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Ms. Merindah Donnelly

BlakDance, Executive Producer Brisbane, Australia www.blakdance.org.au

Biography:

Merindah Donnelly is the recently appointed Executive Producer for BlakDance, Australia’s national industry body for contemporary Indigenous dance. Through her work with the Australia Council of the Arts, she designed and developed strategies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and companies to develop new markets nationally and internationally. She has worked as a creative producer for international festivals and art’s markets including International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA), the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) and the Talking Stick Festival: First Nations performance. Merindah is a 2015 global ISPA fellow.

Curatorial Statement:

BlakDance – cultivates and promotes dance in Australian communities and beyond.
We support artists and communities across many forms of dance and diverse geographies of histories, songlines and protocols.  We connect collaborators and communities, fuel creative exchange and build public discourse, in turn strengthening aesthetics of Indigenous art forms and our dance sovereignty.  Dance sovereignty includes Indigenous communities demonstrating and defining what is great art which in turn develops authentic experiences for all audiences.