DANscienCE Moving Well – Films

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DANscienCE Moving Well – Films


Raffertys Theatre


02 June 2018

Event Type

Cinema Screening


DANscienCE Moving Well explores the nexus between dance and science in the fields of health, well-being and longevity.

The one-day event at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, curated by Liz Lea (Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance – Australian Dance Awards 2017), features performances, films and talks with guest artists and health specialists moderated by arts journalist, Caroline Baum.

MOVING Well will promotes creativity in all ages and the way in which current research and practice in the areas of dance and health bring value to our bodies and minds at varying stages of life.

Tickets include both films.


On View: Icons (excerpts) Sue Healey

First created as a video installation at Carriageworks in 2015, the On View: Icons series has evolved into a collection of portraits of dance artists whose legacies deserve to be remembered. “The unique embodied languages of dance are passed on only by expert human care and attention to detail.  This is easily lost. I translate dance to the screen as an antidote to its impermanence.” (Sue Healey) For DANscienCE Moving Well, Sue Healey will show film excerpts featuring dance luminaries Lucette Aldous AC, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, Nanette Hassall AM and centenarian Eileen Kramer who will make a live appearance. With her portrait of Eileen Kramer, Sue was a 2017 finalist in the Digital Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery Australia. A Q&A with Sue Healey will follow the screening. Date & Time: Saturday 2 June at 4:30pm Duration: 60 Minutes including film (approx. 30mins) and Q&A Classification: G Photographer credit: Judd Overton and Sue Healey Logos: Australia Council, Create NSW

SUE HEALEY – BIO 2018 Sue Healey is a Sydney-based choreographer, film maker and installation artist. Experimenting with form and perception, Healey creates dance for diverse spaces and contexts: galleries, theatres and screens.  She tours internationally and has shown her work in many venues including the Sydney Opera House; Victorian Arts Centre; Lincoln Centre, New York; and Aichi Arts Centre, Nagoya Japan.  Her current major work, On View, is a multi-tiered film installation and performance, produced by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in Hong Kong, and Aichi Arts Centre, Nagoya, Japan 2017-2020. A graduate of the VCA (BA Dance 1983, MA Choreography 2000), Sue received a Creative Fellowship in 2014 from the Australia Council for Arts, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne 2015. Sue has won 5 Australian Dance Awards for Dance on Film/New Media and for Independent Dance. Her films are widely acclaimed and have screened in many major international festivals and television. She has created 10 major films with cinematographer Judd Overton, her key film collaborator, including the feature length film, Virtuosi (2012) and the documentary The Golds (2014). http://www.suehealey.com/


Iconic Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard, in her filmmaking debut, creates an inspirational portrait of dancer Michelle Ryan whose passion and courage has enabled her to overcome life-shattering personal adversity. At the peak of her career, Michelle Ryan was one of Australia’s leading artists, dancing under the direction of Meryl Tankard at the Australian Dance Theatre. From there she toured the world until she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Betrayed by her body she lost her career, mobility and marriage. Despite her damaged confidence and physical impairment, in a chance moment, she is drawn back to dance, eventually becoming artistic director at the Restless Dance Theatre, an Adelaide-based company working with young people with disabilities. “Michelle’s Story” is an uplifting story that offers insight into the world of dance and disability and the liberating power of art. Michelle’s story was screened at Adelaide Film Festival 2015 and ABC TV 2016. The film won the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film, the South Australian Screen Award for Best Documentary, Best Short Film and Best Music, as well as the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at Adelaide Film Festival. “not only visually exquisite but also searingly moving” (Maggie Tonkin, Dance Australia) Date & Time: Saturday 2 June at 5:30pm Duration: 30 minutes Classification:  PG Photographer credit: Courtesy of Hedone Productions and Meryl Tankard, image by Regis Lansac

Meryl Tankard bio Australian artist Meryl Tankard has forged a stellar international career as a director and choreographer. She has created ballet, opera and music and dance theatre for the main stages of Australia, France, Germany, the UK and USA. Meryl’s early career was spent in Europe performing with the renowned Pina Bausch Wuppertal Dance Theatre. Her return to Australia in the 1980’s saw an out flow of unforgettable works that transcended the boundaries of dance, theatre and visual art. As Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre for six years her unique creative style saw the company rise to international acclaim. More recently Meryl has focused on film and screen culture as a medium for expressing her artistic vision and drive. http://meryltankard.com/about


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