Senior Company Intensive with Jaala!

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.

Discocize with Healthy Hobart Goes Dark!

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!

The Elizabeth Barnard Scholarship

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!

Dance Nexus 2018

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

Something

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

Nothing

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!

Nothing / Something / Everything

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DRILL in association with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Resource Work Cooperative presents Nothing / Something / Everything, a season of three site-specific, improvised dance performances.

Tickets to this season are strictly limited to 100 per show, so make sure you book yours early - it WILL sell out!

$45 Season Pass / $20 Each
Buy a Season Pass and add some DRILL Merch for a discounted $15!

New Board Members

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We are so thrilled to announce the appointment of Carin Mistry and Frank Hsueh to the Board of DRILL!

Carin is the Executive Director of the Australian Script Centre/AustralianPlays.org. Since moving from the UK 20 years ago, she has worked in a range of leadership, program and policy development roles for the Australia Council for the Arts, including Director of Dance. 

Frank is a chartered accountant and Director at Macquarie Accounting in Hobart. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Information Systems, and worked in various IT positions in Tasmania before becoming an accountant. 

Call Out for Dancers for NEON!

DRILL's next major dance work with young people, NEON, is here and we're looking for dancers aged 14 to 30 to form our 2018 senior company.

NEON will be three 20-minute pieces, choreographed by Joshua Lowe, Angela Barnard and Jaala Jensen, each one in response to one of the chemical elements from the Periodic Table. All dancers in the company will be performing in all three works. In the final performance season, they will be performed all at once and looped three times, with the audience roaming the venue and deciding on which work to watch, and in what order. DRILL creates works that challenge how the audience experiences them, and NEON will be no exception.

This project will span over two years, with an extensive creative development during 2018, and the performance season in 2019. You do NOT need to be available in 2019 to participate in the 2018 creative development.

We are looking for Board Members!

DRILL is looking for a new Treasurer and Dance Industry Representative to join our Board of Directors!

 

TREASURER

The Treasurer is responsible for the financial management of the company, including bookkeeping, reporting, financial liaison, and advising the Board on proper financial governance. This person will preferably hold a position as a chartered accountant, can confidently advise on financial planning, be creative about generating funds, and have time to commit fully to the role. 

The Treasurer needs to be based full-time in Hobart, manage bookkeeping fortnightly, and be able to attend Board meetings. Please note that this position is voluntary. 

Those interested in the position should contact Artistic Director Joshua Lowe at josh@drillperformance.com for more information. 

 

DANCE INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVE

The primary role of this Board member is to provide a connection between the company and the national dance industry, while also using their perspective and experience as a practicing artist to assist with company governance. This person should be recognised within the industry, have an ongoing dance-based practice, and have the time and motivation to contribute fully to this role. This is a great opportunity for artists to learn about company governance and develop new standing within the industry. 

As the company is based in Hobart, Tasmania, you will be expected to attend most Board meetings via Skype, and some in person (with travel expenses covered by the company). Please note that this position is voluntary. 

Those interested in the position should contact Artistic Director Joshua Lowe at josh@drillperformance.com for more information.