Catalyst participant dancing on stage with his arms outstretched. in a catalyst performance

Catalyst Dance Residency 2015-2016

The Catalyst Dance Residency is a national artist development program across two years supporting 14 dance practitioners with and without disability who have a demonstrated commitment to integrated dance practice.

The program comprises a 7-day Skills and Career Development Residency in year one held at Carriageworks and a 6-day Choreographic Research Lab Residency in year two held at Critical Path.

The full program includes:

  • Master classes
  • Dance training
  • Health and well-being
  • Choreographic workshops and research
  • Artistic and career development
  • Mentorships

The program combines a practical and artistic approach, and provides opportunity for residents to be exposed to a variety of industry professionals and best arts and disability practice.  Participants will work with a mentor over the duration of the residency to provide individual support to develop career goals within a creative framework.


Year One            Sunday 11 October – Saturday 17 October 2015

Year Two            Sunday 21 – Saturday 27 August 2016

Skills and Career Development Residency in 2015

In year-one Catalyst will include a seven-day skills and career development program for dancers with and without disability at Carriageworks in Sydney. Participants will work closely with a leading Australian Choreographer and attend daily dance technique and taster classes. Industry sessions will connect participants to current dance practice and provide skills and networks to navigate through the dance sector. The program will include an in-studio showing of the choreographic workshop outcomes and participants with works in development may be invited to share their own work.

Choreographic Research Laboratory Residency in 2016

In its second-year Catalyst will include an intensive research choreographic laboratory over six-days at NSW hub of choreographic activity, Critical Path. Participants from the 2015 program will be invited to attend and be provided with a stipend for the weeklong process.

The participants will have the opportunity to engage with two leading dance practitioners as they undertake practice-based research. This process will reflect each choreographer’s interests and choreographic explorations.

The residency will include a private industry sharing and feedback session of the work discovered over the week.

For more information contact:
Accessible Arts
Arts Development Manager
Kristina Tito
t | +61 2 9251 6499 ext [105]
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