The BOLD Festival

2-6 March, 2022
Various venues and online

Professional and community dance artists present workshops, performances, talks, forums and film showings in this year’s festival with 10 world premieres, eight national premieres and three established works at the National Film and Sound Archive, National Library of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Gorman House, QL2 Dance and Canberra Theatre Centre.

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ZEST Dance for Well Being Classes resume

Online during February 2022 and later at Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre (COVID dependent)

The ACT is one of the first Australian jurisdictions to provide Dance for Wellbeing programs, catering for seniors and for people with Parkinson’s, Dementia, and other physical and neurological conditions.  The ZWSR program aims to help participants keep their bodies and brains active and healthy, regardless of mobility, skill or age. 

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ZEST Dance for Wellbeing program

Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres
Ongoing, 10 week terms, parallel to the ACT School Terms

ZEST classes are designed for adults who want to keep their body and brain active and healthy, regardless of their mobility, skill or age. This program is managed and conducted by Philip Piggin, Jan Ingall, Debora di Centa and Jacqui Simmonds.

Philip Piggin talks about the ZEST Dance for Wellbeing program
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GOLD 10th anniversary dance performances

Saturday 19 June 2021, 2.00-4.00pm at the National Portrait Gallery
Saturday 7 August 2021, 2.00-3.30 pm at Belconnen Arts Centre
Wednesday 18 August 2021, 2.00-3.30 pm Tuggeranong Arts Centre 
Wednesday 1 September 2021, 2.00-3.30 pm at COTA Hall, Hughes Community Centre

The GOLDs are a Canberra Dance Theatre dance class and performance group for movers and non-movers who are over 55. The focus is on fitness, mobility, sociability and creativity.

To celebrate their 10th anniverary, the GOLD dancers will be performing at a number of venues in Canberra to promote the benefits of dance for seniors. GOLD actively challenges stereotypes of older people and espouses the philosophy that dance is not just for the young!

Barbie talks to dancer Penny Richards and artistic director of Canberra Dance Theatre, Jacqui Simmonds

QL2 – REBEL Then.Now.When

The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre
7pm 20 – 22 May 2021, and 2pm on 22 May

This is a three-part work delving into the major social issues of our day and of the preceding eras, in particular that time of much social change, the 60s. 

Barbie spoke to Ruth Osborne, Steve Gow, Christopher Wade and Toby McKnight at QL2 about Then.Now.When
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Padma Menon: Moving Archetypes

Dance Contemplation Intensive – Nine Nights with the Goddess – Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. Wednesday 10 to Friday 19 October evenings 7-9 pm except Sunday 14 October 11 am to 2 pm at Street Theatre

Coinciding the auspicious time of the Navarathri Indian goddess festival, the workshop intensive invites participants into the worlds of the powerful Indian goddess archetypes—Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi.

Durga symbolises the warrior space and confronting of our delusions including selfhood. Lakshmi symbolises the domestic and material spaces and invites us to contemplate on our dharma or practice of our roles without attachment to results. Saraswathi is the symbol of highest knowledge and in her world, contemplative artistic practices, like dance, allow us to access Consciousness spaces.

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