New dance company aims to strengthen career pathways

Great Southern Dance intends to strengthen career paths for Tasmanian dancers and reflect the island’s unique history and geography.

A new professional Tasmanian dance company whose work is inspired by the state’s unique landscape and brutal colonial history, also aims to make the island a more attractive place for Tasmanian-born dancers to live and work.

‘That’s absolutely one of our [long term] reasons for being,’ said Felicity Bott, the founding Artistic Director of recently launched contemporary company Great Southern Dance.

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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