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Dancenorth Australia

Deeper than Dancing is a celebration and culmination of a three-year swan-dive into the magic that unfolds when we move out of our comfort zone and into an immersive creative experience.

Join us for a weekend of live performance, short-film, dance experiences and connection.

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Under Construction - Lighting the Dark

Thursday 30 May 2024
Step behind the scenes with Dancenorth as we prepare to stage an Australian-first for championing inclusivity with our brand new work. Lighting the Dark is drawn from the rich imagination and deeply compassionate heart of Chris Dyke, a Kaurna (Adelaide) based dancer and choreographer living with Down Syndrome. Joining forces with Dancenorth and some of Australia’s leading creative designers, Chris will be the first-ever artist living with Down Syndrome to direct a full-length work for a mainstream dance company. Our Under Construction event will give you the chance to peek behind the curtain on this groundbreaking collaboration. Join us for an open discussion about the project, including: • Embracing inclusivity, diversity and collaboration in the creative space • Exploring and honing big ideas to curate something both epic and cohesive • Navigating health, safety and wellbeing with a hard deadline This will be a facilitated discussion led largely by enquiries from you, our guests.
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Still

Between Friday 26 July 2024 and Sunday 11 August 2024
A sunrise sound bath in celebration and reverence of nature. In moments of stillness, we may recognise that herein lies the beauty of nature, the ever-evolving ephemera of entropy, order, cohesion and chaos. In stillness, we discover that the natural world brings a greater sense of awe, awareness, perspective and wonder; a deeper connection with life in all its forms. In stillness, we take pause and reflect on how insignificant we are on the ecological, astronomical, historical and evolutionary continuum. Nature provides the perfect arena to explore our mind and our interrelationship with the world. Still invites us to wake up, to be here, together and present to witness this magnificent moment unfurl and slip away.
Still
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Deeper Than Dancing Film Screening

Between Saturday 4 May 2024 and Sunday 5 May 2024
INCLUDES: DEEPER THAN DANCING FILM SCREENING A trio of short films featuring Dancenorth community members Josh, Ivor and Big Eye Theatre - expressing themselves and their stories through dance. ACCESSIBILITY Films will be screened with captions. Dancenorth is an accessible venue. Learn more: https://dancenorth.com.au/about/access-and-inclusion ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF FUNDING This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance. The event will be filmed for record-keeping. If you have concerns, please contact us.
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Deeper Than Dancing - Closing Event

Sunday 5 May 2024
This is your final chance to catch the Deeper than Dancing films before we round out the weekend in the best way we know how – a dance party, of course! Come dance away the afternoon to local band Late November, followed by a DJ set by Dancenorth's very own Felix Sampson! This is an all ages event. The Dancenorth bar will be open. ACCESSIBILITY Films will be screened with captions. The band will be AUSLAN interpreted. Dancenorth is an accessible venue. Learn more: https://dancenorth.com.au/about/access-and-inclusion ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF FUNDING This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance. The event will be filmed for record-keeping. If you have concerns, please contact us.
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Vital Dance Experience - Gentle Seated Dance Class

Sunday 5 May 2024
Part of the global Dance for Parkinson’s program, our Vital Dance classes inspire, support and empower participants to move. The classes take participants through a range of gentle movements and dancers can choose to remain seated should they prefer. This experience will be co-facilitated by Deeper than Dancing film star Ivor, and include live cello accompaniment by Rike Wolf. Stay on for the Deeper than Dancing film screening to discover how Vital Dance has inspired co-creator, Ivor. ACCESSIBILITY Dancenorth is an accessible venue. Learn more: https://dancenorth.com.au/about/access-and-inclusion ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF FUNDING This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance. The event will be filmed for record-keeping. If you have concerns, please contact us.
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A Deeper Afternoon

Saturday 4 May 2024
Delve into the art-making experiences of a diverse and inclusive group of local co-creators who have embraced the transformative power of music, dance, story-sharing and ideas exchange. This session includes a live performance of RECORD, a screening of the Deeper than Dancing films and a Q&A session with the co-creators. ACCESSIBILITY Films will be screened with captions. Dancenorth is an accessible venue. Learn more: https://dancenorth.com.au/about/access-and-inclusion ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF FUNDING This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance. The event will be filmed for record-keeping. If you have concerns, please contact us.
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Every Body Dance Experience

Saturday 4 May 2024
INCLUDES: DANCE EXPERIENCE + FILMS Join us for an energetic and liberating dance class suitable for people with disability, those who identify as d/Deaf, and anybody wanting to groove. This experience will be co-facilitated by Deeper than Dancing film star Josh. Stay on for the Deeper than Dancing film screening to discover how Josh has been inspired by music and dance. NOTE: As dance space is limited, if you are attending in support of a person with disability and wish to dance, please register yourself as well. ACCESSIBILITY This session will be AUSLAN interpreted. Dancenorth is an accessible venue. Learn more: https://dancenorth.com.au/about/access-and-inclusion ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF FUNDING This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance. The event will be filmed for record-keeping. If you have concerns, please contact us.
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Deeper Than Dancing - Opening Event

Friday 3 May 2024
INCLUDES: WELCOME TO COUNTRY | RECORD PERFORMANCE | FILM SCREENING Join us as we officially open our celebration of Deeper Than Dancing, a three-year swan-dive into the magic that unfolds when we move out of our comfort zone and into an immersive creative experience. This evening will include: - Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by Wulgurukaba Walkabouts - The premiere screening of our three Deeper than Dancing films; and - A live performance of RECORD. Please join us after the formalities for a drink and to congratulate the Deeper than Dancing co-creators ACCESSIBILITY Films will be screened with captions. Dancenorth is an accessible venue. Learn more: https://dancenorth.com.au/about/access-and-inclusion ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF FUNDING This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance.
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Dance For Absolute Beginners

Thursday 15 February 2024
Dancenorth is delighted to return with Dance For Absolute Beginners, a specially designed class series for people who “can’t dance.” Over six weeks, participants will learn general dance movements, pathways and co-ordinations, guided by experienced teachers in a friendly, supportive environment. Accompanied by great tunes, classes will be relaxed and informative, encouraging safe and efficient movement, social connections and all-round good vibes. By the end of the six weeks, participants will feel stronger and more aware of their bodies, as well as feel more relaxed and confident about finding their own natural groove. The course is designed as an introductory experience for absolute beginners – no experience or natural skill necessary. THURSDAYS 6pm-7.15pm 15th February – 21st March (6 weeks) Dancenorth Theatre
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International Day of People with Disability

Friday 1 December 2023
Celebrate International Day of People with Disability 2023 with Dancenorth Australia and Townsville Community Learning Centre. ⁠ International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that celebrates the contributions and achievements of people with disability and promotes awareness, understanding and acceptance in our community. ⁠ ⁠ Each year, Dancenorth collaborates with a group of students from Townsville Community Learning Centre to create an original dance performance. This year, the group has been inspired by their favourite places. International Day of People with Disability will be Auslan interpreted and include inclusive participatory dance opportunity for all mobilities. For accessible seating, including wheelchairs: 1) Book online with total tickets needed. 2) Confirm needs with Dancenorth at (07) 4772 2549 ⁠*This event will be photographed Join us on Friday, 1 Dec 2023 from 4:00pm at Dancenorth dancenorth.com.au/community
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Bambarra-ma Dariburu

Between Saturday 24 June 2023 and Sunday 25 June 2023
Bambarra-ma Dariburu (It’s good to make good) is resonance, spirit, and energy in action. Join us on June 24-25 at the Garabarra (Jezzine Barracks), for this free family-friendly event under the stars as we bring Gurambilbarra (Townsville) to life with the power of movement and music. This mesmerising spectacle celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Wulgurukaba people and the power of togetherness as we embrace a shared future. Experience a world premiere dance performance by the Wulgurukaba Walkabouts, a dynamic performance of NOISE featuring Dancenorth’s award-winning ensemble alongside over 100 local volunteer drummers thumping out a scintillating score, and an exclusive live music set guaranteed to get everyone up dancing score, and an exclusive live music set from Hip Hop Artist Lil Mase, guaranteed to get everyone up dancing.
Jezzine Barracks
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TEST

Saturday 6 May 2023
An evening of short contemporary dance works curated by Amber Haines. Supporting the next generation of choreographers, the annual Tomorrow Makers series provides the Dancenorth Ensemble with the opportunity to create short works with full production values, in a nurturing and supported environment.
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Tomorrow Makers 6

Between Thursday 27 April 2023 and Saturday 29 April 2023
The sixth annual Tomorrow Makers series returns with six visionary new contemporary dance works. Supporting the next generation of dance makers, the annual Tomorrow Makers series provides the Dancenorth Ensemble with the opportunity to explore their independent creative practice and create short new dance works with full production values, in a nurturing and supportive environment. Curated by Dancenorth Associate Artistic Director Amber Haines
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TEST

Wednesday 8 March 2023
An evening of short contemporary dance works curated by Amber Haines. Supporting the next generation of choreographers, the annual Tomorrow Makers series provides the Dancenorth Ensemble with the opportunity to create short works with full production values, in a nurturing and supported environment.
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International Day of People with Disability 2022 Celebration

Friday 2 December 2022
Celebrate International Day of People with Disability 2022 with Dancenorth Australia.⁠ International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that celebrates the contributions and achievements of people with diverse abilities and promotes awareness, understanding and acceptance in our community. ⁠ ⁠ The theme for this year’s International Day for People with Disability is ‘Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world.’ ⁠ Each year, Dancenorth collaborates with a group of students from Townsville Community Learning Centre to create an original dance performance. In 2022 we are excited to also welcome a small ensemble of artists with disability to the stage, who have been working together through November as part of our ‘Deeper than Dancing’ project.
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Tomorrow Makers 5

Between Thursday 10 November 2022 and Saturday 12 November 2022
The fifth annual Tomorrow Makers series returns with four visionary new contemporary dance works. Supporting the next generation of dance makers, the annual Tomorrow Makers series provides the Dancenorth Ensemble with the opportunity to explore their independent creative practice and create short new dance works with full production values, in a nurturing and supportive environment. Tomorrow Makers 5 showcases works by Damian Meredith Felix Sampson Nelson Earl and Michael Smith Tiana Lung with Issy Estrella Curated by Dancenorth Associate Artistic Director Amber Haines
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Tomorrow Makers 4

Between Friday 8 October 2021 and Wednesday 14 September 2022
An evening of short contemporary dance works curated by Amber Haines. Supporting the next generation of choreographers, the annual Tomorrow Makers series provides the Dancenorth Ensemble with the opportunity to create short works with full production values, in a nurturing and supported environment.
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Dance Tropics Dance

Saturday 9 July 2022
Dust of your dancing shoes, Dancenorth’s free annual outdoor dance party Dance Tropics Dance is back! Come along to Townsville’s favourite all ages dance party under the stars, celebrating the diversity of community in dance and music.
Garabarra / Jezzine Barracks
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International Day for People with Disability Celebrations

Friday 3 December 2021
Celebrate International Day of People with Disability 2021 with Townsville Community Learning Centre and Dancenorth Australia.
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Test Subject

Between Thursday 18 November 2021 and Saturday 20 November 2021
Test Subject is a live dance experiment that employs a computer as the dictator of a dance show. Designed and directed by the award-winning choreographer, sound designer, and software coder, Alisdair Macindoe, the Dancenorth Ensemble will engage in a live dance experiment where they will follow and respond to the outputs of an intelligently designed computer operating system.
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The Body as Nature: A Dancenorth Workshop

Friday 10 September 2021
Dancenorth’s co-director of RED, Amber Haines will host an intimate two hour workshop for independent dancers offering a rare chance to experience choreographic methodologies from this powerful work.
QUT Kelvin Grove
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Dance Tropics Dance

Saturday 28 August 2021
Dust of your dancing shoes, Dancenorth’s free annual outdoor dance party Dance Tropics Dance is back! Come along to Townsville’s favourite all ages dance party under the stars, celebrating the diversity of community in dance and music.
Kennedy Regiment Plaza, Jezzine Barracks
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Dungarri Nya Nya Ngarri Bi Nya

Between Sunday 11 July 2021 and Monday 12 July 2021
A ground-breaking free celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance, music and culture. A first for Townsville, the free family-friendly major outdoor arts event will include a world premiere dance performance, featuring four local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups alongside Dancenorth Australia, followed by an exclusive 40-minute live music set from awarding winning hip hop artist Baker Boy. The event will also incorporate the ever-popular Blak Arts Markets.
The Ville Headland
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Dungarri Nya Nya Ngarri Bi Nya (postponed)

Between Saturday 3 July 2021 and Sunday 4 July 2021
A ground-breaking free celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance, music and culture.  Over the past two years, five local First Nations groups – the Wulgurukaba Walkabouts, Big Eye Theatre Dancers, Komet Dancers, Obery Productions, and Bindal Dancers – have come together for the first time in decades to connect, collaborate and co-create a new performance work alongside Dancenorth Australia.
The Ville Headland
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RED

Between Thursday 20 May 2021 and Friday 21 May 2021
A new work by Dancenorth Australia. Tens of thousands of years ago, a genetic mutation gave rise to the physical manifestation of red hair in humans. Now, like many, they are endangered. Air is slowly emptying from a large transparent inflatable structure, ultimately sealing its inhabitants in preserved isolation. Dancenorth uses the plight of its dancers as an allegory for a contracting world. A world where ecosystems and minorities are increasingly suffocated and silenced. Epic and intima
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