Co3 gets $ 150,000 in commission


Mitch Harvey; photo by Stefan Gosatti

Co3, Perth’s contemporary dance company, is delighted to have secured significant financial support for its commission fund.

Established in May 2021, the Commission Fund directly supports Co3’s Pathways IN RESIDENCE program, which provides a choreographic commission of $ 50,000 to a mid-career WA artist for a main work in the company’s annual artistic program.

The Wright Burt Foundation has generously pledged to support the Pathways program with a contribution of $ 150,000 over three years.

IN RESIDENCE is organized by Co3 Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill, and is by invitation only. However, it is part of the company’s larger Pathways program, including IN HOUSE and IN STUDIO, for which artists can apply. IN STUDIO offers recipients 100 hours of free studio space; IN RESIDENCE is offering recipients $ 2,000 each plus 40 hours of free studio space. Artists who engage in these two “feeding” programs are eligible to be considered for the following year’s RESIDENCE-IN-RESIDENCE (if they are residents of WA).

Co3 will seek additional funds to develop the program in the coming years to approximately $ 300,000.

Inaugural commission for 2021 has been given to artist WA Mitch Harvey for his new work MindCon. Harvey is one of the founding artists of Co3 whose career gained prominence in the independent dance industry.

MindCon, which he created in collaboration with composer Louis Frere-Harvey, will be staged at the European Food Warehouse in Northbridge, and merges the boundaries between dance and sound.

The Wright Burt Foundation is a key supporter of arts and cultural organizations. Co-founder Alexandra Burt says: “I have always had a passion for dance and I am proud that our foundation can support Co3 to develop choreographic talent in this state.

To learn more about the Pathways program, click here.

‘MindCon’ will run from November 1-6.

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