Some of Australia's most promising new choreographers - including international award-winner Adam Linder - will benefit from a dance residency program at UNSW, to be launched this week (Thursday 23rd July).

An Australian by birth, 25-year-old Adam Linder has spent several years in the UK, initially as a dancer with the Royal Ballet, before turning to modern dance. Last year he won the prestigious Place prize for dance. He has also danced with Nederlands Dans Theater, Michael Clark Company and Bonachela Dance Company.

Linder will share the second of two residencies to run this year with new media artist Jordana Maisie.

The first residency currently underway, has been awarded to ANTON, a former dancer with the Australian Dance Theatre, who worked closely with the choreographer Tanja Liedtke before she was killed in an accident in 2007.

ANTON will present a short movement piece at the program's launch.

"Residencies such as these will complement our teaching in Dance and Theatre and Performance Studies. It will also provide academic staff and students with invaluable opportunities to engage with the creative processes of artists within the University context," said Dr Erin Brannigan, lecturer in Dance in the School of English Media and Performing Arts.

UNSW's Dance Research Residency Program is run by the Creative Practice and Research Unit in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts in partnership with Critical Path Choreographic and Dance Laboratory NSW, and is supported for the first time with a special grant from the volunteer U Committee.

Artists who have benefitted from the partnership in the past include Meryl Tankard and Sue Healey - both of whom have developed new works as a result of their residencies.

What: Launch of UNSW's Dance Residency ProgramWhen: 6pm, Thursday 23rd JulyWhere: Io Myers Studio, Gate 2 of UNSW, High Street, Kensington

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