Elizabeth Cameron Dalman and Marilyn Jones join the Australian Dance Awards Hall of FameThursday, August 27, 2015
Yesterday the Australian Dance Awards announced another inductee to the to the Hall of Fame for 2015.
The Hall of Fame is the most prestigious of all Australian Dance Awards and is made directly by the Advisory Panel in recognition of the individual’s unique contribution and role in professional dance. The inductees are Marilyn Jones OBE and Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, who will both attend on the night.
Marilyn Jones OBE
Marilyn Jones OBE, Australia’s first new prima ballerina of The Australian Ballet, founded in 1962, remains an iconic figure of dance. From her first season with the company to her last, she sustained an innately lyrical aesthetic. Her warmth and humility in the classics made her a favourite with audiences nationally and abroad. She was Artistic Director from 1979-1982, and today Marilyn is the artistic director of the Australian Institute of Classical Dance, which she established during an Australia Council Creative Artists Fellowship to produce a new, Australian ballet-training syllabus. In 1996 she launched the Dance Creation competition for emerging choreographers. Marilyn continues to lead the Institute’s valuable work, which comprises workshops for students, teachers’ seminars, examinations, scholarship competitions and residencies at the Royal New Zealand Ballet School and the Houston Ballet School in Texas USA.
Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM
Nationally and internationally renowned as a choreographer, teacher and performer, Elizabeth has been passionate and dedicated to dance and the arts for her entire life. Part of a generation of artists seeking a spiritual and holistic way of expressing themselves, she has helped to define Australia’s cultural identity and expression in the modern world and has made a significant and lasting impact on the development of Australian contemporary dance. Originally trained in Adelaide, Elizabeth left to study with remarkable choreographers before returning to found and lead Australian Dance Theatre, following which she taught and choreographed in Europe before returning to the freelance life in Australia and founding Mirramu Creative Arts Centre in New South Wales. She continues to dance, teach and choreograph around the world.
2015 has been a year of celebration for ADT. A magnificent legacy remains from the ADT dancers, directors, choreographers and teachers who have gone on to influence Australian contemporary dance both here and overseas. Elizabeth Cameron Dalman started the company with an ambitious vision and it’s her legacy that has made such a formidable impact on Australia and the world. She is remembered jointly with other past Artistic Directors, who with their ensembles have all played a pivotal part in reaching this impressive milestone.
Congratulations Elizabeth and Marilyn, very well deserved!
The Australian Dance Awards performances include an early work by by the founding Artistic Director (and 50th anniversary patron – Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman) performed by Australian Dance Theatre, a new work choreographed by Scott Ewen, performed by the Australian Dance Theatre Youth Ensemble (proudly supported by Beach Energy), an excerpt from Birdbrain by our current Artistic Director – Garry Stewart. and performances by Restless Dance.
Also featured will be a new work from Leigh Warren performed by students from Adelaide College of the Arts and an excerpt from Dance North’s new work Syncing Feeling.
The Australian Dance Awards 2015 are presented by Ausdance and Harlequin Floors with the Adelaide Festival Centre, 7.30pm on 12 September at Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide. Tickets from BASS outlets – available here.