4 May 2021 10:32

Emma Greenhill announced as MadeBy composition-to-choreography competition composer winner

Choreographers nationwide will create work set to her ode to nature

Emma Greenhill (photo by Thomas Novak)

Up-and-coming Blue Mountains composer Emma Greenhill will create a new piece of music for the world-first composition-to-choreography initiative, MadeBy, an initiative of OneMusic Australia and RAD Australia.

Greenhill’s winning submission Regrowth is a stunning meditation on the devastation of the 2019-20 bushfires and nature’s resiliency, and it stood out among hundreds of entries from Australian composers. For MadeBy’s next stage of the competition, aspiring RAD choreographers nationwide will be invited to create an original dance work in response to Regrowth.

The winning choreographer and Greenhill will then collaborate on a new dance work set to a new composition, for a world premiere in 2022. Greenhill will receive mentoring from award-winning composer and performer Cat Hope, and her choregrapher counterpart will be guided by celebrated Australian choreographer and ballerina Alice Topp.

A composer, violinist, arranger and educator, Greenhill is passionate about expanding the Australian musical landscape with more idiomatic and accessible pieces.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing my piece be interpreted by another artist through a different art form. It will also be very exciting to see my music literally come to life through the physical act of dance, something I have always been very captivated by since childhood.

“The opportunity to then collaborate with the chosen choreographer and give them the opportunity to tell a story of their own through my music, will be an absolute privilege I am thrilled to undertake,” said Greenhill.

In recognition of the high calibre of work submitted by composers, a shortlist of 15 recommended musical works from entrants will be provided to RAD teachers shortly for inclusion in their teaching.

MadeBy shortlist compositions:

Andrew Ball – Arachnodactyl Timelapse (QLD)
Andrew Lang – False Departures (Solo Piano Edit) (SA)
Alice Humphries – Nautical Twilight (WA)
Connor D’Netto – Blind (QLD)
Dr Daniel Blinkhorn – frostbYte – liten snø trinn: No. 3 Gavotte (NSW)
Eddy Kremen – Everybody Dies, not everybody lives (NSW)
Emily Harrison – In Search of Lost Time (NSW)
Larissa Agosti – Spekta (VIC)
Matthew Sievers – The Sound of the World Coming Apart (VIC)
Natasha Lin – Momentus – (VIC)
Nicholas Marks – Desaparecido (VIC)
Robbie Melville – Junkyard (VIC)
Ruth Roshan – La Malinconia (VIC)
Sue-Anne Hsuyin Tan – ˈwɔː kɪŋ (VIC)
Xani Kolac – Miniatures 1 and 2 (VIC)

“The overwhelming response to this initiative is not only proof of a vibrant and diverse composing community eager to collaborate with the dance sector, but also shows how vital these opportunities are for music creators in the current climate,” said Cameron Lam, APRA AMCOS Art Music Specialist.

“APRA AMCOS congratulates Emma and the 15 shortlist composers whose work will be shared widely with the Royal Academy of Dance. Thanks to all involved in making this happen.”

The competition’s aim is to further integrate the two cultural sectors, which are under immense pressure due to the impact of COVID-19. The winning creators each receive a share of the $15,000 prize pool.

With the MadeBy baton now passed to emerging Australian choreographers RAD Australia’s National Marketing and Communications Manager Nichola Hall is excited to open Stage two on 17 May. “We have been overwhelmed and inspired by the huge response MadeBy has had from Australian composers. The shortlisted works are incredibly diverse and demonstrate the simmering creativity bubbling under the surface in Australia today. Through this shortlist, RAD Australia is thrilled to connect so many composers to dancers and choreographers here in Australia and cannot wait to see how Emma Greenhill’s ‘Regrowth’ comes to life visually through movement.”

MadeBy highlights the business of music and dance, artistic currency and interconnectivity. Together the two industries deliver $15 billion to the country’s bottom line.

COMPETITION TIMELINE

Stage One: composer submissions – complete!

Stage Two:

  • 17 May 2021: Aspiring choreographers will be invited to submit a video of an original dance work in response to the winning submitted musical composition.
  • 20 July 2021: Entries close

Stage Three:

  • September: The winning composer will be paid to write and record an entirely new commissioned work in collaboration with the winning choreographer and supported by mentors from each field.
  • 2022: Their combined work will debut.

JUDGES

Composition:

Chair: Cameron Lam, APRA AMCOS;
Cat Hope, composer and Professor of Composition at Monash University, Melbourne; James Ledger; composer and Chair of Composition at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Western Australia; Alice Topp, choreographer and former ballerina with The Australian Ballet; Grant Kennedy, RAD Dance Accompanist & Music Services Administrator and Gerard Charles, RAD global Artistic Director.

Choreography:

Chair: Nichola Hall, Royal Academy of Dance (Australia);
Cat Hope, Alice Topp, Gerard Charles, David McAllister AM, former Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet and Vice President of the RAD, plus the winning composer Emma Greenhill.