Choreographic competition is about more than just awards

The Keir Choreographic Award features public programs as well as a choreographic competition, and provides a snapshot of the contemporary dance sector’s current concerns.

A previous work by 2018 Keir Choreographic Award semi-finalist Amrita Hepi. Photo credit: Prue Stent and Honey Long.

First held in 2014, the biennial Keir Choreographic Award looks to identify and celebrate contemporary choreographic practice in Australia today, while also fostering greater understanding of and literacy in the art form among audience members.

A snapshot of current artistic drives, ideas and concerns, the Award offers eight artists – selected by a jury comprised of high-profile national and international dance identities – the time and space to create and present a fully funded new work, with the winner receiving $30,000.

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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