Choreographic Program Sharing

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DRILL invites you to see five new short works made by young choreographers as a part of our inaugural Choreographic Program, in partnership with Tasdance and Salamanca Arts Centre.

Sunday 27 October 2019 at 3:00pm
Salamanca Arts Centre

Tickets to the Choreographic Program are free. We invite you to make a donation to DRILL, which is a registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. All donations over $2 are fully tax-deductible! Capacity is limited, so make sure you book your place!

Choreographic Program 2019

For the first time DRILL is offering the opportunity for aspiring makers to create and present their own short dance works, as a part of our inaugural Choreographic Program.

Through a new partnership with Tasdance, Artistic Director Adam Wheeler, alongside DRILL Artistic Associate Angela Barnard, will mentor young dance makers as they create and present their own short dance works. Over four weeks participants will be given space, guidance, and provocation while undertaking a choreographic exploration that is of interest to them.

In partnership with Salamanca Arts Centre, participants will be invited to use the entire building and grounds during their choreographic exploration. DRILL has been creating site-specific dance work since 2012, and our young choreographers will be encouraged to consider the alternative spaces available, and create work that is shaped by and responds to this unique Tasmanian building.

The works will be shared with invited guests, providing a supportive platform for audience engagement and feedback. DRILL will also invite a dance reviewer to give critical feedback to each choreographer.

Interested participants must apply below by September 25th.

Register for Junior Company 2019!


DRILL's next dance program for young people, Junior Company, is here and we're looking for dancers to become a part of our 2019 Company!

Junior Company is a contemporary dance program for young people aged 9 to 14, running for eight weeks over October and November. In 2019 DRILL will be offering two Junior Company programs, one in Glenorchy and one in Clarence.

The Glenorchy Junior Company will be rehearsing and performance at the Moonah Arts Centre, led by choreographer Angela Barnard. The Clarence Junior Company will be rehearsing at Industrie Performing Arts and performing at Rosny College, led by choreographer Hannah Vermeulen.

Interested participants MUST register by clicking the button below before September 24th.

NEON Wrap Up

And it’s all over! NEON was seen by over 600 people across our 8 performances this week at Bayview Secondary College. The work included three pieces choreographed by Joshua Lowe, Angela Barnard and Jaala Jensen, pictured here with audiences listening to the scores (recorded by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra) through wireless headphones.

A huge congrats to the cast, crew, creatives and volunteers, and thank you to every single person that saw and supported the season.

Check out some of the images from the season above, and keep an eye out on our social media for more to come.

You can also read a fantastic review of NEON by Robert Jarman for ArtsHub here.

DRILL's New General Manager: Cathryn Gurrin!

We are very excited to announce the appointment of DRILL's first General Manager, Cathryn Gurrin!

Cathryn has been a long-time program officer at Arts Tasmania where she has worked with a wide range of artists and organisations. She was a board member of Musica Viva Tasmania for seven years, where she managed the operations of their annual subscription season, as well as being treasurer. She also had a stint as Operations Coordinator for Ten Days on the Island. Before that, Cathryn managed over 100 concerts a year at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. Cathryn holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Queensland and a Certificate IV in Entertainment. She completed the orchestral management school held by Youth Music Australia (now the Australian Youth Orchestra) and played in three of their national performing programs as a horn player.

DRILL is thrilled to have someone of Cathryn's experience on board to help lead the company through its next stage of growth. Cathryn will be starting with DRILL at the end of July. Please help us make her feel welcome!

NEON tickets on sale!

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Hobart’s youth dance company DRILL presents NEON, an immersive contemporary dance work by local young movers.

AUGUST 14TH - 17TH, 2019

A collision of dance and science, NEON is a concoction of three new works inspired by the chemical elements, taking place during the International Year of the Periodic Table. Three choreographers, alongside the cast of seventeen, have examined how our understanding of science and the physical makeup of our reality is reflected in human experiences.


NEON is a completely free-roaming experience featuring musical scores created by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and an explosive design of light and colour. You are given the power to experiment with how you watch and listen to each of the three works, which are performed simultaneously on loop.

As a part of National Science Week, NEON also offers a range of fun, scientific experiments, games and competitions for you to try out prior to the performance. 

Capacity is strictly limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Support DRILL this EOFY with a tax-deductible donation!

🎁 The end of financial year is upon us, so it’s a fantastic time to make a fully tax-deductible donation to support DRILL! 🎁

We need your help to make sure we can keep running programs like Dance Nexus in schools, as well as our company performances. Your donation will ensure these programs remain low-cost and accessible to all young people.

Every little bit counts! Click here to find out more and donate before June 30th! 🐡 

Dance Nexus Performance

Check out some pics from the performances of Dance Nexus 19! Now in its fifth year, the program connected choreographer Felicity Bott and six scientists from University of Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the Royal Hobart Hospital with five schools to create dance works about science. The cast of 100 students performed to a total audience of 706 people over three shows! A huge thank you and congrats to all involved!

👕 designs by Joshua Lowe
📸 by Katie Palmer Photography & Angela Barnard