Australian's are joining in the Big Dance on International Dance Day (29 April 2018), the largest dance celebration in the world.
Initiated by the Mayor of London in 2006, the biennial Big Dance is a free participatory dance festival for all ages and all levels of ability.Sydney Dance Company are involved again this year as a venue partner and SDC Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela as an ambassador. There were over 42,000 participants in the 2016 event.
2018 sees Australia take the leading role for this global event, with 2018's Big Dance routinebeing created by acclaimed Indigenous choreographer Frances Rings and New Zealand born Craig Bary. The dance has all the hallmarks of the richness and beauty of Rings' work and Bary’s contemporary dance experience, offering participants access to a unique insight into Contemporary Aboriginal dance and culture.
Rings explains that all Australians have a shared connection to this land, “We are lucky to live in an incredible country that still emits ancient energy and incredible living culture. This year’s Big Dance choreography represents our bloodlines, our culture and everyone coming together as we acknowledge the red earth as our spiritual centre. Big Dance will connect everyone through movement and bring people together to share their stories and experiences with pride and from any dance form."
Online tutorials will be available where the Big Dance 2018 routines are guided and taught by developing dance college artists from National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) and the dance cues will also be provided in an easy-to-follow learning guide.
In the months leading up to Big Dance, Ausdance Victoria and New South Wales will motivate aspiring dancers and community groups to learn the Big Dance 2018 routine in a series of fun free dance workshops.
The Big Dance 2018 routine includes versions to suit a variety of capabilities and circumstances, including standing, seated andand suggestions on adapting the choreography for different abilities.
As people dance across the world on International Dance Day and with performances by local dance companies, the key BigDance 2018 events will take place at:
- Cathedral Square, College St, Sydney
- Federation Square, Melbourne
- Melba Park, Lilydale
- Victory Park, Castlemaine
Sunday, 29 Apr 2018 Big Dance on International Dance Day