“I’m really thrilled, because this is where I’d hoped it would go – which is a hub for the next generation,” Warren said.
“That’s what is needed right now, because there is no real support for them anywhere else.”
Warren first met Phillips when she was a youth performer in a work he did for the Come Out festival, “so I’ve known her a long time”.
“Her own practice incorporates music and visual art as well as dance, so she is perfect for that next generation that are interested in multimedia.”
Phillips said Dance Hub SA would continue to “promote that sense of diversity” for the state’s independent dance sector.
“The future looks bright. We are bringing dance back, giving it some ignition and nurturing what dance can be,” she said.
“We are creating more partnership programs, and extending the Mind the Gap residencies.”
Chien-wei Wu from Taiwan’s Tussock Dance Theatre is also in Adelaide for the Dance Hub’s first Asia-Connect exchange.
“We’re looking at sending a SA dancer or choreographer (to Asia) next year, really creating career pathways,” Phillips said.
“For people coming out of university and for the independent scene, there needs to be something that assists and supports them learning about stagecraft and their art form.”
Warren had a distinguished performing career with the Australian Ballet, the UK’s Ballet Rambert, Nureyev & Friends and Nederlands Dans Theater before he was appointed artistic director of Australian Dance Theatre in 1987.
He established his own company, Leigh Warren + Dancers, in 1993, collaborating with Frankfurt Ballet’s William Forsythe to create Quick Brown Fox for the Melbourne Festival in 2001, then directing and choreographing a trilogy of Philip Glass works and Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires with State Opera.
Despite the loss of major federal and state funding, in 2016 Warren reshaped the company to cater to the shifting arts landscape as LWDance Hub, where performers and choreographers could hone their skills through residencies, workshops and open house sessions.
Warren, 67, now spends much of the year in Taiwan as a visiting professor at Taipei National University of the Arts and will continue as the Dance Hub’s patron, helping to foster links with Asia.
Phillips and creative partner Alexander Waite Mitchell, who have their own production company Felicity Arts, have also undertaken residences in Taipei and Shanghai, establishing connections in the region.
Dance Hub SA will continue in the loft studio at the Lion Arts Centre, which was home to LWD.
“I’ve made so many really significant works in this room and that, I hope, will go on,” Warren said.
In the past 18 months, the Dance Hub has supported 33 creative developments, presented 25 new works through studio showings with public outcomes at the Adelaide Fringe and SALA Festival, and had 200 artists take part in its programs.
For further information visit dancehubsa.com.au