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Merrigong Talking Point – Regional Voices

Sat 16 Mar

Regionally Proud, Nationally Respected. The importance of regional arts organisations to their communities and bringing their stories to the national stage.

A conversation with Artistic Director of Dancenorth & Dust Choreographer Kyle Page, and Head of Arts Programs at Bundanon Trust John Baylis.
Facilitator: Leland Kean (Artistic Development Manager, Merrigong Theatre Company)

Arts organisations help create a community’s identity and civic pride, linking communities through art.

As globalisation makes the world feel both smaller and larger, people are feeling a need to connect with the communities they live in. Arts organisations provide a platform to strengthen a community’s engagement, resilience and identity.

Bringing these voices to the national stage brings new perspectives on national issues and themes adding to the chorus that together creates our national identity.

Join us and engage as we discuss the importance of regional voices for Dust’s Talking Point.

Kyle Page | Artistic Director of Dancenorth & Choreographer, Dust

Kyle Page is an Australian director, choreographer and performer. Throughout his career, he has performed in 17 countries and collaborated with renowned choreographers including Meryl Tankard, Garry Stewart, Lucy Guerin, Gideon Obarzanek, Gavin Webber, Ikuyo Kuroda, Antony Hamilton and Stephanie Lake.

At seventeen Kyle was already a professional dancer with Dancenorth Australia and just ten years later in December 2014 he returned to Townsville to assume the role of Artistic Director of the company. He has co-directed three full-length works for Dancenorth alongside his wife and long-time collaborator Amber Haines, including Syncing Feeling, Spectra and Rainbow Vomit. Kyle recently directed Tectonic, a large outdoor installation work presented as part of the 2017 Strand Ephemera.

In 2013 Kyle and Amber received an Asialink residency and spent three months in Varanasi, India. In 2015 the pair took part in the prestigious Arctic Circle Residency, sailing a barquentine tall ship around Svalbard for three weeks. In 2017 Kyle and Amber spent four weeks at the Aajuna Artist Residency in Qaqortoq, Greenland.

In 2015 Kyle was awarded the coveted Australian Institute of Management 30 under 30 and was listed as one of North Queensland’s top 50 most influential people. In 2016 he was chosen to participate in the Australia Council’s Arts Leaders Program, recognized as the AIM Emerging Leader of the Year for the North / Far North Queensland Region and was again listed as one of the top 50 most influential people in North Queensland.

Kyle was awarded a 2017 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and has recently contributed as a member of the creative team working on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Kyle was named as a Segment Director and co-choreographed the performance alongside Amber Haines.

John Baylis | Head of Arts Programs, Bundanon Trust

John Baylis has worked in theatre as performer, dramaturg, producer and director. He was a founding member of the Sydney Front (1986-1992) and Artistic Director of Urban Theatre Projects (1997-2001). He was Director of Theatre at the Australia Council (2001-2009), and more recently was Senior Producer with Performing Lines (2009-11) and Executive Producer of Stalker Theatre (2011-14). He joined Bundanon Trust in 2014.

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