HOT gives 'a flavour of what is most interesting about contemporary Australian dance’
- Kelly Apter
- 10 June 2014
The dance events showcase the talents of Lucy Guerin Inc, Marrugeku and more
Sitting at his desk at the University of Melbourne, Robert Walton is over 10,000 miles away from Tramway when I speak to him. But in his mind’s eye, the spaces, atmosphere and audiences at the venue are all crystal clear.
Prior to his relocation to Australia in 2011, Walton was a practising artist and teacher in Glasgow, whose own work was performed at Tramway. So when the venue’s programme manager, Tim Nunn, was looking for somebody to co-curate the upcoming festival of Australian dance and performance, it was Walton he called.
‘Tim wanted to do something for the Commonwealth Games,’ says Walton, ‘which focused on one country – and which might not be affordable at other times.’ And so the planning began. Walton spent the next year attending dance festivals, watching videos and communicating with Nunn across the miles (‘we exchanged a lot of emails,’ he laughs).
The result is HOT, a month of shows and film screenings which, says Walton, give us ‘a flavour of what is most interesting about contemporary Australian practice.’
According to Walton, it’s a chance to view the cutting edge next to movement that literally dates back centuries: ‘We’ve tried to celebrate the extraordinary richness of the oldest continuous culture, with the emerging multiculturalism of one of the most culturally diverse places in the world.’
Tramway, Glasgow, Thu 3 Jun–Thu 3 Jul.