SPRUNG Youth Dance
A contemporary dance program providing opportunities for young local dancers to explore, develop, create and communicate through self-devised dance experiences.
For over a decade, Incite Arts has fostered the development of grassroots programs through partnerships with schools, youth sector organisations, dance groups and individual artists, to provide inclusive opportunities that engage young people in dance activities.
The SPRUNG Youth Dance project began in 2012 as an initiative of Incite, Dusty Feet Dance Collective and Artistic Director Miriam Nicholls. The project was supported also by JUMP, the Australia Council’s National Mentoring Program, through which Miriam was mentored as a director by Lee Pemberton, Artistic Director of NSW-based fLiNg Physical Theatre.
The project is based on the belief that young people are artists in their own right, with the potential to express and communicate complex ideas and issues through the body in the form of dance. The aim of the group is to extend beyond dance training, into the development of creative and collaborative work. SPRUNG is part of a national network of youth dance companies and is made up of an auditioned ensemble of dancers aged 15-26.
SPRUNG is dedicated to developing thoughtful and challenging youth dance work relevant to the community of Alice Springs that can inspire and inform audiences and provide young people with meaningful arts experiences.
The video ‘Big Smoke Big Red’ originated from a question put to the artists and participants of SPRUNG Youth Dance, June 2014 Dance Holiday Program. The question was – ‘Where do you think is better to live, a major city or a regional area’? The responses were thoughtful and insightful, and led to a discussion on the pros and cons of each. The group decided that Alice Springs is a unique place that in many ways features the best of city and regional, so Big Smoke Big Red developed as a celebration of this, our hometown.
On the experience of the 2013 production ‘Living on the Line’
“I was amazed that it all came together. It was a real challenge to have no offstage and having to perform all the time. It was great learning about and being a part of a really different, non-linear way of creating dance. My dad loved it and he usually hates art!”
– Evie Oster, SPRUNG Dancer
On the 2012 production ‘Graffiti – Make Your Mark’
I do look forward to seeing the future develop for SPRUNG, great solid foundations to build a truly unique and creative company with strong artistic leadership and the drive and enthusiasm of young people. And a very strong and unique first show to display the evident talent of young dancers in Alice Springs. Great use of the site. I think site specific works are a great direction for SPRUNG to keep heading down to keep it relevant to Alice Springs.
– Joe Pickett, Alice Desert Festival Manager 2012 – 13