Reduced funding (from the Federal Government level down) has led to a reduction in the ability to sustain full-time employment to dancers, with only 5 companies in Australia that may offer a full year contract. All other companies work on a project basis with artists contracted for a set period of time, ranging from days to months, with no guarantee of further employment. Other funding sources include project specific funding for a dance work by example by a festival or performance venue to raise the expenses required to bring it to fruition.
Dance film provides one mode of contemporary dance in Australia with the ReelDance Festival, being the main avenue, with other opportunities being through installations at venues such as night clubs, back alley's to art galleries, shown as part of a live performance, or sometimes purchased for home viewing.
Australian contemporary dance companies include:
- Australian Dance Theatre
- Bangarra Dance Theatre
- Chunky Move
- Force Majeure
- Expressions Dance Company
- Dance Hub SA (formerly Leigh Warren & Dancers)
- Restless Dance Company
- Sydney Dance Company
- Tracks Inc
- "ReelDance Festival". Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
- Valerie Lawson, (3 March 2008), "Australia, you can't dance like that", Brisbane Times
- Contact Quarterly
- Real Time Arts Magazine
- Writings on Dance
- Critical Path
- Stompin Youth Dance Company
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