On recent reflection of her experience, Amelia says “The initiative empowered me to believe in my ideas, experiment with my own creativity and gave me the opportunity to share my voice. It connected me to many artists and people in the industry who equally inspired and encouraged me, and who changed my mind about the creative process.”
The Emerging Classical Choreographer Initiative is a collaboration between the Sydney Opera House, The Australian Ballet and Dance Australia, that awards a residency at the Opera House to an upcoming female choreographer. Again in 2020, the partnership will support the winner in creating a work for The Australian Ballet’s Bodytorque program in October 2020.
“Securing professional opportunity and enough resources to develop and sustain a choreographic practice, is often the hardest challenge for any artist,” said Olivia Ansell, the Opera House’s Head of Contemporary Performance.
“This initiative is a much-needed opportunity for female choreographers working in the classical genre to have their work platformed, to work with the incredible dancers of The Australian Ballet, and to have their profile lifted, which may lead to further commissions,” said Natalie Weir, former resident choreographer at the Ballet.
In 2019, Drummond was one of more than 40 entries. Each was assessed by a knowledgeable panel of judges: The Australian Ballet’s artistic associate and principal coach, Fiona Tonkin; Olivia Ansell; and the former Artistic Director of Expressions Dance Company, Natalie Weir, alongside Dance Australia critics Margaret Mercer (WA), Geraldine Higginson (NSW), Susan Bendall (VIC) and co-editor Karen van Ulzen.