A film celebrating the acheivements 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. 

A film celebrating the acheivements of the DAIR 2020 funded recipients

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.

DAIR Artists of 2020

  • Alice Weber: Alstonville Dance Studio

Collaborated with Monika Błaszczak, Vanessa Goodman, Ileanna Cheladyn and Alexa Wilson

Mentored by Giselle Stanborough

  • Annalouise Paul: Campbelltown Arts CentreCollaborated 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 Evangeslista:  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


Ausdance NSW is the key support & advocacy body, for the creation, presentation and practice of dance in NSW.

Ausdance NSW is part of the Ausdance National Network.

Ausdance acknowledges and respects the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we work and dance and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging. 

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