Owen Allen comes to the movement sciences through a 35 year career in physiotherapy. His involvement in dance began with a project conducted by Jess Jones in 2011. Dance provided Owen with the answer to two different questions he was asking: how, as a physiotherapist, could he insert novel processes into movement training for the older person?; and how could the performing arts contribute directly to exploring community issues? His practice has been supported by the New Move Dance collective, Cairns, through training programs and specialized workshops. He is a contributor and supporter of DANscienCE since its inauguration in 2013.
Jennifer Barry - has had a distinguished dance career performing in the United States, Europe and Australia. Jennifer was a founding member of Australian Dance Theatre, a member of the Eleo Pomare Dance Company (New York) for seven years, Sydney Dance Company and The Meryl Tankard Company (A.C.T). Jennifer has had works created especially for her by Eleo Pomare, Frans Vervenne, Paul Saliba and Andris Toppe. Major roles were created for her in Graeme Murphy’s ‘Poppy’, ‘Rumours’, ‘Daphnis and Chloe’, ‘Earth, Air, Fire and Water’, Barry Moreland’s ‘Dialogues’ and ‘Daisy Bates’, Graeme Watson’s ‘Regale’ and Garth Welch’s ‘Song of the Withered Tree and Sun’. Jennifer has also worked with Don Asker, Elizabeth Dalman, Louis Falco and Glen Tetley. Jennifer has enormous knowledge and practical experience of contemporary dance styles (Graham, Limon, Horton Nikolais and Cunningham). She has taught at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, New York, Alvin Ailey Summer School, New York, Australian Ballet School, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, The Meryl Tankard Company, A.C.T, Bangarra Dance Theatre, numerous ballet schools, high schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States and Australia. Many of Jennifer’s former students are now performing in the professional arena, both as dancers and choreographers. Jennifer was a board member of the Choreographic Centre, A.C.T. in 1996, Deputy Chair in 1997 and a member of the Advisory panel of the Choreographic Centre. Jennifer graduated from Canberra University with an Arts Degree in Adult Education in 1998. Graduated with a Bachelor Performance, Theory and Practice, (Honours) from the University of Western Sydney in 2007. Jennifer attended the World Dance Alliance Global Summit, in Angers, France and the Impuls Tanz International Dance Festival in Vienna in 2014.
Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer making a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern Black female perspective. She is a four time Princess Grace Award winner (2016 Statue Award, 2016 Choreographic Mentorship Co-Commission Award, 2013 Works in Progress Residency Award, 2006 Choreography Award, 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, 2015 USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, 2015 TED Fellow, 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, and was nominated for the 2015 Lucille Lortel “Outstanding Choreographer” Award (Fortress of Solitude). Her company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, received a 2014 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for the work Mr. TOL E. RAncE and were nominated for a 2016 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for the work BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play.
Ms. Brown’s work has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco!, Complexions, and Urban Bush Women, among others. Her theater credits include Broadway’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Fortress of Solitude, Stagger Lee, Cabin in the Sky, Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick...BOOM! starring Lin Manuel Miranda, the musical BELLA: An American Tall Tale, among others. Currently, Ms. Brown is developing a new piece with the working title ink - the final installation of the company’s dance theatre trilogy about culture, race and identity.
Initiatives: The Gathering; BLACK GIRL SPECTRUM (BGS) | Publication: Cover of Dance Teacher Magazine (August 2015) | Program: Co-Directed (with Moncell Durden) Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop at Jacob’s Pillow in 2015 | Public Speaker: 2015 TED Conference, 2016 TEDxBeaconStreet, 2016 TEDxEsteeLauderCompanies. Ms. Brown’s TED-Ed talk A Visual History of Social Dance in 25 Moves was chosen as one of the most notable talks of 2016 by TED Curator, Chris Anderson, and has over 11 million views on Facebook and counting. www.camilleabrown.org
Camille A. Brown outside of the Pillow’s famous Ted Shawn Theatre. Photo by Christopher Duggan, Courtesy Jacob’s Pillow Dance.
Jen Brown, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org 0427 507 225 Jen is a Launceston-based multimedia artist and projectionista who designs ephemeral outdoor installations after dark as a means for enhancing a sense of place and community. She also creates layered photographic works that capture the sculptural forms and trajectories of moving bodies within a still image and has completed numerous collaborations with Tasdance. She has a background in teaching and research in the creative arts and worked for many years designing and developing online learning and multimedia resources for university courses. Examples of Jen’s creative works can be found at www.foundintasmania.com.au and at www.vimeo.com/jenimaro.
Stephanie Burridge (PhD) lectures at LASALLE College of the Arts and Singapore Management University and is the Research and Documentation Network Co-Chair for World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific. She was Artistic Director of Canberra Dance Theater (1978-2001) and was awarded the first Fellowship at the Australian Choreographic Center. She is a dance critic, educator and the Series Editor for Routledge Celebrating Dance in Asia and the Pacific commissioning anthologies from Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore and the South Pacific. Other books include Routledge, Dance Education around the World: Perspectives on Dance, Young People and Change (Editors: Charlotte Svendler Nielsen and Stephanie Burridge, Foreword: Ken Robinson) 2015, and Dance Access and Inclusion: Perspectives on Dance, Young People and Change (in press). Her choreographic and research projects have been supported by the Singapore National Arts Council, Singapore International Foundation, the Australia Council, Arts ACT and more.
Matt Cornell is based in the Asia-Pacific region and grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. He works through dance, choreography, sound, photography, and discussion to craft beautiful ways to subvert dominant cultural narratives. Matt believes in the power of non-spoken experience and the far reaching affects of love. He has also toured internationally, won awards, grants, residencies and scholarships. More info at http://MattCornell.com
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Indian born, Sydney based Rakini Devi’s work is intercultural hybrid performance art, integrating her knowledge of Indian classical dance and her own visual arts practice. In a dance career that spans over two decades, Rakini’s inquiry into the female body as symbol, using sacred Hindu iconography is illustrated in her highly stylized dance performances and installations using her own crafted props and visual art. Her current repertoire includes Kali Digambar (Sweden, Melbourne), The Female Pope (Sydney, New York, Finland, Sweden), The Widow (Sweden), The Two Madonnas (Mexico 2014), Kali Madonna and The Black Madonna. Rakini was a recipient of an Australia Council Dance Fellowship among other dance awards, and is currently in the second year of a Doctoral Research degree at University Of Wollongong, NSW.
The Female Pope - image by Antoine S Lutens, New York 2014
Urban Kali - image by Alana Dimou, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney 2016
Annie Greig, M.A. email@example.com 0474 777 442 With an extensive career in the arts industry, Annie was honoured to receive a Bicentennial Medal in 2003 for her services to dance, placed on the Honour Roll for Women in Tasmania 2010, and in 2014 she was awarded the Services to Dance Award for her wide-ranging influence as a mentor, teacher and advocate, and for decades of work as a dancer, arts administrator and video producer. She is a proud Life Member of the Ausdance family, has great commitment to Indigenous dance education, and was the artistic director of Tasdance from 1997 – 2015. Annie’s work as an educator and public advocate for dance continues.
Patrick Harding-Irmer started dancing, aged 24, with Keith Bain at the Bodenwieser Dance Centre in Sydney. He graduated from Sydney University with BA, Dip. Ed. and in 1972 travelled to Europe where he was asked by Robert Cohan, Artistic Director of London Contemporary Dance Theatre, to join his company. He remained with that company as dancer, choreographer, teacher and on two occasions, acting Artistic Director until his return home in 1990.
With LCDT he performed extensively throughout the world including two Olympic Arts Festivals, LA ’84 and Seoul ’88 and in 1985 he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance from the University of Kent, having maintained a full time performing schedule throughout his studies.
Since arriving back in Sydney he has danced with Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Ballet, Australian Opera, One Extra Company, Dance North, Music Theatre Sydney and Canberra Dance Theatre.
He presently performs with the Australian Dance Artists, who have been collaborating with renowned sculptor and installation artist Ken Unsworth for many years. He has also been involved in numerous independent projects and has taught the Martha Graham technique of contemporary dance at many colleges and institutions around Australia.
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Michael Hennessy danced with the Sydney Dance Company for 9 years and was hear of Dance at the Lismore Conservatorium until 2008. He was appointed as Artistic Director of Sprung!! in 2014. Of “Encounters”, Michael writes: “The opportunity to have contact [with twice weekly sessions over several years] has been crucial to this creative development. We grow together in the creative process, and the dancers contribute with their personalities, and the way they like to move- those things are critical to developing a strong work.”.
Vicki van Hout, speaker; is a Wiradjuri woman born on the south coast of NSW. An independent choreographer, performance‐maker and teacher, she has worked across a range of performance mediums nationally and internationally. Her work practice emanates from the belief that all cultural information is fluid in its relevance and that we both exchange in and adhere to patterns of cultural behaviour and its tacit meanings. A graduate of the National Aboriginal Islander Dance College (NAISDA), Vicki has learnt and performed dances from Yirrkala, Turkey and Christmas Creeks, Mornington and Bathurst Islands, as well as Murray, Moa and Saibai Islands in the Torres Strait.
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Steph Hutchison is a choreographer, performer, artist-researcher and lecturer in dance at Queensland University of Technology. Steph has created work for numerous dance technology projects at Deakin Motion.Lab involving real-time motion capture systems, robots, haptic, 3D stereoscopic environments, transmedia dance works and artificial intelligence performance systems. She has worked with Motion.Lab on two Australian Research Council Discovery projects in dance technology, as well as several industry collaborations. With John McCormick, Steph collaborated to create ‘Emergence’, real-time motion capture AI performance. Steph has just completed her PhD research at Deakin University’s Motion.Lab – meta: discourses from dancers inside action machines.
Avril Huddy is a Lecturer in Dance at Queensland University of Technology. Avril’s diverse dance career comprises performing and producing, establishing and curating independent performance venues, tour management, and teaching. She has taught amateur and professional dance organisations, and across the three tiers of the Australian education system. Avril is a STOTT Pilates instructor and Feldenkrais Practitioner. Her approach to dance pedagogy and curriculum incorporates her extensive theoretical and embodied knowledge with her professional dance experience. Avril received a 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
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Jane Ingall is Artistic Director of Somebody’s Aunt, improvising women creating their own mix of dance, theatre, music and humour, often in unconventional performance spaces in the Canberra region since 2005. Their recent work includes “and what do you do?”, Carrying Capacity, Niche, and short flat long black white. Jane has been teaching and choreographing dance with Canberra Dance Theatre since 2006, including Existence, part of Life is a Work of Art at the National Gallery of Australia and is a co-director of the GOLD Company. Since 2014 Jane has been teaching dance for people with Parkinson’s disease, enabling opportunities and performance. Jane has also developed and conducted courses using movement in learning about group dynamics, communication, body image issues; and teaching movement for actors.
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Erica Rose Jeffrey believes in the power of movement connected to positive social change. Involved in multiple communities, she has worked internationally as a performer, choreographer, educator, arts leader and facilitator. Erica Rose has taught for the San Francisco Ballet, Luna Dance Institute and directed Marin Dance Theatre’s Let’s All Dance! Outreach program. In addition to performing, she co-directed the dance company COUNTERPOINTE. The first dancer to be selected as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, she completed a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland. Erica Rose continues to investigate the connections of dance, empathy and peace as a PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology. As a Director of Peace and Conflict Studies Institute Australia (PaCSIA), she is currently engaged in community level peacebuilding projects in Australia and internationally. Erica Rose is also the Program Coordinator for Dance for Parkinson’s Australia and through working with the Mark Morris Dance for PD® program, was instrumental in bringing Dance for Parkinson’s to Australia and launching classes nationwide.
Shahrin is a principal dancer of Maya Dance Theatre. He has performed in various international dance festivals and local arts events with the company. He was also a proud recipient of the Promising Choreographer award for SPROUTS competition 2012 by National Arts Council of Singapore (NAC). Shahrin presented his recent choreography at the Jogja International Arts Festival and Asia Tri Festival, 2012 (Indonesia). Shahrin was invited by NAC to represent Singapore at the Asia Exchange dance project held in Korea 2012. Shahrin graduated with BA (Hons) in dance from LASALLE College Of The Arts Singapore, 2012. In 2013, Shahrin together with Maya Dance Theatre presented his choreography, PATH, at the Accidental Festival in UK. In 2014, Shahrin attended a choreolab in Rimbun Dahan , Malaysia lead by Janis Claxton from Australia and he also attended International Choreographer’s Workshop organized by IUGTE in Massa, Italy lead by Sergei Ostrenko from Russia, supported by NAC capability grant . Currently Shahrin as the principal trainer for Apsara Asia conducts and leads the dance program at Down Syndrome Association, Singapore (DSA). He has been training them for about 9 years and currently still running the program. Through the years, Shahrin have been preparing them to be in tune to their creative and artistic side by making them express through dance and be technically savvy in their dance skills through the trainings. He first staged their coming out debut to the artistic arena in Release 2.0 in 2012 with a piece called “small steps”, and later in Sprouts 2014 at a National level dance competition, as a Guest performance in a piece called “Embrace”. Shahrin feels that we should be inclusive to even those who are seen lesser, especially when there is potential talent we should provide the opportunity to allow them to grow and bloom. Shahrin was also involved with the AIC-NAC pilot creative dance program for Jamiah Nursing Home as an assistant trainer with Kavitha Krishnan. Shahrin aims to create possible avenues to connect with the world through his artistry and share his love for the arts through dance, he hopes that through dance we’ll find humanity as he believe that “Arts is the food for the souls”.
Alexandra Knox – graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne with a Bachelor of Dance, 2007. Her professional training has been with Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, Leigh Warren and Dancers, Bangarra Dance Company, Tanya Leidtke, the Alvin Ailey School, Steps on Broadway, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research, Zvi Gotheiner, NYC, Henny Jurriens Foundation School of Dance, Amsterdam. Alexandra performed in “VX18504” with the Australian Theatre for Young People, Artistic Director, Meryl Tankard in 2008 and in works by Elizabeth Dalman, Lina Limosani, Liz Lea, Vanessa Hicks, Garry Stewart, Phillip Adams, Stephanie Lake, Anna Smith, Solon Ulbrich and Christopher Le Teiller. Alexandra performed with Untitled/Collective, Artistic Director, Ian Colless, 2014. Alexandra presented her solo “Wyrd…with grace” in the Melbourne Fringe, Ausdance Choreolab, 2011, Adelaide Fringe, 2012. Received a residency through Arts SA to further develop the work. Alexandra was invited to perform her solo “Animus” and present a paper at the World Dance Alliance Global Summit in Angers, France, July 2014. Performed with Tanz Ateilier Wein (Vienna), Director, Sebastien Prantll, August, 2014. Alexandra also attended the Impuls Tanz International Dance Festival and participated in their performance showing on the last day of the Festival. Alexandra performed in Dancers with Dirty Feet, 2015, dancing her mother’s roles in “Three Faces of Noon” and “Passage”.
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Kavitha Krishnan has many years of dance experience and is trained in Indian Classical Dance (Bharathanatyam). From 2002 to 2007 Kavitha was part of the ASEAN Flagship contemporary dance production, “Realizing Rama” representing Singapore. She is one of the founders and artistic director of contemporary dance company, Maya Dance Theatre (Singapore). Under the direction of Kavitha, the company has staged many productions locally and has toured their works internationally to several festivals and performance venues. Her recent creation, “Gravitate” was presented at the World Dance Alliance Global Summit 2014 at Angers, France and will be presented at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Centre (NY, USA) in June 2014. Kavitha grooms emerging choreographers and dancers through Maya Dance Theatre as well.
Kavitha is also a practicing occupational therapist (OT) for the past 20 years with an MSc degree in Community Services Management from Swansea University (Eldercare/childcare). As a trained dancer and OT, Kavitha uses the benefits of dance to connect with special groups and the community. Over the years, she has initiated and conducted dance activities in several settings such as, mental health, elderly care, special schools, Down Syndrome Association, Singapore (DSA) and other lifestyle and outreach programmes organized by The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, People’s Association (PA), and other non-profit organizations. She also conducts regular dance sessions for clients with mental illness under the Very Special Outstanding Performers (VSOP) programme at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).
Kavitha is also the founder and creative director of Apsara Asia, an arts management and performances company that specializes in arts education programme for learning institutions and use of dance/movement for therapeutic values. As much as she enjoys dancing, she brings the same joy to others through this programme. She is also part of a team that has created the training module for Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) programme in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and also teaches the module at NAFA. Kavitha shares her passion for dance with all.
Liz Lea is a performer, choreographer and producer based in Canberra and NSW. Based in Europe for 20 years Liz worked for the Royal Opera House, Ranjabati Sircar, Imlata, Sankalpam, English National Opera and English Bach Festival. Her speciality is working with classical Indian dance and martial arts as a solo practitioner. She has been commissioned in India, UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and USA by companies including the Royal Opera House, Mavin Khoo, Intoto, Ballet Arabesque, QL2 Dance, Griffyn Ensemble and the ANU Music Society.
Under her company, Liz Lea Dance, she has created and toured a dozen shows including ‘120 Birds’, ‘InFlight’, ‘Magnificus Magnificus’ with Tammi Gissell, ‘Kapture’ (inspired by the South African freedom fighter, Ahmed Kathrada, imprisoned alongside Nelson Mandela for 26 years). Her choreographic work has received major project funding from Arts Council of England, British Council, Australia Council, Inspiring Australia, Arts NSW, artsACT and National Science Week.
From her residency with CSIRO, she inaugurated the DANscienCE Festival (Canberra 2013), a meeting of thought leaders across the dance and science communities. In 2015 the Festival ran Brisbane with Co-director Associate Professor Gene Moyle at QUT. In 2017 the event runs in association with UWS and Critical Path.
Liz’s producing work has included commissioning over 16 choreographers while directing Canberra Dance Theatre, where she was the Artistic Director for 7 years. She also founded The GOLD Company for dancers over 55 and developed collaborations with major cultural institutions including the National Library of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia and National Museum of Australia, in addition to a European tour (2015).
For Ausdance ACT she curated their 2016 Dance Week festival and is working on 2017’s events. She is also project manager for their Escalate Mentoring program and a new Indigenous mentoring program to be launched in 2017.
For her own work in 2016 Liz has undertaken a Responsive Residency with Critical Path, created a film with SCREEN ACT funding and participated in the choreographic platform ‘Strange Attractor’. She produced a series of events for ACT National Science Week and performed with Australian Dance Party for a new work ‘Strings Attached’ with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. In September she tour her two children’s science and dance shows to Queensland for Queensland Music Festival.
Liz is currently developing two new projects; ‘The Galaxy Project’ with Indigenous astronomers and staff from the Mt Stromlo Observatory; and ‘RED’, a one-woman show with solos commissioned from Martin del Amo, Kate Denborough, Vicki van Hout, and Brian Lucas.
The Indian documentary ‘On the Trail of Ruth St. Denis: India 1926’ (2011, Talal Al-Muhanna) was developed from Lea’s research into the non-Asian early modern dance pioneers inspired by Indian movement, such as Anna Pavlova and Ruth St Denis.
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Padma Menon has an international career as a choreographer, facilitator, teacher and dance activitist. She was one of India’s top classical dancers having trained under legendary Indian choreographers. When she moved to Australia, she led one of Australia’s first contemporary professional multicultural dance companies in the nineties. In 1994 she was awarded Canberra Times Artist of the Year. She then worked in renowned production houses in Europe and also set up a dance centre in India which partnered with human rights organisations to use dance as a tool for activism. Padma has a post graduate degree in English Literature, post graduate qualifications in Choreography from the Netherlands and is currently studying for a post graduate degree in Counselling.
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Glen Murray, Artistic Director Invisible Practice, specialises in the creation of exceptional contemporary performance interpreted by mature adults for audiences of all ages.
In 2015 Glen founded Invisible Practice as a medium for independent and collaborative cross-platform projects that have a focus on the mature body in a performance context. Invisible Practice’s first commission was at the invitation of Liz King, Artistic Director of Dance Identity, creating A-K, L-Z for the Body Focus Group of mature adult members of the Pinkafeld community. A-K, L-Z premiered at the 10th Burgenlandische Tanztage in Austria May 2015.
Glen established MADE (Mature Artists Dance Experience) Australia’s unique dance theatre ensemble of mature adults in 2005. Artistic Director of MADE from 2005 – 2014, Glen created 7 full-length works for the ensemble touring the work to festivals across Australia.
In 2011 Glen was awarded a Churchill Fellowship travelling to the UK, Europe and North America in 2012 to study international best practice in the cultural engagement of mature adults. In his first career Glen was a member of a number of Australia’s foremost dance companies, primarily the Australian Dance Theatre, Australian Ballet and Sydney Dance Company, touring classical and contemporary repertoire nationally and internationally in a career spanning 17 years.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Ruth Osborne has devoted her professional life to youth dance, challenging old ideas and developing new methods. She is nationally respected for her teaching and choreographic work. She has developed dance in primary and secondary schools, tertiary institutions, private dance studios, summer schools and regional outreach tours. She has mentored choreographers and dancers, including both young emerging artists and senior dance professionals. Her professional dance career extends over 40 years and includes performing, teaching, choreographing, directing, collaborating and mentoring. She has served on many arts related boards including Ausdance WA (President), The West Australian Ballet, WAAPA Advisory Panels, Arts WA Peer Assessment Panel, STEPS Youth Dance Company and Youth Arts Incorporated. After extensive training and experience across all dance sectors in Sydney, Ruth moved to WA and in 1976 established the Contemporary Dance Centre, where she was Artistic Director until 1999. She taught at WAAPA from its inception; and was a founding board member, choreographer and Artistic Director of STEPS Youth Dance Company for 10 years. She has choreographed for local, national and international television and film; and many large scale events including the Opening Ceremonies for the 6th and 8th World Swimming Championships; the Pacific School Games; collaborations for the Festival of Perth in 1995 and 1997; and Australia Day celebrations. Ruth joined The Australian Choreographic Centre in Canberra as Manager of Youth Dance Practice in 1999, under Director Mark Gordon. She established the highly successful Quantum Leap youth choreographic ensemble, and developed ongoing programs, focused on choreographic literacy, for young people auditioned from Canberra and the region. These bridged community and professional practice, with professionally produced performances in major theatres and institutions in Canberra, and regional and interstate tours. Ruth established the Licence to Move program to encourage boys into dance, and directed the highly acclaimed Industrial Hardware dance project series for young men and boys. In 2003 she won the Canberra Critics Circle Dance Award for her ongoing work with Quantum Leap and in particular “boys in dance”. She was Artistic Director of the Australian Dance Awards in 2012 and 2013. She won the Australian Dance Awards‘ 2011 Award for Services to Dance — “for her superlative teaching and wide-ranging services to dance for over four decades; for an outstanding contribution to dance education and to the development of youth dance practice in Australia.” She won a 2015 Canberra Critics Circle award for her piece “Walking and Falling”.
Dr. Laura (Amara) Osweiler is a performer, choreographer, teacher, scholar, and producer. She has performed traditional and experimental Middle Eastern dance throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia and has been highlighted in numerous commercial videos. In addition to teaching dance studio classes, Laura has taught accredited courses at a number of universities. She is the Director of Ya Helewa! Dance Company, Director of “Training4DanceTeachers” and producer of workshops, performances and conventions. She holds a PhD in Dance History and Theory from UC Riverside, a BA in Music History and Literature and a certificate in Ethnomusicology from The Florida State University. www.AmaraDances.com
Philip Piggin trained and has worked in Australia, the UK, Russia and New York. He was a Community Dance Animateur in Wales, and in Australia worked regionally, teaching, lecturing, choreographing, performing and directing for many arts, educational and community groups. He has also served on numerous boards and arts funding authorities.
In 1999 he was appointed as Ausdance ACT’s first Dance Development Officer, and then Dance Editor of MUSE magazine, Co-Coordinator of Australia’s first Community Dance Forums, and Company Manager of Canberra Dance Theatre while continuing to free-lance nationally. In 2010 he was employed as Community Cultural Development Officer, Belconnen Arts Centre, and with the support of a Churchill Fellowship now pioneers dance programs for People with Parkinson’s and for People with Dementia.
He has just been awarded Honorary Life Membership of People Dancing - the UK foundation organisation for the leading, delivering and supporting of community dance.
Alison is a dance and physical theatre artist, choreographer, teacher, improviser and site dance maker based in Canberra. She graduated from WAAPA with a first class honours degree, Bachelor of Arts - Dance, in 2009. Her work communicates contemporary issues, human stories and the interface of physical performance with non-traditional theatre spaces and environments. Challenged to play across forms, she collaborates with artists and non-artists. In 2014 she received a Critic’s Circle Award for her ‘tour de force’ solo performance in Johnny Castellano is Mine. Alison is a committed youth dance practitioner, teacher and creator at QL2 Dance and co-producer of annual Canberran choreographic lab strange attractor. As co-director of dance theatre company Lingua Franca with Adam Deusien (Bathurst) she presented Unsustainable Behaviour at ArtLands regional arts conference in Dubbo in October 2016. In 2016 Alison established ‘Australian Dance Party’ with debut works Strings Attached in collaboration with the CSO and Nervous at Mt Stromlo Observatory. The Party aims to create powerful, political and playful new dance work in the political capital and develop professional dance practice there.
Michelle Potter is a writer, historian and curator with a doctorate in Art History and Dance History from the Australian National University. She was founding editor of Brolga. An Australian journal about dance, inaugural Curator of Dance at the National Library of Australia (2002–2006) and Curator, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (2006–2008). She is the recipient of two Australian Dance Awards: Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film (2001) and Services to Dance (2003). Her most recent book is Dame Maggie Scott. A life in dance (Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2014). http://michellepotter.org
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Sonia’s life has been consumed with all forms of dance. She trained extensively in classical ballet and contemporary dance in the UK. Since migrating to Australia she has merged this lived knowledge into filmmaking and photography.
Sonia has gained invaluable experience through artist residencies photographing dancers in Beijing, London, Birmingham, Stockholm and Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Southern Cross University NSW (2011) Bachelor of Digital Media (Hons) QCA, Griffith University Qld (2013). In 2014 she commenced studies for Master of Visual Arts with her research for Ageism and the mature dancer. The project has since been upgraded to PhD.
Katrina Rank is a Melbourne-based educator and dance artist. She is a graduate of the Australian Ballet School, performing professionally in Australia and the UK. Katrina later received a B.Ed., BA(Hons) and a PhD in Contemporary Arts from Deakin University. In recent years, her work has become focussed towards mature dance. In 2013 she initiated Fine Lines for experienced mature dancers, with weekly contemporary dance classes and ongoing projects and performances. She also teaches dance to people with Parkinson’s Disease. Recent works for Fine Lines include Anatomy of Disgust by Rochelle Carmichael, Mean Feat, Wild Thing and My Body is an Etching 2.
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Carl Sciberras is a dance artist and producer from Western Sydney. Carl is currently the City of Parramatta’s Creative Fellow, a recipient of Strut’s SEED Residency 2017 and participant in the Future Leaders Program for emerging arts leaders facilitated by the Australia Council for the Arts.
Carl is the Co-Founder/Co-Director of two collectives: Flatline, a cross-artform collective that creates performance, installation and art works that have been presented nationally and internationally, and Dance Makers Collective, a group of nine dance makers from Sydney who collaborate to create shows with “imagination, thoughtfulness, individuality, performing ability and commitment.” Jill Sykes – Sydney Morning Herald.
As a choreographer, Carl’s works have been seen at Riverside Theatres, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, BEAMS Festival, Parramatta Lanes, Metro Arts and others; and as a performer, Carl has worked with Force Majeure, La Fura Dels Baus and a range of independent artists.
From 2012-2015, Carl was the Marketing, Program and Education Coordinator at FORM Dance Projects. Carl has worked as a stage manager, production manager, producer and project manager for a variety of organisations and artists such as Ausdance NSW and Vicki van Hout. Carl is a proud Steering Committee Member of the Western Sydney Arts and Culture Lobby.
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Matt Shilcock is a South Australian based contemporary dance theatre artist. Diagnosed at birth with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, commonly known as ‘brittle bone disorder’, he spent much of his youth in a wheelchair before learning to walk at the age of fifteen.
Matt has a Certificate III & IV in Fitness and Personal Training and is a 2nd Kyu in Budo Taijutsu and specialised weaponry, with a strength in adapting mobility aids to weaponised use. His passion for fitness and health extends from his own accomplishments in transitioning from a fulltime wheelchair user to his current practices in dance, fitness and martial arts.
Matt began performing professionally in 2009 and has since professionally engaged with companies across Australia including Murmuration Dance Theatre, No Strings Attached Theatre for Disability, Restless Dance Theatre, Kaldor Public Arts, and internationally with Mass Box (China), Touch Compass (NZ), Full Radius (USA), Candoco (UK), Independence (UK), FreeWill Theatre (HK) and the Van L Dance Company (UK) Matt is a current ensemble member with Murmuration Dance Theatre and continues to develop his independent practice with experienced professionals like Dean Walsh, Vangelis Legakis, Leigh Warren, Janet Bridgman and others, studying the anatomy and physics of dance and cross applying it to his studies in holistic remedies and alchemy.
Matt is a recipient of a 2017 artist exchange program with Critical Path (NSW) and Dance4 (UK), taking a month residency at the International Centre for Choreography in Nottingham (UK).
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Zsuzsi Soboslay has been involved in creative collaborations for over 20 years. Her work spans professional and community-based/participatory theatre, dance, music events, script-based work, and writing across the arts for publications such as RealTime, Art Monthly, Canberra Times and for Craft ACT Craft and Design Centre. She was awarded an Australia Council Community Partnerships grant to work in London in 2015 with Entelechy in SE London to work in their projects with community Elders, and those of profound and complex disabilities. Residencies included Bundanon, ACT Artists-in-Schools, the National Film and Sound Archive and the inaugural Gorman House Ralph Indie program premiering The Compassion Plays [Nov 2016].
Work as an actor includes The Chain Bridge for the Street (2015), Past Present for SE Arts (2013) and Under Milk Wood (2011). Her solo L’Optimisme, on the life of dancer Jane Avril, played the National Gallery of Australia and DANscienCE (CSIRO and Brisbane). She co-directed 2 major concerts with Synergy Percussion at Angel Place and Carriageworks, Sydney 2011&15, Angel Place winning the ABC Limelight Award. She is creating performance works with the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Memory Project for 2016-17.
Her trilogy Anthems and Angels (on the experience of exile)--a collaboration between musicians, actors, visual and sound artists--has had developments at the Street Theatre (2014-15), at Kultour Gatherings (Canberra, 2014; and national, Brisbane, 2013); Visible Evidence IX International Documentary Film conference (2012), and Canberra Dance Theatre , before the Ralph Indie Residency (2016). The full play-script [Part I] was accepted for submission to the Saroyan/Armenian Arts Alliance Human Rights Playwriting Award (2016) and short listed for the PWA CALD development programme . http://bodyecology.com.au/anthems-and-angels/
She teaches Movement for actors in the Street Theatre Master It programme and is movement director for the Street’s next major production, Cold Light by Alana Valentine and Frank Moorhouse, premiering in March 2017.
A dancer-choreographer from New York City, Jody Sperling is the founder and Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance. Sperling has created more than 35 choreographic works and has taught, lectured and performed in the US, Bahrain, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Scotland and, most recently, north of the Arctic Circle.
Participating in a seven-week science mission to the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic in 2014, Sperling became the first ever choreographer-in-residence aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy. During the expedition, she danced on polar sea ice at a dozen research deployments. A short movie of her dancing on ice won second place in Human Impact Institute’s Creative Climate Awards. She is currently working on a production for Time Lapse Dance that captures the dynamism and fragility of the Arctic icescape for stage. The Coast Guard honored Sperling with an Arctic Service Award for her work aboard the Healy.
Since founding Time Lapse Dance, Sperling has developed a unique style that draws inspiration from the fabric-and-light spectacles of modern-dance pioneer Loie Fuller. She is internationally-recognized as the leading interpreter of Fuller’s style and, with her company, has taken the genre into innovative new directions. The company’s specialty is combining moving fabric, lighting and shadow-play with an acute sense of musicality.
Sperling has received commissions from the Vermont Performance Lab & Marlboro College, The University of Wyoming through the NEA American Masterpieces Program and the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (S.L.A.M.) for the creation of a new aerial work. Her dances have been in the repertory of Holland’s Introdans ensemble.
As a dancer, Sperling has performed in the works of other choreographers including Sarah Michelson and Yvonne Rainer. Sperling has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) and has presented at the Society’s conferences. She holds an MA in Performance Studies (Tisch School of the Arts, New York University) and a BA in Dance and Italian (Wesleyan University). Her dance writings have appeared on her own blogs and in Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, The SDHS Conference Proceedings, The International Encyclopedia of Dance and she contributed an essay to the book Birds of Paradise: Costume as Cinematic Spectacle (British Film Institute, 2014).
Suhasini Sumithra’s classical Indian dance training commenced under the tutelage of Dr Tejaswini Rao at the age of four in Buffalo, New York. While Suhasini’s foundations are in the South Indian dance style of Tamil Nadu, Bharatanatyam, she developed a passion for Kuchipudi, another form of South Indian classical dance (from Andhra Pradesh) after being introduced to it at the prestigious Kuchipudi Art Academy in Chennai, India at the age of 13. Suhasini completed her Rangapravesam, or debut solo performance, in the Kuchipudi dance style at the age of 16. She performed Kuchipudi throughout university and trained with Dr Sobha Naidu, one of the top exponents in Kuchipudi, while studying abroad in Hyderabad, India. Since migrating to Australia, she has continued to study and perform Kuchipudi in Sydney with Shri Raghavan Nair’s Indian Dance Centre and in Canberra with Ms Vanaja Dasika, niece of Kuchipudi pioneer and founder of the Kuchipudi Art Academy, the late Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam.
Suhasini holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Political Economy from the University of California-Berkeley and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Sydney. She currently works for the Department of Social Services on national policy to prevent and reduce violence against women and their children.
Meryl’s global career as a choreographer has seen her bold and innovative works staged in Europe, UK, USA, Asia and Australia. Her work ranges widely from co-productions with the Sydney Opera House, a full-length ballet Wild Swans for The Australian Ballet, to Disney on Broadway and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Meryl created the opening section Deep Sea Dreaming for the Sydney Olympics Games Ceremony 2000 and has been commissioned by some of the world’s most dynamic companies including Lyon Ballet and Netherlands Theatre.
Beginning her career as a dancer with the Australian Ballet Meryl went on to become one of Pina Bausch’s principal soloists with the ground-breaking Wuppertaler Tanztheatre.
In 1989 she founded her own dance company in Canberra, synthesising a range of influences and styles to create her own unique dance theatre style.
As Artistic Director of Adelaide-based Australian Dance Theatre (1993-1999) Meryl transformed the company into a leading International company with her diverse range of full-length works including Furioso, Possessed, Aurora, Rasa, Inuk, Songs with Mara.
In 2010 Meryl graduated from AFTRS where she made two short films Mad and Moth. Her documentary Michelle’s Story, commissioned by ABC TV and 2015 Adelaide Film Festival, won the Audience Award for Best Short Film and Screen SA awards for best short film, best documentary and best soundtrack.
Amy Vassallo is a PhD candidate in the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Research Group at the University of Sydney. Her academic and professional background is in medical science, health policy advice and population health. She is currently studying the epidemiology of recreational and professional dance injuries and is particularly interested in injury prevention and the health benefits associated with dance participation . Amy is part of the Dance Research Collaborative (DaRC), a multidisciplinary group of researchers with an interest in dance and health, based at the University of Sydney.
Miranda Wheen is an independent dancer based in Sydney. A highly versatile performer, she has collaborated with a number of companies and choreographers throughout Australia and internationally, including: Shaun Parker and Company, Mirramu Dance Company, Restless Dance Theatre, Martin Del Amo, Marrugeku, Stalker Theatre and the Tsai Jui-Yueh Dance Foundation in Taiwan, among others. Miranda has studied in Senegal, West Africa, with choreographer Germaine Acogny at L’Ecole des Sables, the International School for Contemporary and Traditional African Dance, and for three years was a participant in the International Indigenous Choreographic Laboratories held in Sydney, Broome and Auckland.
Elena Wong has been teaching Chinese Dance for more than 10 years at the Lan Ling Dance Company. She is a registered and accredited teacher of the Beijing Dance Academy Chinese Dance Graded Examination. She also obtained the teaching qualification of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in Folk Dance with distinction. She is dedicated to dance education and outreach.
Acclaimed International choreographer Marc Brew trained as a professional dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He is the new Artistic Director with AXIS Dance Company and has been working in the UK and Internationally for the past 19 years as a director, choreographer, dancer, teacher and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre, CandoCo Dance Company and as Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre. Since 2008 Marc has been dedicating time to his own choreography with Marc Brew Company and was Associate Artistic Director with Ballet Cymru in Wales and Associate Artist at Tramway Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland. Recent choreographic commissions include Scottish Ballet, Ballet Cymru, AXIS Dance Company (USA), Candoco Dance Company (UK), Touch Compass (NZ), Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (USA), GDance, Scottish Dance Theatre, Greewnwich & Docklands International Festival and City of London Festival (UK). Marc was featured by Time Out Magazine as the best of the new breed of London’s Rising Dance Talent and was presented with a Centenary Medal for Outstanding Contribution as a dancer and choreographer. His work Remember When was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Performance (individual) and his recent solo work For Now, I am… was listed in the Guardians Top 10 Dance Shows for 2016. More information www.marcbrew.com
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Julie Dyson AM
Julie works in a voluntary capacity as an arts advocate across several organisations, including Canberra’s Childers Group, Sydney Dance Company’s education advisory panel, as a global executive member of the World Dance Alliance, as an adviser for the Australian Dance Awards, and as a member of the ArtsPeak executive. Julie chairs the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE), and is the former national director of Ausdance, where her work included policy development, advice to funding bodies, government departments, companies and individual artists, and the initiation of innovative partnerships to promote and support contemporary dance, performers and educators. She works as a volunteer on the dance collections at the National Library of Australia and Ausdance National, and has edited many publications, including Shaping the Landscape – Celebrating Dance in Australia and Shifting Sands: Dance in Asia and the Pacific.
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Ira Patkar is an accomplished Indian classical dancer and choreographer in the Kathak tradition. Mumbai-born girl, Ira, was attracted to the beauty of Bollywood dance from early age. Spotted her passion, parents decided to send her for proper education in Indian Classical Dance and Ira started to learn kathak from age 6 with her guru Dr. Rajkumar Ketkar. Ira studied dance through the tertiary level and was awarded her Degree (Kathak Visharad) from Gandharva University, India. Ira has a direct lineage to Kathak Guru Padmashree Gopikrishna Ji who was one of the finest Kathak dancer and Bollywood choreographer.
Ira has done her education in Arts, holds a Masters Degree in Literature and got a Diploma in Journalism. Ira has learned Hindustani Classical vocal & Harmonium till Madhyama Pratham (Intermediate) from her Guru Shri. Pradeep Chitnis.
Ira is experienced in commercial and parallel theater and acted in 3 Hindi/ Marathi plays. Recently, she performed in a Hindi/ English drama in Canberra. Ira has won many accolades including the Mumbai University prize and Maharashtra State level awards for her acting.
Also from 2001 to 2007, by profession, Ira worked as a television news reader for regional TV network and also played hosts on dancing/ singing based annual shows. Nowadays Ira often works as a Radio Jockey on 91.1FM Radio Manpasand.
As a dancer, Ira, performed at an awards function including the prestigious Navrang 2005 also telecasted on - Mumbai Doordarshan and the MaTa Sanman 2006 for - Zee Marathi.
Ira now lives in Canberra and has performed in various shows in Australia including Independence day 2011 & 2012 for the Indian High Commission. In 2016, she performed at National Museum of Australia at the launch of “A History of the world in 100 objects from British Museum.”
Her passion for theater and dance led Ira to start Mudrakar Kathak Dance School in 2015 to educate students in kathak. Ira is very passionate about her dance and her choreography which gives her energy.
Gary has been enthusiastic about dance throughout his life, but it was in 2014 that he discovered Gold! His association with this outstanding group of mature dancers truly lit his fire to perform contemporary choreographed dance. He has worked with Gold under the tutelage of, among others, Liz Lea and Elizabeth Cameron Dalman plus visiting choreographers from interstate and overseas.
Since moving to Brisbane at the beginning of 2016, he has continued his involvement in the dance world as a volunteer with Dance for Parkinson’s. One Last Waltz is his first and only film experience to date.
I am from the Wonnarua mob in the Hunter Valley. Most of my family still live in the town of Singleton. At the age of 6 I was taken by my great-grand-mother (Ethel) to visit her mother (Harriet Miller) who lived in a corrugated iron hut next to the town dump. Gran had brought homemade cakes, bread, and biscuits and we were served billy tea in fine china cups.
Dad was a coal miner who started work at the age of 15 to support his Mum and his sisters, and eventually his own family. He worked underground at the pit for more than 45 years. My Mum worked as a shop assistant. I owe them so much in this life.
I’m still the only one in my immediate family who graduated high school, let alone study at university and have a career in the Arts.
I have a PhD in dance history, analysis and criticism, but as my Mum used to say: “If you’re a Doctor why can’t you write prescriptions for me?”
I worked as a performer and choreographer with One Extra Company under the direction of Kai Tai Chan for over 15 years, and moved to New Zealand to work with Limbs Dance Company. I was a dancer with a number of ‘pick-up’ companies in New York while on scholarship from the Australia Council.
I had an ongoing association with NAISDA, which began in 1976, through teaching for AIDT, and more recently as Course Co-ordinator, leading to re-writing the 4 year Diploma course and steering it through the accreditation process.
I spent time as the Traditional Indigenous Dance Officer with ArtBack NT, working with men’s groups in remote areas such as Ali Curung, Elliott and Tennant Creek.
I’ve run university dance programs at UWS (Western Sydney), Rusden (Deakin University-Melbourne) and in Dunedin (NZ) as a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Otago.
I have been a Fellow at the Centre for Scholarly and Archival Research at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra and at the State Library of NSW.
I have performed with the Sydney Theatre Company in Harold in Italy, directed by Richard Wherrett, and as a movement director for both Barrie Kosky (The Dybbuk), and Baz Luhrmann (Crocodile Creek). I performed a solo at the Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the retrospective exhibition of the work of British installation artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien.
I was a Board member (and Deputy Chairperson) at Critical Path and I am currently on the board of FORM Dance Projects.
Fearghus Ó Conchúir is one of Ireland’s leading independent choreographers. His film and live performances bring audiences and artists together in dynamic choreographies that have been presented around the world.
Fearghus completed degrees in English and European Literature at Magdalen College Oxford, before beginning a career as a choreographer. Frequently collaborating with artists and experts from other disciplines, he is a champion for what dance can help us understand about how we live in the world. His film and live performances, presented around the world, create frameworks for audiences and artists to build communities together. His new work, The Casement Project is part of ART:2016, the Arts Council of Ireland’s programme for Ireland 2016 and of the Culture Ireland’s International Programme. It is also a commission for 1418NOW, the UK’s programme commemorating the WWI. He is a Project Artist, a member of Project Arts Centre’s associate artist scheme and an IRC Scholar at Maynooth University.
Lucky is a Sydney-based dancer and choreographer, originally from Ghana, West Africa. Lucky’s work draws on his traditional culture of rhythm and dance as well as his understanding of contemporary movement practices.
Lucky’s works include Calabash (2012, 2013) Meeting Point (2013, 2014), Long Walk, which debuted at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015 and Jamestown!, which premiered at Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals 2015.
Lucky has also received a number of awards including 2016 Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship , 2016 AAMMA Awards, Lucky is also one of the recipient of the 2016 Innovating Dance Practise initiative by Ausdance NSW.
Paul Selwyn Norton was raised in Africa and the West Indies and has been a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher for the past 27 years. As a rather wild and untamed thing, he ‘hunted and gathered’ his way up to the Batsheva Dance Company and William Forsythe’s prestigious Ballet Frankfurt.
As a choreographer, Paul initially worked under the auspices of Dance House Korzo in the Netherlands and after a series of successful productions, set up his own foundation ‘no apology’ in 2003. These productions then went on to tour extensively in most of the major global dance festivals receiving a range of National and International prizes.
Commissions include Batsheva Dance Company, Frankfurt Ballet, Pretty/Ugly Dance Company, Galili Dance. His Australian works are to be seen at Chunky Move, Stalker Theatre and String’s Attached.
Paul taught choreographic practice to both undergraduate and post-graduate students in Amsterdam and Rotterdam Academy of Performing Arts and has worked as a freelance consultant and dramaturge.
His work with the Duda Paiva Company has also seen a radical addition to his practice through a combination of puppetry, dance and live media.
As Director of STRUT Dance, Paul has now positioned the organisation to become the national choreographic centre based in Perth, Western Australia Paul is an avid gardener, SCUBA diver instructor and writer of children’s literature.
Sally is a performer, teacher, choreographer and mind-body practitioner.
She obtained her ARAD and Solo Seal, aged 16. The following year she won the Sanlam International Best Contemporary Dancer Award and then graduated from QUT in 1995. Aged 18, she joined Graeme Murphy’s Sydney Dance Company performing nationally and internationally for 7 years in: Salome, Free Radicals, Berlin, Beauty and the Beast, The Protecting Veil, Air and Other Invisible Forces, New Blood, Ellipse and the 20th Anniversary Retrospective. In 2001 Sally spent 10 months studying dance, singing, yoga and meditation in India. In 2003 she joined Expressions under Maggi Sietsma performing Virtually Richard 3rd, Flight, The Fifth Door, Score, Rites of Spring, Alone TogetherM, If Only and Natalie Weir’s The Insider.
Choreographic credits include: the short film Empathy is the Devil, which screened at Cannes 2016 and won best young director at NIFF. Hanta’s Head for Expressions, nominated ‘Best New Work’ in Dance Australia’s 2003 Critics Choice Award, In Time for Sydney Dance Company, So(i)ul for the Lithuanian Exhibition QLD Museum, WWW with Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman and two scholarships as participant then mentor to the International Dance Web, Vienna.
Sally has taught for Bangarra, EDC, SDC, Ausdance National, ACPA, and dance institutions nationally and internationally. In 2011 she obtained a Bachelor of Health Science and has practiced as an Acupuncturist and a Kinesiologist. She is the mother of 2 young boys, has a keen interest in the body-mind connection, physical/dance theatre and the nurturing of creativity.
Marie-Gabrielle Rotie is an artist working within live performance. Her distinct aesthetic is informed by training as a Fine Art Painter (Wimbledon School of Art) and by an independent dance training traversing East and West aesthetics and artistic disciplines. She is the leading UK specialist in Butoh and also specializes in costume design and performance. Since 1994 she has toured and created over 30 productions: UK touring venues include Trinity Laban who have staged/commissioned seven stage productions since 2006, The Place Theatre for which she has staged nine productions and the Royal Opera House. From 2006 to 2010 she was choreographer for the MA in Costume Design at the London College of Fashion and has staged five costume-led works in venues including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Academy and Sadler’s Wells. Recent international work includes collaborations in Spain, Italy, Singapore, Denmark and Japan. She is a lecturer in Contemporary Theatre at Goldsmiths College, University of London and Academic Advisor and for BA Dance Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. She established Butoh UK in 1997 and has organized over 60 workshops taught be international practitioners, four Butoh Festivals and was the UK collaborator and producer for the now departed Ko Murobushi, co-producing his touring works for Dance Umbrella and The Place Theatre as well as in Europe. Her work has taken into many collaborations with diverse community groups, including children, the elderly, schools. She is currently collaborating on a research project reflecting on migration, and the plight of refugees.
Royston Maldoom, OBE (born 1943 in Harrow, London) is a British choreographer whose works, including Adagietto and Ursprung, have been performed for various dance companies, such as The Jefferson Dancers and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
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Royston Maldoom’s career as a choreographer began in 1972 when he received a major Gulbenkian Foundation award for his work in a Royal Ballet workshop, he had previously been studying dance with Hilde Holger. Since then he has created works for companies in Britain and abroad, including Dance Theatre of Harlem (New York), ‘Atlanta Contemporary Dance Company’ (Georgia USA), ‘Ballet San Marcos’ (Peru), ‘Northern Ballet Theatre’ (Manchester UK), ‘EMMA Dance Company’ (Leicestershire UK), Scottish Ballet (Glasgow UK) for whom, in collaboration with Graham Bowers, he created ‘Ursprung’.
In 1975 his small group, ‘Mercury Dance Company’, won first prize at the 7th International Choreographic Competition at Bagnolet in Paris, and was subsequently awarded the ‘Foundation of France’ prize for choreographer and company.
Maldoom was appointed ‘Dance Artist in Residence’ jointly by Fife and Tayside Regional Councils in January 1981. The year’s residency with financial support from the Scottish Arts Council, was the first of its kind to cover an area rather than a single institution, and through his unique and unconventional approach to dance successfully encouraged participation and interest in dance within communities, with performance workshops and classes, on a scale not seen before.
He was responsible with others in forming Dundee Repertory Dance Theatre and in his role as Artistic Director, established a solid, successful and ongoing base for professional contemporary dance in Scotland. He also maintained his commitment to community dance by setting up annual summer projects, where people within the community regardless of age and experience, could participate in a work that culminated in a performance to commissioned music and stage design at a professional venue. One such work was ‘Bivouac’ where Gordon McPherson wrote the musical score and Graham Bowers designed the costumes and stage set. The company was renamed several years later and adopted the name Scottish Dance Theatre, after the closure of Peter Royston’s original company of the same name.
In 1996, Dance United founders Andrew Coggins, Mags Byrne and Royston Maldoom, together with the Ethiopian Gemini Trust, created a unique dance project in Addis Ababa with street children which led to the foundation of the Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company. In 2000, Dance United was officially established.
Trained intensively over many years in Addis Ababa by dance artists from all over the world, eighteen young Ethiopian dancers graduated in 2002 with accreditation from Middlesex University (UK). In 2004, Junaid Jemal Sendi won the international Rolex Young Choreographer award, the first ever African artist to win this prestigious accolade. Junaid and fellow Adugna dancer, Addisu Demissie, also played key roles in Dance United’s DESTINO at Sadler’s Wells in 2009.
Following a period as Dance Research Officer for Stirling District Council he moved to London and began to work more internationally in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Oregon (USA), Lithuania during the independence struggle and Croatia/Bosnia during the Balkan conflict.
Royston has worked with former street children in Ethiopia, marginalised children in Peru, Catholic and Protestant youth in Northern Ireland, male and female prison inmates, children and adults with Learning Difficulties, young people excluded from mainstream education, and children -in-exile as well as in many primary and secondary schools, and vocational dance colleges.
Royston has worked extensively in Germany as choreographer of the European youth dance festival in Duisburg, The Britisch-Deutscher Jugendtanzaustausch in Berlin in 1989 to 1991, visiting choreographer to the Hochschule für darstellende Kunst Ballet School, Frankfurt, and most recently with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
The Berlin project was the most recent in a series of works for orchestra that included the London Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Natal Symphony Orchestra and several chamber orchestras and choirs. His Rite of Spring has been performed in Addis Ababa, Duisburg, Berlin (1990 and 2003), Lima, Belfast, London, Vilnius, Glasgow and in many schools and communities in the UK, as well as in Auckland, New Zealand in 2011 with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and 170 hitherto untrained dancers from 6 Auckland schools. He also came to NYC in 2007 and worked with four inner city schools to reproduce the Rite of Spring dance with the Berlin Philharmonic. (Twelve students from PS 161 in West Harlem as well as two Harlem high schools & six students from an elementary school were the dance performers.)
Karen was born in Liverpool, trained at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London in the early 80’s then returned to Liverpool to develop dance in a variety of ways. Having set up the dance and mime department for Second Out Theatre Workshop (1986) a youth training scheme, she went on to become Assistant Director at Cheshire Dance Workshop (1992-94) and is Artistic Director of MDI (1994-present). Karen is passionate about dance and how it can effect change in people’s lives alongside how as an Artform it is appreciated through creation and performance. She has been instrumental in the development of the Leap Dance festival at MDI, an annual dance festival that was extended to a yearlong programme of dance in 2010 and now a biennial. Event Producer for Decibel PAS 2011, Karen is committed to celebrating and promoting diversity in all its forms.
A Graduant of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in 2007 with an MA in Social Enterprise, Karen received a BMOBO for MDI’s community dance practice (2010) and in 2011 was a runner up for Merseyside Woman of the Year. Recently she received an MBE, awarded for services to dance in The Queen’s New Year Honours List (2012) and has been awarded an Honorary Fellow of LJMU (2014).
Sarina del Fuego is a producer, showgirl, burlesque performer, model and muse.
With over a decade in the industry, I have accumulated inestimable experience in the fields of performance, production and event management. I have worked for and alongside various companies, including Mob Events, which have now opened the biggest event management college in Sydney and Melbourne. I have personally produced events since 2005 at 34B Oxford Street (an iconic burlesque club); The Victoria Room in Sydney; Thornbury Theatre for the Melbourne Fringe Festival; Gluttony for Adelaide Fringe; Cleveland Street Theatre for Sydney Fringe and many more.
My major clients include Sony Play Station, Aussie Home Loans, Ralph Magazine, HCF and Fisher & Paykel. I helped set up the Australian Burlesque Festival in 2010 and was the media/sponsor contact for 2010 and 2011.
As a performer, steeped in the traditions of classical burlesque, Sarina presents a sophisticated performance complete with all the feathers, diamantes, glitz and glamour you could wish for.
Producing numerous successful shows "Projected From The Elements" and "Noir Revue" and performing at sold out runs. Including Sydney Fringe Festival 2010, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2010, Underbelly Lab & Arts Festival 2010 and Adelaide Fringe Festival 2011. Noir Revue then went on a Australian east coast tour 2014. Sarina began directing and producing RAW Natural Born Artists events for Australia in 2013. 2014 saw Sarina teaming up with producer of Burlesque Idol USA to bring Burlesque Idol to an Australian audience. Burlesque Idol has just completed its third successful national tour.In less than a year as a Canberran, Sarina produced the sold-out Noir Revue for The Famous Speigel Garden for the Centenary of Canberra and Lair Of Opulence. She has performed at the Australian National Gallery, Teatro Vivaldi, The Abbey, The Irish Club, Scope Café and for the Multicultural Festival, Enlighten festival, Parties At The Shops and You Are Here.
Born in Canberra, Jessica was trained at the National Capital Ballet School and Quantum Leap youth dance ensemble. After completing her Bachelor of Arts specialising in Dance in 2011 from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Perth, she had the pleasure of dancing with the West Australian Ballet Company and Melbourne Ballet Theatre, performing in various productions such as ‘Giselle’, Balanchine’s ‘Serenade’ and ‘Taming of the Shrew’. Jessica has also had the pleasure of dancing Internationally, including an internship with the Salzburg Ballet, Austria and Tanzcompagnie Gieben, Germany. Currently residing in Canberra as a Dance Educator, Jessica returned to University to complete her post-graduate in Art History and Curatorship at the Australian National University in 2014. She now works as a Program Producer at the National Gallery of Australia.
Emma Strapps has been an independent choreographer and performer for twenty years and shiatsu practitioner for fourteen years. She is currently based in Canberra. More recently, Emma has focused on her movement practice integrating dance, shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. Since 2002, she has created a thread of unique solo performances and performance installations.
Emma graduated with an Associate Degree in Dance from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane in 1997 and a Master of Choreography from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2011 with First Class Honors. She has performed, choreographed and taught in Australia and internationally, in Japan, Europe and the UK. Emma is a founding member of Movement Research Forum, Melbourne. Emma has been teaching classes in Melbourne since 2003 and Canberra since 2014. She held the position of course coordinator, facilitator and supervisor for the Solo Residency Performance Program at Victoria University (2005 – 2011). All the while maintaining her Shiatsu clinic, established in 2003.
Dancecology is founded by Peng Hsiao-yin (choreography), Chen Yi-shu (photography) and Tsung Huan-shin (video art). Their works focus on the issues about nature and humanity, and mostly presented in outdoor space, environmental theatre or dance film combining performance and visual art. Dancecology also actively participate in many art action related to environmental issues, putting creative concept into practice outside the theatre. Their work (live performances and dance films) been tour to Australia, Italy, USA, Nepal, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Hong Kong and Macau.
Audrey Nicholls OAM FRAD
Audrey Nicholls was a Principal Dancer with the Ballet Rambert London and Leading Soloist with the Borovansky Ballet in Australia . With fellow dancer Eve King, Audrey ran a successfully full time ballet school in Melbourne for 40 Years and simultaneously a country ballet school in Darlington Victoria for 20 years. During this times was Guest Artist with the Victorian Ballet Ballet Guild and resident ballerina with HSV7. Audrey still continues her dancing career as Guest Artist with the Australian Ballet Company with appearances in Graeme murphy’s Nutcracker Story of Clara, Sir peter Wright’s Nutcracker, La Sylphide and Raymonda. This year will again appear in Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker Story of Clara with the Australian Ballet’s seasons at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne at the State Theatre.
An RAD life member, Audrey was appointed a Graded Examiner in 1973, a tutor for the Academy’s Teaching Programmes in 1997 and in 2011 was awarded the Fellowship of the RAD. Audrey is now the patron of the RAD Victorian Tasmanian Regional Advisory Panel and works as a freelance teacher. In the 2013 Australia D
Alexander Boynes is a Canberra based artist and curator, and the Program Manager at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space. He received his Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at the Australian National University in Gold and Silversmithing; however, his practice has evolved to include painting, photography, print media, light-based work, and video installation. His works is concerned with the ongoing strength and significance of the figure in our visual culture, reflecting how we see ourselves and perceive this country’s shared past.
In September 2016 Boynes presented the full-length performance work Dark Matter at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, with multi-disciplinary art collective PRAXIS, which he established in 2013 with dancer/choreographer Laura Boynes, and cellist/composer Tristen Parr. PRAXIS uses expanded spatial practice to explore the link between visual art, performance, and sound.
Boynes is also an artist involved in Arnhembrand, a project that seeks to raise national and global awareness of the work by Indigenous communities living in west Arnhem Land to preserve their unique culture and ecology. Arnhembrand is an art, science and stories project that promotes the objectives of healthy country and healthy communities in the Djelk and Warddeken Indigenous Protected Areas. Using new mediums and technologies, this project will work with these communities to give voice to the cultural and environmental challenges they face and to push their artistic boundaries. It aims to highlight the critical relationship that they have with their land and to tell their positive story to a wider audience in fresh and exciting ways.
While at CCAS, Boynes has curated The Triangle – Political Art in Canberra (2013), Action Stations – Peter Maloney and Louise Paramor (2014), BLAZE NINE (2015), Footy Fever (2015), 2° - Art and Climate Change (2016), and co-curated Future Proof (2014), BLAZE FIVE (2011), BLAZE SIX (2012) and BLAZE EIGHT (2014).
Alexander Boynes is represented by Beaver Galleries, Canberra
Dr Adam Broinowski is an ARC DECRA postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Culture, History and Language at the College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University. He holds a PhD from the School of Philosophical and Historical Studies and Centre for Ideas, University of Melbourne. His recent research project, ‘Contaminated Life: ‘Hibakusha’ in Japan in the Nuclear Age’ (DE130101746), has engaged social and cultural responses to nuclear energy and security politics after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. His research areas include cultural, historical and political studies of modern and contemporary Japan and East Asia, energy and security politics in the Asia-Pacific and critical theory. His monograph Cultural Responses to Occupation in Japan: The Performing Body during the Cold War and after is published with Bloomsbury Academic 2016.
Adam’s academic engagements have included periods at the University of Tokyo (2003–2005), Deakin University (ADRI, 2012), University of Melbourne (Asia Institute and School of Social and Political Science, 2012; VCAM 2009-10), as well as manager of the performing arts program at Asialink (2010-2011). His research is published in several articles, journals and book chapters and he has given many guest lectures, conference papers, workshops and student supervision.
He also has roughly fifteen years professional theatre and film making experience, including original and collaborative productions which have been toured with leading Australian theatre companies, and a documentary Hell Bento (Tetrapod, SBSi, 1995). He was a core member (performer, translator) of Tokyo-based Gekidan Kaitaisha, while based in Tokyo in the early 2000s.
Founder and leader of Project Beats Dance, Chippy started as a street dancer and only competed in hip hop dance competition. He was then offered opportunities to teach at different dance studio. As his passion grew for dance so did his experience. In 2010 he formed the Project Beats Crew and took a new approach to crew trainings, competitions and teaching to a whole new level. Chippy can teach the basic foundation of hip hop from popping, locking and breaking to Urban choreography. He can cater to all age groups and skill level from basic to advance, kids to adults.
Chippy Urban choreography leads more on the power, sharpness and isolated style. He is dedicated to his students and will provide opportunities to those who show passion, hard work and dedication. He teaches the students the way of dance and the meaning behind it, and relates it to day-to-day life. To always stay humble and open minded and be respectful to their teacher, seniors and fellow students.
Neil has had an extensive career as an arts manager and performer. He is a former Director of Ausdance ACT, where he managed an extensive program of events and artist support before becoming the Project Officer and Acting Director at Ausdance National. He also produced three Australian Dance Awards during those years – Canberra, Adelaide and Perth. His experience includes General Manager of The Street Theatre and Operations Manager of the National Folk Festival, Street Parade coordinator for the Canberra Festival, and many other similar roles.
A graduate of Theatre Nepean and the ANU, for many years Neil enjoyed a parallel career as theatre and puppetry performer and occasional writer and theatre director. He is currently the coordinator at Canberra Dance Theatre, where he trained as a dancer during his time at the ANU.
Janine Ayres has been noted as a pioneer within the field of Aerial Dance in Australia, having trained in Classical Ballet, Contemporary dance, Jazz and then in 1999 moving into the field of Aerial arts.
Her works have been reviewed as innovative and pushing the boundaries within Dance in Australia, known on a National and International level to many companies and independent artists. Her work is known by companies such as Cirque Du Soleil, Stalker, Legs on the Wall and various other leading contemporary companies that use aerial arts within their productions. Janine has maintained a strong working relationship with many ex Cirque Du Soleil performers including Adam Read, and Daniel Power who have both performed in many of JAAD’s works over the years.
JAAD (Janine Ayres Aerial Dance) was created in 2009 to create Aerial Dance Theatre works that embrace symbolic and aesthetic exploration of movement, including hybrid dance forms in conjunction with some of Australia’s and Europe’s leading aerial and performance artists.
With a Post Graduate Diploma in Choreography (Victorian College of Arts), Teaching Certificate (Royal Academy of Dance), and certificates in Dogging, Rigging and Scaffolding (Bruce CIT), Work safely at heights certificate, Canberra born and based artist Janine has worked with an eclectic range of companies and independent arts practitioners over the past two decades. She has over 18 years’ experience in performing, teaching and choreographing. Janine and her work have been highly supported through arts ACT, The Australian Choreographic Centre, The Street Theatre, Ausdance ACT and Healthpact. She has been developing and exploring the possibilities and choreographic dimensions of Aerial Dance Theatre since 1999. In 2006 DNA: Dance and Aerial Studios/Ralph Wilson Theatre was opened at the Gorman House Arts Centre where Janine undertook the role of Artistic Director.
Since closing her studios in January 2013, Janine has dedicated her time to studying rigging and the mathematics involved at a much higher level. This sabbatical study period has resulted in higher safety, further exploration and possibilities of rigging live bodies for Aerial Dance and theatre.
Ruth O’Brien has more than 15 years of performing experience. She has studied music both at the Australian National University (ANU) and Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and graduated from the CIT in 2013 with a Diploma in Music Performance.
During her studies, Ruth had the privilege to be tutored by some of Canberra’s best jazz musicians and also spent a year studying vocals with Australian jazz-great, Vince Jones. Upon graduating, Ruth began teaching vocals both privately and through Canberra Music Tuition. In 2015, she created an 8-week short course called Begin to Sing, which ran from the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
Ruth’s writing style infuses the sounds of blues, jazz and cabaret with pop, electronic sounds and looping. Lyrically, many of her songs hint at themes of love, loss, life lessons and everyday situations that she illustrates with colourful and descriptive language.
Ruth is currently recording her debut EP – A Little Further. She has performed at many of Canberra’s iconic events including Floriade, The You Are Here festival, Art, Not Apart, The ACT Inclusion Awards, The Multicultural Fringe Festival 2015 and The Australia Day Awards 2016. Ruth performs regularly at weddings and private functions around Canberra and is always keen to collaborate with local artists on experimental arts projects.