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August 2020
‘ I’m the original Peter Pan : I never wanted to grow up ‘ ( Kristian Fredrikson )

Renowned dance critic Michelle Potter has produced a lushly, lavishly illustrated (both black and white and coloured ) meticulously and extensively researched biography of the eminent designer Kristian Fredrikson.The book is medium to large in size , of middling thickness and has a great index as well as a chronological list of productions that Fredrikson designed and a bibliography . The author, Michelle Potter ,is a prominent dance writer, curator and historian with a doctorate in art history and dance history from the Australian National University. Potter was inaugural Curator of Dance at the National library of Australia, 2002 – 2006, and Curator, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, New York City, 2006 – 2008.She is the recipient of an International Dance Day Award (1996), two Australian Cultural Studies Awards (1998 & 2000), and two Australian Dance Awards (2001 & 2003). She also received a 2012 Scholars and Artists in Residence Fellowship at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Fredrikson was a recipient of four Erik Design Awards and won prestigious Green Room Awards for After Venice (Sydney Dance Company – 1985), King Roger (1991),Turandot (1991), The Nutcracker (1992), Salome (1993), Swan Lake (2002) and an AFI award for Undercover. Fredrickson also received a Penguin Award for The Shiralee (1988). In 1999 he received the Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance. Continue reading KRISTIAN FREDRIKSON by MICHELLE POTTER

Spotlight on Dame Maggie Scott

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An impressive new biography of Dame Maggie  Scott has been published by the Text Publishing Company. The author is Michelle Potter, a notable dance author, historian and curator who holds a Doctorate  in art history and dance history from the Australian National University. Amongst other things she has received two Australian Dance Awards – for Services to Dance in 2003 and Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film in 2001.

Dame Margaret (Maggie) Scott looms large in the history of late twentieth century/early twenty-first century dance in Australia. This biography of a pioneering figure in Australian dance history was launched as part of the fiftieth anniversary of the Australian Ballet School celebrations, most appropriately as Scott was founding Director of the school and a dancer and teacher of immense vision and intellect. Continue reading Spotlight on Dame Maggie Scott