Powerful collaboration drives dance residency

First Collective Residencies by Australasian Dance Collective and BlakDance will run for two years with eight First Nations resident choreographers.
BlakDance. Black and white photo featuring five dancers in various movements in a circle with a spotlight shined on them. The photo is taken from bird’s eye view. Dance.

Brisbane-based Australasian Dance Collective (ADC) and BlakDance have partnered to launch the First Collective Residencies for both established and emerging First Nations dancers and choreographers.

The two-year program (2023-2025) is designed to address the increasing demand for First Nations performance works of scale through supporting First Nations artists and providing a pathway to future mainstage commissions.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.