Critical Path is Australia’s leading centre for choreographic enquiry, research and development.
Our Mission & Values
Our mission is to nurture and support independent Australian choreographers to push the boundaries of existing contemporary practice. Critical Path supports choreographers to explore new ways of working, develop new collaborations and engage in debate and critical appreciation of dance.
We value artistic integrity, courage and innovation in arts practice and the profound creative potential of risk-taking.
We believe encouraging and respecting a diversity of people and practice is vital to the future of dance and choreography.
We emphasise our role as a ‘centre’: a place where the independent dance sector can congregate, share, discover, cross-fertilise, debate and critique.
We strive to have an impact on the local, national and international contemporary art scene.
Critical Path was established in 2005 to fill a recognised gap in the independent dance sector in NSW – providing a ‘critical’ pathway through which professional dance-makers could innovate their choreographic practice. Twelve years on, Critical Path stands proud as a unique and significant contributor to the development of contemporary choreography in Australia.
Our home is at the Drill, a large rehearsal space situated on the shores of Rushcutters Bay in central Sydney.
We are an incubator for the creation of future work. Our programs are diverse in form and content to inspire the broadest creative curiosity – the process of choreographic enquiry and the choreographer is at the forefront of all we do.
The calibre and creative output of our alumni is testament to our ongoing influence and success.
What We Do
Critical Path looks across the arts sector and beyond to find the opportunities, experiences and knowledge that will be most beneficial to create real change and growth in choreography. This includes responding quickly and positively to initiatives and collaborations from individual artists and from other organisations.
The work is divided between
Experimentation, exploration, investigation, analysis, play…. research of all types. Activities incl. facilitated labs, time in our Research Room, artist led research residencies, blue-sky thinking.
Skills, knowledge & practice development. Activity to challenge, excite, open up and extend understanding, incl workshops, forums, dialogue, publications.
Public Events Program
Our program reaches a wider public through conversations, forums, in the studio events and performances which open up our activities…..
Currently Critical Path has had two curatorial frameworks: Whose Body? and Moving Beyond The Body. In 2017 we are running a program of work questioning the role of the body in contemporary Choreography.
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