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Craig Bary & Dale Collier
Home  /  2018  /  Art  /  PROPEL Residency  /  SHAPES OF RESTRAINT


Choreographer: Craig Bary

Visual Artist/Multi-Media: Dale Collier

Performers: Angelyn Diaz, Nicholas Jachno, Kassidy Waters, Natasha Rogers, Emma Boertje, Bella Fairbrother

Performance: The Lock-Up

August 24th & 25th 2018





Craig has had in extensive career working in New Zealand and Australia as a dancer, choreographer and a trainer of pre-professional and professional artists. He has worked with many companies and choreographers over his 20+ year professional life. He has been a founding member of key organisations such as Catapult Dance Company, The New Zealand Dance Company and Gary Stewarts Australian Dance Theatre. Craig has worked with many different companies and choreographers, some of which include, ADT, Tasdance, KAGE, Leigh Warren and Dancers, Chunky Move, The Farm, Bangarra, Douglas Wright Dance, Footnote New Zealand Dance, Michael Parmenter’s Commotion Company, Raewyn Hill, Sue Healey, Shaun Parker Company, Legs on the Wall, Tanja Liedtke, Lisa Wilson Projects, and Sarah Foster-Sproull.

Craig’s choreography include independent works and works on Sydney Dance Company, Footnote New Zealand Dance, and the iOU collective. He has also made works for key training institutions such as the New Zealand School of Dance, Unitec, UNSW, Link Dance Company, NAISDA, and the SDC Pre-Professional Year.

Craig has had an ongoing relationship with Catapult Dance performing in the inaugural work by Cadi McCarthy ‘That Place in Between’ and in the Propel Residencies. He recently collaborated with multi-disciplinary artist Dale Collier to present their work “Shapes of Restraint” exploring collective identity.

Craig is interested in creating work that comments on current social issues. His latest independent works ‘Straight Laced’ and ‘In Difference’ were a look into the lives of the LGBTQI+ community

Craig is currently the Training Delivery Coordinator at NAISDA Dance College on the Central Coast of New South Wales


Dale Collier is an experimental artist and writer of Wiradjuri and Northern European heritage. His practice embraces the fusion of hyper-objects and global conditioning in order to challenge live sites of key cultural, geo-political and environmental concern. Dale’s work re-examines the 21st Century roles of artist, activist and ally while utilising intertextuality to challenge and interrogate postcolonial frameworks, contemporary falsehoods and nationalistic propaganda. His work has been exhibited within the Art Gallery Of South Australia’s Ramsay Art Prize, 2019, and the Parliament Of New South Wales’ King & Wood Malleson Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, 2018.

In 2019, Dale was awarded the Windmill Trust Scholarship facilitated by the National Association for the Visual Arts, for the commencement of a reciprocal project with the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. In 2019 he also undertook artist residencies within the Bundanon Trust First Peoples Residency Program and the Arteles Centre for Creativity’s Enter Text program in Haukijärvi, Finland.

Dale is currently a visiting artist in residence with the City of Melbourne at the Boyd Studios Community Centre, where he is developing a project involving digital/data asset management systems as key tools for activism and social change in contemporary art. He has also recently published new creative works with the Runway Experimental Art Journal in Sydney and The Lock Up Contemporary Art Space in Newcastle.

For 2020-21 Dale will be developing new projects on Country with Cementa Contemporary Art Festival in Kandos, Mid-west NSW, as well as exhibiting with SEVENTH Gallery and West Space Centre for Contemporary Art in Collingwood, Melbourne.

Dale lives and works upon the Sovereign Lands of the Awabakal, Worimi and Wiradjuri Nations, where he pays deep respects and acknowledges the custodianship of Ancestors, Elders, Community and Kin past, present and future.

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