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MARTIN DEL AMO with Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Victoria Hunt & Kirk Page


For the second edition of Talking Dance: Dance Ecologies, Martin del Amo has been talking to New South Wales-based dance and performance makers Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Victoria Hunt and Kirk Page. Martin’s article offers us a glimpse into the inner workings of this mini ecology and highlights how their work as artists is fuelled by how they negotiate their cultural identity as people.

Along with Martin’s text are three Artist Profiles, which take a look at each artist’s personal practice, involvement with Critical Path, collaborators, and the organisations that have supported them.

Talking Dance: Dance Ecologies
Introduction by Martin del Amo

The first time I heard the term ‘ecology’ used in relation to the arts was from Keith Gallasch, then Managing Editor of arts magazine RealTime. In his 2005 Platform Paper Art in a Cold Climate: Rethinking the Australia Council, he describes the arts as an eco system, ‘a self-organising, intricate, dynamic network of numerous agents looped together, competing for but primarily sharing resources, mutually evolving and responding to emerging innovations, and without a governing consciousness.’ Gallasch acknowledges that he was inspired to develop the ecology metaphor after, a few years earlier, he had heard Dr Amanda Card, then Executive Producer of dance company One Extra, refer to the local dance scene as an ‘eco system’.

Over time, the term ‘arts ecology’ has gained quite a bit of traction. And 15 years on, it still resonates. Personally, I find it particularly useful when discussing the Australian dance sector as the term so effectively speaks to its complex set of relationships, intricate collaborative networks and multilateral partnerships. Of course, every ecology contains many smaller ecologies within itself, and the Australian dance ecology is no exception.

The aim of Talking Dance: Dance Ecologies is to shed light on some of those smaller ecologies making up the broader Australian dance eco system. For this purpose, I have assembled three groups of dance makers whom I will interview in the coming months. They are: Angela Goh, Rhiannon Newton, Ivey Wawn; Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Victoria Hunt, Kirk Page; and Thomas E.S. Kelly, Katina Olsen, Taree Sansbury. I will then distil the interviews with each ‘ecology’ into three texts published on the Critical Path website throughout the year. The project will culminate in a live public conversation that I will conduct with one artist from each ‘ecology’ in October.

Dance Ecology Two – Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Victoria Hunt & Kirk Page

Artist Profile – Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal

Artist Profile – Victoria Hunt

Artist Profile – Kirk Page

Dance Ecology Two with Artist Profiles (Accessible Word Version)

Banner image credits: Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal – Matthew Syres, Victoria Hunt – Kate Holmes, Kirk Page – Kate Holmes

Date & Location

Tuesday 11 August 2020 - Thursday 31 December 2020