The BOLD conference will close with the inaugural BOLD Lecture to be given by Claire Hicks. The BOLD Lecture will become the closing lecture for each BOLD Festival in memory of the feisty, fabulous and groundbreaking Janis Claxton.
In Memory of Janis Claxton
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, biennial from 2013 and now an annual event again since 2017.
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 in 2014.
Padma Menon has over 30 years of international experience as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and facilitator.
She has performed in hundreds of venues all over the world and created numerous contemporary and traditional Indian dance productions for high profile festivals and venues internationally.
Padma enjoyed a successful career in India performing professionally as a soloist since the age of nine. In her early twenties she founded one of Australia’s first professional multicultural dance companies and established a national and international reputation for cross-cultural work. She has worked in Europe in the renowned Korzo Production House as house choreographer and her work has been showcased in international festivals such as Cadance and the Holland Dance Festival. The centre she founded in India in 2006 was part of the arts activism movement in India, working closely with human rights and social justice organisations to raise awareness of issues such as women’s rights.
Padma is currently the founder of Moving Archetypes, where she draws on traditional Indian dance theatre to reclaim its contemplative practices. Padma has developed several courses and intensive retreats and workshops where she facilitates dance contemplation practice.
From Kuku Yalanji and Wanji heritage Marilyn was Australia’s National Indigenous Dance Coordinator of the national strategy Treading The Pathways 2007 - 2009, which then became BlakDance Australia Ltd, of which she became the inaugural CEO 2010 – 2011, and Founder. Marilyn has worked in a variety of capacities since being sole female co-founder, Dancer/Choreographer of Australia's first Indigenous mainstream Company, Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre – the Company, ranging from Actor, Dancer, Dance teacher, Choreographer, Artistic Director, Arts Administrator, and Facilitator. She has choreographed for Dance, Theatre, and Television, had a video installation of Contemporary Indigenous Welcome Dances residing in the First Peoples Gallery, Australian National Museum, and along with the rest of her family has been honoured in the Queensland Museum – Dandiiri Maiwar exhibition. Marilyn has been Chair of the NSW Ministry for the Arts Dance committee, as well as peer assessor for Arts Queensland, Australia Council – Dance, and Brisbane City Council. She was Artistic Director and curatorial panel member for the Festival of Pacific Arts 2012 – Australian Delegation. In 2012 Marilyn was appointed co-Deputy Chair of Ausdance National, and in 2013 Marilyn became Festival Director for the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival. Marilyn was Programme Manager for Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2014 and then became Artistic Associate for Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2015. In 2017 Marilyn facilitated three Indigenous Dance Forums with BlakDance, Arts Queensland and Indigenous Ballet Dancers in Cairns and is the Ausdance Co-Vice President. Marilyn has a degree in Business and Management and trained with Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre in her formative years as well as dancing/choreographing with Bangarra Dance Theatre.
Sue Healey is a Sydney-based choreographer, film-maker and installation artist. Experimenting with form and perception, Healey creates dance for diverse spaces and contexts: galleries, theatres and screens. Her current major work, On View, is a multi-tiered film installation and performance, produced by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in Hong Kong, and Aichi Arts Centre, Nagoya, Japan 2017-2020. Sue was a 2018 finalist in the 65th Blake Prize and a 2017 finalist in the Digital Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery Australia. Sue has won 6 Australian Dance Awards for Dance on Film/New Media and for Independent Dance. She was recently awarded a Hong Kong Dance Award for Best Visual Design (On View: Hong Kong) in 2018.
As Bloch Victoria Regional Manager and Corporate Partnerships Manager, Rebecca Hennessy has over 22 years’ experience in the Dance footwear and apparel industry, 18 years of that being with J Bloch Pty Ltd. As a former professional dancer, actress and presenter, Rebecca was introduced to the world of dance at a mere 3 years of age and has been immersed in the performing arts industry ever since. Rebecca loves to draw on her experience and love of dance to assist others in their journey through this art form. Everything dance is her passion! This will be Rebecca’s second time speaking at BOLD.
Zsuzsi Soboslay is a performer, writer & director completing a PhD on ethics & performance.
Publications include Performance Research Journal, Writings on Dance, & over 350 reviews across the arts for www.realtimearts.org.
She has worked with disadvantaged groups in Australia & the UK, including refugees, people of profound & complex disabilities, & women of the Forgotten & Stolen generations in Parramatta.
She created L’Optimisme as a cabaret, originally for the NGA Enlighten Festival, 2013.
Her immersive work, Anthems and Angels: The Compassion Plays, Parts I-III, on the experience of exile, is being reconfigured throughout 2019-20.
Current major projects: www.bodyecology.com.au/community-development/
Sonia trained at Elmhurst, the Royal Ballet School, the London School of Contemporary Dance and Laban 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.
Sonia holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Southern Cross University NSW, Bachelor of Digital Media (Hons) Qld College of Art, Griffith University Qld. She is a PhD candidate at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. The research “Ageism and the mature dancer” concentrates on highlighting the craft of the older professional dancer, aiming to give them value, validation and visibility. There is a need for the older professional dancer to be acknowledged demonstrating how their practice rather than their age defines them.
Sonia was an invited speaker at HOST Dance East’s Move and Be Moved festival UK 2016, the Age on Stage International Meeting Point hosted by Charlotta Öfverholm in Stockholm 2017 and the Creative Ageing Forum hosted by Ausdance NSW in 2018.
Sonia filmed and edited interprète/Inappropriate Behaviour which won the gold award at Pavilion Dance South West’s “Joie de Vie” screendance competition featuring older dancers in 2015. It has been screened nationally and internationally.
Paige Gordon has been dance-making, teaching and writing across Australia for past thirty years.
After initial training with Kira Bousloff, Paige studied at WA Academy of Performing Arts. Paige has performed with WA Ballet, Fieldworks Performance Group, Meryl Tankard Company and independent projects by James Berlyn, Sue Peacock, Aida Amirkhanian, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, Paul Gazzola, and Bridget Fiske.
Paige formed an independent project company in the ACT (PG & PG) in 1993 creating award-winning works such as Still Dancing (1993), Shed (1994, remounted in 1997), The Coast (1994), Party!Party!Party! (1995), Aves (1996), Paper City (1996), and Raising the Standard (1997) in diverse performance locations, including Old Parliament House and the National Botanical Gardens. PG & PG created an ongoing and significant independent dance presence in the ACT, which drew national interest, contributing to the cultural landscape through collaborations with artists, composers, designers and visual creatives. PG & PG presented two curated dancers seasons, and toured to Sydney, Melbourne and throughout regional NSW.
Paige was appointed Artistic Director of Buzz Dance Theatre (WA) in 1998. The company was part of the strong dance ecology in WA, performing in the Perth International Arts Festival, Awesome Festivals, and hosting Merce Cunningham & Company in 2000. She remained at this position until 2003 creating many dance performances such as Rumpelstiltskin (1999), Mercurial (2000), Fracture (2001), The Cave (2002) & Plastic Fantastic (2003). The performances were supported by comprehensive workshop schedules, and teacher resources. Paige commissioned choreographers Kim van Der Boon and Olivia Millard, and also curated three seasons of dancers works, including choreography by Danielle Micich, Cadi McCarthy, Katrina Lazaroff and Bridget Fiske. Regional touring throughout Western Australia was a part of the company’s annual program, and in addition to this Buzz embarked on its first national tour and international tours (to South Africa & Korea) under her Artistic Direction. In 2000 Paige received a Churchill Fellowship to investigate Dance in Education forms in Amsterdam, and she was awarded a Centenary Medal for her Service to Dance.
After Buzz, Paige worked as a guest teacher and choreographer, assisting Meryl Tankard in remounting VX18504 for ATYP (NSW). She was the Dance Artist in residence at St Lucy’s School of All Abilities (NSW) from 2006 - 2009. She was also a member of the Board of Ausdance NSW during this time.
In 2010, Paige returned to WA and co-founded TRACKSUIT, a dance project initiative of DADAA. TRACKSUIT’s mode of operation is accessible, inclusive dance theatre workshops and performances for adults of all abilities, who have had an experience of disability, mental health and social exclusion. TRACKSUIT has produced a number of original performances – Spy Tango (2011), Sticks & Stones (2011), Hi Viz (2012), Blue Show (2012), In My Shoes (2013, remounted in 2016), The Return (2013), Incubus 385 (2013), Royal (2014), Small Fortunes (2015), IBM Project (2017) and PORTRAITS (2018). TRACKSUIT has been shortlisted for an Australian Dance Award in 2015 and 2016. In 2013 Paige initiated a Professional Dance Internship Program within TRACKSUIT, opening the doors to professional dancers wanting to work within integrated dance. Interns have included Joshua Pether, Catherine Ryan, Tess Feldman, Bernadette Lewis, Katy Geertsen, Lilly King, Scott Galbraith and Ali Dredge.
Paige is an experienced teacher and has taught in many schools, studios and guest lectured at WAAPA. She created and facilitated dance projects within two WA hospitals – Bentley Adolescent Unit & Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital in 2014 and 2015. A recent report by the Chamber of Arts & Culture WA identified Paige’s dance-in-health work as a key ‘resource’ in WA, to be used as a framework for future arts-in-health projects.
In 2015 Paige has trained in Dance for Parkinsons Program and was the Lead Teacher in the WA Pilot Project. She has been teaching ongoing weekly classes at WA Ballet Company, and expanding the classes to Mandurah and Fremantle. Paige has been involved in the Dance Examination Panel for ATAR (Secondary, WA High Schools) Dance for the past five years. Paige was short-listed for the 2018 Australian Dance Award – Services to Dance Education.
Mary Fitzgerald is a dance artist whose creative work includes choreography, choreography and more recently, dance film. She was a member of Kei Takei's Moving Earth for nearly ten years, performing and teaching internationally. She also has danced with A Ludwig Dance Theatre, Fred Darsow Dance, and several independent choreographers throughout the United States. Mary's choreography and interdisciplinary collaborations have been presented locally and internationally, and have received support from the Ministry of Culture in Mexico, the Japan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Institute for Humanities Research and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Mary is an associate professor at Arizona State University (ASU) where she teaches courses in creative and movement practices, somatics and community engagement. In collaboration with ASU students and faculty, she has created numerous community projects during the past 18 years, partnering with youth and older adults throughout the Phoenix area. These ongoing partnerships have been recognized with President's Medal for Social Embeddedness at ASU and received funding from local arts organizations, as well as Dance/USA, ASU/Motorola and the National Endowment for the Arts.
L. Martina Young, Ph.D. is a dance artist, Somatics and Pilates Theorist and Educator, and scholar of poetic perception. Originally from Los Angeles, Martina has performed the classic works of Pearl Primus, Lester Horton, Sophie Maslow, Talley Beatty, and the late choreographer Donald McKayle. She is the solo dancer in Stevie Wonder’s music video Ribbon in the Sky and was Director of Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno from 1987-1994. A three-year Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, Martina is recipient of Nevada’s highest arts honor, the Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts. "Black Swans, an opera poem"—conceived as an international community collaboration—is the fifth performance installation of her investigative life project, SWAN: a poetical inquiry in dance, text & memoir.
Lisa Schouw (BCHC, MA, CMPACFA) is a Doctor of Arts Candidate (University of Sydney) in the Theatre and Performance Studies Department, with a Masters in Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life (Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA). She works in Australia as a singer/songwriter, theatre maker, clinical psychotherapist, and singing teacher (Actors Centre Australia). Her peer-reviewed published essays include The Space Between Breaths – An Exploration of Grief and Final Threshold Rituals (2017), Sitting by the Fire: A Place to Catch the Creative Spark (2016), and Jung and the Way of Pooh: A Guide to Individuation and Archetypes in the Hundred Acre Wood (2016). She has presented papers at Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies 2016 Conference (Santa Fe) & 2018 Conference (Portland). More recently she presented initial findings from her research into ageing, ageism, and the narrative of decline at the 10th Annual International Arts and Health Conference (Port Macquarie).
plenty serious TALK TALK is a new dance theatre work exploring the consultative process involved in indigenous art making.
Vicki Van Hout (Director, Stolen, National Theatre of Parramatta) lays it bare for the audience to appreciate the full complexity of negotiating culture across disciplines, genres and eras.
Choreographer Vicki Van Hout is recognised for creating humorous narratives blended with an idiosyncratic indigenous movement language that celebrates and illuminates the sophistication of the world’s oldest living culture.
Laura (Amara) Osweiler, PhD, is known for her American belly dance style and as a leading innovator in experimental Middle Eastern dance. She has held long-term performing engagements at nightclubs and restaurants and has been highlighted in over 15 commercial videos. In addition to teaching dance studio classes and teacher training, Amara has taught accredited courses at several universities. Amara is the Co-Executive Producer of the ABDC, and Director of Training 4 Dance Teachers, and for 12 years, the Director of Ya Helewa! Dance Company. She has also produced EEMED concerts, and co-Producer of X-MED and Tarab workshops. Amara holds a PhD in Dance History and Theory from UC Riverside and a BA in Ethnomusicology from FSU. She is General Manager at Critical Path.
James Batchelor is one of Australia’s leading young choreographers and dancers from Canberra.
His work is known for its visual clarity, architectural sensitivity to space and rhythmic playfulness.
Movement is hypnotically focused and detailed drawing audiences into a contemplative and imaginative realm.
His practice is collaborative, spanning mediums of dance, film, music and sculpture.
The result is highly original and immersive performances of impact and scale that resonate with diverse audiences internationally.
James’ mission as an artist is to make work that inspires curiosity. To shift assumptions, widen awareness and create possibility.
He strives to find ways that dance can be a conversation, collaboration and exchange with other disciplines and communities.
In 2016 James was an artist in residence on a two-month expedition to the sub-Antarctic Heard and McDonald islands.
Since this experience, there has been a particular focus in his work on the intersection of science and arts.
James’ body of work including ISLAND (2014) METASYSTEMS (2014-16), DEEPSPACE (2017), REDSHIFT (2017) and HYPERSPACE (2018) has toured widely in Australia and internationally. He has also worked extensively with youth in Australia such as Quantum Leap, Stompin, Drill and Yellow Wheel and continues to be actively involved in the Canberra dance community.
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.
Alison is a dance and physical theatre artist and performance maker based in Canberra and working across the ACT and Central Western NSW.
Her interest is in harnessing the vulnerability and power of the moving body to discuss, debate and celebrate.
Her solo work includes ‘Dancing with drones’ Liveworks (2016), ‘Heatwave’ 2016 Interchange Festival and ‘Johnny Castellano is Mine’ 2014 The Street Theatre.
Alison is Founding and Associate Director of Lingua Franca in Bathurst fusing professional and community practice to create original dance theatre work. In 2016 they presented Unsustainable Behaviour at ArtLands (Dubbo). Alison recently created and performed solo ‘3PLY’ and ‘spin a yarn’ at Big Little Histories of Canowindra and Artstate Bathurst (2018) and presented at the conference on developing career pathways for young regional artists. Since 2010 she has worked closely with QL2 Dance in Canberra and continues as teacher, education manager and choreographer.
In 2016 Alison established Australian Dance Party, a playful and political company of Canberra dancers. The Party engage audiences in contemplation and action on contemporary issues, to celebrate human story and enliven unthinkable spaces. Recent work includes Critic’s Circle Award Winning, ‘Seamless’, ‘Water Tight’ at Art, Not Apart festival, ‘Move to Zero’ film series and ‘ENERGEIA’ presented at Mount Majura Solar Farm.
Alison dances and makes dance for its inherent spirit, joy and as a tool for social connection, communication and change. www.australiandance.party
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!
Kym Degenhart is Director of Bom Funk Dance Studio in Jerrabomberra.
She recently published her first book, Frou Frou to Fruition in which she shares her experiences as a professional dancer, dance teacher and studio owner to help those who love to dance find success in the dance industry.
In 2018, Kym was awarded CWB’s Young Business Women of the Year.
She also attended the Industry Dance Awards and Dancers Against Cancer benefit show in Los Angeles as a special guest of Kids Artistic Revue.
Kym has been teaching dance since 1998 and has had a 10 year international professional dance career, most notably as a Cancan dancer at the Moulin Rouge in Paris & Principal/Dance Captain for Dance Encore Productions in Tokyo. She’s lived and danced professionally in Hong Kong, Wakura Onsen (Japan) and Sydney, and toured to Rome, USA and Edinburgh.
Kym is also a part-time school teacher at Namadgi School, teaching years 4-10 Dance. Kym has been an Ausdance ACT Board member since 2014 and Vice-President since 2017. She has written for the Australian Dance Teacher magazine and featured as a guest speaker in the VIP Teacher’s Room at the 2017 Australian Dance Festival, for CONNECT boys dance, and on Clint Salter’s Transform my Studio podcast. She loves helping to educate, inspire and support the dance community to reach its potential as a dynamic force within the nation’s capital.
Owen brings 38 years of physiotherapy experience and 8 years of dance culminating in the design of an inclusive dance program, rEvolve. His 8 years of dance practice has been with thanks to the mentoring from north Queensland regional dancers, and professional dancers in residency to the Cairns Centre of Contemporary Arts. He has been involved in 2 DANscienCE Festivals and the inaugural BOLD Festival and these have been a significant contribution to his practice and the aspiration of the very real possibility of dance for everyone.
Jazida is a Canberra based entertainer, producer and teacher creating with joyous abandon in the art of Burlesque. 21st Century Burlesque says “I will not forget her any time soon”.
With a performance style defined by cheekiness, character and creativity and with a specialty for fan dancing, Jazida has won the hearts of the audiences and judges and has won multiple awards including Miss Burlesque ACT 2016, Baby Bombshells as part of the 2016 Australian Burlesque Festival, Burlesque Idol Canberra 2015 and more.
Jazida has become recognised as one of Canberra’s premiere burlesque performers, was accepted to perform at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, and is no one-trick pony! As well as being a performer, she teaches weekly classes and also runs workshops across Australia. She is also the founder of #JazidaPoductions and works to run regular productions and facilitate professional development opportunities for local alternate performing artists. In addition to this, per passion for burlesque has seen her become a member of the Australian Burlesque Museum working to document the revival of Neo-Burlesque in the ACT and surrounding regions.
Her flair for theatrics is combined with technical versatility, allowing Jazida to incorporate a range of aesthetics into her acts. This versatility stems from her background in belly dancing where she debuted on stage in 2009 soon becoming a seasoned belly dancer in Turkish restaurants across Canberra. In a push to find more avenues for creative expression and develop her repertoire further, Jazida leapt into the world of burlesque. Captivated by the striptease and fun flavour of burlesque performance, Jazida knew this was an art form she could really get creative with.
Currently Director of Critical Path (Australia), a leading organization for choreographic research and development.
Critical Path, based in Sydney, delivers a broad program including residencies, workshops, labs, studio presentations and dialogue events.
Claire's role encompasses that of Artistic Director and CEO. As an independent producer/curator. with 25 years in the arts sector, Claire’s work includes dramaturgy and discourse.
Previously Producer for Dance4 international choreographic development centre (Nottingham, UK) she focused on artist, artform and audience development, as well as producing the international festival Nottdance.
She has co/produced, toured and presented performance work including State of Bengal & Ananda Shankar (UK/IND), Reverend Billy (USA), Hetain Patel (UK), Dinis Machado (SWE/PRT), Maria Hassabi (USA), 30 Bird (UK).
With an MA in European Cultural Policy and Management (University of Warwick) and a post-graduate certificate in Arts Management Claire's work was based for over 20 years in the UK before moving to Australia in 2015. These included roles in public art development, producing theatre, education and outreach, funding and advice bodies. Claire has been based across the UK; Hull, Birmingham, London, Edinburgh, Cambridge and Nottingham. Claire is a part of the core group of the Asian Network for Dance (AND+). In 2019 she joins Asialink Business Leaders Program.
Currently the Artistic Director and CEO of Critical Path (Australia), a leading organization for choreographic research and development. Claire was previously Producer for Dance4 international choreographic development centre (Nottingham, UK) as well as producing the international festival Nottdance. Claire is a part of the core group of the Asian Network for Dance (AND+). In 2019 she joins Asialink Business Leaders Program.
Janis Claxton (UK/AUS) was a Choreographer, Movement Director, Teacher and Producer based in Edinburgh where she was Artistic Director of the award winning contemporary dance company Janis Claxton Dance. Janis passed away in 2018 and her work continues to tour as does her ethos or strong, equal and powerful art.
Eileen Standley is a choreographer, dancer, and visual artist. She presents work in performance, exhibition or installation settings, in both traditional and non-traditional venues.
She makes performances, videos and ephemeral objects that explore transformation and change. Informed by practices of real-time composition/improvisation, live art, and somatically driven investigations, Eileen shows work nationally and internationally.
Her recent interdisciplinary collaborations include an ongoing project focused on dance and aging while another long-term work explores subtle, site-based performance at the intersection of dance and drawing.
Eileen has taught and mentored in the area of dance and interdisciplinary arts over the last 30 years. After many years of living and working in Europe, she relocated back to the U.S., taking a Clinical Professor appointment within the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University.
Eileen’s work has been supported by various arts institutions, festivals, and funding bodies, such as The Japan Foundation New York, the Institute for Humanities Research, and the Herberger Institute for Design and Arts at Arizona State University (U.S.), Fonds vd Podiumkunst, Mama Cash, and Anjer Fonds (the Netherlands), Centre Dramatic D’Osona (Spain), Full Moon Festival and Zodiak Presents (Finland), and the Contemporary Dance Association of Japan.
Dr. Erica Rose Jeffrey believes in the power of movement connected to positive social change. She has worked internationally as a performer, choreographer, educator, and facilitator. 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 and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology focusing on dance and peace. A Director of Peace and Conflict Studies Institute Australia (PaCSIA), she is engaged in peacebuilding projects internationally. Erica Rose is the Director 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 as well as in the Asia Pacific region.
Natsuko started contemporary dance with QL2 in 2014, taking part in many of its numerous projects, working with many well-known and respected choreographers and also touring to Melbourne in 2017. Natsuko is currently studying a double degree at the ANU, majoring in Graphic Design and Music Technology. Earlier this year, she started her own design organization called Mushō Laundry, which focuses on creating work which help raise awareness for social issues. She aims to expand Mushō Laundry, collaborating with artists from different creative fields to create interesting and unique work. In 2019, she will be creating a work for Art Not Apart focusing on the topic of Hikikomori (social withdrawals).
Hanna Cormick is a performance artist with a background in physical theatre, dance, circus and interdisciplinary art. Her current practice is a reclamation of body through radical visibility.
Cormick is a graduate of Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (Paris), and Charles Sturt University's Acting for the Screen and Stage degree. She has also undergone training with numerous experimental performance practitioners including Thomas Richards and Mario Biagini at The Grotowski Center (ARTA Paris), Pan Théâtre at the Roy Hart Centre (Malerargues), and Per Brahe with the Balerung Dance Company (Bali).
She has trained in contortion and acrobatics at Ecole des Arts Chinois du Spectacle (Paris), performing in cirque-cabaret dance with Apollo Garcia with their signature La Danse Apache as Les Douleurs Exquises, and in clown as Salade & Socks, which included work with Her Yerde Sanat Dernegi Social Circus in refugee camps on the Turkish-Syrian border.
Cormick was a founding member of interdisciplinary art-science group Last Man To Die, who between 2009-2011 toured Australia with their audience-interactive tech-driven performance-installations, and were shortlisted for an ArtsHub award for Innovation in the Arts.
As an Australia Council JUMP Mentee, she undertook a mentorship in traditional Balinese mask creation and dance in Indonesia, with master mask maker and dancer Ida Bagus Anom in 2011. She continued her mask practice in Paris, gaining an apprenticeship with Commedia master Stefano Perocco di Meduna over 2012-2013.
Her performance practice has spanned close to a hundred works over twenty years, with performances in Australia, Europe and Asia. In 2018, Cormick was a finalist for the National Disability Leadership Award (Arts), and the ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Award (Young Leader) for her recent performance artwork The Mermaid.
Kelly's experiences as a professional in the world of performance and education span over twenty-five years of art, performance, directing, producing, choreographing and teaching. Kelly has performed and presented work across the United States, Canada, Europe, Bulgaria, Brazil, Russia, Uzbekistan, Korea, Finland and Australia. Since returning to Tasmania in 2011 Kelly has worked with organisations including Salamanca Arts Centre, Kickstart Arts, Moonah Arts Centre, Tasmania Performs, Hobart City Council, MONA and as an independent performance artist collaborating with artists such as the Second Echo Ensemble, and MADE. Kelly curated the inaugural MOVES festival in 2016 for Salamanca Arts Centre and is just finished delivery of Moonah MOVES for Moonah Arts Centre in 2018.
Ruth is nationally respected for her teaching and choreographic work. She founded and ran the Contemporary Dance Centre in WA for 23 years, taught at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts since it inception, been Artistic Director of Perth-based STEPS, and served on many boards including the West Australian Ballet. She has choreographed nationally and internationally for stage, film, television and major events, and has been artistic director of many collaborative choreographic projects for young people. Ruth was Artistic Director of the Australian Dance Awards for 2012 and 2013, was awarded an Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance in 2011, and won a Canberra Critics Circle award for Walking and Falling. In 2017 she took up a Churchill Fellowship to study youth dance practices in the UK, and was an ACT Australian of the Year nominee.
Vincent joined Three Score Dance at its inception in 2011. He is the Company’s volunteer Development Director, and as Company Rep is a Trustee of Three Score Dance.
Vincent is an award-winning director / producer of educational and training films. Through his production company Supernova, he has won many awards for his work, including IVCA Best Drama and a 2004 New York Film Festival Gold Award. He has worked on projects throughout the world. He has made a number of films with Three Score with screenings at London Dance Film Festival and Cinedans in Amsterdam.
Vincent was formerly Assistant Director at the Council for Educational Technology responsible for its development programme, a senior management consultant with Butler Cox, and Head of Production for Melrose Film Productions. Vincent is a member of BAFTA, was a school governor for many years, and is on the board of Artemis, an Arts charity.
“Seeing Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring in my 20s was an eye opening introduction to contemporary dance. Three Score has been an amazing journey experiencing dance for myself.”
Christina is a co-founder of Three Score Dance and a Trustee of the Company. She did ballet as a young girl and took contemporary dance classes in her 20s at the Dance Centre in London. Her love of dance motivated her to want to create contemporary dance opportunities for older people. Sadler’s Well’s Company of Elders provided a positive model while Pina Bausch’s work was a major inspiration.
Christina is a highly experienced counsellor of young people. After teaching in London schools and working in educational publishing, she took an MA in Counselling. She established the YMCA’s counselling service for young people in Brighton and Hove pioneering support in local schools. Christina went on to join the Counselling service at Sussex University before becoming School Counsellor at first Roedean School and then Lancing College. She continues to supervise school counsellors.
“Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost” (Pina Bausch)
Pirjetta Mulari has been working as the head cultural producer at Annantalo Arts Centre since October 2016. In that position, she is in charge of programming of the centre, which is a multidisciplinary arts centre for children and the young. Programme includes performances, residences, workshops, events and exhibitions. Before moving to Annantalo, Mulari was working as the manager for international affairs at Dance Info Finland since 2005. She developed Dance Info Finland’s international work and within that programmes such as Korea-Finland Connection, exchange, co-production and residence programmes between Japan and Finland, Australia-Finland Dance Exchange and Finnish-Russian Dance Exchange. Mulari has been active in Nordic collaboration projects (kedja, ICE HOT, Nordic Circle of Arts Management), and is the Finnish partner for Aerowaves network in Europe. Before working at Dance Info Finland, Mulari has been working in different managerial positions including Helsinki 2000 – European Cultural City office, Nomadi Productions, Heureka – the Finnish Science Centre and Dance Arena. She has MA in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre, London, and studies in Physical Education, Law and Cultural Politics from Finland. She worked as a choreographer and dance teacher before turning into arts management.
Christopher Knowlton, Ph.D., is a bioengineering researcher, freelance dance artist and independent choreographer based in Chicago. He has worked as a collaborative performer with many artists, including technology performance group ATOM-r (Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality), Erica Mott Productions, and Sildance/AcroDanza, among others. His own work, which ranges from dance, science education, comedy, storytelling, film, education and puppetry has been featured locally and internationally. In addition to performing, Chris currently researches at and manages the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Rush University Medical Center.
I have been dancing since I was four- jazz, modern, hiphop, ballet, but I like modern best. This year I’ve performed in Canberra at the ACT AusDance Escalate 3 showcases, and at the World Dance Alliance, as part of my YRAF work with Canberra Dance Artist Liz Lea. Ive also performed at the Crown Conference Centre Melbourne to a standing ovation, and at the Australian Dance Awards where my ensemble Sprung!! was a Finalist for Outstanding Community Dance. It’s been a big year! Now we are working on a show called French Cafe that we hope to take to Europe, and a piece called Things Impossible that draws from my own choreography. I dance 5 days a week but i also like movies and our cat Frankie.
Dr Katrina Rank is the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning at Ausdance Victoria. Ausdance is Australia's peak body for dance, providing high-level strategic advice and vision for the sector. A national organisation with branches throughout the country, it offers programs and services for people to experience and engage in dance. A graduate of the Australian Ballet School, Katrina danced professionally in companies in Australia and the UK. She holds the following qualifications: Graduate (Australian Ballet School), B.Ed in Dance & Drama, B.Lit Hons in Dance and PhD Contemporary Arts (Deakin University). She is the creator and lead teacher of Fine Lines, Melbourne’s mature dance collective. katrina-rank.squarespace.com/
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.
Co-Founder of Sprung!, President and producer of all Sprung! shows with Michael Hennessy, Robyn prides herself in creating environments in which the great talent in the Northern Rivers can flourish. A part-time medical doctor, Robyn has also been writer/producer of Planet Creature interactive website for the Australian Film Commission and core contributor to After Maeve, an SBS/ Televis Eireann documentary on children’s grief. She brings extensive experience in facilitating creative projects with children, young people, and persons with disability, in such a way that respect, integrity and authenticity are drivers rather than passengers of the artistic journey.
DanseFestival Barents is the worlds northernmost dance festival, presenting performances of high national and international quality at 70 degrees north. We have a focus on representing the region by presenting art and culture from the Barents Region. The festival aims to present work that is culturally relevant, and which represents the regions diverse indigenous and linguistic populations.
The main aims of the festival are to:
• Be a vibrant meeting place through network building, for dance artists working in the Barents Region
• Collaborate beyond geographical, linguistic and cultural borders
• Present culturally specific performances from the Barents Region
• Contribute to knowledge sharing through courses, seminars and workshop
• Present and produce innovative projects aimed at children and young people
Tarnya Sim brings more than 25 years’ experience in marketing, public relations, advertising and promotions to her executive role Marketing & Communications Consultant as at Feros Care.
Using her original approach, Tarnya’s focus is to further enhance the profile of Feros Care in the community by highlighting the organisation’s range of award winning aged care programs and initiatives through maximizing publicity and promotional opportunities.
Tarnya has an in-depth marketing “know-how” and experience in multiple marketing mediums. She has an extensive success record in advertising, publishing, product launches, publicity, marketing planning, event management and she has held senior management roles managing national marketing teams.
Prior to joining Feros Care, Tarnya was commissioned by major companies including News Limited, Galaxy TV, Conde Nast Publications, Australia's Wonderland, The Ray Group, Domain Resorts and The Media Game.
As Head of Strategy and Global Engagement for Queensland Ballet (QB), Genevieve is leading the expansion of a highly successful Ballet for Seniors program at the company. Joining QB in August 2018, Genevieve is working with researchers, teaching artists, class participants and community engagement specialists to leverage the continuing popularity and demands for the program’s next phase of development.
Applying previous experience from national sporting bodies around Australia and most recently Commonwealth Games, combined with foundations in ballet and a passion for the artform of dance, Genevieve is developing a model for sustainability, regional integration, and knowledge transfer, to ensure advances made by QB contribute to the wider dance ecology, arts sector and broad community health and wellbeing. As a Major Performing Arts company and leader in the creative aging space, QB has a social responsibility to enable equal opportunity beyond its Brisbane home. It’s focus on empowering regional communities is evidenced by its commitment to upskilling dance teachers, outside the metropolitan boundaries.
A proud product of regional Queensland, Genevieve holds a Bachelor of International Business from University of Queensland, was 2017-18 scholarship holder for Women in Leadership Australia, is a volunteer for refugee tutoring and community support, yoga teacher, rugged hiker, dance floor extraordinaire and firm believer that a balanced life is indeed a happy one.