2011 Tanja Liedtke Fellow, Katarzyna (Kasia) Sitarz has been in Melbourne for the past three weeks to embark on her Fellowship program. She started by seeing over a dozen performances by Australia’s front line of contemporary dance artists/companies during Dance Massive and, has now completed her own creative development working with local artists, including multi media artist Zoe Scoglio and performer/writer Josh Tyler.

For Sitarz, the 2011 Fellowship represents the chance to create, observe, work and interact with some of the best Australian contemporary dance artists and companies. ‘It is such an impressive and rich program - and it’s a great honour to be awarded the Fellowship that has been inspired by such an exciting artist as Tanja Liedtke. I’m looking forward to working in Australia because it would be for me, a drastic change of environment – both physical and mental. I think its important not to stay in one’s ‘comfort zone’. I want to test the unknown and challenge my current understandings. Travelling and exchange with other artists is a process of confrontation, adaption and change and personally I love this adventure; entering another artist’s world, sharing ideas and discovering something new. You are enriched as a person as well as an artist and things are never the same again. This is what excites me so much.’

Kasia spent her first week in our Lucy Guerin Inc studios and it was a delight to have her here. She came to the end of her rehearsals at Arts House North Melbourne Town Hall, with a showing of her work last Saturday.

Kasia has now travelled to Sydney to begin work this week on a new co-commission project between Lucy Guerin Inc and Belvoir, directed by Lucy Guerin. We wish Kasia a very fruitful, exciting and inspiring experience in Australia.

The inaugural Tanja Liedtke Fellowship was won by Australian dancer/choreographer Antony Hamilton who conducted his residency in Berlin in 2009 where his project Black Series 1 was received with great enthusiasm and will hopefully be presented as a fully produced work for touring in the near future. Antony has just presented his new work DRIFT in Dance Massive.

The Tanja Liedtke Foundation was established in 2008 to honour the dancer and choreographer, Tanja Liedtke. The Foundation’s purpose is to preserve the artistic legacy of Tanja Liedtke, support the development of contemporary dance theatre and foster Australian/European artistic connections.

The Tanja Liedtke Foundation seeks to achieve this by encouraging, supporting and celebrating a spirit of creative adventure in choreography and dance practice, and by enabling exciting opportunities for a broad range of dance artists.

Find out more about the Tanja Liedtke Foundation.