A book club for contemporary dance

When is a picnic not a picnic? When it’s a critnic.

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Frustrated with the sometimes limited conversation around contemporary dance, and in particular her own inability to articulate her thoughts about works she’d just seen, Melbourne choreographer and curator Natalie Cursio has melded the familiar model of the book club with the convivial atmosphere of a picnic in the hope of inspiring more rigorous and critical discussion among her peers.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts