|2008 Australian Dance Award Winners Announced|
|Monday, 16 June 2008 07:51|
| The 2008 Australian Dance Awards were announced tonight in front of a full-house of Australia’s top dance creators and performers, at Melbourne’s Arts Centre, State Theatre. A diverse range of dance styles were recognised with winners including Hugh Jackman, Shaun Parker and the Australian Ballet’s Lucinda Dunn.|
Melbourne is the new home of The Australian Dance Awards until 2010. In a transitional arrangement, the 2008 Awards recognized work presented between 1 July 2006 and 31 December 2007. The 2009 and 2010 Awards will recognize work presented in the previous calendar year.
Honour Bound, a work inspired the incarceration of David Hicks at Guantanamo Bay, was recognised in two categories with Garry Stewart winning ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’, and Paul White taking out the ‘Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer’, while Victoria’s Lucinda Dunn, a principle dancer for The Australian Ballet, was awarded ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer’ for her role in Don Quixote.
Lucy Guerin Inc was nominated in an impressive five of the nine categories, winning ‘Outstanding Performance by a Company’ for Structure & Sadness, Hugh Jackman was awarded the ‘Outstanding Performance in a Stage Musical’ for his performance in The Boy From Oz, and Shaun Parker won ‘Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance’ for his show, This Show is About People, which will be presented at the Sydney Festival later this year.
Sue Healey’s short film, Will Time Tell was chosen as the winner of the ‘Award for Dance on Film’ category. Will Time Tell has screened in many international dance film festivals.
The award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education’ went to Helen Cameron, Education Consultant for The Australian Ballet, and Dally Messenger and Karen van Ulzen, the founder and editor respectively, of Dance Australia magazine were presented with the ‘Award for Services to Dance’.
Internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and educator Paul Hammond OAM, was awarded the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, honouring his achievements as an outstanding figure in the Australian dance community who has dedicated his life to dance.
The Australian Dance Awards celebrate the talent, achievements and contributions of Australian dance professionals – both in Australia and overseas – who have distinguished themselves in performance, choreography, design, dance writing, teaching, and the many other related professions associated with dance.
Nominations from dance-lovers all over Australia were considered, with award-winners decided by a panel of highly respected and eminent dance professionals including David McAllister AM, Artistic Director, The Australian Ballet; Annie Greig, Artistic Director, TasDance, and Shaaron Boughen, Discipline Leader, Dance QUT.
The full list of the 2008 Australian Dance Award winners is as follows:
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A STAGE MUSICAL
Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz, Choreographer: Kenny Ortega and Kelley Abbey
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A COMPANY
Lucy Guerin Inc for Structure & Sadness, Choreographer: Lucy Guerin
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN INDEPENDENT DANCE
Shaun Parker for This Show Is About People, Producer: Marguerite Pepper Productions
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE DANCER
Lucinda Dunn in Don Quixote, The Australian Ballet
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE DANCER
Paul White in Honour Bound, Choreographer: Garry Stewart
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHOREOGRAPHY
Garry Stewart for Honour Bound, Commissioned by Sydney Opera House & Malthouse Theatre
AWARD FOR DANCE ON FILM
Sue Healey for Will Time Tell, Producer: Sue Healey
AWARD FOR SERVICES TO DANCE
Dally Messenger & Karen van Ulzen
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE EDUCATION
Paul Hammond OAM
For further information visit www.australiandanceawards.net.au