The FORM Dance Tasks Board is happy to announce the appointment of a brand new Artistic Director.
Paul Selwyn Norton will begin as Artistic Director on 1 Might 2023. Paul’s tenure will construct on the legacy of outgoing Director, Annette McLernon, who developed FORM right into a dynamic presenter and producer of Australian up to date dance.
FORM will proceed to be proudly based mostly in based mostly in Parramatta, Western Sydney.
As an skilled senior arts chief, Norton will look to strengthen FORM’s function in supporting unbiased Australian dance artists and develop audiences for up to date dance. The FORM Board is especially drawn to Paul’s functionality as a sector innovator, and his vital report of delivering acclaimed applications with each rising and internationally acclaimed artists.
Norton has a selected tackle unbiased arts apply, the place he sees it extra as a automobile of artistic entrepreneurship. He explains, “This can be a very thrilling time to be becoming a member of FORM Dance Tasks. With the present improvement in each the enterprise and cultural sectors in Parramatta, there’s a actual alternative to plug FORM into that entrepreneurial power and burgeoning local people.”
“Because the incoming Artistic Director, I’m thrilled to have the ability to add company, worth and connectivity to FORM’s good Board and devoted crew, and collectively co-create a significant future for up to date dance in Western Sydney”, says Norton.
Whereas at STRUT Dance Paul delivered acclaimed large-scale performances and venue activations by way of the Perth Competition, the Forrest’s Minderoo Basis, WA Museum – Boola Bardip, and Fringeworld – essentially the most notable being SUNSET, a artistic reclamation of Claremont’s Outdated Males’s Hospital from Punchdrunk’s Maxine Dolye. One other challenge – One Flat Factor, Reproduced from William Forsythe – was located outdoors within the courtyard of the State Theatre Centre of WA. Each included unbiased practitioners because the core artistic, manufacturing and technical groups.
Paul additionally developed studio alternatives for dance makers nationally, delivered by domestically and internationally recognised luminaries like Ohad Naharin, Stephanie Lake, Annette Carmichael, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Crystal Pite.
The Board is trying ahead to working with Norton and draw on his in depth expertise in growing a holistic program with and for dance makers, that’s supported by audiences in addition to personal and public companions. FORM Dance Tasks Chair, Mark Lillis explains, “Paul is a superb match for FORM as a result of we each worth innovation and risk-taking as a approach to construct sturdy partnerships. This method fosters neighborhood engagement and delivers beneficial outcomes for dance makers and audiences”.
Lillis continues, “FORM holds a well-established place…25 years sturdy in 2025…and is domestically and nationally recognised for its work. This subsequent part will make sure that FORM is future-fit to ship its mission and proceed its essential assist of unbiased dance in Western Sydney and past.”