Dec
01
2011

Experience 30 years of Tasdance

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Dance lovers from across Tasmania and around the country are now able to access an in-depth online archive documenting three decades of dance on the island state.

Launceston's Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery has launched a new website titled Vault, which chronicles more than 30 years of Tasdance in photographs and video performances.

With new productions planned all the time, it is important to reflect on the successes of the past and learn from the company's previous performances, according to museum director Richard Mulvaney.

He told the ABC: "How often do we sort of think about the upcoming performance and forget all about the last one we went to, let alone 30 years of performances and people that have made it all happen?"

2012 looks to be an interesting year for Tasdance, with artistic director Annie Greig currently on sabbatical to research dance hub models across Europe.

During her four weeks abroad, Greig is set to spend time at the DanceXchange in Birmingham, UK, Dance Ireland in Dublin and Forum Danca in Lisbon, Portugal, where she will gain firsthand experience of these three organisations' practice in artist development and engagement with local communities.

A complete list of productions and touring dates for 2012 is expected to be announced in the new year.

Composite of TasDance Dancers and Productions. Image credit: TasDance web site collage

Ice Ocean 2007 Performance - Vault Collection

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