HOT gives 'a flavour of what is most interesting about contemporary Australian dance’

The dance events showcase the talents of Lucy Guerin Inc, Marrugeku and more

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HOT gives 'a flavour of what is most interesting about contemporary Australian dance’

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.’

Featuring the work of six different companies, including Lucy Guerin Inc and Asian / Indigenous outfit Marrugeku, the festival takes us from performance installation to dance theatre to laser show.

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.

Hot: New Dance and Performance from Australia

A selection of the most exciting and spectacular contemporary dance and performance from Australia. Curated by Tramway with Robert Walton of Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne.

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