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The Process: Talking Dance and Disability

A public event presented by Alstonville Dance Studio in collaboration with Accessible Arts and Ausdance NSW with support from the NDIS.

This panel opens up a series of conversations on the creative process of dance artists with disability. Panellists will explore the value of workshopping and devising dance in the particular context of the studio with reference to a specific workshop. Two years ago, in Alice Springs, a group of Disabled artists from all over Australia took part in a workshop called “Transmissions” with Indigenous artist Joshua Pether as part of The Last Avant-Garde, a research project on disability performance. This conversation will reflect back on this workshop and discuss the ways in which dance artists and choreographers can work with the Australian Disability community with a focus on the interrelationships, collaborations and connections and family forged from this unique event held in the centre of our country. The panel will discuss the lessons learnt from this event and the findings of The Last Avant-Garde research project and share some further insights about experiences during and beyond this Alice Springs workshop.


  • Kath Duncan, Artistic Director of the Last Avant-Garde
  • Joshua Pether, Independent Dance Artist and Choreographer
  • Bree Hadley, Professor of Drama (QUT)

The event is hosted by Accessible Arts and Ausdance NSW with an introduction and welcome from Liz Martin, Arts Development and Training Manager, Accessible Arts and facilitation by Kate Maguire-Rosier, Projects & Programs Manager, Ausdance NSW.

We invite attendees to submit any questions to the panel in advance by emailing Kate at by COB Tuesday 20 October 2020.


Image: Promotional image featuring text and headshots of panellists (credit – Anna Cadden)