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Sally Chance

Sally works at the interface between community cultural development and art form development in dance with and for babies and very young children. She was the founding Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre, developing and leading the company’s philosophy and practice from 1991 – 2001 and Artistic Director of the Come Out Festival from 2001 – 2007. At Restless, Sally led a process of validating the cultural lives of a marginal social group and her ongoing projects are similarly motivated, pointing to a theme in her work, which is about collaborating with community-based groups to discover new performance forms.

FULL BIOGRAPHY

Sally works at the interface between community cultural development and art form development in dance with and for babies and very young children.

Since the end of an Australia Council Fellowship (2007 – 2009) she has sustained her practice with a number of community-based groups, education projects and creative developments and has developed This [Baby] Life, a dance work for, about and with audiences aged 4 – 18 months. This [Baby] Life has enjoyed some solid touring nationally and internationally since 2011.

Recent Community Education Partnership residencies include the City West Child Centre, Adelaide and the Lady Gowrie Child Centre, Adelaide. Sally lectures as a dance specialist at the School of Education, Flinders University’s Arts and Education program.

Sally has a busy Arts in Health practice, working with several groups of women experiencing post natal depression, to use dance as a means of reconnecting with their babies. In 2010 Sally completed a Certificate in Infant Mental Health which has since informed every aspect of her work.

Having trained as a community dance practitioner at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London, Sally worked for three years with UK dance company, Ludus. In 1989 she travelled with the company to South Australia as a guest artist of the Come Out Festival, South Australia’s distinguished and well-loved arts festival for children and young people. Many years later, she became the Artistic Director of Come Out, curating the 2003, 2005 and 2007 events, commissioning four new performance works and extending the regional reach of the festival.

Sally’s dance practice focused for many years on disability cultural activity. She was the founding Artistic Director of Restless Dance Company, now Restless Dance Theatre, developing and leading the company’s philosophy and practice from 1991 – 2001. She continues to work for Restless, leading projects with and for children aged several months to 12 years.

Sally feels that at Restless she led a process of validating the cultural lives of a marginal social group, whose attitude to their art had an impact on the fabric of dance-making in Australia. Her ongoing projects are similarly motivated, pointing to a theme in her work, which is about collaborating with community-based groups to discover new performance forms.

CONTACT

Director – Jason Cross

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