Ausdance Peggy van Praagh choreographic fellowship

Applications are now open for the inaugural Ausdance Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship. $10,000 will be awarded annually to a mid-career choreographer (must be over 35 years) working either independently or with a company.

Expressions of interest are invited from eligible choreographers who can demonstrate the value of the fellowship to their own choreographic development /practice /career.
1. About Dame Peggy
In the 1960s and 1970s while she was Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, Dame Peggy collaborated with many of Australia’s leading artists to establish the legendary Armidale summer schools, through which young Australian choreographers were given opportunity and encouragement. Peggy also helped establish Ausdance (formerly Australian Association for Dance Education).

Under van Praagh’s direction, the Australian Ballet made the first of many overseas tours, developed a repertoire of ballets that included established international dances as well as commissioned works from Australian and overseas choreographers, and hosted guest appearances by a many notable dancers.

Peggy’s vision of developing a unique dance culture for Australian dance has had lasting implications for future generations. The Dame Peggy van Praagh Memorial Addresses pay tribute to and acknowledges her influence and her ability to identify and encourage choreographic development.
2. The fellowship
$10,000 will be awarded each year to a mid-career choreographer.
Eligible choreographers who can demonstrate the value of the fellowship to their own choreographic development /practice /career should submit an expression of interest before Monday 23 July. A small independent panel will assess applications on behalf of Ausdance.

The timeframe for completion of the project is flexible—up to two years. The fellowship will not contribute to a production, but a public outcome will be required.

There is no formal application form, but as concisely as possible (in two pages or less) please tell us:

  • Who you are
  • What you want to do
  • How you are going to do it.
  • What your public outcome will be

Fellowship applicants must:

  • have a recognised body of work that is valued and recognised by peers, in either ballet or contemporary dance;
  • be 35 years or over with at least 10 years’ choreographic experience;
  • be Australian citizens or residents;
  • provide a CV and two references.

Applications must be marked ‘PvP Fellowship’ and emailed to Ausdance National before Mon 23 July 2012. Feel free to call us on 02 6248 8992 if you have questions.

The first fellowship will be announced in Perth on Saturday 1 September at the Australian Dance Awards.

28 June23 July 2012