Catapult Choreographic Hub

Based in Newcastle NSW, Catapult dance Choreographic Hub is a ‘not for profit’ contemporary dance organisation for professional artists, emerging artists, young people and the community.

Our mission is to strengthen the presence of contemporary dance in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Greater Hunter, by creating a hub for dance artists to develop their practice, gain skills and collaborate across disciplines: extending their networks and profile both in the professional arts and broader community – propelling dancers forward.

Contact: enquiries@catapultdance.com.au

Catapult’s Programs Include:

CATAPULT PROFESSIONAL COMPANY – A professional dance company structure, with works created by mid-career choreographers.

PROPEL CHOREOGRAPHIC RESIDENCIES: Professional Artist in Residence Program Includes:

  1. Choreographic and Multi-Disciplinary Residencies: bringing together Australia’s renown mid-career choreographers collaborating with Hunter Based Multi-Disciplinary Artists
  2. Hunter Seed Residencies: Residencies for emerging  choreographers
  3. International/Regional Residencies: Bringing International choreographers & artists to Newcastle, to seed new work in collaboration with professional Australian dancers

The FLIPSIDE PROJECT: Youth dance and multi- arts program and ensemble. Awarded 2017 an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance,  Recipient of 2015 & 2016 City of Newcastle Dramatic Arts Award for excellence in choreography.

COMMUNITY COMMUNITY: Drop-In classes, community & outreach programs, schools workshops

Our venue, has two large studios with sprung floors, the venue has the capacity to hold professional choreographic residencies, youth projects, showings and performances, as well as workshops

Core Aims and Objectives:

  • BUILD a contemporary dance sector in Newcastle, and create a hub of national & international significance for professional choreographers, emerging artists, young people and the community to create and develop as artists in Newcastle.
  • LEAD, CULTIVATE & CHAMPION professional contemporary dance practitioners, established NSW multi-disciplinary artists and regional emerging artists through long-term choreographic residencies and professional opportunities in regional NSW.
  • OPPORTUNITIES for the young people of the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast regions to access and participate in contemporary dance, and evolve into the next generation of Australia’s premier contemporary dance artists
  • FOSTER an appreciative audience for contemporary dance work and build audience capacity in the Hunter region by broadening our profile, reach and reputation regionally, nationally and internationally.

Catapult’s Board:
Chairperson:  Katherine McLean
Deputy Chairperson: Angelyn Diaz
Treasurer: Paul Gidley
Public Officer: Cadi McCarthy
Members: Bronwyn Ambrogetti (legal), Susan Denholm, Hayley Rousell, Gerry Bobsien


Membership Form

 

Catapult Dance Studio at 880 Hunter St Newcastle West

PROPEL CHOREOGRAPHIC RESIDENCY PROGRAM: 2019

International/Regional Propel Choreographic Residency  with Rachel Erdos (Britain/Israel)

Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub: International/Regional Propel Choreographic Residency December 2019 with Rachel Erdos (Britain/Israel)

A first seed commissioned residency directed/choreographed by Rachel Erdos (Sweden)

The Loneliness Project

Dancers/Collaborators: Alexandra Ford, Allie Graham, Mikayla Nangle (Newcastle, Australia), Tomer Giat (Israel)

February 2019

Thanks to Create NSW, City of Newcastle, The Embassy of Israel, Sidney Myer Foundation through it Cultural Capacity Fund  & Ashley de Prazer for supporting this project.

PROPEL CATAPULT CHOREOGRAPHIC RESIDENCY PROGRAM: 2018

International/Regional Propel Choreographic Residency December 2018 with  ilDance (Sweden)

A first seed commissioned residency choreographed by Lee Brummer (Sweden)

Something to Do, Someone to Love, Something to Look Forward To

Dancers/Collaborators: Skip Willcox, Allie Graham (Newcastle, Australia), Alma Michold, Hampus Bergenheim (Sweden) & Lucasz Przytarski (Poland)

Thanks to Create NSW, City of Newcastle, The Lock-Up, & Ashley de Prazer for supporting this project.

 

 Hunter Seed Residency Program

The Speed of Forgetting –

Artists: Skip Wilcox, Alma Michold (Sweden) and Belinda Howden (visual designer)

Mid – Career Choreographic & Multi-Disciplinary Residency

Shapes of Restraint – a collaboration with Catapult dance Choreographic Hub & The Lock-Up

Artists: Craig Bary & Dale Collier with collaborators: Kassidy Waters, Angie Diaz, Natasha Rogers & Nicholas Jachno

 

Newcastle Art Gallery – Hunter Red Launch 2018

Choreographer: Omer Backley-Astrachan

Performers: Omer Backley-Astrachan & Skip Willcox

Composer: Zackari Watt

Mid – Career Choreographic & Multi-Disciplinary Residency

TWELVE TALL TREES

OMER BACKLEY-ASTRACHAN & ZACKARI WATT

May 7th – 25th 2018

Hunter Seed Residency Program

HYSTERIA

ANGELYN DIAZ, ALYSHA FEWSTER & NATASHA ROGERS 

16th April – 5th May 2018

Mid – Career Choreographic & Multi-Disciplinary Residency

A PACT BETWEEN STRANGERS

CRAIG BARY & DALE COLLIER 

January 15th – February 3rd 2018

Mid – Career Choreographic & Multi-Disciplinary Residency

SCI-FI JUNGLE

TIMOTHY OHL & JEPTHAH FRANCIS

RESIDENCY DATES: November 20th – December 9th 2017

Mid – Career Choreographic & Multi-Disciplinary Residency

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RHIANNON NEWTON: choreographer in collaboration with performer ADELINA LARSSON & composer: JAMES HAZEL

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OMER & SHARON BACKLEY-ASTRACHAN present

TOHU

CRAIG BARY: choreographer in collaboration with experimental multi-media artists: DALE COLLIER

RESIDENCY DATES: January 9th – January 28th

SHOWING DATES: January 27th & 28th

OMER ASTRACHAN: choreographer in collaboration with composer: ZACKARI WATT

RESIDENCY DATES: May 1st 9th – May 13th

SHOWING DATES: May 12th & 13th

Propelled. A curated weekend of dance at The Lock Up.

Newcastle gallery space The Lock-Up invited projects from Catapult Choreographic Hub’s PROPEL Professional Artist Residency Program to work for a week and perform created pieces in the Contemporary arts space formerly a police station with gaol cells.

The Artists worked on the premise of taking work previously created to be shown informally at Catapult’s Dance Studios as the culmination of a three week residency, to a further realised version of the former work. Participating artists include Joshua Thomson (choreographer) with Composer Zackari Watt and dancers Angie Diaz and Omer Backley-Astrachan under the directive instruction of Craig Bary. Also re mounting work to be performed in the Prison Exercise yard and create visual and sound installation within the cells, Kristina Chan (choreographer, dancer) in collaboration with Newcastle based film maker Neil Mansfield.

Head here for Realtime interview with Craig Bary on the upcoming residency.

Catapult Choreographic Hub Propel professional Artist residency 2015 reel from Jessica Coughlan on Vimeo.

 

CATAPULT CHOREOGRAPHIC RESIDENCY PROGRAM: 2015/2016

ADAM BLANCH in collaboration with Film – Maker: NEIL MANSFIELD & dancer: RAEGAN ASHLEY WILLIAMS

RESIDENCY DATES:  AUGUST 3RD – 22ND

KRISTINA CHAN in collaboration with Film – Maker: NEIL MANSFIELD

RESIDENCY DATES:  AUGUST 3RD – SEPTEMBER 5TH

MARNIE PALOMARES in collaboration with Textile Designers: HIGH TEA WITH MRS WOO

RESIDENCY DATES:  OCTOBER 5TH – OCTOBER 24TH

MIRANDA WHEEN in collaboration with Visual Designer: JESSICA COUGHLAN

RESIDENCY DATES: NOVEMBER 23RD – DECEMBER 12TH

JOSHUA THOMSON in collaboration with Composer: Zackari Watt

FEATURING: CRAIG BARY  with Angie Diaz, Raegan Ashley Williams and Emily-Kate Watts

RESIDENCY DATES: JANUARY  4th 2016 – JANUARY 30th 2016

 

Catapult Choreographic Hub would like to extend sincere thanks to our sponsors for the Propel Artist in Residence program

Flipside Project

NEW TRANSLATIONS Catapult dance’s Youth Iniative: The Flipside Project (recipient: 2017 Australian Dance Award) in partnership with The Lock-Up responding to the exhibition Transmission curated by Cherie Johnson.  Junior and Senior ensembles working with choreographers Cadi McCarthy, Jo Clancy (Wagana Dancers), Natasha Rogers (NAISDA) , Omer Astrachan (Israel) and Skip Willcox (Tanzcompagnie Giessen) looked at […]

THE EDGE – MAITLAND REGIONAL ART GALLERY – 2017 An Installation based contemporary dance choreographic performance program that runs parallel with DAVID CAPRA’s exhibition at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery, April 2017        

Pushing Boundaries an original contemporary dance work created over three Flipside Project intensives in 2016 .The Flipside Project 2016 engages young dancers from across the Hunter to work with professional contemporary choreographers . composers and visual designers:   Brandon Atoui Kristina Chan Harrison Elliot Yukino McHugh Marnie Palomares Rhiannon Newton and Catapult Dance Artistic Director […]

  The First Flipside Intensive in 2016 was choreographed by Cadi McCarthy,  Marnie Palomares, Emily-Kate Watts and Casey Horner. The Project engaged  young people from across the Hunter, to create original contemporary dance for  a site specific performance at Maitland Region Art Gallery within the Shaun Tan Exhibition “The Lost Thing” DANCE PERFORMANCES: FRIDAY 8 […]

The Flipside Project: Is a contemporary dance and collaborative choreographic program for young people (aged 7 – 18) and emerging artists (18 – 26) based in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Greater Hunter.  The Flipside Project provides opportunities for young people and emerging artists to collaborate with some of Australia’s most esteemed professional contemporary and […]

“The Flipside Project ” is a collaborative contemporary dance and multi arts project for young people and emerging artists living in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Greater Hunter supported by the NSW Department of Education & Communities, CreateNSW, the City of Newcastle. This project is unique for the region, providing dance and arts experiences that […]

  “The Flipside Project ” is a collaborative contemporary dance and multi arts project for young people and emerging artists living in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Greater Hunter supported by the NSW Department of Education & Communities, CreateNSW and Ausdance NSW. This project is unique for the region, providing dance and arts experiences that […]

IN SCHOOL WORKSHOPS Catapult Dance & the Flipside Project provide classes, workshops and intensive programs in schools, for community groups, young people and teachers. We have qualified dance specialist teachers that can provide a program that will suit your needs. Secondary Workshops Contemporary and Composition based workshops are tailored to your needs in the secondary […]

Teacher Professional Learning Workshops Flipside Dance Inc provides classes, workshops and intensive programs in schools, for community groups, young people and primary and secondary teachers.  We have qualified dance specialist teachers that can provide a program that will suit your needs. Secondary Teacher Professional Learning These workshops adopt a practical approach to Professional Learning for […]

Catapult dance is a contemporary dance and multi-arts organisation for professional dancers, multi- disciplinary artists, young people and emerging artists from Newcastle, the Central Coast and Greater Hunter. Catapult dance is a not for profit organization, not a private dance school, but an arts organisation that offers a range of professional arts programs and  extraordinary dance experiences for […]

Flipside Dance Company RIPTIDE was Flipside’s Pilot project in Newcastle 2014, at the Playhouse Theatre in November 2014. Students from across the Hunter, Central Coast and Greater Hunter  collaborated  with Professional contemporary choreographers and emerging visual designers from the University of Newcastle to create Riptide, a full length contemporary dance piece negotiating the terrain between […]

The Flipside Project Showreels

Cadi McCarthy has been creating professional dance theatre works since 2002. Below is a snapshot of the works she created with Buzz Dance Theatre (2009 – 2013) and Cadi McCarthy & Company (2005 – 2009).

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CATAPULT COMPANY

A very exciting opportunity in 2019.

AUDITION FEBRUARY 2nd 2019

10am – 5pm –

Catapult dance is starting an auditioned dance company in 2019 for tertiary trained dancers with a strong link to the Hunter.

Choreographers include: Adam Blanch, Omer Backley-Astrachan, Craig Bary and Kristina Chan

Three full-time contracts will be on offer – for four intensive periods in September, October & December 2019 & January , March 2020 leading to an outstanding performance opportunity in 2020 at the Civic Theatre, Newcasre.

All participants must have current Catapult membership.

Membership fees are $20 per year.

Register at:  director@catapultdance.com

Contact

Cadi McCarthy

enquiries@catapultdance.com.au

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