2014 marks the second phase of this specially tailored mentorship program for Eric Avery and Henrietta Baird, two Sydney-based artists, at the beginning of their choreographic careers. The program seeks to provide opportunities for them to develop choreographic skills through workshops, and to develop their own contemporary dance work in connection to their communities and through mentored residencies.
In this project, Eric Avery will explore ways to replicate spoken language in movement, focusing on the language of the Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan people. Under the mentorship of Vicki Van Hout, he will investigate a range of tools and choreographic techniques.
Eric Avery will also undertake a Research Room Residency from 10–30 March.
Eric Avery belongs to the Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Gumbayngirr and Bandjalang peoples of NSW. A dancer and musician based in Sydney, his recent highlights have included a second stage mentorship programme with the Australian Ballet and also a role in Black Arm Band’s NGANGWURRA MEANS HEART.
Vicki Van Hout is an independent choreographer from the Wiradjuri nation, Western NSW.
Image courtesy Eric Avery