Songs Not To Dance To development

Phil & Martin

Martin del Amo and Phil Blackman bring a new dance theatre work in development, Songs Not To Dance To, to the Federal School of Arts at Jasper Corner. As part of Dance Integrated Australia’s new initiative, THE CORNER RESIDENCY PROGRAM, del Amo and Blackman kickstart the year with a 2-week residency before taking the work to Sydney for its final stage of development.

Based in the historic Federal village, which is situated on the NSW North Coast just 30 minutes from Byron Bay, The Corner Residency Program supports the development of independent artists’ work in any stage of development. Jasper Corner (Federal’s Community Hall and former Anglican church) provides two spaces at affordable rates – both fully accessible.

The Corner Residency Program adds an exciting element to the cultural framework of the Northern NSW region. Set in an idyllic remote location, it provides an opportunity for artists to work without distraction of city life. Dance Integrated Australia provides assistance to the artists through offering residency administration, accommodation (upon negotiation), marketing and in-kind support.

As part of the open residency program, artists have the opportunity to:

  • lead a daily or once a week workshop and/or masterclass
  • provide professional development for emerging local artists with and without disabilities
  • engage the local community in a studio showing or lecture demonstration and Q&A .

There will be a 6:30 pm studio showing of Songs Not To Dance To on Friday evening 13 February 2015. For more information about this event or to enquire about The Corner Residency Program, please contact Philip Channells on 0432 073 304 or email:

Photo: Sam James