Media Release:

Cairns, 28th July, 2015 â€“ It will be cultural celebration this August with performances from some of Australia’s best contemporary dancers as well as film and art exhibits as the Centre of Contemporary Arts  (CoCA) brings together a number of must see events that form part of its winter season program. 


Kicking it all off this weekend will be a dance masterclass with Bradley Chatfield, the current artistic advisor at the professional contemporary dance company Dancenorth in Townsville. 


The one-and-a-half hour workshop from 10am to 11.30am on Sunday, August 2 will look at contemporary dance techniques and costs just $10. 


Centre of Contemporary Arts venue manager Charles Wiles said it was incredible opportunity for dancers in Far North Queensland to learn from one of Australia’s leading male dancers. 


“In July we welcomed Gary Lang under the Centre of Contemporary Arts New Move Network Dance Program, running throughout 2015 and 2016, and now we are fortunate to have Bradley visit us and share his skills and knowledge with local dancers from this region,” he said. 


Chatfield joined Dancenorth as the rehearsal director in 2010 having spent 18 years as a dancer at Sydney Dance Company. 


He is highly acclaimed in the dance industry and is the recipient of numerous awards including Best Male Dancer at the Green Room Awards 2003, Australian Dance Awards 2003 and Mo Awards 2004 and in 2009 was named in Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Sydney.”


Chatfield is also the head of the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA) in Brisbane.


Also taking place at CoCA this Sunday at 4.30pm will be Blak Release, which is a showcase of documentaries, short films and screen-based art by Queensland First Peoples film-makers and artists, presented by the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2015. 


Later in the month, Dancenorth will also present two distinct new dance works from three of Australia’s most exciting young choreographers - Alisdair Macindoe, Kyle Page and Amber Haines on August 15-16.


Hoping for a repeat of its sell out season in 2014 Biddigal Dreaming also makes a triumphant return on August 28. 


“Biddigal Dreaming, presented by Biddigal Performing Arts, captures the very tapestry of Australia’s Indigenous heritage and history and shares these centuries-old stories with the world by way of the performing arts,” Mr Wiles added. 


Places are still available for the public dance masterclass this Sunday. Dancers are asked to bring a water bottle and comfortable clothing. To book a place contact 4088 1010.


For more on what is happening at CoCA including exhibits from KickArts Contemporary Arts and film schedules for End Credits Film Club visit



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