MadeBy is a world-first initiative developed by RAD Australia with music licensing body OneMusic Australia.
At a time when the arts are under unprecedented pressure to survive and flourish, MadeBy celebrates the innovation of original works and highlights the business of music and dance, their artistic currency and their interconnectivity.
Launched on 23 February 2021, MadeBy will first take the form of staggered competitions. Initially, through their membership with OneMusic (APRA AMCOS), Australian composers were offered the opportunity to submit an original composition into a competition that was judged by a panel of leading industry peers. This stage is now complete! The winning piece Regrowth by NSW Blue Mountains composer Emma Greenhill will now be featured from 17 May 2021 in a second competition for aspiring choreographers from within the RAD membership, who will be asked to create an original dance work in response to the music. Again these entries will be judged by an expert panel of judges.
Along with cash prizes, each winner will then be given support to collaborate on a new work together. In a bid to nurture the careers of emerging artists and educate musicians and dancers on the creative process, OneMusic and the RAD have engaged professional artists in both fields who will mentor the winning artists throughout their collaboration. The winning composer and winning choreographer will have 12 months from August 2021 until August 2022 to work together on a brand new music and dance work that will premiere late in 2022.
Judging the music competition are:
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 dancer
- Gerard Charles – RAD Artistic Director
- Grant Kennedy – RAD Australia Musical Accompanist
Judging the choreographic competition are:
Chair: Nichola Hall, RAD Australia
- David McAllister AM – RAD Vice President and former Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet
- Alice Topp – choreographer and dancer
- Gerard Charles – RAD Artistic Director
- Cat Hope – composer and performer and mentor
- The winning composer Emma Greenhill
Meet the winning Composer
One of Sydney’s emerging composers, Emma Greenhill has performed her own compositions twice at the Sydney Opera House and had her works performed by a number of Sydney-based chamber groups both in Australia and internationally. In 2017 she completed a Bachelor of Music (composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium and won the Watermark composition prize, offered by the Kendall National Competition. Sydney Conservatorium. Emma has taught composition from primary level – HSC, both privately and at Barker College.
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.
The shortlisted composers
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.”
To inspire, guide and nurture MadeBy’s winning composer and choreographer throughout their collaboration together RAD Australia and One Music have engaged two wonderful professionals to act as mentors.
Composer Mentor – Cat Hope
Cat Hope is a composer and performer who creates music that is conceptually driven, in animated graphic scores formats for acoustic/electronic combinations and improvisations. Her music is characterised by aleatoric elements, drone, noise, and glissandi as well as an ongoing fascination with low-frequency sound that threads through all her creative work. Her works have been performed at festivals internationally, broadcast on Australian, German, Italian, French, and Austrian radio, and recordings of her works are published internationally. She maintains a collaborative practice that sees her work with dance, theatre, film, and installation. Cat is a represented composer with the Australian Music Centre, and her music is published by Material Press. Her first opera, Speechless, won the Best New Dramatic work in the 2020 Art Music Awards.
Choreographic Mentor Alice Topp
Alice Topp was born and raised in Bendigo and started dancing at the age of four. After two years with Royal New Zealand Ballet, she joined The Australian Ballet in 2007.
Her passion for choreography began when she created her first work, Trace, for the 2010 season of Bodytorque, the company’s choreographic showcase. From 2011 to 2014, she made three further works for the Bodytorque seasons; in 2016 she choreographed Little Atlas, which
appeared in the company’s mainstage program Symphony in C in both 2016 and 2017. In 2018 her work Aurum, which was created with the support of a Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance, had its world premiere as part of The Australian Ballet’s Verve program. It was her first main stage one-act work and had its international debut the following year at New York’s leading contemporary dance venue, The Joyce Theater.
In 2019, Alice and the creative team won a Helpmann Award for Best Ballet for Aurum and Alice was also nominated for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for the same work. She has been nominated for a Green Room Award (Little Atlas, 2017) and for three Australian Dance Awards (Aurum, 2018, Same Vein, 2014, Trace, 2010). She has choreographed music videos for artists including Megan Washington, LANKS and Ben Folds, and has been invited to create works for Houston Ballet II and Queensland Ballet. In 2018, Alice was appointed one of The Australian Ballet’s Resident Choreographers. She was invited to spend a month with Studio Wayne McGregor in the UK in 2019, creating a piece for The Grange Festival. The duet she created on the company, Clay, went on to form a larger work, Logos, for the Australian Ballet’s Volt season alongside two McGregor works, premiering in March 2020. The year also saw the Royal New Zealand Ballet restage her work Aurum.
The composer competition opened on Wednesday 24 February.Find out more about the terms and conditions here. Entries closed Wednesday 17 March with Emma Greenhill and her work Regrowth chosen as the winning entry.
Entries for the choreographic competition for RAD Members, teachers and students aged 15 yrs and over will open on 17 May. More details will be made available closer to the time. Entries close on 20 July 2021.
For more information
Nichola Hall National Marketing and Communications Manager RAD Australia
Read more on the One Music website here
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