After making its debut in 2017, the BOLD Festival is returning to Canberra, 13-17 March.
Celebrating the legacy of dance of all cultures in professional and community practice, the five day Festival will include workshops, performances, talks, forums and film showings.
International artists performing at BOLD include Didik Hadiprayitno, Eileen Standley and Mary Fitzgerald, and Australian artists include Vicki van Hout, Eric Avery, Tammi Gissell, Graham Davis King, Rakini Devi, Tasmania’s MADE dance elders, Canberra's GOLD Company and Agile not Fragile from NSW.
Featured speakers include Sue Healey, Marilyn Miller, Karen Gallagher, Padma Menon, Dr Garry Lester, Dr Laura Osweiler and Claire Hicks.
Directed and curated by Liz Lea, BOLD enables dancers to come together to share their practices and present their performances. Festival patron Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM elaborates, “The BOLD Festival not only celebrates dance in all its many forms, but also acknowledges and pays respect to our dance elders, teachers and mentors. Making a career in the arts, particularly in dance, is not an easy pathway. It requires skill and discipline, both a flexible body and a flexible mind, determination and a great deal of audacity. One needs to be 'bold'.”
Picture top is Katrina Rank. Photo: Robert Wagner.