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MARTIN DEL AMO with Angela Goh, Rhiannon Newton & Ivey Wawn

TALKING DANCE: DANCE ECOLOGY ONE

For the first article in the Talking Dance: Dance Ecologies series, Martin del Amo has been talking to Sydney-based choreographers and dancers Angela Goh, Rhiannon Newton and Ivey Wawn. Martin’s article not only highlights the personal and shared experiences of the three featured artists, but also brings to light the myriad collaborators and partner/supporter organisations they have worked with throughtout their careers.

Along with Martin’s text is an Artist Profile for each featured artist, which takes a glimpse into their 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 One – Angela Goh, Rhiannon Newton & Ivey Wawn

Artist Profile – Angela Goh

Artist Profile – Rhiannon Newton

Artist Profile – Ivey Wawn

Dance Ecology One with Artist Profiles (Accessible Version)

Banner image credits: Angela Goh – Jacquie Manning, Rhiannon Newton – Miska Mandic, Ivey Wawn – Matthew Syres

Date & Location

Monday 15 June 2020 - Thursday 31 December 2020

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