Keir Choreographic Award 2022 program and jury announced 

Raghav Handa in 'Follies of God'. Photo by Lucy Parakhina.
Raghav Handa in 'Follies of God'. Photo by Lucy Parakhina.

The Keir Foundation, Dancehouse and Australia Council for the Arts, with presenting partner Carriageworks, have announced the program and jury for the fifth edition of the Keir Choreographic Award (KCA). The award is a premiere event for the Australian dance scene presenting newly commissioned works by eight independent Australian artists and collectives. For the first time, Carriageworks and Dancehouse will each host all eight works over a two-week season from 23 June — 2 July, featuring two presentations of four works each in a rotating program.

The esteemed jury of international dance leaders tasked with selecting the recipient of the 2022 KCA and awarding the $50,000 jury prize on Sunday 3 July at Carriageworks include Daniel Riley (Wiradjuri/Australia), artistic director of Australian Dance Theatre; Eko Supriyanto (Indonesia), choreographer and independent dance artist; Laurie Uprichard (Ireland), international dance presenter and curator; Lemi Ponifasio (Aotearoa/New Zealand), internationally acclaimed artist and collaborator; and Nanako Nakajima (Japan), dance dramaturg, academic and researcher. 

The commissioned artists were selected from an Australia-wide call-out of 64 proposals and include an outstanding mix of early-career to established practitioners from states and cities across Australia.  

KCA artists Alan Schacher and WeiZen Ho, Alice Will Caroline, Jenni Large and Tra Mi Dinh will perform their newly commissioned works at Dancehouse (23 — 25 June) and at Carriageworks (30 June — 2 July).   

KCA artists Joshua Pether, Lucky Lartey, Raghav Handa and Rebecca Jensen will perform their newly commissioned works at Carriageworks (23 — 25 June) and at Dancehouse (30 June — 2 July). 

Keir Choreographic Award Founder Phillip Keir said, “I am proud to see how the KCA has grown to become the largest generator of new choreographic works in Australia and a catalyst for international exchange and recognition. The 2022 international jury tasked with the responsibility of selecting the winner of the Award represents a wealth of diverse knowledge and experiences and I look forward to seeing the dialogue and discourse that is generated from their involvement in this years’ KCA.” 

Dancehouse CEO and Artistic Director Josh Wright said, “With the international perspectives and dialogues offered by this remarkable jury of emblematic dance figures from across the Asia Pacific, I am excited to see the fifth Keir Choreographic Award unfold in both Melbourne and Sydney. It has been extraordinary to see the Award grow to be the largest generator of new choreographic works in Australia and all the opportunities for international touring and cross-cultural exchange that continue to be generated. I look forward to seeing these compelling new works in June and to watch their future lives unfold across borders.”

Tickets for the 2022 Keir Choreographic Award are now on sale for both Carriageworks and Dancehouse’s seasons. The full KCA program will also be recorded and made available digitally On Demand Australia-wide on Sunday 3 July, along with the announcement of the $50,000 jury prize and $10,000 audience choice award. 

The Keir Choreographic Award is a partnership between Dancehouse, The Keir Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts, with presenting partner Carriageworks. 

For bookings, visit events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/keir-choreographic-award-22.

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