In 2016, Bleach* Festival premiered a brand new pedal-powered show by just-formed outfit Gogi Dance Collective. ‘The Closet Activist’ was a sold-out show, featuring the work of artists and directors Alicia Min Harvie, Ashleigh White and Viviane Frehner.
Fast forward two and a half years, and Gogi Dance Collective has been named as one of nine organisations sharing in $1.8 million over three years, thanks to City of Gold Coast’s Arts Organisations Triennial Funding Program.
The triennial grants, which are targeted at emerging and established arts organisations supports the growth of the sector to deliver high-quality cultural products for the community.
Alicia Min-Harvie told We Are Gold Coast that Gogi thrives on imagination.
“Gogi loves to imagine what is least imaginable and articulate this unknown in unforgettable theatrical dance experiences that expand the cultural landscape of the places in which we create,” she said.
“Our mission is to do this by designing performances, workshops, classes, retreats and creative partnership that hope to solve problems, imagine futures and to offer new ideas to the collective consciousness of the Gold Coast and beyond, one site, one community, one imagination at a time.”
Gogi built on their 2016 performances with ‘Quiet by Nature’, commissioned by Bleach and Festival 2018, which resulted in another sold-out season with audience members watching the performance from kayaks.
Alicia says it’s been a great kick-start to a solid foundation as a dance company.
“We have created some great opportunities for ourselves in the past three years,” she said.
“When we saw that there was a chance for Triennial funding for emerging artists on the Gold Coast, the three of us intuitively felt that this could be us. The motivation to transition from being a project based company to an ongoing funded company was huge and was the catalyst to apply. It is definitely a step up to the next level for us as a company.”
The organisation will use the funds to shift from being an emerging company to an established arts company over the next three years. They’re hoping to work nationally and internationally year-round and to be known and loved by audiences in Queensland and NSW.
“We will make the Gold Coast a magnet for arts lovers from all over Australia and the world,” Alicia said.
“Who would have thought that we would be having a flourishing arts career on the Gold Coast in 2019? What a time to be alive, a dancer and living on the Gold Coast.”
“It’s amazing that the Council is investing $1.8 million in local companies who have the opportunity to move towards the world stage,” she said.
“For a relatively small city, nine organisations is a great number to see supported.”
“It’s such a buzz to be a part of the movement of people who are driving the arts forward in this city and we stand on the shoulders of many visionaries in the Council and public conversations.”