Sustaining Practice

The Sustaining Practice Residency supports NSW-based dance artists to deepen their creative practice and develop their work in a funded capacity.


Artists can apply to develop a creative project, or deepen their creative practice. The residency is open to professional mid-career and established NSW-based artists working with dance, choreography and movement-based practices.

2020 Sustaining Practice Resident 

Martin del Amo

Martin del Amo is a Sydney-based choreographer and dancer. He started out as a solo artist, acclaimed for his full-length solos fusing idiosyncratic movement and intimate storytelling. In recent years, Martin has also built a strong reputation as creator of group works and solos for others. His work has toured nationally in Australia and internationally to the UK, Japan and Brazil. Martin’s contributions to the Australian dance sector have been recognised with the 2018 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance and a 2015 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship. 
Martin intends to use the Sustaining Practice Residency to re-establish his solo practice by reconnecting with the methodological strategies he has developed over the last 20 years, both as solo artist and choreographer of works for other dancers. The focus will be on the interplay between movement, stillness, text and silence; the fragmentation and reconfiguration of separately choreographed body zones; and the contrasting of slowed down movement with accelerating spoken text. 
Martin will be collaborating with dance artists Sara Black (practice partner) and Julie-Anne Long (outside eye). 

ReadyMade Works will be working with Martin to support his solo practice from May-July in accordance with restrictions relating to Covid-19.


The Sustaining Practice Residency is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Moving Ideas

Since 2014, our Moving Ideas program has been supporting dance artists through funded residencies, giving them space and time to explore new ideas.


2019-20 Moving Ideas Residents

Justin Shoulder

Justin is an artist working in performance, sculpture, video and nightlife/community events production. He was born on the un-ceded lands of the Gadigal people (Sydney) and is of Filipino and European heritage. In his Moving Ideas residency Justin develops his new work Turbo Encangto which inhabits the multilayered metaphysical plane of sea and sky referred to in Tagalog mythology as the Skyworld. Within Shoulder’s Future Folklore Skyworld, posthuman queer spectres crossbreed with ancestral Bakla clowns.

Jane McKernan

Jane is an Australian choreographer, recently returned from 4 years based in the UK. She is a member of the collaborative dance trio The Fondue Set and her own dance work includes Mass Movement (2014 Audience Choice for Keir Choreographic Award); Opening and Closing Ceremony (2012); and Teacher Training (2019). For her Moving Ideas residency Jane explores situating her practice in the physical site of the dancing body and the geographic site of Sydney, while continuing collaborations with local dance artists and deepening threads of inquiry related to 'unison'.

David Huggins

David began dancing while studying psychology in New Zealand. After graduating from the VCA he worked consistently with Russell Dumas, alongside various other choreographers, and has recently focused on developing his choreographic work through a series of international residencies. For Moving Ideas David focuses on processes of play, choosing furniture and objects as potential dancing partners. Beginning from somatic processes he explores the possibility of attuning the body to the objects he works with, collaborating with Brianna Kell as an outside eye.

Kristina Chan

Kristina is a dancer and choreographer based on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Kristina’s choreographic practice explores environmental change and our relationship to nature. For her Moving Ideas residency Kristina travels to Sydney to collaborate with dramaturg, Victoria Hunt to deepen her recent research relating to the integration of the choreographed body and textiles. Her solo studio practice will focus on the development of new work in progress Brightness.

Past Residents

Angela Goh, Bhenji Ra, Kay Armstrong, Miranda Wheen, Lizzie Thomson, Ivey Wawn, Matt Cornell, Kathryn Puie, Sara Black, Thomas Bradley, Lucy Watson, Raghav Handa, Rob McCredie, Katina Olsen, Rakini Devi, Rhiannon Newton and Adelina Larsson, Joel Bray.

ReadyMade Works acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, on whose land we gather and work.

RMW is supported by City of Sydney Creative City and Create NSW

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