Panpapanpalya 2018 – Dance, Gathering, Generations, Learning

Global Joint Dance Congress announces its program for Adelaide, Australia on 8 – 13 July 2018

Over 800 visitors from 26 countries will converge on Adelaide, South Australia this weekend as the city hosts one of the world’s largest gatherings of dancers, dance educators, and artists of all ages. During a full week of 8 - 13 July organisers from daCi (dance and the Child international) and WDA (World Dance Alliance) Global Education and Training Network as well as international dance professionals, will present Panpapanpalya 2018 – dance, gathering, generations, learning – in collaboration with host, University of South Australia and venue partner Adelaide College of the Arts.

Local organisers successfully bid to host Panpapanpalya 2018 in Australia, the second joint venture of its kind between the two global dance organisations, following on from the success of a previous joint congress in Taiwan in 2012.

The congress sees dance enthusiasts of all ages coming together to explore the congress themes of dance gatherings, generations and learning. Themes which are encompassed by the Kaurna language Aboriginal word - Panpapanpalya given to the congress by the elders of the native peoples on whose land the congress will be held.

Connecting with UNESCO to advocate for the rights of a child to quality dance teaching, it will bring together international dance students, educators, artists and researchers in a program of intercultural scholarly and performance gatherings.

Special opening and closing celebrations have been curated by Adelaide companies Kurruru Arts and Culture Hub and CirKidz respectively with support from industry partners Ausdance and the Royal Academy of Dance. Four leading dance professionals will give the Keynotes across the week including David McAllister AM Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, Robyn Archer who shares her keynote with the Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Katie Dawson and Sally Chance. There will be two dedicated evenings of live performance and more during the day, 40 workshop opportunities for delegates to gather to move and over 100 scholarly presentations. The full program, announced today, fills 6 days and nights.

An exciting creative project led by international and Australian dance leaders will culminate in a site specific performance at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Epidemic Dance as the project is named, will consider the benefits of dance for physical and mental wellbeing and is the result of a partnership with the Centre for Creative Health.

Other special guests taking part in the congress include Eileen Kramer who, born in 1914 (now aged 103), who is no doubt the oldest delegate and will be leading a workshop and early years specialist and keynote Sally Chance who will be catering for the youngest delegates and educators focussed on them.

Whilst in town delegates will also get to take advantage of special discounts and exclusive events that form a part of the inaugural Adelaide Dance Festival which features artists such as The Australian Ballet, Lina Limasoni and Australian Dance Theatre.

Registrations for the congress are still open via the website and dance enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds are invited to attend for either the full week or a single day.


Event starts
Sunday 8 July, 2018
Event Ends
Friday 13 July, 2018
Adelaide College of the Arts
Venue Address
39 Light Square

South Australia, Adelaide

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