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Independent dance artist Lisa Wilson will present her critically acclaimed production of Lake at this month’s Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) in Brisbane.

Lake is one of several Australian dance works to be featured at APAM, which runs from 18 to 22 February.

Lake will then tour nationally from March to May, presented by Performing Lines. Supported by the Australia Council, Performing Lines develops, produces and tours new and innovative Australian performing arts regionally, nationally and internationally.

The tour has been funded by the Australia Council’s Playing Australia grant, which assists tours of professionally produced performing arts to regional and remote communities across Australia.

Within this tour there will be a performance and masterclasses at the 2014 Australian Youth Dance Festival. The week-long event in South Australia will draw together professional dance artists and youth dancers.

Australia Council Director Dance Carin Mistry said Ms Wilson had also received a Projects Creative Development grant late last year to develop Wireless, a new inter-media dance theatre work about trust, technology and deception.

Lisa has been producing innovative and cutting-edge dance works for many years and she was nominated for a 2013 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance, Ms Mistry said.

During her 20-year international career Lisa has worked as a director, choreographer, performer and educator. She has produced work in a range of artforms, including theatre, opera, large-scale installation works and multi-media performances and for company commissions and full-length independent work.

Lisa was awarded the Hephzibar Tintner Choreographic Fellowship in 2011, which enabled her to work with the Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company and Opera Australia. Her success is particularly noteworthy, as she is a freelance artist.

Ms Mistry said Lisa was working with composer Paul Charlier on Wireless, which would be a layering of dance, music, design and on-stage technology.

The work is being developed with the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts through the Fresh Ground Residency program, which provides a venue for rehearsals and performances, as well as assistance to develop touring strategies.

The Australia Council’s Dance Peer Assessment Panel has recognised Lisa is building momentum in her work and has assembled a strong creative team for the project, which is why she received the grant.

The Dance Peer Assessment Panel funded 29 applications worth $1.1 million at its October meeting in the categories Artform Development; Creative Australia: New Work; Projects Creative Development; and Projects Presentation. Narelle Benjamin was awarded the Dance Fellowship.

APAM is the premier biennial industry event for contemporary performing arts in the Asia Pacific region. Attracting more than 600 artists, presenters and producers from around the globe, it showcases the best creative works from Australia and New Zealand. It enables new collaborations, networking with fellow professionals, and the opportunity to meet key arts funding and development agencies to build and negotiate international and national tours.

APAM 2014 is presented by the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse. Brisbane City Council is the principal supporter of APAM and the Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland, proudly supports the event.

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