• Nana Bilus Abaffy, photographed by Gregory Lorenzi.
    Nana Bilus Abaffy, photographed by Gregory Lorenzi.
  • Amrita Hepi, photographed by Marielle Sales.
    Amrita Hepi, photographed by Marielle Sales.
  • Melanie Lane, photographed by Dian McLeod.
    Melanie Lane, photographed by Dian McLeod.


The finals of the Keir Choreographic Awards begin in Sydney tomorrow night. Four finalists have been chosen from an original eight, who all presented their creations at the semi-finals at Dancehouse in Melbourne.

Amrita Hepi, Melanie Lane, Luke George and Nana Bilus Abaffy will present their works at Carriageworks before a jury consisting of Anna CY Chan (Head of Dance, Performing Arts of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong); Lucy Guerin (artistic director of Lucy Guerin Inc, Vic); Ishmael Houston-Jones (US choreographer, author, performer, and curator); Eszter Salamon (Hungarian choreographer, dancer and performer); Christophe Slagmuylder, artistic director of international arts festival Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels; and Venice Biennale Gold Lion winner, acclaimed Brussels-based American choreographer and dancer Meg Stuart.

The Keir Choreographic Award is Australia's first major choreographic award and is presented by the Keir Foundation, Carriageworks and Dancehouse with the Australia Council. It is a national biennial award dedicated to commissioning short works and promoting innovative, experimental and cross-artform practices in contemporary dance. The award invites Australian professional artists with an established practice to propose a choreographic idea for an original live performance of no more than 20 minutes.

The works are: A CALTEX SPECTRUM by Amrita Hepi
Performed by Jahra Rager, Tyrone Robinson, Sarah Vai

PUBLIC ACTION by Luke George
 with collaborating performers Luke George, Latai Taumoepeau, Timothy Harvey, Brooke Powers, Leah Landau.

Performed byMelanie Lane and Chris Clark 

POST REALITY VISION by Nana Bilus Abaffy
Performed by Milo Love and Geoffrey Watson

WHEN: 15 – 17 March 2018

WHERE: Carriageworks 


See here for all eight finalists.

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