Inspiring the next generation of Australian choreographers
Now in its third year, Telstra’s Emerging Choreographer (TEC) returns in 2023. Creation and new choreography are the lifeblood of the dance sector and with the support of Principal Partner Telstra we are encouraging Australia’s emerging choreographers to develop their skills and foster their talent.
The competition is open to all styles of dance, with applicants required to submit a short written and video submission (1-2 minutes) on what they would like to create. Up to three aspiring choreographers will be selected to receive a $3,000 budget to create a dance film. The winner selected by a panel of judges will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000 to put towards developing their career as a choreographer.
Applications for the 2023 Telstra Emerging Choreographer (TEC) are now closed.
Tim Harbour – Choreographer
Our Judges - Biographies
Born in Rosebud, Victoria, Sandra Parker is a choreographer and interdisciplinary artist. Throughout her career Sandra Parker has created an extensive body of work including over 17 full-length choreographic works, 30 short works including commissioned pieces, gallery installations and collaborative projects in Australia and internationally. Parker has held positions including the Artistic Director of the iconic Australian company Dance Works (1997-2006).
Recent projects include the development of a new work ’Safehold’, during the inaugural The Australian Ballet Residency Program, 2022; ‘Yield to Resistance’ (4 hr durational performance installation), Dancehouse and Temperance Hall, winning ‘Best Choreography’, 2022 Green Room Awards; ‘Adherence’, Iwaki Auditorium, ABC, Melbourne, (full-length choreographic work); ‘All Day and All Night’, Sarah Scout Presents, 2018 (gallery installation - video, text, sound, movement); ‘Small Details’, Dancehouse, Dance Massive, 2017 (full-length choreographic work); ‘Automaton (excerpt), ‘The Score’ Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne Festival, 2017 (kinetic sculptures, movement, drawing); ‘Gender/Power’ with NY artists Kris Grey and Maya Ciarrocchi, Jack, Brooklyn, NY, supported by the MAP fund (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation); and ‘Human Version’, presented in 2016 as part of Lucy Guerin Incs ‘Pieces for Small Spaces’.
Sandra Parker was the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts, Dance Board Fellowship 2011, 2012, wherein she created several installation pieces including 'Three Angles' for the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, and 'Three Frames', for Vox Populi, Philadelphia, USA. In 2017 Sandra undertook a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, Italy, and in late 2019 a residency at the Cité international des Arts, Paris, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. Sandra Parker is the recipient of a Creator's Fund Grant, Creative Victoria, and recently presented 'Replacement', a performance installation at Sarah Scout Presents (2021), and ‘Looming’, This is a Poem, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne, curated by Melissa Keys (2021). In mid 2023 Sandra will be in residence at Bundanon, NSW, and will commence the creation of new work through the receipt of the City of Melbourne Boyd Studio residency from July to December 2023.
Australian choreographer Tim Harbour has been working professionally within Australia and internationally since 2008. His work, encompassing classical, contemporary and theatrical performances, has been praised for it’s dynamism, emotion and rich invention.
Tim’s choreography has received multiple awards and nominations. Dance Australia Magazine has described him as ‘a truly original and creative Australian talent’.
From 2014 to 2021, Tim was a Resident Choreographer with The Australian Ballet, creating celebrated works Filigree and Shadow and Squander and Glory which have been performed throughout Australia and the USA.
Tim has choreographed for companies including The Australian Ballet, Houston Ballet, Singapore Ballet, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Louisville Ballet and New York City Ballet. His work has been performed in London Sadler’s Wells Theatre, New York City’s The Joyce and City Center, as well as the Sydney Opera House and Singapore’s Esplanade Theatre. Performances of his choreography have been featured at the Melbourne International Festival and the Fall For Dance Festival, New York City.
In 2023, Tim created the dance film What Remains featuring Kevin Jackson, for The Australian Ballet.
Thank you to our Principal Partner Telstra
Terms and Conditions of Entry
Please read the following T&Cs prior to submitting your entry.
I understand I take full responsibility or liability for my involvement in the project.
I am 18 years or over and reside in Australia.
A written submission of up to 250 words and 1-2 minute video submission outlining my concept which include examples of the movement I wish to create must be submitted as part of the initial application process.
TAB and Telstra will have no rights to use footage / stills photographs from my initial application (“Entry Piece”) without my permission.
I will retain copyright of the Entry Piece which is submitted in my initial application.
I assign TAB the irrevocable right to use my name and image in reference to the project in all forms of media in accordance with the terms & conditions.
I understand any work created for this project must not be offensive, inappropriate, defamatory, does not infringe the rights of any third party, including copyright and have any negative references to The Australian Ballet or Telstra.
I understand that any work created by me for this project will be wholly original and will not infringe any existing copyright and all relevant consents regarding any third-party material included in any submission are recorded.
I understand should I be selected as a finalist; TAB will provide a creation budget of up to $3,000 to create a new dance work (“Finalist’s Entry”) and this budget will need to cover any associated costs. No additional budget from TAB will be provided.
If my finalist work is set to a piece of music (whether existing or new), it is my responsibility to ensure all associated costs, copyright and licensing are covered within the creation budget. If creating a new piece of music (including using a new arrangement), I will complete the TAB Music Release Form as provided by TAB.
I understand I must source and arrange my own dancers and filming for the Entry Piece as well as the Finalist’s Entry.
I understand that should I be selected as a finalist, The Australian Ballet (“TAB”) and Telstra may require access to my time for media and other promotional opportunities.
Copyright in my Finalist’s Entry will be retained by me, but I hereby grant exclusive licence to TAB and Telstra to use my Finalist’s Entry, whether whole or extracts, on their respective channels and platforms across all media to promote Telstra Emerging Choreographer (“TEC”) program generally and specifically, for a period of three (3) years.
I understand TAB and Telstra will credit and attribute my work appropriately, using words such as “Choreography by ………………….”. No other personal details will be used.
I understand my Finalist’s Entry will not be reproduced for commercial purposes.
No footage (whether the complete work or extract/s) may be sold or lent to others by TAB or Telstra for any use. Any use for purposes other than stated above will be negotiated separately and will be subject to separate contract/s.
I understand one winner will be selected and will receive a cash prize of AU$10,000.
I hereby agree to all the Terms and Conditions as outlined above.