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Dan's Festival work Beast, part of our About an Hour series at Carriageworks, explored the intersection of 'normal' and 'abnormal' through the lens of Dan’s ‘otherness.'
For In Conversation with Dan Daw – Behind the Beast, Dan joined Michelle Silby, Director of Ausdance, to discuss his artistic journey and the obstacles he faced getting to where he is now.
Presented by Accessible Arts, the talk was part of Sydney Festival 2018 and held on 14 January at Carriageworks.
Dan Daw has worked with Restless Dance Theatre (Aus), Australian Dance Theatre (Aus), Force Majeure (Aus), FRONTLINEdance (UK), Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), balletLORENT (UK), Candoco Dance Company (UK) and Skånes Dansteater (SWE). Throughout his performance career, Dan has worked with Kat Worth, Garry Stewart, Liv Lorent, Kate Champion, Janet Smith, Adam Benjamin, Wendy Houstoun, Sarah Michelson, Rachid Ouramdane, Nigel Charnock, Matthias Sperling, Marc Brew, Claire Cunningham, Javier de Frutos, Martin Forsberg/Jenny Nordberg and Carl Olof Berg.Blurring the divide between theatre and dance, Dan’s collaborations are a series of attempts. Exploring the notion of “success” and “failure” he plays, in different ways, with audience expectation in connection to his body’s deviating functionality.
Michelle has an extensive 20 year career in dance in both creative and administrative functions. Recently, Michelle produced iOU projects, who performed in Spring Dance Festival 2012, Sydney Opera House and Anton’s work Supermodern Dance of Distraction at Riverside Theatres. Michelle was formerly the Program Manager for Dance at the Australia Council for the Arts.
During her 15 year professional dance career in the UK and Europe, Michelle worked across a variety of contexts as performer, educator, choreographer, director, festival director, company manager and consultant. Michelle was born in the UK, where she studied dance at Arts Educational Schools London, followed by a post graduate year at London Contemporary Dance School, The Place.