Noon – 1pm, Saturday 30 October 2021 A Gunning Arts Festival event
Join Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, dubbed the Mother of Contemporary Dance in Australia, for this recording of her virtual lunchime presentation about her work creating dance in Nature as part of the online 2021 Gunning Arts Festival.
Elizabeth was the founder of Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide in 1965 and its director for 10 years before moving to Italy where she lived and worked in the tiny hilltop village of Airole for 11 years before returning to Australia.
She bought a property on the shores of Lake George/Weereewa just over thirty years ago and created Mirramu Creative Arts Centre and Mirramu Dance Company. Since then, her work making site specific work in Nature has flourished and a string of productions has been made and shown both in the open air and in theatres in Australia and internationally.
Now in her eighties, Elizabeth is still dancing, choreographing, teaching and mentoring, as well as taking care of the 100 acre bush property set beside the ancient and sacred lake, which has been the inspiration for so many of her dance theatre works.
The Gunning Arts Festival is supported by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal via its Tackling Tough Times Together program and is proudly sponsored by Bailey’s Garage, BJCE Australia, Upper Lachlan Foundation, and the Upper Lachlan Shire Council.
Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM, PhD has been described as the high priestess of Australian Dance – she established the Mirramu Creative Arts Centre near Bungendore 30 years ago, and 50 years ago she founded and was the first Artistic Director of the Australian Dance Theatre, and has been celebrating contemporary dance ever since. Elizabeth tours as an actor/dancer, most recently with Michael Keegan Dolan’s award-winning Swan Lake/Loch na hEala production in Ireland, Denmark, the UK, Germany, Australia, Russia and New York.
I was very fortunate and honoured to catch up with Elizabeth at the 30th birthday of Mirramu and asked her to sit for this Portrait Prize. In her humble, youthful, curious way she agreed.
We are going ahead with the Summer Solstice celebration and performance today. However due to the heat, the smoke and unpredictability of the terrible weather and fire conditions, we are scaling down the event.
We have also made arrangements to hold it indoors if necessary. Please make your own decision about attending or not. Of course, we would love to see you but we also totally understand if you decide not to come, especially when you have to make such a long journey in the heat.
We are hoping to film the performance in situ on Sunday, weather permitting. Let me know if you would like to attend this. And/or we may try to schedule the performance again in 2020. We will let you know if we do this and post advice to this website and Facebook.
Christmas and New Year greetings from Mirramu to all.
Elizabeth invites friends, dance family and followers of Mirramu to celebrate with her at the traditional Summer Solstice party. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your attendance to this private function.
Mirramu Creative Arts Centre 849 Lake Road Bungendore Saturday 21 December 2019 from 5pm
A performance of SO – in Search of Sophia (in Greek mythology the goddess of Wisdom and Intelligence) by Elizabeth Cameron Dalman and Vivienne Rogis with associate Mirramu dancers and musicians will be held in the amphitheatre.
Please bring your own picnic dinner, a rug and/or chair and enjoy the beauty of Weereewa as the sun sets.There will of course be the usual circle dancing in which everyone is invited to participate.
Best Production, West Australian Dance Awards 2019.
Created by Serena Chalker and Quindell Orton of Anything is Valid Dance Theatre (AIVDT), Dust on the Shortbread is a work brought alive by two of Australia’s most vital, articulate and embodied performers, George Shevtsov and Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM. With meticulously detailed and beautifully understated direction by Chalker and Orton, their performances were equally robust and vulnerable, subtle and unbridled. . . .
Images Barbie Robinson, Writing with Light except 30th aerial shot by Sigo Tseng
With picture perfect weather Mirramu was able to celebrate its birthday party in style. From the planting of 30 trees to performances in the open air, the event was strongly focussed on the environment and our responsibility to care for it. Continue reading →
Elizabeth is celebrating 30 years at Mirramu with a party for friends and associates over the weekend of 26 to 28 April 2019.
The weekend’s festivities will include a welcome to Country by Ngambri Elder Shane Mortimer and a tree planting ceremony – 30 trees, one for each year at Mirramu. In the birthday activities Elizabeth will focus on the beautiful environment and its worldwide fragility and on the many artistic and wholistic responses to Lake Weereewa that her time there has brought.
If you are interested in sharing this joyous occasion at any time over the weekend and have an association with Mirramu please contact Elizabeth by email at email@example.com
Elizabeth’s most recent performances with Teac Damsa were part of the Perth Arts Festival. The now usual full houses and standing ovations were testament to the power and emotional impact of this innovative contemporary dance theatre work. It received critical acclaim.
For Elizabeth working with this company has been inspiring and fulfilling on so many different levels. The performances are always fresh for the artists; each night is like an opening night and at the same time the work deepens for every performer. It has been a highly significant part of Elizabeth’s career and development as an artist.
This speaks of the importance of taking up every opportunity offered to us at all stages in our lives and is a reminder to never stop learning.
More performances of Loch Na hEala, are scheduled for later in 2019.
You are invited to a showing of studies for CRONE a new dance-theatre solo being developed by Elizabeth Cameron Dalman and directed by Kenneth Spiteri
The aged woman is rarely represented in our contemporary narratives, particularly on stage, and when she is, we often see her portrayed as fragile and disempowered. There is great value in challenging this perception
CRONE re-instates the significance of this archetype and the importance of what She represents.
Tuesday 12 March 2019 at 6pm
849 Lake Road Bungendore NSW
Andreas Dalman and Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM invite you to the Adelaide launch of
out of silence
Marcel Marceau by Jan Dalman
Book Launch and conversation Gallery 1, the Quartet Bar Adelaide Festival Centre Thursday 10 January 2019 at 5.30pm Drinks will be served on arrival Sales and signings at the conclusion of the event
published by Dalman Productions proudly printed in Australia by CanPrint Communications
In the final years of his life, Jan Dalman carefully selected what he felt were the most potent, evocative and expressive photographs he’d taken of Marceau from the wings during performances in Australia. His great wish was to have a book published to honour his friend Marcel, who had passed away before him in 2007.
out of silence – Marcel Marceau by Jan Dalman is the realisation of this dream.