Major Award for Dancenorth

Photo Amber Haines

Dancenorth wins of 2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award

North Queensland based and nationally renowned dance company Dancenorth have been awarded the 2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award.

The prestigious Awards winners were announced by Carrillo Gantner AO, Chair of the Sidney Myer Fund at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the Australian Performing Arts Market on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

Dancenorth was one of three recipients announced along with Kate Mulvany, playwright and actor, who won the Individual Award ($60,000), and Nicole Beyer, Executive Director, Theatre Network Australia who won the Facilitator’s Prize ($25,000). Dancenorth won the Group Award ($90,000).

Now in its 34th year, the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards are one of the richest and most coveted Awards in the performing arts in Australia.

For each recipient this Award is an acknowledgement of their rich artistic achievements.

Kyle Page. Photo Amber Haines

“We are truly ecstatic to be named recipients of the 2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award. Dancenorth is the coming together of incredible minds generously collaborating to create contemporary dance that challenges convention and inspires a reimagining of the world. The extraordinary generosity of the Sidney Myer Fund and the Trustees enables us to continue pushing the boundaries, creating bold new work in Townsville, North Queensland before touring around Australia and across the globe’, says Artistic Director Kyle Page.

The Trustees of the Sidney Myer Foundation believe that real achievement should be recognised and rewarded. To date they have awarded well over $3.5 million.

Announced annually, the national awards are determined by a Judging Committee chaired by Carrillo Gantner AO (Chair of the Sidney Myer Fund) and this year they included: Brian Ritchie (Curator, MOFO, TAS); Christie Anthoney (Director, Festivals South Australia, SA); David Berthold (Artistic Director, Brisbane Festival QLD); and Terri-anne White (CEO, UWA Publishing, WA).

The Judging Committee recognises past achievements but also gives consideration to the potential of an individual or group to continue their contribution to Australian society through the performing arts.


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