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Belvoir and Force Majeure, Open Auditions Call Out

Posted at Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Belvoir and Force Majeure, Open Auditions Call Out

For Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Performers

Belvoir and Force Majeure invite performers to register for Open Auditions with Belvoir Artistic Director Eamon Flack and Force Majeure Artistic Director Danielle Micich.

Date/Time
Friday 18 November, 2 – 6pm
Saturday 19 November, 2 – 6pm

We are particularly looking for performers with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, who have not previously worked with either company. Fluent English is not a requirement and we welcome applicants whose first language is not English.

Experience level Some performance experience is required. No dance or movement experience is required.

Audition Information
− Auditions will be in groups of one-hour duration.
− Auditions will be led by Eamon Flack and Danielle Micich.
− No specific preparation or scene/script preparation is required.
− Please bring comfortable clothing as auditions may involve physical movement.
− Your audition start time will be advised early in the week beginning Monday 14 November.

To register for a spot please complete and submit an online application HERE
Applications close 5pm, Friday 11 November.

If you have any questions, please email Estelle Conley at forcemajeure@forcemajeure.com.au

Please note: we may reach capacity for these auditions. If so we will contact you to let you know and keep your details on file for future auditions.


Support an Unstoppable Force

Posted at Thursday, June 16, 2016

Support an Unstoppable Force

It’s been a big year. You may have heard that Force Majeure was one of many small-to-medium arts companies defunded in the Australia Council’s recent round of four-year funding for organisations. But what does that actually mean for Force Majuere?

Losing our four-year funding from the Australia Council will have a significant effect on our already tight operations. It will impact on our ability to produce as much new work, and to continue developing and supporting artists to the same extent as we have.

But as always, we will use the funding we have to create bold, new dance theatre works that reflect on contemporary Australian life. Works like Off The Record, Jump First, Ask Later, and Never Did Me Any Harm. Works that speak to Australians – that speak to you.

Because this is how we use our funding.

We use our funding to employ some of the country’s most respected and talented artists. In 2015 alone, with just two full-time company staff, we employed 63 artists for a total of 191 weeks. Artists such as Kristina Chan, Ghenoa Gela and Byron Perry, to name a few.

We use our funding to ensure the continued growth and excellence of the dance theatre art form in Australia through artist development programs such as INCITE, Fine Line and Cultivate/Culminate. Over our lifetime we’ve supported the development of more than 350 Australian artists.

We use our funding so that we can – in Kate Mulvany’s words – “take part in the beautiful, ancient art of sharing stories”. Because we think that matters.

In this time of funding uncertainty, now more than ever, we need your support. We call on individuals and organisations that share our passion for dance theatre to contribute to Force Majeure before the end of this financial year.

You can support the Company by providing cash donations or by providing in-kind services such as short-stay accommodation for interstate artists, event hosting and storage space for sets. We welcome and appreciate contributions of all shapes and forms, small or large.

Your ongoing support is vital to Force Majeure’s continuing success and we thank each and every one of you for your contributions so far.

If you would like to donate now, simply simply click here and follow the prompts.

Warm regards,
Danielle

Danielle Micich
Artistic Director


Force Majeure Defunded by Australia Council

Posted at Friday, May 13, 2016

Unstoppable Force In Australia’s Arts Landscape
Force Majeure Defunded by Newly Shrunk Australia Council

“Is this really contemporary dance? Is it really theatre?
Does it matter? It’s Force Majeure and it’s brilliant”

– Stage Noise

Australia’s leading dance theatre company, Force Majeure, has had its federal funding completely cut in the latest round of Australia Council for the Arts’ four year funding for organisations.

This announcement comes at the height of the company’s productivity since its inception 14 years ago, and after the recent increase of support by Arts NSW for the company’s renewed triennial funding, delivering Force Majeure the highest grant in its art form. Dedicated to the creation of new, devised work that reflects on contemporary Australian life, the organisation has continually delivered extraordinary returns on investment. Senior arts leader Michael Lynch CBE AM says “This is an outrageous decision to defund Force Majeure. The Australia Council is in an invidious situation that lies directly at the Government’s door. Malcolm Turnbull has seriously let down the arts community. I am incredibly disappointed.”

News of this complete funding cut comes as the company moves into its busiest period. Never Did Me Any Harm, its co-production with Sydney Theatre Company, will embark on a national tour to 10 regional venues across four states; Jump First, Ask Later will tour to Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House; and Off The Record will have its world premiere at Carriageworks in August, where Force Majeure is a resident company. Carriageworks’ Director Lisa Havilah says: “Force Majeure consistently makes extraordinary Australian dance theatre.”

Force Majeure is just one of many small-to-medium companies that have been defunded by the newly shrunk Australia Council. These companies are the life-blood of the country’s cultural sector. Sydney Festival Artistic Director Wesley Enoch says: “The decision not to fund Force Majeure is a blow for the company and also Festivals like ours. These cuts run the risk of restricting the national flow of high quality, adventurous and future-focussed work in the arts ecology.”

Funding cuts to companies like KAGE and Legs On The Wall also means that the future of the dance theatre artform in Australia is in jeopardy. In 2015, 63 artists were employed by Force Majeure for a total of 191 weeks, an incredible feat for a company of its size. Without companies like Force Majeure, reliable employment for Australia’s leading artists will disappear.

“By any criteria, Force Majeure has been an incredibly successful company. We have been in constant demand from audiences and presenters across Australia and the world for our unique capacity to reflect on our humanity in ways that are both profound and accessible. The Artists, Management and Board of Force Majeure have spent 14 years building an artistically ambitious yet fiscally responsible institution. It is devastating that overnight this has all been put at risk as a result of incoherent policies from a Government that seemingly neither understands nor cares about our sector”, said Chair of the Board of Directors, Jo Dyer.

Force Majeure has collaborated with some of Australia’s leading artists and organisations including Sydney Festival, Australian Theatre for Young People, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Performance Space and Accessible Arts. The company has also continued its commitment to nurturing and championing the next generation of dance theatre makers and leaders in the country including independent artists Byron Perry, Kristina Chan, Timothy Ohl and Ghenoa Gela, recent recipient of the 2016 Keir Choreographic Award. Since its inception the company has supported the development of more than 350 Australian artists. Australian Director Neil Armfield AO says “Force Majeure is one of Australia’s crucial laboratory companies – the health of our creative ecology depends on the work done there. It seeds our future.”

In 2015 alone Force Majeure world premiered two new Australian works — the sell-out Nothing to Lose at Carriageworks for Sydney Festival and Malthouse Theatre for Dance Massive; and Jump First, Ask Later, a co-production with Powerhouse Youth Theatre in Western Sydney. In 2016, the company has two new works in development including Off The Record, a collaboration with Carriageworks and Dance Integrated Australia that sees artists with and without disability working to create a unique, fully accessible dance theatre production as part of the Carriageworks New Normal Disability Program.

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For further enquiries, images and interview requests please contact:
Colm O’Callaghan, Executive Producer
E: colm@forcemajeure.com.au
P: +61 2 8571 9086
M: +61 431 742 560


Force Majeure appoints new Executive Producer

Posted at Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Force Majeure appoints new Executive Producer

The Board of Force Majeure is pleased to announce the appointment of Colm O’Callaghan as Executive Producer.

Jo Dyer, Chair said, "We are very pleased to have Colm join the Force Majeure family. He comes to us at a very exciting time as we forge ahead with the next stage of the Company’s growth under Artistic Director Danielle Micich. Danielle and Colm will make an impressive team.”

O’Callaghan has most recently been Company Manager at Sydney Theatre Company and brings to the role a wealth of experience both here in Australia and overseas.

Prior to Sydney Theatre Company, O’Callaghan has had various management and production roles with Druid Theatre Company, Landmark Productions and as a freelance producer in Ireland.

Artistic Director and CEO Danielle Micich said, “I am thrilled to welcome Colm into the company. He brings a passion for mixed discipline in contemporary theatre and his background strongly suits the growing direction of Force Majeure.”

O’Callaghan said, “I am very excited to build on the achievements of previous Executive Producer, Bec Allen. Force Majeure has a world-class reputation, and I look forward to working with Danielle as we champion Australian dance theatre here and overseas.”

For further enquiries and interview requests please contact:
Estelle Conley, Marketing Manager
E: estelle@forcemajeure.com.au
P: +61 2 8571 9084
M: +61 438 700 158


UNTITLED: in 24 Frames Per Second

Posted at Monday, June 22, 2015

UNTITLED: in 24 Frames Per Second

We are thrilled to be producing Byron Perry and Antony Hamilton’s work UNTITLED alongside a suite of diverse and exciting new works in Carriageworks’ 24 Frames Per Second – a major exhibition of 24 commissioned screen-based works by 18 Australian and six international artists.

UNTITLED appropriates the absurd, spontaneous facial choreography videos that Byron Perry and Antony Hamilton have been filming on their mobile phone cameras and sending each other over the past decade. Filming the responses of viewers to these low-fi exchanges, Perry and Hamilton present the resulting footage as a dual-channel projection. Keyboards positioned in front of each projection effectively hand the editing process over to the audience. As they play the keyboard, each tone influences the part of the footage from which the playback begins, crafting rhythmic, hyper-edited facial choreography with its own musical score. The installation is an attempt to place the participants in a situation where they can be swept up in the ridiculousness and sublime joy of unbridled creativity.
24 Frames Per Second is on now at Carriageworks 10am – 6pm daily until 2 August

UNTITLED
BYRON PERRY b. 1974 Noosa Heads, QLD, lives and works in Melbourne
ANTONY HAMILTON b. 1978 Sydney, lives and works in Melbourne

INTERVIEWEES Antony Balmain, Simon Obarzanek
PRODUCER Bec Allen (Force Majeure)
VIDEOGRAPHER James Wright
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT Alisdair Macindoe
PRODUCTION MANAGER Nick Roux With thanks to Force Majeure.


Be a Force Majeure Champion

Posted at Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Be a Force Majeure Champion

2015 marks the start of a brand new chapter for Force Majeure. As the new Artistic Director/CEO, I look forward to sharing my upcoming artistic initiatives, developments and partnerships with you throughout the year.

As Force Majeure enters its next phase, we are looking for Champions to help drive the company into the future – individuals and organisations that share our passion for dance theatre. Force Majeure Champions will support the creation of new work, artist development programs and the nurturing of Australia’s next generation of dance theatre makers.

There will be countless ways Champions can contribute to the company including the provision of in-kind services such as short-stay accommodation for interstate artists, hosting events, storage space for sets and cash donations. We welcome and appreciate contributions of all shapes and forms, small or large. Please contact us if you’d like to chat about how you could support us into this exciting future.

The support of our Champions is vital to Force Majeure’s continuing success and we thank each and every one of you for your contributions.

As a special thank you, I’d like to extend an invitation to the first Open Rehearsal for A New Project to anyone who donates before June 30.

If you would like to donate to the on-going development of the company, simply click here and follow the prompts.

We look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you at the theatre or in the studio throughout the year.

Danielle Micich,

Artistic Director / CEO

Image by Zan Wimberley


Not Who I Was

Posted at Monday, May 18, 2015

Not Who I Was

‘I want to be someone like somebody else was once’ – Peter Handke

Not Who I Was is a self-devised piece by Kate Champion featuring NIDA final year students.

Created in collaboration with the performers, it explores the ways that consciousness and self-identity are shaped by society and accepted conventions. NIDA are offering Force Majeure subscribers a special ticket price of $18 for Not Who I Was (normally $28). To access this offer simply quote promo code FORCE15 when booking online, tickets go on sale 25 May.

The season runs 16 – 24 June at the NIDA Theatres.


Kate Champion at NIDA

Posted at Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kate Champion at NIDA

Kate Champion is currently working with NIDA students on self-devised piece Not Who I Was for their upcoming June production season. Kate recently spoke to NIDA about her diverse career, her experience working with NIDA students and her advice for young artists. Read the interview here.


Audition Notice: Dreamer

Posted at Friday, May 15, 2015

Audition Notice: Dreamer

Force Majeure in partnership with NORPA are developing a new Australian work, Dreamer (working title).

Created through a devised process, Dreamer provides space for developing movement and images to tell the story.

Director Julian Louis (NORPA) and Movement Director Danielle Micich are looking for performers who have the ability to contribute to this process. Auditions will take place at Carriageworks on Thursday 11 June.

For more information and to apply visit the NORPA website NORPA website. Applications are due Thursday 21 May.


Audition Callout: A New Project

Posted at Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Audition Callout: A New Project

Force Majeure and Dance Integrated Australia invite artists with physical, sensory, psychosocial, neurological, medical or intellectual impairment to participate in a weekend workshop audition

Participants will work within a supportive environment where they will be encouraged to take risks exploring their physicality.

We are especially interested in artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Applicants must be based in NSW and be 18+ years.

When 9-10 May 2015, 10am-4pm.
You will be required to attend one of these days.

Where Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh, Sydney

We welcome your application if you:

- Are a highly skilled dancer, actor or physical-theatre performer who has an interest in devising process’ of dance theatre.
- Identify as a person living with impairments (a problem in body function or structure), activity limitations (a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action) and/or participation restrictions (a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations).

FOR APPLICATION FORM CLICK HERE
Applications are due by 5pm Friday 10 April, 2015.

If you have any questions please contact Bec Allen, Executive Producer on 02 8571 9084, 0402 136 650 or email bec@forcemajeure.com.au

For more information about the project Click Here

Image from 1 in 5 film courtesy of Torrid Films.


New Carriageworks Commission

Posted at Monday, February 02, 2015

New Carriageworks Commission

We’re thrilled to announce our next major commission by Carriageworks in partnership with Dance Integrated Australia. Danielle Micich, our new Artistic Director, will work with Dance Integrated Australia’s Philip Channells and a company of artists with a disability to develop and premiere a new work. The project will be delivered over a period of two years commencing in January 2015 and concluding with a world premiere season at Carriageworks in October 2016.*

This commission is part of the NSW Government’s extension of the NSW Arts & Disability Partnership – of $475,000 for 2015 to support four programs that promote social inclusion through the arts and disability sector.

The Partnership includes $100,000 support for Carriageworks to commission two major new works developed by artists with disability in collaboration with NSW

The work will be developed under Carriageworks’ National Strategy ‘New Normal’ which will commission 10 new works by artists with disability over the next three years. Through these commissions, ‘New Normal’ will make a major investment into embedding disability arts into contemporary arts programming in NSW and remove barriers to inclusion in the arts for people with disability.

Image from 1 in 5 film courtesy of Torrid Films.


Callout: Nothing to Lose

Posted at Monday, January 19, 2015

Callout: Nothing to Lose

Force Majeure invites people of size (large/fat/heavy/broad/plus sized) to audition for our groundbreaking new dance theatre project NOTHING TO LOSE exploring the fat dancing body.

We are seeking Melbourne based performers of size to audition for the show’s Malthouse Theatre season, as part of Dance Massive in March 2015.

The project is led by Kate Champion, Artistic Director of Force Majeure in collaboration with Kelli Jean Drinkwater (artist, filmmaker, fat activist) as Artistic Associate. For more information on the project click here.

We are looking for a diverse range of people across all ethnicities, ages, genders and experience levels. We are especially interested in men for the show and encourage them to come to these auditions. No previous dance training required (however trained people also welcome).

This is not your typical audition! It will be very welcoming and a short dance routine will be taught so that we can get a sense of how you move. If selected after the audition there will be ample rehearsal for the show.

We welcome applications from:
- People who identify as fat/big bodied/large
- People who consider themselves really good movers or have previous dance experience (formal training, regular night club mover and shaker, ballroom etc)
- People from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
- Applicants must be 18 years +
- To be eligible applicants must be available in Melbourne from 10 – 21 March 2015 (performances) and for rehearsals on 14 February and 28 February from 1pm – 5pm.
- Auditions will be held in Melbourne on 30, 31 January and 1 February 2015.

To apply please complete and submit an Expression of Interest form online here by 5pm 26 January 2015.

If you have any questions please contact Bec Allen, Executive Producer on 02 8571 9084 or email bec@forcemajeure.com.au.

Image: Toby Burrows.


Nothing to Lose on 7.30

Posted at Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Nothing to Lose on 7.30

We were thrilled to welcome 7.30 Reports Monique Schafter into the Nothing to Lose rehearsal room for a behind the scenes look at this groundbreaking work. The report features interviews with Director Kate Champion, Artistic Associate Kelli Jean Drinkwater and performer Ally Garrett.

You can watch the feature online here.


Incoming Artistic Director Announced

Posted at Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jo Dyer, Chair of the Board of Force Majeure today announced the appointment of Danielle Micich as the incoming Artistic Director/CEO for the company, replacing founding Director Kate Champion.

Jo Dyer, Chair:

“The Board of Directors is delighted that Danielle has accepted the role of Artistic Director of Force Majeure. Danielle’s body of work demonstrates an immensely talented and rigorous artist who has thought passionately and deeply about dance theatre and the role it occupies in the Australian and international arts landscape. We can think of no-one better to build on the wonderful legacy being left by Kate Champion.

We believe that under Danielle’s leadership, Force Majeure will continue to flourish in the unique space Kate has carved out for us, a genuine cross-artform blend of theatre and dance, dedicated to exploring ideas and ourselves."

Danielle is currently a core artist with Performing Lines WA and recently premiered her new work Overexposed at the State Theatre Centre of WA. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and was Artistic Director of STEPS Youth Dance Company in Perth for four years. Her choreography for Barking Gecko’s Driving Into Walls was nominated for a 2012 Helpmann Award.

Danielle Micich, incoming Artistic Director/CEO:

“Watching Force Majeure over many years define its unique place in Australian theatre drew me towards making dance theatre myself. If anyone told me that the last ten years was preparation for something much bigger, I should have listened earlier. The many people and companies I have worked with along the way have shaped the artist I am today.

Working with Kate Champion was a defining moment. I knew then I would pursue my practice in dance theatre. It’s a great honour to follow on from one of Australia’s finest Artistic Directors and continue her legacy.

Seeing the bigger picture is one thing, but knowing how to contribute and lead is another. I am very excited about my role in the future of Force Majeure."

Danielle will join Executive Producer Bec Allen, the staff, Board and artists of Force Majeure in the position of Artistic Director/CEO in mid-2015.

Jo Dyer, Chair:

“Kate had no involvement in the recruitment of her successor, so the Board was thrilled – and not a little relieved – that upon being advised of our choice for the role and Danielle’s subsequent acceptance of the job, Kate has thoroughly endorsed Danielle’s appointment.”

Out-going Artistic Director/CEO Kate Champion:

“After thirteen years building Force Majeure’s reputation as a dance theatre company that is artistically adventurous and thematically contemporary, I am delighted with the Board’s decision to appoint Danielle Micich as the new Artistic Director.

Danielle is at a point in her career where her talent, passion and enthusiasm for the art form fits perfectly with the company’s creative legacy and vision for the future.

This represents an exciting new stage in Force Majeure’s direction and one I wholeheartedly support."

Force Majeure is currently in rehearsal for Kate’s final work with the company Nothing to Lose – commissioned by Sydney Festival and Carriageworks. It will premiere in January 2015 at the Sydney Festival and in March 2015 at Malthouse Theatre for the Dance Massive Festival.

Media Enquiries
For media enquiries and interview requests please contact:
Bec Allen, Executive Producer
E: bec@forcemajeure.com.au
P: +61 2 8571 9084
M: +61 402 136 650


Kate Champion Announces Resignation

Posted at Thursday, August 28, 2014

Kate Champion Announces Resignation

Kate Champion, Artistic Director and CEO of Force Majeure today announced her resignation from the company she founded in 2002.

“After 12 years at the helm of Force Majeure I will be resigning as Artistic Director at the completion of my pre-existing duties in 2015.”

“Force Majeure, the company I established together with my colleagues Roz Hervey and Geoff Cobham, has been the most important and meaningful manifestation of my career as a choreographer and director so far. The experiences I’ve had, working with the collaborating artists, producers, staff and crew, are amongst my most cherished and we’ve achieved a great deal since the premiere of our first major work – Same, same But Different in 2002.”

“Inching our way from life as a project based concern through to annual funding, then as an ‘emerging Key Organisation’ to finally becoming a Key Organisation in 2012.”

“I’m satisfied that I have fulfilled all I had hoped and dreamt of for the company during my tenure as founding director and I now wish to take the opportunity to explore new creative possibilities outside the framework of a company structure.”

“I look forward to seeing the company continue to flourish as a vehicle for original, new artistic vision.”

Prior to founding Force Majeure, Kate Champion had worked as a Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher and rehearsal director for various companies including Australian Dance Theatre, Belvoir, Legs on the Wall, Dance North, English National Opera and the UK’s DV8 Physical Theatre. She had also created, performed and toured two critically acclaimed solo shows – Face Value and About Face.

As Artistic Director of Force Majeure, Kate has directed Same, same But Different, Tenebrae – Part 1 and 2, Already Elsewhere, the film series The Sense Of It, The Age I’m In, Not in a Million Years and Never Did Me Any Harm. In 2012, Kate co-directed Force Majeure and Belvoir’s co-production Food with Steve Rodgers.
Force Majeure Chair Jo Dyer stated;

“It will be a wrench for Force Majeure to say goodbye to our founding Artistic Director Kate Champion. Kate’s leadership of this company has seen it mature into one with a strong national presence and growing international reputation.”

“As an artist of great talent, curiosity and intellect, Kate’s creative contribution to Force Majeure has been immense, both as a creator of original works and a mentor of emerging talent. Over the past twelve years, Kate has created dynamic works of wit and profundity that have delighted and provoked audiences around Australia and the world. Her own artistic endeavours have been matched by her commitment to nurturing the work and artistic development of independent artists, both through the investment of her time and expertise and by sharing financial resources from Force Majeure’s hard-won funding.”

“As much as we will feel Kate’s departure, the Board of Force Majeure is also excited about welcoming a new artistic vision into the company. We look forward to going through a searching international recruitment process in the coming months to find the culture leader who can build on Kate’s legacy and join Executive Producer Bec Allen to take us into the next stage of our development as one of Australia’s leading dance theatre companies.”

Media Enquiries
For media enquiries and interview requests please contact:
Bec Allen, Executive Producer
E: bec@forcemajeure.com.au
P: +61 2 8571 9084
M: +61 402 136 650