Congratulations to Geoffrey Watson, who has been awarded the 2019 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship.
The Fellowship will allow Watson, age 28, to travel to Berlin in July, for a four-week residence at ada Studio. During this time he will work alongside some of Europe’s most acclaimed companies and attend Tanz im August, Berlin’s annual international contemporary dance festival.
The Tanja Liedtke Foundation was established in 2008, in honour of dancer and choreographer Tanja Liedtke. The Tanja Liedtke Fellowship was introduced by the Foundation the following year, to support emerging artists to broaden their choreographic practice and creativity, and encourage global artistic connections and exchange. The Fellowship is open to Australian dancers and choreographers between the ages of 20-35, and is offered in partnership with Australian Dance Theatre’s International Centre for Choreography.
“As an independent artist, maintaining freedom in your thought and work makes it difficult to find well supported opportunities,” says Geoffrey Watson. “We’re always working with the hope that people connect with the excitement we feel for our own vision, and I’m very grateful that this has happened for me this year with the Tanja Liedtke Fellowship. Being awarded this means that I will have a period in which to work essentially unconstrained in the seductive new environment of Berlin and during this time I will be using photography and design as an in-road to performance.”
Pictured top: Geoffrey Watson. Photo: Susanna Kraus.