Dancer and choreographer Angela Goh has been announced as the recipient of the inaugural Beyond The Studio Fellowship. Presented by Sydney Dance Company and Create NSW, the Fellowship sees a choreographer, dancer, producer, composer or designer receive $30,000 from Create NSW while they work closely with SDC’s artistic and administrative team over a 12-18-month period. The Fellowship is intended to help the recipient work towards a future leadership role in the arts industry through professional development.

Angela Goh. Photo © Bryony Jackson

Based in Sydney, Goh has produced dance for a range of different venues, and her work considers the body in relationship to commodity, materiality, technology, and feeling. She has been programmed in Australia as well as the USA, the UK, France, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Taiwan, Germany, Norway, Estonia, Denmark and the Netherlands. She received the danceWEB Europe scholarship, the Create NSW Emerging Artist Fellowship and was named Best Artist in the 2017 FBi Sydney Music Arts and Culture awards. Goh received Australia’s most prestigious prize for choreography, the $50,000 Keir Choreographic Award, in March.

Goh will begin working with SDC’s Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela and Executive Director Anne Dunn and their teams in July, where she will develop her leadership skills. She will also work on both virtual and physical creative development and learning sessions and lead projects with SDC’s Pre-Professional Year program students.

Angela Goh in Uncanny Valley Girl. Photo © Rafaela Pandolfini

“I’m thrilled to take up this fellowship which is an unprecedented opportunity to expand the scope of my artistic practice through a dedicated and dynamic range of activities with Sydney Dance Company,” said Goh. “This fellowship presents an opportunity to build meaningful, reciprocal, and enduring relationships between a major performing arts company and the independent and experimental communities that I am part of, and I am buoyed by the strength this will bring to dance in Sydney.”

“I am delighted that Angela Goh will be joining Sydney Dance Company in July to undertake the inaugural Beyond The Studio Fellowship,” responded Rafael Bonachela. “She is an incredible talent and a wonderful artist. Nurturing emerging choreographers and creative artists is such an important part of Sydney Dance Company’s activities and it is even more important that we can offer Angela opportunity to develop her leadership skills during this difficult and uncertain time for the arts industry. I look forward to working with her over the next 18 months and acknowledge Create NSW’s visionary investment in this incredibly valuable program to secure the future of the next generation of creative leaders.”

“Congratulations to Angela Goh, whose incredible passion, skill, and imagination has secured this important Fellowship. Create NSW is thrilled to be part of the inaugural Beyond The Studio Fellowship with Sydney Dance Company, which will allow Angela to further explore her unbelievable ingenuity with one of the world’s foremost dance companies. Angela now has the opportunity to develop and deliver exciting new choreographic work, in contemporary and experimental dance, to take Sydney and NSW to the world stage,” added Create NSW Executive Director Chris Keely.