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Gorman Arts Centre


Saturday 9 March 2024


QL2 Dance Studio, QL2 Dance Theatre, Gorman Courtyards

BOLD24 arrives at Gorman on Saturday 9 March for their 2024 season that includes creative workshops, talks, performance and ultimately connection.

10 am – 11:30 am – The Body Politic

A workshop facilitated by Tammi Gissell will explore the power of connection to country, self and identity through the lense of LGBTQI+ experience. An empowering, meditative and revealing opportunity to claim space and power of self.

12 pm – 1 pm – The 9 Rasas

This workshop will focus on a particularly unique aspect of bharatanatyam – abhinaya techniques (facial movements, hand gestures and body language) used for story-telling and acting. We will explore the 9 rasa-s and how a dancer breaks down emotions into eye, neck and facial movements to express themselves.

2 pm – 5 pm – Lasting / Maireannach (in Gaelic)

What it means to be a respected elder in the community and how that translates into dance. The Lasting workshop will be like an extended informal dance class with a few cultural insights and a tale or two led by Morag Deyes.

3 pm – 5 pm – Drop and Weave

A Weaving workshop led by dancers for the community – share stories, creativity and connection while we learn the principles of weaving.

5 pm – 6 pm – The BOLD Cake Off!

Bake baby bake. Then bring your baking and we will not judge but instead share with community and tea.

5.20 – 5.40 pm – A BOLD Sharing

A series of Bite Sized community performances

6 pm – 7 pm – A BOLD Diva

Morag Deyes, OBE in conversation with Dr Michelle Potter, AM, with a focus on the power of lasting, connecting, cultural connectivity and community. With 25 years as Director of Edinburgh’s Dance Base she brings a wealth of wisdom, insight and humour to the art of dance.

7.30 pm – 8.30 pm – A BOLD Legacy

A BOLD Conversation – Ruth Osborne, OAM in conversation with Bill Stephens, OAM, talking all things legacy, dance, nature and the future.


Image: Richard Corfield

The BOLD Festival is an international presentation of intercultural, inclusive and intergenerational dance programming. The BOLD Festival is presented in partnership with Bloch, The Stellar Company, Liz Lea Creates, Sidestage Production Services, Canberra Museum and Gallery, National Film and Sound Archive,  Ainslie+Gorman, QL2 Dance, Canberra Dance Theatre, Enlighten Festival.