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Making Space

A film celebrating the achievements of the DAIR 2020 Funded recipients

Ausdance NSW is proud to announce the launch of Making Space, a filmic essay celebrating our 2020 Dance Artists in Residence produced in collaboration with Bam Studios. In 2019, the DAIR program received funding through the Australia Council for the Arts. This enabled the recipients to receive a weekly stipend to undertake their residencies. Our partnerships with venues across metropolitan Sydney, Western Sydney and regional NSW meant we were able to offer an assortment of studio space. We deeply thank our venue partners including the Australian College of Physical Education, Alstonville Dance Studio, Campbelltown Arts Centre, The McDonald College, NAISDA Dance College, Royal Academy of Dance, Art in Motion and ReadyMade Works for their support of DAIR 2020.

Filmed at Brand X, Making Space features all 13 DAIR 2020 artists, sharing excerpts of their work and thoughts about their work. They discuss their creative process and reflect on the impact of the DAIR program on their practice.



Within ten days of COVID-19 sparking a national lockdown, DAIR shifted online complete with the enthusiastic support of the artists involved. We quickly adapted the DAIR Program to #DAIRonline. The filmic essay touches on the impact of the restrictions on artists, for example limited access to studio space, and how many persevered to produce new work in new formats, in new ways, be it conducting research, or connecting with dance artists across the globe.

Making Space is followed by a digital ‘postscript’, that is, a group discussion with Ausdance NSW’s 2020 DAIR artists and their collaborators, facilitated by choreographer and performer Lee Serle, filmed again on site at Brand X.



  • Alice Weber - Alstonville Dance Studio
    • Collaborated with Monika Błaszczak, Vanessa Goodman, Ileanna Cheladyn and Alexa Wilson
    • Mentored by Giselle Stanborough
  • Annalouise Paul - Campbelltown Arts Centre
    • Collaborated with Trevor Brown
    • Mentored by Anny Mokotow
  • Eliza Cooper - The McDonald College
    • Collaborated with Mitchell Christie, Maxine Carlisle, Strickland Young, Allie Graham, Emalyn Knight, Jess Goodfellow, Emma Grill and Mason Peronchik.
    • Mentored by Kay Armstrong
  • Ella-Watson Heath - Australian College of Physical Education
    • Collaborated with Kieran Clancy-Lowe
    • Mentored by Sandra Eldridge
  • Elle Evangelista - Royal Academy of Dance
    • Mentored by Matt Cornell
  • Emily Flannery - NAISDA Dance College
    • Collaborated with Amy Flannery, Jye Uren and Thomas J Kelly
  • Emma Harrison - Australian College of Physical Education
    • Collaborated with Luke Minness
    • Mentored by Kay Armstrong
  • Gabriella Green - Campbelltown Arts Centre
    • Collaborated with Ngioko Bunda-Heath
    • Mentored by Emma Saunders
  • Natasha Sturgis - Art in Motion – Imagine Residency
    • Collaborated with composer Alice Jane Turner, dancers; Alice Laidler, Allie Graham, Eliza Cooper, Lillian Grant, Lisa Mclaughlan, Olivia Hadley, Rachele Chinellato, Satoko Fukuda and Synne Lundesgaard. 
  • Margot Politis - Australian College of Physical Education
    • Collaborated with Liam O’Keefe
    • Mentored by Kay Armstrong
  • Rakini Devi - Australian College of Physical Education
    • Collaborated with Kenny Feather, Jiva Parthipan, Nigel Kellaway and Julie Vulcan
    • Mentored by Martin Del Amo
    • Excerpt from the video installation for Rakini Devi's Kolkata Kali. Sound and video by Karl Ockelford.
  • Ryuichi Fujimura - ReadyMade Works
    • Collaborated with Laura Turner
    • Mentored by Kate Champion

Thank you to our DAIR Venue partners for their continued support, without which this program would not be possible.


Ausdance NSW would like to thank each DAIR artist involved in the 2020 program and for sharing their practice with us. Thank you, Lee Serle, for facilitating the group sharing.

We would like to acknowledge DAIR artist Patricia Wood not featured in this film.

Patricia Wood

Australian College of Physical Education

Mentored by Lee Serle

"My current work deals with the transference of embodied knowledge from a body to another performer’s body; from a performer’s body to an audience’s body or from a body into words or visual signs. These transfers involve embodied repetition and all the senses that help create memory and continuities. While dance is often transmitted within conventional symbolic codes of culture, my work deals with dance transmission occurring through non-symbolic morphic processes such resonance, vibration, and soft telepathy."


Ausdance NSW would like to thank James Winter and Brand X for allowing us to film in their venue and thank you for your dedication and commitment to showcasing independent dance across NSW.

Ausdance NSW would like to thank ‘Making Space’ producers Lauren Vassallo and Kate Maguire-Rosier for their dedication to the DAIR program and their continued efforts in shining a light on independent artists.

Eliza Cooper, Music ‘Chiropetera’ created by Mason Peronchik for Bat Lake. DirtyFeet has supported this project in the Out of the Studio program 2020.

Photo Credit: Elle Evangelista, photo by Luke Currie-Richardson.

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

Ausdance NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW