DAIR 2016

DAIR 2016


Congratulations to our 2016 DAIR Round 1 Recipients


Thomas E.S. Kelly is a proud Bundjalung and Wiradjuri man from Qld and NSW. In 2012 he graduated from NAISDA Dance College. Working with Graeme Watson (AUS), Kim Walker (AUS), Taane Mete (NZ), Tairoa Royal( NZ), Charles Koroneho (NZ)
In 2014 Thomas had an Australia Arts Council Jump Mentorship under Vicki Van Hout. During that time he began a first stage development on, Jarrah’s Old Uncle, at Campbelltown Arts Centre. In 2014 Thomas went to Canada for a 4 week professional Indigenous Dance Residency where he danced for Lina Cruz (CAN), Jock Soto (USA) and Thomas Fonua(NZ) as well as his own choreography in the show Trace performed at the Summer Banff Festival in Alberta, Canada. He toured to Hong Kong and Singapore as a puppeteer with Erth Visual & Physical Incorporated as part of their Dinosaur Petting Zoo.
Thomas performed in Vicki Van Hout’s latest full-length work Long Grass at the 2015 Sydney Festival at the Seymour Centre and the 2015 Dance Massive Festival in Melbourne. He also performed Les Festivities Lubrifier for Van Hout in Carriageworks, Liveworks performance season. In August 2015 Thomas toured to Malaysia with Shaun Parker Company to perform Am I at the Georgetown Festival in Penang. Thomas is currently choreographing and composing the sound score for his first full-length work [MIS]CONCEIVE to premiere at the NEXT Wave Festival in May 2016. He will also have a first stage development of his next work The Unknown Soldier in August 2016. Thomas has also had study short courses at NIDA and has appeared in the theatre work ‘1790, A Tale Not Often Told’ and TV series ‘Redfern Now’.


Rakini Devi’s work is intercultural hybrid performance art, integrating her knowledge of Indian Classical Dance and her own visual arts practice. Her inquiry into the female body as symbol, using sacred Hindu iconography as protest against misogynist atrocities are illustrated in her performance installations: The Female Pope (Sydney, New York, Sweden), The Widow, The Two Madonnas (Mexico 2014), Kali Madonna and The Black Madonna. Her highly stylised installations using her own crafted props and visual art have been presented in site-specific venues as varied as a gothic European cathedral to a jungle in Indonesia. Rakini is currently in the second year of a Doctoral Research degree at OUW.


Lizzie Thomson’s practice negotiates processes of embodiment and seeks to press against habituated ways of thinking and moving. Her work investigates a number of research areas including the transmission of information between bodies across time and space, via gesture, rhythm, sensation and words; the nexus between dance and visual arts; ethics surrounding the migration of dance practices across cultures; and the relationship between dance and words. Recent works include White Record (2015), Imitation Jazz  (2015), Restaging the Hills of the Dry Grassy Jazz Dance (2014), Alphabet Dance (2014) and PANTO  (2011). Lizzie’s work has been supported and presented by organisations including Critical Path, Carriageworks, Campbelltown Arts Centre and Performance Space. Alongside her own solo work, Lizzie continues to collaborate regularly on projects as a maker and a performer with artists and thinkers including Erin Brannigan, Matthew Day, Agatha Gothe-Snape and Jane McKernan.


Angela Goh is an Australian artist presenting her experimental work in a range of different contexts. Her practice approaches dance and choreography as tools for speculation. She is interested in imagination - its potential to infect the limits of contemporaneity, blur the edges of fact and fiction, and produce transformation at the borders of image and affect. Angela's work has been supported and presented by Next Wave, safARI, Critical Path, Movement Research (USA), Rimbun Dahan (MY), Alaska Projects and the Oxford Art Factory, Firstdraft, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, UNSW Creative Practice Lab, ReadyMade Works, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Bundanon Trust, and Ausdance NSW. Angela has been the recipient of the danceWEB Europe scholarship, Next Wave Kickstart, and Australia Council ArtStart initiative.

She regularly performs in the work of other artists, recently including Atlanta Eke (AU) for Chunky Move / Underbelly Arts Festival / Alaska Projects; Jane McKernan (AU) for Kier Choreographic Award / Performance Space SCORE Festival; Marina Abramovic (USA/SRB) and Joan Jonas (USA) for Kaldor Public Arts Projects 13 Rooms; Tino Sehgal (UK/DE) for Kaldor Public Arts Projects / Art Gallery of NSW; Marten Spangberg (SWE) for Impulstanz International Dance Festival; and Branch Nebula (AU) for Dance Massive. Angela’s writing on dance has been published in Un Magazine and Critical Dialogues.
Currently Angela is creating the new work Desert Body Creep for presentation in Next Wave Festival 2016, and Terra in collaboration with sound and installation artist Megan Clune for safARI 2016, as well as working with Mette Edvardsen (NOR/BE) and Germaine Kruip (NL/BE) for their respective works in the 20th Biennale of Sydney.


Yukino McHugh is a creative performer who is passionate about expressing her messages and ideas through her crafts. These crafts embrace Dance, Choreography, Acting, Singing and Modelling.

Yukino is a Sydney based performer who has been working in Sydney’s industry and is well known from the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance", where she was one of the top 20 Finalists. The show aired on channel TEN and Yukino finished in the top 14 dancers of Australia - She was the last standing female Hip Hop dancer on the show. Being on the show gave her the chance to work with world class artists, which included Paula Abdul and Robbie Williams. After the show she was a dancer on X- Factor for guest artists - Aston Marrygold and Jason Derulo She also featured on a Film Clip "Carry" by Sietta as one of the main Dancer/Actress. She also choreographed the piece and the film clip, which aired on MTV, Channel V and Rage. The film clip was nominated at a Film Festival in Los Angeles, USA at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood – where she was invited to attend. 

Being half Japanese gives her a special insight to the Oriental culture, which she oftens tries to cultivate in her crafts. Yukino is always experimenting and looking for new ideas and  has travelled to many countries such as Turkey, Eygpt, Japan, Bali, Africa, America, Greece, Canada - in search of new cocepts. She has also worked extensively with the Australian Indegenous youth programs such as Beyond.


Miranda Wheen is an independent dancer based in Sydney. A highly versatile performer, she has collaborated with a number of companies and choreographers throughout Australia and internationally, including: Shaun Parker and Company, Mirramu Dance Company, Restless Dance Theatre, Martin Del Amo, Marrugeku, Stalker Theatre and the Tsai Jui-Yueh Dance Foundation in Taiwan, among others. Miranda has studied in Senegal, West Africa, with choreographer Germaine Acogny at L'Ecole des Sables, the International School for Contemporary and Traditional African Dance, and for three years was a participant in the International Indigenous Choreographic Laboratories held in Sydney, Broome and Auckland.

The Dance Makers Collective is a group of Sydney based dancers and choreographers. Conceived with the vision of providing a platform for dance artists to make work with shared resources, Dance Makers Collective has also become an important platform for exchange and the incubation of ideas. With a fluid, collective structure we aim to support the development of new dance work, by our members, from research stages right through to production, building vibrant and highly collaborative working relationships.

Congratulations to our 2016 DAIR Round 2 Recipients​​

Anja Mujic​

1 week at ACPE



Carl Sciberras

1 week at Art In Motion and 1 week at ACPE



Ghenoa Gela

2 weeks at the Royal Academy of Dance (photo credit Winds of Woerr by Ghenoa Gela, Photogrphy by Gregory Lorenzutti)


Laura Osweiller

1 week at ACPE



Patricia Wood

1 week at ACPE



Paul Walker

1 week at ACPE


Rhiannon Newton

1 week at ReadyMade Works and 2 weeks at Bankstown Arts Center



Ryuichi Fujimura

2 weeks at ReadyMade Works 



Thomas Bradley

2 weeks at ACPE



Ausdance NSW would like to thank the 2016 DAIR Venue Partners

ReadyMade Works

Bankstown Arts Centre



Royal Academy of Dance


Art In Motion