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If you’re a maker of new performance work with a strong connection to Canberra and you’re ready to progress your ambition and idea, we want to hear from you.

Expressions of interest are now closed for the New Ideas Lab and two Creative Development opportunities in 2024. Stay tuned for updates on the successful applicants! Applicants will be notified by Friday 22 December 2023.

Live performance makers are warmly encouraged to reach out to us at any time to discuss the development of new live performance works. Contact Creative Producer Rochelle Whyte at Rochelle.Whyte@act.gov.au.

Akram Khan Repertory Workshop

Sunday 4 February 2024, 2 – 4pm

Calling all professional and pre professional dancers!

This exclusive 2 hour workshop in Canberra is free with any ticket purchase to the Canberra season of Jungle Book Reimagined. Delivered by Akram Khan Company (AKC) dancers, you will learn excerpts from AKC company class and repertoire from Jungle Book Reimagined with some of the world’s most talented dance artists.

Open for up to 30 professional and pre professional dance artists (at university level or equivalent), access to this workshop is through a short EOI process. Please note, places are limited and participation will be decided through an selection process with equity and access as guiding principles.

Please complete the EOI for a chance to participate. Participating workshop artists can be a resident of any state of Australia, however we particularly encourage dance artists living and working in the ACT/Ngunnawal Country to submit an EOI. Workshop participants will be confirmed by 19 January 2024. Ticket purchase can be arranged once your participation has been confirmed.

Khan’s choreography explores diverse cultures and dance styles. He has choreographed for the English National Ballet, London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem, singer Kylie Minogue, and visual artist Anish Kapoor.

Expressions of interest are now closed.


Do you have the seed of a new idea that could use some help to grow?
Are you interested in exploring your idea in collaboration with other artists, producers, and mentors?

Canberra Theatre Centre will host four Canberra-based or connected artists to take part in the next iteration of the New Ideas Lab!

Live performance makers who have the beginnings of a new idea are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to take part in a 5-day, immersive lab at Canberra Theatre Centre from:

Monday 20 May – Friday 24 May 2024

The Lab will allow each artist to explore their idea in a collaborative context, working to develop the artistic concept and the planning for the work. With sessions led by producers, dramaturgs, production managers, performers, marketing experts and other artists, the New Ideas Lab will be an opportunity to dig deep into a new idea in multiple ways, preparing to pitch the idea and take it to next stage under mentorship from industry experts. Participating artists are required to be present for the whole week and will be paid a fee of $1250.

EOIs are now closed for 2024.


The New Works creative development opportunities supports the development of original live performance works in the journey towards presentation.

We are looking for exciting, timely and compelling ideas that are ready for studio time beyond the seeding and research stage and has potential be part of future Canberra Theatre Centre (CTC) programming.

The two (2) Creative Development opportunities will provide a total project budget of up to $10,000 per development to cover a range of possible project expenses including artist fees, mentor fees, technical costs, and other project expenses. Additionally, artists will have in-kind access to the Courtyard Studio. Applicants will be asked to provide a realistic budget of expenditure to accompany the project description. Applicants are encouraged to prioritise artist/s fees as the first consideration in their proposed budget, with other project costs considered next.

In 2024 we are offering a range of dates for development activities between February and June. The creative development must run for a minimum of 5 days (consecutive or non-consecutive) as part of this opportunity. Final dates will be decided in consultation with successful applicants based on nominated preferences.

The creative development period will conclude in a development showing in a format suitable to the project.



EOIS for 2024 are now closed.


EOIS for 2024 are now closed.

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