russell page fellowship

The annual Russell Page Fellowship for professional dancers in Australia is open for applications.

The Russell Page Fellowship was established in 2004 in memory of the late Russell Page, principal dancer of Bangarra Dance Theatre, and offers up to $10,000 annually to support the development of an emerging or mid-career professional dancer. Applications are now invited for the 2006 Fellowship.

In keeping with Russell’s sense of openness and adventure, the criteria for the Fellowship are deliberately flexible. Applicants will be asked to propose projects they believe will advance their careers and/or practice. This may include support for travel for dancers wishing to spend time with international companies or development support for specific performance projects. For others, the money may be used as a stipend for them to work as guest artists with Australian companies.

As Stephen Page says “Russell’s artistry was characterised by both grace and generosity. We are delighted to offer this Fellowship in his name and so give other dancers the opportunity to extend themselves and their careers”.

The recipient of the 2006 Fellowship will be selected by a panel of judges. Past judges have included Stephen Page (Artistic Director, Bangarra Dance Theatre), Gideon Obarzanek (Artistic Director, Chunky Move) and Shane Carroll (Chair, Australia Council Dance Fund).

Submissions are due by Friday 11 November and selection criteria can be obtained by calling Ben White on (02) 9250 1908 or emailing bwhite@sydneytheatre.com.au.