Sprung!! Winter Masterclass Series

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“Best yet” “Set a new bar” “Loved working with your wonderful artists and tutors” “great food” “More, more more…!”

Thanks to all who were able to join us for the Sprung!! Winter Masterclass Series in July. Thankfully our balmy Northern Rivers winter put on a good show and some of us even SWAM (brrr) while others just breathed the fresh air and enjoyed visiting the coast for some whales and dolphin viewing.

Particular thanks to our incredibly talented and educationally masterful tutors: Travers Ross (HipHop), Peter Notley (Contact Dance) and Ira Seidenstein (Clowning- pictured bottom left- or didn’t I need to say that?)

Hope to see you next year!!

Photograph by Jodie Bailie

A Week of Silliness ;)

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Only 6 more sleeps until the first day of our inaugural Week of Silliness to be held at Tintenbar Hall, Tintenbar from 4-8 July from 10-4 pm daily*

Sprung!! welcomes Playwright, Actor and Dancer Kate McDowell in a co-producer role and as Thursday’s Tutor. We will also be joined by Sally Davis who has relocated to the Northern Rivers from Second Echo Ensemble in Tasmania, Julian Louis from NORPA, Genevieve Butler the Costume Queen, and Anna Yen from Playmoves in Brisbane.

The Silliness week is open to anyone with an interest in physical theatre and the ability to play joyfully … or anyone wishing to re-discover this!

Cost is $250 for the week or 75$ per day. Limited positions remain. Contact Robyn or Kate at info.sprung@gmail.com        Bank transfer details under current-projects/a-week-of-silliness

Photograph by Katrina Folkwell

*Note the First Workshop Day 4 July will run from 11-5 to allow for a previous hall booking.


Party Time at Sprung!! Open Doors


April 3:  First Sunday Sprung!! Open Doors at Tintenbar Hall, this time with Tara Coughlan as guest artist, with Michael Hennessy leading more fun and merriment including a costume party, afternoon tea and a birthday cake for Rhys.

Be there or be square. First Sundays from 2-4:30, 20$. Showing and afternoon tea from 4, gold coin donation.

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Workshop August 2015

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Some photos from our workshop with the Senior school after the performance at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. It was a simultaneous experience of beauty and adversity, our journey following the words of Thomas Merton: The reason for being here will not be found until all have walked together … into contradictions and possibilities …


A happy crew at days end. Thanks to Artistic Director Michael Hennessy, General Manager and filmmaker John Rado, the many who contributed from Sprung!!, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, the LCCH Hospital School and Emergency Department, as well as the funders of our Windows to Encounters project, Accessible Arts NSW and LTCSA, and the Regional Arts Fund. Photos by Fiona Reilly.


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Sprung!! Encounters Development Week July 2015: Natasha Bruce RAD dance teacher and occupational therapy student, working with Michael Hennessy and experienced Sprung!! dancers on themes of identity, ability, and belonging.  We used muslin and cotton lengths to explore protection, play, connection, tenderness, and trust. We have embraced this module and will be bringing it into our partnerships work, including our upcoming performance and workshop at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital on August 28th. Watch this spot! Photographs by Katrina Folkwell.

Day 1, Sprung!! June/July “Encounters” development workshop, Tintenbar NSW

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Fantastic first day of winter workshop, exploring themes of identity, ability, and belonging as part of our two year Encounters exploration. 10 dancers this week, everyone today showing such focus, wit, initiative, imagination. Morning devoted to devising extended ‘dialogue’ from chance ‘encounters’. Afternoon exploring ‘who I am’ ‘when I have the courage to burst out of my dis/comfort zone’. Screenshot captures dancers Tara Coughlan, Sinead Skorka Brennan, Kate McDowell, Natasha Bruce, and Michael Hennessy. Our time at the Queensland Undercover Arts Festival has really ratified our decision to invest heavily in technique and ensemble development rather than splash effects.

This Friday 3 July we will have two showings of our work-in-progress: the first will be a pop-up showing of excerpts at Lennox Head on the beachfront at 11:00, weather permitting, and the second (longer and more relaxed) at 5:00 with nibbles at our Hall in Tintenbar. Judging from responses to our April showing and to the work already emerging at the workshop today, these showings are going to burst with quality, vitality and humanity. I would highly recommend you grab a friend and try to make it.

‘Encounters’ April Development Week


Bookings are now open for dancers to join us for our first development week for 2015, as part of our 2015-2016 Arts NSW funded Encounter Partnerships Project.

We will be developing our ability to be expressive, to tell stories, and to interact through dance. The work we will develop on themes of  “Ability, Identity, and Belonging” will inform future partnership and festival performances.

Artistic Director Michael Hennessy will lead the week, with the support of Alison Toft, Tess Eckert, Sara Tinning, Tara Coughlan, Robyn Brady, Dominic Rado, Katrina Folkwell, John Rado and Daryl White.

Monday- Friday, 10-4 pm Tintenbar Hall

Showing 4:30 nibbles for 5 pm, Friday April 17th

Cost of workshop: 200$, or 780$ for the 4 Encounter Development weeks in 2015, if paid in advance of workshop (see “Fees” for how to pay).