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Mirramu is delighted to welcome Dancecology and Ku and Dancers for a two week professional dance in nature residency from 14 to 26 March 2023.

As well as working collaboratively on professional development, the dancers will present workshops in Canberra and at Mirramu for professional and community dancers, dance teachers and students

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Portrait of Elizabeth Cameron Dalman wins Darling Portrait Prize 2020

The Darling Portrait Prize is a new annual prize for painted portraits, joining the National Photographic Portrait Prize at Australia’s home of portraiture, the National Portrait Gallery.

Elizabeth by Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth by Anthea da Silva

The winner of the inaugural $75,000 prize for 2020 is Elizabeth by Anthea da Silva, for her painting of the ‘high priestess’ of Australian contemporary dance, Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM.

While the Gallery is closed because of the COVID-19 emergency, details of the winning portrait can be viewed at https://www.portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/darling-portrait-prize-2020

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. 

from Anthea da Silva’s website

Summer Solstice 21 Dec 2019 – Update

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.

Summer Solstice Party

Elizabeth invites friends, dance family and followers of Mirramu to celebrate with her at the traditional Summer Solstice party. Please email elizabeth.mirramu@gmail.com 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. 

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Mirramu 30

30 year invite graphic smallElizabeth 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 elizabeth.mirramu@gmail.com

Contours film project showing at Sly Gallery, Taipei, Oct-Nov 2018

It was wonderful to see the fruits of our 2017 film shooting on Weereewa Lake George and in the forest behind Mirramu presented in the gallery in Taipei. There were two films – one by Australian film maker Sue Healey and one by Hsiao-Yin (Grace) Peng. Viv Contours for webIt is exciting that so many people have seen this exhibition, taking the capital region to the world. Showings of Grace’s film will be scheduled in other Asian cities in 2018-2019. We’ll keep you posted for a Canberra screening.

Mirramu gratefully acknowledges funding support from the ACT Government for Stage One of this project.

 

Loch na hEala, Pavilion Theatre, Dublin, 6 to 11 Nov 2018

With a string of sell out, critically acclaimed performances worldwide, Loch na hEala returned to Dublin where Elizabeth joined them for the six shows. There were standing ovations and full houses throughout. Dublin poster forweb

It is always special to perform this work in Ireland where so much of the subtlety in it is rooted. Audiences immediately respond to the Irish nuances and the mystique of the folk lore.

Choreographic residencies in association with Critical Path

Mirramu Creative Arts Centre partnered with Critical Path to host two creative choreographic workshops in October and November.

Indigenous workshop welcome to countryThe first afforded the opportunity for Indigenous choreographers Carly Sheppard, Eric Avery, Katie Lesley, Joel Bray, Taree Sansbury and Jessica Corse (assistant producer) to spend a week exploring their own practice – without the restraint of having to produce a performance work. This was a time of meditative self-discovery and the artists spent time writing and contemplating about their practice and goals.

The second involved the visit of Taiwanese choreographer, dancer and new media artist Su WenChi with Adelina Larsson, Swedish/Australian choreographer, performer, educator, curator and producer and the founder and artistic director of Strange Attractor. This was a time for the artists to be immersed in nature and to reflect upon their performance practice.

artists with TECO and RichardGroup shot on amphitheatre

Sharings were held on 3 October and 6 November 2018 respectively with guests including representatives of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Organisation, a Board member of bighART. dancers and local arts practitioners, media and advocates.

Mirramu thanks elder Shane Mortimer for welcoming both groups of artists to country and spending time talking about the Weereewa and surrounding land and heritage.

Funding support is gratefully acknowledged for these residencies from the Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, Blakdance, Creative Victoria, Performing Lines, Performance Space and the Taiwanese government through its arts foundation.

Tsai Jui-Yueh International Dance Festival, Taipei, 2 to 4 Nov 2018

Elizabeth has been involved with the Tsai Jui Yueh Foundation for more than 10 years. This year she was commissioned to make a work on the theme of the global refugee crisis for their 13th festival. Flight for Life – Destroyed was the result, a work dedicated to the refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island and around the world.TJY 2018 for web

There were ten dancers from the Grace Shiau Dance Theatre in this production along with Australian performers Vivienne Rogis and Kenneth Spiteri from Mirramu Dance Company.

Five performances were presented in the TJY International Dance Festival with audiences visibly moved by the issues raised and the work itself. Sensitive and strong performances by all of the dancers created a memorable and significant dance theatre work.

out of silence – Marcel Marceau by Jan Dalman

out-of-silence-ISBN-978-0-6482570-0-4-Cover-LAn invitation from Andreas Dalman and Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM
to the launch of out of silence – Marcel Marceau by Jan Dalman
Published by Dalman Productions

Book Launch and conversation

Liangis Theatre,
National Portrait Gallery
Saturday 18 August
2pm to 3.30pm

followed by sales and signings in The Curatoreum Bookshop

Special guest presenter Shane Breynard, Director, Canberra Museum and Gallery.

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 Adelaide and Melbourne. His great wish was to have a book published to honour Marcel, who had passed away before him in 2007. out of silence – Marcel Marceau by Jan Dalman is the realisation of this dream.

For more information please visit dalmanproductions.com.au