 'Holding' at March Dance 2021. Photo by Rolling Media Productions.
Dance artist Tra Mi Dinh performing 'Holding' at March Dance 2021. Photo by Rolling Media Productions.

March Dance, supported by the City of Sydney, is back in 2022! The festival will be held from March 1 to 31, and 129 artists will take part, including six companies, 12 organisations and 17 venues across Sydney. The program includes 19 residencies, five performances, five workshops, 13 dance classes and four talks.

March Dance is a fighter. It has ploughed ahead since the festival’s 2019 inception, despite COVID restrictions. With the diversity of ongoing independent dance practice in Sydney, the annual festival is focused on inclusivity, equity, partnership and connection, to reach city audiences.

“Alongside the entertainment and music industry, Sydney’s independent dance community has gone through many challenges during the past two years. March Dance Festival is a celebration of our sector’s continued perseverance and its ability to rise above these challenges and resurface stronger than ever,” said Lauren Vassallo, March Dance manager.

The 2022 festival highlights the diversity of artists in Sydney and showcases emerging, mid-career and established artists such as Eliza Cooper, Emma Harrison, Josh Freedman, Lux Eterna, Mitchell Christie, Patricia Wood and Rakini Devi who have also been offered mini cash bursaries, thanks to the City of Sydney, the Keir Foundation and Critical Path.

Through the inaugural ‘Start-Up Keir Commission,’ the Keir Foundation has sponsored March Dance with a $3000 bursary, which will support the development of new work by an artist to be announced on March 31. This work will be featured at the 2023 festival.

“March Dance has already proved itself to be an important part of the annual program for dance in Sydney and a contributor to the creation of new work. The Keir Foundation is excited to support March Dance developing its bursary offer and now this new seeding commission,” said Phillip Keir.

The festival will kick off at Harold Park Community Centre at Tramsheds on Thursday 3 March. Guests will be greeted with dance film screenings by Wendy Yu and Lux Eterna, and performances by Josh Freedman, Sydney Choreographic Ensemble and dance artist Anton.

For the full festival program, visit marchdance.com.

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