This year, we welcomed the incredibly talented and tenacious Supercell to HOTA as a Home Company. HOTA Home Companies share our values of supporting new and inspiring artistic opportunities, and encouraging artists to take risks, experiment and create great art. We offer support to develop and create new work and deliver programs through things like in-kind venue hire, technical, producing and marketing support.
Under the leadership of Festival Director Kate Usher, Supercell brought some wonderful programs to HOTA this year, including:
- Move It, Make It! A Choreographic Workshop Conference for Dance Educators where we welcomed over 50 secondary dance educators for a day of professional development with Special Guest Artist, Antony Hamilton (Chunky Move).
- The Makers Program: A Mini Festival of Dance, a one-of-a-kind commissioning program with over 197 artists and dancers coming to HOTA from around the country to spend time developing 17 new Australian dance works at HOTA.
- The premiere of Private Lives, a curated collection of short solo works by SEQ dancers premiering in our inaugural Underground Festival.
Today, Supercell announced the difficult decision to commence the process of winding down the organisation, with the final wrap up to take place in 2022.
‘Supercell are an incredibly unfortunate casualty of a challenging environment,’ said HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke.
‘In seven years of operation Supercell have made a significant contribution and impact to the contemporary dance sector in Australia.
‘We’re incredibly proud to have been part of their journey, and to have been their creative home as a HOTA Home Company for the last 12 months.
‘Kate is an invaluable ambassador for the sector and a wonderful talent, who we’ll continue to support and champion.’
Read the full statement from Supercell here.
Image credit: Ivan Trigo Miras.