Debora di Centa is an independent dance artist recently based in Canberra, originally from Italy and UK where she graduated at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and dance in London. Her artistic practice is influenced by Choreological Studies, the contemporary evolution of Rudolf Laban’s principles and practice studying human movement applied in dance. Debora teaches, performs, choreographs and directs dance events working with professionals, institutions, schools and in community dance settings. She is pursuing her research in dance and embodiment around Australia and internationally (Eu, Uk, Us, Asia). Debora is currently teaching in the Dance For Wellbeing Program at The Belconnen Arts Centre, at the Canberra Dance Development, Canberra Dance Theatre, Praksis Canberra and often collaborates with Ausdance ACT. Debora is leading the Canberra Contact Improvisation Dance Community as well as working independently through her Debora di Centa/ISEMS PROJECTS.
Her motto is Dance for All!
Kailin Yong is a musician/teacher/actor and most of all, a global citizen and a tireless advocate for using the arts to promote peace.
Known to many as the “fiddler for peace”, he was the recipient of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin in 2004 for his efforts in building cultural bridges through music.
Kailin trained at the Vienna Academy Of Music and spent 20 years “living, growing and traveling” in the US and Europe before returning to Singapore in 2013.
He often shares his gifts as a composer, music director and performer through his work with Flamenco Sin Fronteras, Maya Dance Theatre and many independent choreographers and dancers around the world. Last year, Kailin was invited by Stepahnie Burridge to perform with Anca Franhaueser at the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Canberra Dance Theatre.
He is also the founding member of various musical ensembles including Kailin Yong Peace Project, NuMundo, Y String Quartet, PLUS Trio, Qilin Group, WEBE, DoReFaSoLah, Straits Ensemble and Korrite.
Kailin currently teaches at Lasalle and SOTA.
Marnie is an independent dancer and has performed extensively nationally and internationally. She has worked for Branch Nebula, Shaun Parker & Company, Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Force Majeure, Marrugeku, Antony Hamilton, Narelle Benjamin, Martin Del Amo, Sydney Theatre Company, Kristina Chan, Nigel Jamison, Garry Stewart, Jason Pitt, Bernadette Walong, Dean Walsh and Liz Lea. Marnie’s choreographic credits include works for Dance Makers Collective, Tasdance, Sydney Festival First Night (2009), Pulse8 Dance, Big W, Oral B and Virgin Australia TV commercials, ABC 2’s Giggle and Hoot, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards (2011), QL2 Centre for Youth Dance, Ev & Bow, Australian College for Physical Education (ACPE), Synergy Percussion, Ever After Theatre & Catapult Flipside Dance. She has been featured in TVC’s for SKII and Oral B and animations for PictureDRIFT. Marnie’s most recent works include Catapult’s Propel Residency solo Tissue Girl in collaboration with High Tea with Mrs Woo designers and dance film Home for Blacktown Arts Centre’s Balik Bayan Philippine art project.
Melanie Palomares is an Independent dancer and performer. Since 2006, she has worked and performed for Shaun Parker & Company (Happy as Larry, Am I), Branch Nebula (Bush Sessions), Ghenoa Gela (Winds of Woerr), Force Majeure & Ghenoa Gela (Game of Seven), Taikoz & Digital Shamans (Origin of O), Jason Pitt (What remains, Oi), Bernadette Walong-Sene (Hiddenrevealed), Liz Lea (120 Birds, Inflight), Deborah Pollard & Paschal Daantos Berry (Within & Without), DirtyFeet Dance Collective, Kay Armstrong (Pulse8), Martin del Amo (Champions), Narelle Benjamin and Raghav Handa (Silent Trio Beats). She is also a founding member of Dance Makers Collective (Big Dance in Small Chunks, Dads).
Since 2011, Melanie has worked with Shaun Parker & Company touring throughout Australia, Europe, UK and Asia. She was also Rehearsal Director for The Yard, touring regionally from 2011-2015.
Melanie choreographed and performed solos for The Village Bizarre Festival Through the Windows, in The Rocks, Sydney (2014-2015).
More recent projects include Ghenoa Gela’s Fragments of Malungoka, which won the Keir Choreographic Award (2016), Dance Makers Collective Dads (2016), Martin del Amo’s Champions for Sydney Festival (2017), Home a film in collaboration with Marnie Palomares & Timothy Constable for the Balik Bayan Festival at Blacktown Arts Centre (2017), and Kristina Chan’s new work Mountain commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre (2018).
Anca performed, taught and choreographed with London Contemporary Dance Theatre for fifteen years touring throughout UK as well as internationally.
In Australia since 1990 she has taught extensively in dance schools, colleges and tertiary institutions, has worked on a variety of plays as well as co-creating and performing independent work with likeminded dancers, actors, singers, musicians and visual artists (Open House, Independent Dance Collection, Bodies, Canberra Dance Theatre, to name a few).
As a member of Australian Dance Artists she has so far co-created, and performed in, eleven productions collaborating with sculptor Ken Unsworth.
Graduating from NIDA in 2005 with a Master of Dramatic Art, Movement Studies, her performance piece and thesis were about legendary dance and movement master Keith Bain.
In collaboration with the NPG she co-created Movers & Shakers for the Richard Avedon Exhibition in 2013 and Dances for David in 2016.
In August 2016 she presented Long Life, Short Dances in Finland with her partner Patrick Harding-Irmer, with whom she also appeared at BOLD Festival 2017 in Canberra, and in October 2018 at Canberra Dance Theatre’s 40th anniversary performances.
In July 2018 the short film Solitude, which she choreographed and danced in, had its world premier at The Lincoln Centre, NYC, as part of the Dance On Camera Festival.
She presently works as a deviser/director/choreographer/performer, as well as lecturer/tutor of movement for actors, contemporary dance & choreography.
Elizabeth is Director of Mirramu Creative Arts Centre and Artistic Director of Mirramu Dance Company. She founded Australian Dance Theatre in 1965 and was its Artistic Director for 10 years.
Elizabeth was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2015 Australian Dance Awards and named the 2015 Canberra Times Artist of the Year. Other Awards include an Australian Artists Creative Fellowship and a National Dance Award for a Lifetime Achievement in contemporary dance. She has been a recipient of an ACT Creative Arts Fellowship and several Canberra Critics Circle Awards.
Elizabeth was Head of the Dance Department at the University of Western Sydney from 2004 – 2007. She has been guest teacher at Tanz Atelier Wien’s ChoreoLabs, Austria and at L’Ecole des Sables, Senegal. She teaches, choreographs and performs regularly in Taiwan. In 2016 she joined Teaċ Daṁsa and tours globally with this company performing in Michael Keegan Dolan’s award-winning Loch na hEala/Swan Lake.
Elizabeth draws inspiration for many of her choreographic works from the natural world often presenting them as site-specific productions. Dance is also her vehicle for making comment on various aspects of our humanity and for bringing awareness to social and environmental issues that concern her.
Liz Lea is a performer, choreographer and producer based in NSW and Canberra after 20 years in Europe, touring internationally. Her speciality is working with classical Indian dance and martial arts. She has worked with Ranjabati Sircar, Mavin Khoo, the Royal Opera House and English Bach Festival and been commissioned in India, UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and USA.
Under her company, Liz Lea Dance, she has created and toured a dozen shows including ‘120 Birds’, ‘Magnificus Magnificus’ inspired by the red tailed black cockatoo for Indigenous dancer Tammi Gissell and ‘Kapture’, inspired by the South African freedom fighter, Ahmed Kathrada. Liz has a 20 year relationship with Western Sydney and Riverside Theatres where she has premiered four new works.
Liz was named a 2018 ACT Dance Artist of the Year and in 2017 was the ACT Artist of the Year and was also awarded a 2017 Australian Dance Award for her direction of Great Sport! at the National Museum of Australia.
Liz was Assocaite Director at QL2 Dance for 6 years and she creates children’s shows inspired by science and in 2017 she toured Reef UP! to 40 venues nationally She has toured these works to hospitals in NSW, Qld and the ACT. She runs two Festivals - BOLD, celebrating the legacy of dance and DANscienCE where dance and science meet. DANscienCE; Moving Well ran on the 2nd June 2018, presented by FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres. BOLD II runs in March 2019.
Liz has presented two TEDx performance talks and recently she premiered her new one woman show, RED, to critical acclaim and is touring through 2020. Performances include the Moonah Moves Festival, Tasmania, Brunswick Picture House, NSW, and Tuggeranong Arts Centre and Leap! Festival in Liverpool UK.