Dance Makers Collective (DMC) has been making and presenting dance in Western Sydney since 2012, when it first formed. In the same year, DMC was successful in securing funding from Arts NSW to develop and present our first production, Big Dance in Small Chunks, which was an ambitious dance-for-theatre work that employed ten dancer/choreographers, five composers, four live musicians, a visual artist and lighting designer. Big Dance in Small Chunks was presented at Riverside Theatres in 2013 to critical and audience acclaim. The work was listed in Dance Australia's annual awards as "The Most Significant Dance Event of 2013," it was nominated for an Australian Dance Award and was seen by twice as many people as we had projected. Alongside that presentation, we hosted a series of education workshops which very quickly sold out and grew to accommodate 130 students from Western Sydney, Sydney and regional NSW.
Since the premiere of Big Dance in Small Chunks in 2013, DMC have continued to collaborate on new works, presenting a triple bill of works in 2014, a series of dance films published online called WEBISODES which has so far been viewed by more than 10,000 people, and a new dance-theatre work DADS, funded by Arts NSW, the Australia Council for the Arts and various partner organisations including FORM Dance Projects, Riverside Theatres, Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Dance Integrated Australia, Parramatta Artist Studios and Ausdance NSW. The season, also presented at Riverside Theatres, was again met with exceptional responses from audiences and reviewers alike. In 2017 it was shortlisted for the Australian Dance Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance.” Again, this work brought together a range of diverse artists and members of the community, during its development DMC hosted a series of workshops for the elderly during Seniors Week, for dancers with and without disability in Federal (Riverina) as part of a regional residency partnership with Dance Integrated Australia, and another sell-out student workshop series to accompany the presentation in November 2016.
The individual members in DMC have a broad range of experience and expertise as performers, choreographers, producers, designers, educators, collaborators and composers. We have worked with ground-breaking companies and artists such as Shaun Parker and Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Chunky Move, Martin del Amo, Dance North, Branch Nebula, Dean Walsh, Mirramu Dance Company, Restless Dance Theatre, Marrugeku and Stalker Theatre Company.
DMC continues to make meaningful dance works and facilitate opportunities for people from all walks of life to experience dance.