• Mieke Kriegesvelt, inaugural recipient of the Helpmann Academy | Mill Dance Award

Mieke Kriegesvelt wins Helpmann Academy | Mill Dance Award

24 February 2017

Mieke Kriegesvelt, emerging dancer and Adelaide College of the Arts Graduate, has won the inaugural Helpmann Academy | Mill Dance Award, valued at $18,000.

The Award will enable Mieke to undertake a three-month residency with ilDance, an international and independent contemporary dance company based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Mieke was selected for the residency following an intensive audition process with the directors of ilDance, Lee Brummer and Israel Aloni. The audition saw a dozen local dance graduates vying for selection to take part in the ilYoung residency program, ilDance’s project based junior company.

The Helpmann Academy | Mill Dance Award is the result of a new partnership between Helpmann Academy and The Mill Adelaide. The award provides an opportunity for an emerging South Australian dancer to create strong and meaningful connections with both artists and organisations across Sweden and Europe, and will potentially become a platform for future creative opportunities and cultural collaborations.

The residency will take a group of 10 young dancers, including Mieke, from around the world, across Sweden where the cast, choreographers and creative team will engage with the local community in various activities whilst developing a new production by Israel Aloni and Lee Brummer.

Mieke said that the residency would allow her to extend and develop her art form as an individual, as well as make connections and collaborate with dancers from around the world.

“I am looking forward to being challenged and fully immersing myself in the creative process and all that will come with it.” Mieke said.

Erin Fowler, The Mill Co-Artistic Director, and Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy CEO, said that it was important for young graduate dancers to gain exposure to other influences, build their networks and find opportunities develop as an artist outside of what they already know.

“It can be difficult to find enough opportunities for development locally, so this award will hopefully allow a young dancer to have a significant experience to develop their career, and, to bring that back to the community here in SA.” Erin said.

“The Helpmann Academy is delighted to be collaborating with The Mill Adelaide to enable South Australian dancers to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with ilDance. “ Jane said.

Congratulations Mieke! 

Image: Courtesy of the artist.

The Helpmann Academy | Mill Dance Award is presented in partnership with the Mill Adelaide.

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