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Within 10 days of COVID-19 sparking a national lockdown, Ausdance NSW’s flagship program Dance Artists in Residence 2020 (DAIR) had shifted online with the enthusiastic support of the artists involved. In the early days of the lockdown, as the shock and panic took it’s toll, 4 dancers and choreographers quietly took over our Instagram account each day revealing what dance-making looked like in lockdown. And how it felt.  Culminating in a live co-sharing with Alice Weber, Emily and Amy Flannery. The sharing was conducted via zoom, and was attended by 25 people. DAIR online has begun Ausdance NSW’s exploration of ‘Dance in the Digital Realm’.

Emily and Amy Flannery

Emily, with her collaborator and sister Amy, developed her work 'Bulnuruwahna (Taking Flight)' which will explore the Wiradjuri dreaming stories about the way the land was created by birds.⁠ They were able to develop the work on country at their families home. Emily was the innagural recipient of the DAIR + NAISDA First Nations Artists recidency.

Amy and I would use the time to research the stories that are the foundation and inspiration for my work Bulnuruwanha. This felt like the right course of action, given that we were able to live and research on country. 

The research manifested in many ways, including creating and experimenting with props, visiting local sites like the lake and incorporating traditional women's business such as weaving. I became aware that my practice primarily involves aspects that aren't physical".

It was so lovely to see two sisters work together and explore not only their work but how to adapt to an unprecedented situation such as COVID. Emily is a recipient of DityFeet's Out of The Studio; we look forward to watching both her and her sisters creative practise unfold.

Photo Credit: Image supplied by the artist, 'Bulnuruwanha Nest Wings' NAISDA Dance College, DAIR Funded 2020. @naisda_dance_college @emflann @amyflannery_

Alice Weber

Alice Weber was scheduled to travel to Alstonville Dance Studio in Byron Bay, due to COVID-19 she completed her residency at home, and was mentored by Giselle Stanborough and collaborated with artists Monika Blaszczak, Vanessa Goodman, Ileana Cheladyn and Alexa Wilson in a series of recorded conversations.

"I was interested in finding a possible boundary of what might be considered 'choreographic', and testing (successfully or unsuccessfully) if this work qualifies. I was not concerned with ideas of what choreography 'should' look like, which was essential freedom in this line of enquiry."

Alice recorded a podcast during her residency with Monica Blaszczak as part of 'Ausdance In Conversation…' which can be heard here>>>

Photo Credit: Image supplied by the artist, taken in her backyard, Alstonville Dance Studio DAIR Funded 2020. @alstonvilledancestudio

Social Media Posts - Instagram takeover with Emily & Amy Flannery Social 





To view the full list of DAIR 2020 recipients please click here>>>

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. ⁠