DanceSite 2010 - Purkiss Reserve, Tennant Creek Saturday 4th September
Indigenous Traditional Dance Project - Showcase Event
Photo of Red Flag Dancers by Wayne Quilliam
As a local and culturally appropriate platform for traditional dance, DanceSite has also been able to showcase emerging artists and promote further professional performance opportunities for them. Following DanceSite 2008, two dance groups were offered engagements at the Dreaming Festival, Woodford, Queensland, June 2009 and others were offered work and performance opportunities within the Central Desert region.
At audience level, DanceSite encouraged the Alice Springs community to celebrate Indigenous traditional dance from Central Australia, providing a cultural backdrop for further appreciation and greater insight into Central Australian Indigenous culture including; dance, ceremony and connection to country.
DanceSite is a presentation of traditional Indigenous dance from Central Australia. In years previous to Artback NT involvement (2004-2006) the event has been staged on the circus lawns at the Araluen Cultural Precinct.
Critical support for dance development and rehearsals for several months prior to DanceSite through the ITDP has contributed to the success of the event.
DanceSite is the annual showcase event for this project.
DanceSite and the ITDP are funded by Arts NT Regional Arts Fund, Aboriginals Benefit Account and Centrecorp.
In 2010, Artback NT presented DanceSite in a dramatic new location as a major event the Desert Harmony Festival in Tennant Creek. This was again hugely successful with a mostly Indigenous audience of over 2000 people gathering to participate in the biggest cultural event ever staged in Tennant Creek.
Special guests from Numbulwar, the Red Flag Dancers who have performed nationally and internationally, headlined a spectacular showcase of Indigenous dance from the Barkly and Central Desert regions. This year, more than 120 dancers representing 10 different language groups, remote communities and art centres showcased their culture including:
> Warabri Dancers, Ali Curung NT
> Ghenoa Gela, Torres Strait ISlands QLD
DanceSite 10 Photos by Wayne Quilliam