Supported by Berek and Marysia Segan

The Castlemaine State Festival, with the financial support of Segan family, once again presents the 2017 Dominique Segan Emerging Artist Mentorship, to help aspiring regional young people achieve their creative potential. The 2017 Mentorship brings award-winning UK choreographer Robby Graham and the Australian National Academy of Music, together with students of the Castlemaine Secondary College to shape and create spectacular Festival Opening Night music, dance and theatre.

Robby Graham

Award-winning hip hop choreographer Robby Graham joins the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival as one of a number of internationally respected artists and mentors working with students at the Castlemaine Secondary College. Robby is working to create a thought-provoking and spectacular dance theatre work for the Festival’s Opening Night public performance. He is well known for creating dance theatre in which he combines elements of breaking, contemporary and contact work, to form what has been described as ‘release breaking’.

The Castlemaine State Festival is delighted to welcome Robby Graham, who is assisted with support from the British Council and the Arts Council of England, through the ‘Artists International Development Fund’.

“Witty, hard‐edged, sure in focus, and sizzling in energy,”
Clement Crisp, Financial Times.


Australian National Academy of Music

The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is dedicated to the artistic and professional development of the most exceptional young musicians from Australia and New Zealand. ANAM’s vision is to develop the country’s future music leaders, distinguished by their artistic skill, imagination, courage and contribution to a vibrant music culture.

The only institute of its kind, ANAM is renowned for its innovation, energy and adventurous programming, and is committed to pushing the boundaries of the way classical music is presented and performed.

ANAM will work alongside Robby Graham and David Thrussel to mentor Castlemaine Secondary College music students in composition and performance for the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival Public Opening..


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Berek and Marysia Segan