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Meet Cara Hagan and Brenton Surgenor, new faces of VCA Dance
Leading specialist in somatic education, choreography and dance science Aotearoa-born Brenton Surgenor has lived and worked in the US, the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. His career has spanned choreography, TV, arts administration and higher education. Internationally established artist and scholar Cara Hagan is a dancer from New York, where she has had a rich career including as director and curator of an international screen dance festival, and as facilitator of a grassroots community dance group Small and Mighty Acts. Here we talk to Cara and Brenton about a life in dance and the new Master of Dance at the VCA, University of Melbourne.
The power of mentoring: an interview with curator Professor Natalie King OAM
Professor Natalie King has been recognised for her 20-plus years spent mentoring other women, colleagues and First Nations peers working in the arts.
Ablaze: Tiriki Onus resurfaces vital Indigenous history through a film about his grandfather
Academic, advocate, singer and now filmmaker, Tiriki Onus discusses the film made by his grandfather William "Bill" Onus and the new documentary it inspired.
Master of Dance will launch at the University of Melbourne in 2022
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, home of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, is pleased to launch a new Master of Dance for 2022. The first program in Australia dedicated to dance as an interdisciplinary practice, the Master of Dance incorporates local and global crosscurrents of movement, dance health, education and choreography, and has assembled a new international team of expert practitioners.
Is our thinking about emotions wrong? Dr Frederic Kiernan, University of Melbourne
Thinking about "doing" emotions, rather than just "feeling" them, offers a new perspective on the mechanisms of social change.
The art and science of teaching music online: Dr Carol Johnson at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Lockdown has accelerated the shift towards online music teaching, making Dr Carol Johnson’s expertise in the field, earned over nearly 20 years, more sought-after than ever.
Bridging ethnic divides at the Mitrovica Rock School: an interview with Dr Gillian Howell
Dr Gillian Howell's research investigates the contributions of music and participatory arts to post-war peace, reconciliation, cultural development and community cohesion. Here, she discusses her ongoing research with the Mitrovica Rock School in Kosovo.
Hiraeth: a new solo guitar work to celebrate 100 years since Manuel de Falla's Homenaje a Debussy
A century to the day since Spanish composer Manuel de Falla's iconic Homenaje a Debussy enjoyed its first major performance, Ken Murray performs a new companion piece composed by guitarist Stephen Goss.
Feral queerness – an interview with Associate Professor Alyson Campbell
Running interference? Going feral? Alyson Campbell discusses her research projects and strategies relating to her own queerness and the queerness of others.
Dr Sarah Woodland: 'Social justice is a connective tissue in my applied theatre work'
In her role as Dean's Research Fellow in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Dr Sarah Woodland leads a portfolio of research entitled 'Performing Justice: Arts-Led Approaches to Cultural Rights and Wellbeing in Prison.' Here, she discusses her work in applied theatre and participatory art, including a new project with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company.
Resilience and connection through music – in person and online
COVID-19 and its attendant lockdown restrictions occurred while Professor Jane Davidson's team was already developing a range of face-to-face elements for its intercultural music research project – so what did the move online teach the team about building connections?
Re-membrance, Re-volt, Re-emergence: a Social Practice lecture series at the VCA
Re-membrance, Re-volt, Re-emergence is a global lecture series convened by Tania Cañas for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Social Practice and Community Engagement program in 2020. The inaugural event saw international, interdisciplinary artists and thinkers share creative, community and pedagogical practices as new propositions for collective political memory. In this article we look back at the artistic minds behind the four keynote presentations; Tundé Adefioye, Regina José Galindo, Kayhan Irani and Dr Joachim Ben Yakoub.
Event Horizon: an Art + Australia symposium and special issue
Australia’s seminal art journal, Art + Australia, will explore the conjunction of art and science in its next issue, titled Event Horizon, which will be released this month to coincide with a three-day symposium.
Finding voice – Katy Abbott on composing Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender
Celebrated Melbourne Conservatorium composer Katy Abbott discusses her latest work, incorporating letters sent by members of the Australian public to detained asylum seekers on Nauru.
New ABC media residency for arts practitioners and researchers
The University of Melbourne is partnering with the ABC and the Australia Council to present TOP 5 Arts – a media residency for graduate early-career practitioners and PhD researchers working in visual arts, performance, design, architecture and screen. Applications are open now, and close on 1 June.
Dr Suzanne Fraser: coordinating the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) – a ‘big, beautiful creature’ at the University of Melbourne
Dr Suzanne Fraser is Centre Coordinator at the University of Melbourne's Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) and was previously a lecturer in Art History at the University. As well as lecturing, she is an arts writer and researcher. Here, she talks about CoVA's remit, aspirations and research profile.
Robert Walton on Child of Now and bringing your heart to work
A creative trailblazer, Victorian College of the Arts Theatre lecturer Robert Walton has been credited with creating the world’s first piece of iPad theatre and has toured his work in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. So where does "radical empathy" fit in to his work as an artist and creator?
Dr Kim Dunphy, Dance Movement Therapist: ‘It’s our moral obligation to make a contribution’
Digital archives of sung poems might seem a long way away from dance movement therapy, but for Dunphy it’s all part of a broader engagement with art, culture and community-building.
Chris Kohn, VCA lecturer: putting diversity centre stage
Since 2016, Chris Kohn has been working on a PhD looking at theatre made by people with intellectual disabilities and those identifying as neurodiverse. Right now, though, he's excited about a completely different kind of diversity project.
Homeside: music therapy for people living with dementia goes global
Homeside is training family carers worldwide to use music interventions to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.