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A scene from Hofesh Shechter's 'Political Mother'. Photo by L Boshua.
A scene from Hofesh Shechter's 'Political Mother'. Photo by L Boshua.

FORM Dance Projects in Sydney has launched an exciting new annual dance festival - IDEA - Independent Dance Exchange Australia.

IDEA is an intensive program that brings together leaders from Australia and overseas in First Nations practice, contemporary dance and physical theatre for an an intensive program of public performances, workshops and seminars.

For IDEA, FORM Dance has developed a new city-wide creative initiative which aims to effectively refresh the pipeline of opportunity and creative productivity within the Sydney dance sector and support recent graduates and mid-career artists.

Hosting these events are some of the world’s most vital and in-demand choreographic voices, Crystal Pite (CA), Maxine Doyle (UK) with Gabrielle Nankivell (AU) and Hofesh Shechter (UK). Rounding off this cohort are First Nations choreographer Vicki Van Hout (AU), Sadiq Ali (UK), a queer Muslim artist working across dance, aerial and activism, and Marc Brew (AU/UK) championing a new leading voice with disability.

Together with partners Critical Path, Riverside Theatres, Brand X, Q-Topia and the Sydney Opera House, IDEA is set to be an annual hosting of master workshop programs, the development and presentation of new Australian-made work, international programming, and local/regional/international touring through FORM’s organisation, venue and festival partner networks.

IDEA’24 offers participating artists a suite of diverse development opportunities, from two-week intensives to shorter five-day deep dives. The weekly Saturday "Water Cooler" will see creative leaders gather to unpack process in a shared forum with the sector colleagues, audiences and communities.


FORM Dance is inviting choreographers and dance artists to submit their work for inclusion in its inaugural IDEA Festival edition showcase as part of IDEA’24.

Here’s your chance to present work, free of charge. Applications are now open and close on July 24. Go here for more info.


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