On Tuesday we held the call out for Junior Company, following on from a month-long workshop series in 18 primary schools (with 1,302 students) around Hobart. It was so amazing to see such a big group of new faces filling the Moonah Arts Centre, ready to dance. Junior Company will be rehearsing throughout October and November - keep an eye out for opportunities to see them perform!
DRILL offers flexible contemporary dance workshops for all students from Years 1 to 12, providing experienced and engaging staff to get your students moving in a fun and creative way.
Primary School Workshops teach students about safe dance practice and warming up, stretching, anatomy, and how to develop movement from a theme or idea. Workshops also include fun choreography for your students to learn and perform.
Secondary School Workshops can be tailored to your curriculum needs, and usually introduce students to contemporary technique and choreography, as well as providing tasks that enable them to generate their own movement. Workshops can also be taught in improvisation technique, and duo work.
If you have a larger project in mind, we also have choreographers available to work with your students on developing choreography for longer pieces or performances, as well as deeper engagement through residencies. Don't forget each year in Term 2 we offer Dance Nexus, a five-week program for schools.
Our standard workshop fee is $60 per hour, with a negotiated travel fee for schools outside the Greater Hobart area. For longer projects, we are happy to negotiate the fee.
To get your students moving, contact DRILL Artistic Director Joshua Lowe on 0408 660 748 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book in your workshop!
Presenting the 2018 Senior Company! This year we have been working over 5 months on the creative development for our 2019 major season, NEON. As a way to wrap up, we thought we’d bring some of the material together into a dance film.
This project has been made possible with the assistance of Arts Tasmania through the Minister for the Arts, Ogilvie High School, and the Macquarie Point Development Corporation.
DRILL's next dance program for young people, Junior Company, is here and we're looking for dancers aged 10 to 14 to become a part of our 2018 company!
Junior Company is a contemporary dance program for young people aged 10 to 14. Running for eight weeks over October and November 2018, participants will meet twice a week at the Moonah Arts Centre to work with choreographer Joshua Lowe.
Junior Company is a non-competitive, collaborative dance experience that values the young dancers’ input, and encourages them to engage with a theme and respond with their own choreography.
There is no audition process for this project – interested participants MUST register before September 3rd and then attend the call out day:
Date: Tuesday September 4th
Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Venue: Moonah Arts Centre (23-27 Albert Road, Moonah TAS 7009)
For more information and to register, click here.
The Senior Company have been working with Josh and Ange since April on the creative development of our next major season, NEON. This week we are are joined by Jaala, who is working with the dancers everyday to develop ideas and material for her piece. This is Jaala's first time working with a youth dance company, but she is no stranger to DRILL. Jaala was a company member herself when she performed in REBELLION in 2013, and since then has studied full-time at The Space in Melbourne and has been working as an independent dance artist.
Healthy Tasmania and DRILL have teamed up to present Discocize, as a part of Healthy Hobart Goes Dark! Bring along your dance shoes and glow sticks, these high energy sessions with DRILL will be held in a darkened room with a fusion of dance and toning moves with high/low impact options for all fitness levels and families. Check out details and the full schedule of events here!
Beth Barnard has been a long-time supporter of DRILL, and you will probably have seen her manning the front of house desk and nearly all of our performances. This year Beth wanted to offer something extra and so together we created the Elizabeth Barnard Scholarship, which pays the annual fee for one of our Senior Company members. We are very pleased to announce the recipient of this scholarship for 2018 is Mae Ganambarr, pictured here with Beth! Thank you Beth for your generosity, we really appreciate it!
2018 was the fourth year DRILL has offered its combined schools dance program, Dance Nexus, to schools. This year, Josh worked with 100 students from Moonah Primary , Kempton Primary, Windermere Primary, Campania District and Montrose Bay High Schools. Over five weeks, each school created their own piece that linked in to what students were learning in their science curriculum, including themes such as extinction, flight, natural disasters and the solar system.
Everyone came together on June 8th for the combined performance day at Montrose Bay High School, including Simploid the Robot from the Peter Underwood Centre. Check out some photos below and keep and eye out for the performance video, coming soon!
Photos by Izaak Bishop
Only a month after Nothing, we presented our second improvised work, Something, at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. For this performance DRILL company members spent the day inside the central gallery, interacting with the space and museum patrons to develop a rough score for the performance. We were also joined by Stompin company members from Launceston, who contributed to the creation of the work and performed alongside DRILL.
We performed to a sold out crowd who got to join us in the museum after closing hours - photos are below!
Photos by Gabriel Comerford
After a spending a week in intensive rehearsals, the 2018 Senior Company presented Nothing on top of the water reservoirs at the Queens Domain. This week was the company's first time coming together, and included DRILL alumni and a number of brand new members. They were also joined by Jaala Jensen, a DRILL alumna from 2013, and one of the three choreographers for DRILL's 2019 major season, NEON.
Nothing was an entirely improvised work with nothing rehearsed, no instructions and no music. We were very fortunate to perform as the sun set and the moon rose, creating a beautiful atmosphere for the audience who joined us for the evening. Check out the photos below!