The Caroline Plummer Fellowship in Community Dance was established in 2003 and honours Caroline Plummer (1978-2003).
The annual fellowship is for six months (usually February until July), and is open to community dance practitioners, teachers and researches from New Zealand and overseas who have a proposed programme of activity, or project, that furthers Caroline's belief and aspirations for community dance in New Zealand. It provides the recipient with an office/dance space and not less than the minimum salary of a fulltime University Lecturer for a six-month period.
Learn more about Caroline Plummer
See the list of all previous Caroline Plummer Fellowship recipients
Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance 2023: Daisy Sanders
The Perth-based dancer describes her style as uniquely rigorous and joyful. She works across disciplines and cities as an emerging arts leader, director, dramaturg, choreographer and performer in sensory theatre and dance.
“I feel warmly kindred to Caroline Plummer’s story due to my own experience of healing from illness through dance, and I aim to offer my utmost skill, deep community engagement and generosity of spirit in order to honour her legacy. I am deeply passionate about dance as a powerful connective force.
“I am most looking forward to meeting artists and students in Dunedin, and discovering how my somatic, choreographic and community building approach can offer them deep rest through dance. Community strength and rest are so urgent and deserved by us all in these challenging days.”
Her fellowship project – A Resting Mess – aims to bridge the gap between dance and health, with a focus on youth, mental wellbeing, and healing. The four-part series of research and community events will culminate in an interactive installation.