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A choreographic commission –
The Move is a curated initiative of Dance Hub SA, The Mill & Ausdance SA, presented by Adelaide Festival Centre.

The project seeks three professional South Australian Choreographers and their artistic teams to each create and present a fully realised 20 – 30 minute dance work for The Move to be staged at Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre as a combined production of up to 90-minutes in April 2021.

This unique project is the opportunity for Choreographers to create works that engage artists and audiences through choreographic process, and to pursue the delivery of choreographic development, seek artistic collaboration, test ambitious ideas in the studio and boldly commit to delivering brave performance works for public presentation.

The selected Choreographers will act as the producers for their work – delivering artistic, budgetary and administrative needs.

Submitting an application for The Move presumes commitment to The Move’s timeline and the availability of all creatives named in the applicant’s project proposal as uploaded.

The proposed work or idea can be at any stage of development including a project that has already had Residency time at Dance Hub SA or The Mill, a previously performed work to be adapted, or a brand new idea. Each work needs to be viable as a fully polished 20 – 30 minute performance-ready work in April 2021.


Artistic Fee

The commission for each work is $8,000 inclusive of all artistic fees, music, set and costuming requirements – to realise the project for presentation


Additional Support includes

  • Access to designated studio space for rehearsals at Dance Hub SA and The Mill with studio time also available at Adelaide Festival Centre pending availability
  • Production costs for The Move season provided by Adelaide Festival Centre (including theatre hire; crew; lighting and AV hire as negotiated; Front of house staff etc)
  • Dramaturgical support from the esteemed practitioners Amanda Phillips of Dance Hub SA & Felicity Arts; Katrina Lazaroff Director of The Mill; Cathy Adamek of Ausdance SA & Adamek Productions – one Dramaturg designated to each project by the key-stakeholders
  • Marketing and publicity for The Move season is provided by Adelaide Festival Centre
  • The Move and participating artists will feature year round in the Adelaide Festival Centre’s music/theatre/dance programme online



  • Applications close on September 3 (Midnight ACST)
  • Successful applicants announced by 15th September 2020
  • Workshop and development week for Choreographers from November 9 – 14, 2020 at Dance Hub SA – held over several days with dedicated time for each choreographer to work with their dancers/performers and informally present evolving work/ideas that explore, reimagine and extend project concepts
  • Rehearsal period as scheduled between Mid-January to Mid-April 2021 at Dance Hub SA, The Mill and Adelaide Festival Centre’s studio when it is available. It is expected that each Choreographer works between 3 – 4 weeks on their project in this time period.
  • April 19 – 23, 2021: Production Week and performance season of The Move at Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre



Only South Australian Choreographers can apply.

Applicants need to provide the following:

  • A project summary and proposal. A description of the proposed research and dance work addressing the criteria of artistic excellence and art form development and naming the creative team and their roles (750 word limit)
  • A statement addressing the benefit of the project to the Choreographer/Artist and artistic team (350 word limit)
  • A context statement – a clear outline of the relevance of the proposed project and practice to Australian Dance (150 word limit)
  • A 2-page CV of the Applicant (Choreographer)
  • Biographies of all key creatives working on the project (maximum of a 3-page document)
  • A Project Budget – to upload as a PDF
  • Supporting Material (up to 4 x URLs / links with a brief description) that best enhances the overall application – ie: the applicant’s choreographic work as a video/s; website/s; inspirations; printed reviews or other media

    Please prepare all of your answers and material offline before filling in the online form.

Please note we are experiencing email problems today if you need to contact us about any technical problems or any matter related to this application please SMS Jo on 0425 326 554

Applications are now closed

About The Move collaborating Organisations

Dance Hub SA’s (DHSA) vision is to be a powerful catalyst for the future of Dance in Australia. Dance Hub SA is positioned as the only organisation in South Australia with the sole purpose of nurturing, promoting and developing the freelance dance sector through professional development opportunities both within our studio and through programmes that include residencies, workshops and project commissions.

We champion diversity of practice and lifelong learning through skills development and art form development, and are responsive to two-way feedback and collaborative decision making.


Ausdance SA, est 1974, is the peak body for dance in South Australia as part of the national Ausdance network and World Dance Alliance. Ausdance promotes and advocates for Adelaide dance culture, connecting local professionals with information regarding national funding, workshops, conferences, grants, scholarships and auditions. Ausdance builds its community profile through fun, youth and family centred events and acts as a reliable authority to promote dance schools and studios, and is a member of Educators SA.

Our vision is for all South Australian’s to embrace, experience and enjoy dance.

The Mill’s vision is for thriving and prosperous arts, cultural and creative sectors in South Australia. The Mill is South Australia’s leading multidisciplinary organisation. It achieves its vision by fostering the interconnection between creatives and audiences through programming and presentation. It enables creative and artistic works of social, cultural, and economic value for the benefit of the wider community.

Our rich, year-round program provides artists with the necessary physical space to work on their practice, alongside diverse public events, performances and exhibitions, and development opportunities.

Adelaide Festival Centre, Australia’s first multi-purpose arts centre and the home of South Australia’s performing arts was built in the 1970s. The Festival Theatre opened in June 1973.

The Festival Centre is managed by the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, which is responsible for encouraging and facilitating artistic, cultural and performing arts activities, as well as maintaining and improving the building and facilities of the Adelaide Festival Centre complex including the Dunstan Playhouse, Space Theatre and Festival Theatre and Her Majesty’s which has recently relaunched in all its glory after an extensive upgrade.

Government Partner

The Move

Dance Hub SA acknowledges the Kaurna people as the custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

We also pay respects to the cultural authority of Aboriginal people visiting/attending from other areas of South Australia/Australia.

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