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Kat Worth interviewed by Michelle Potter [sound recording]
Bib ID 3299678
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Worth, Kat, 1971- interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, written permission is required for personal copies and public use for 10 years from the date of the interview. 
Description 2004 Nov 
4 digital audio tapes (ca. 169 min.) 
Summary

Kat Worth discusses taking on the directorship of Restless Dance Company; founding, 'Company Chaos'; her family background; schooling; arts influences at school; her early dance training; Elizabeth Cameron Dalman's classes; her University studies in dance; her work with 'Restless' during her final year of University; the influence of the 'Restless' aesthetic on her during her training; the funding structure of 'Restless'; moving out of Adelaide; her Sydney-based women's initiative 'Hips'; working in northern New South Wales; 'Company Chaos' and the range of ages and disabilities of the dancers; choosing company members for 'Restless'; being awarded the Robert Helpmann scholarship; studying in Holland; her son and her family; her course of study in Amsterdam; administering 'Company Chaos'; the timing of her move to 'Restless'; her reasons for applying for the directorship; working in a culture of disability; discussions with dancers, board members and staff; attitudes of the NSW Ministry of the Arts to her move to direct 'Restless'; returning to Adelaide; dancers' graduation ceremony from 'Restless'.

Worth discusses the formation of the Graduates Company; outreach programs for attracting new dancers; mixed ability balance in 'Restless'; cultural sensitivities in mixed ability groups; the difficulties and complexities of her job; Downs syndrome dancers; the ethos of disability culture; potential changes to the directorship of 'Restless'; older dancers and body image; applying for funding; the current stage of development of the company; demands of the company dancers; the nature of 'Restless' as a youth company; marketing strategies; the process of creating a 'Restless' show; venues; Nick Hughes; music for projects; specific composers and musicians for projects; body time; professionalism; the potential for a second company; conference gigs; repertoire; touring; female issues; learning the job of artistic directorship; behavioural problems; evaluation by company members; contracts for dancers in 'Restless' work; the balance between various aspects of the company's work; performing arts market; the idea of youth in dance; the future direction of 'Restless'; her own aspirations for the future; the connections between 'Restless', schools and school students; the nature of dancers today; jobs for tertiary trained dancers.

Biography/History

Kat Worth - dance artist and dance director.

Notes

Recorded on Nov. 15 & 16, 2004 at Adelaide, S. Aust.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary available. 
Subjects Worth, Kat, 1971- -- Interviews.  |  Restless Dance Company.  |  Ballet dancers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Choreographers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Dancers with disabilities.
Occupation Ballet dancers.  |  Choreographers.
Other authors/contributors Potter, Michelle, 1944- interviewer

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