Its official: Sprung!! have been shortlisted for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance for our work Encounters, choreographed by Michael Hennessy, with original compositions by Fred Cole and backdrops/video by John Rado. Congratulations to all of the dancers, creatives, and support team who brought this work to fruition.

“Encounters” drew from workshops with schools, festivals, Byron Youth Theatre, and a children’s hospital. Within it we explored identity, ability, and belonging, and acknowledged the difficult journey of individuation and Rumi’s possibility of wounded-ness or flaw, as “the crack where the light gets in”. We hold fast to the dignity of every individual and to creativity as the force that allows that light to be revealed.

The initial stage of development was funded by a Regional Arts Fund grant, and production was supported by partnerships with Drill Hall Theatre Mullumbimby, Park Lane Theatre Lennox Head, and by private donations for which we are immensely grateful.

We look forward to frocking up for the Dance Awards ceremony in Melbourne on September 24th, and rubbing shoulders with the greats in Australian dance, such as Bangarra and Sydney Dance Company, who have also been shortlisted (different category LOL).

Photograph of dancer Tara Coughlan by Katrina Folkwell