BLAKDANCE 2012 is an international showcase event celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary dance. As producer and project manager, Tiina Alinen bought together choreographers Rita Pryce (Baiwa Dance Company), Tammi Gissell (Figures of Speech), Albert David (Torres Straits), Ojeya Cruz Banks (Guahan/Guam), Jack Gray and Cathy Livermore of (Atamira Dance Company). BlakDance Australia Limited is a national performing arts organisation which advocates for Indigenous Contemporary Dance in Australia with the vision to contribute significantly to the cultural landscape of Australian Dance.
The production included a suite of works devised by each choreographer. It is a timeless cultural collection which surprised and engaged audiences through traditional and contemporary storytelling as each choreographer had their own unique style and traditional voice.
'A showcase of First Nation dance choreography and dancers of this calibre is a rare event. This is a glorious milestone for BlakDance Australia, for the Queensland Theatre Company, and of course for the Australian Indigenous Dance practitioners and international artists who have come together to extend their art form and share their stories, passion and joy with their audience'. Australian Stage
'BlakDance 2012 was created by BlakDance Australia's CEO Tiina Alinen. The event was held at Queensland Theatre Company in Brisbane with support of artistic director Wesley Enoch. The BlakDance 2012 festival in Brisbane highlighted a wonderful range of contemporary Indigenous dance from Australia and New Zealand. Six leading choreographers from Australia and New Zealand created a diverse program of contemporary Indigenous dance, beautifully performed and produced, and cheered on by appreciative audiences'. Ausdance National