An interactive PDF from Ausdance National. It showcases the spectacular work of Australian dance companies and independent dance artists who were presenting work at the 2014 Australian Performing Arts Market.
Ausdance celebrates Australian dance at the 2014 Australian Performing Arts Market
to educate, inspire
and support the
dance community to
reach its potential
as a dynamic force
within local, national
Live Movie. Photo: Lachlan Woods
Lucy Guerin Inc
Lucy Guerin Inc is renowned for the skill and
originality of its small group of performers. New
productions are generated through an experimental
approach to creative process and may involve voice,
video, sound, text and industrial design as well as
Guerin’s lucid physical structures.
From its beginnings as a dance-in-education
company, Tasdance has earned a reputation for
its strong, diverse, innovative and accessible
repertoire of Australian work. Under the direction
of Annie Greig since 1997, Tasdance has
continued to present excellent contemporary
dance in Tasmania, interstate and internationally.
Trisha Dunn, Tanya Voges and Floeur Alder in Raewyn Hill’s A Dance for the Forgotten. Photo: Paul Scambler
EDC is commited to the future evolution of
contemporary dance in Australia and throughout
the world. Their program includes regional, national
and international touring; an education program;
professional training and development opportunities
for emerging performers and choreographers.
Jack Ziesing in Natalie Weir’s When Time Stops. Photo: Dylan Evans
Established in 2002, the company is based
around a collective of artists from varying
disciplines who are committed to creating
stimulating movement-based theatre. Artists
include dancers, actors, writers, visual
artists, composers and filmmakers.
Vincent Crowley, Heather Mitchell, Kirstie McCracken, Sarah Jayne Howard and Joshua Mu in Never Did Me Any Harm. Photo: Lisa Tomasetti
Established in 2007, the company is deeply rooted in
‘life and heritage’ and continues to build its claim on
this as a unique connection to the Western Australian
story, which can be told to the rest of the world in
deep and emotionally charged performances that
go beyond simply ‘dance and steps’ to speak to the
William Ward and Justina Truscott-Smith in Dreamtide. Photo: Simon Cowling
Chunky Move constantly seeks to redefine
what is, or what can be, contemporary dance
within an ever-evolving Australian culture.
Currently under the artistic leadership of
internationally acclaimed choreographer,
Anouk van Dijk, the company’s various
programs foster and support a strong and
vibrant dance culture both in Melbourne and
James Pham and Leif Helland in Anouk van Dijk’s 247 Days (2013). Photo: Jeff Busby.
The annual Australian Dance Awards
recognise and honour professional Australian
dance artists who have made an outstanding
contribution to Australian dance.
Madeleine Eastoe and Robert Curran in The Australian Ballet’s Divergence. Photo Jeff Busby.
Liz Lea Dance
Performer and choreographer Liz
Lea specialises in contemporary and
classical Indian dance and martial
arts. InFlight, a collaboration with the
NLA and the National Film and Sound
Archive, is based around the early
days of aviation and flight.
Alison Plevey and Liz Lea in InFlight. Photo: Lorna Sim
Based in Adelaide, Restless is an integrated dance
company where the art is made by young people
for a diverse audience. The company has three core
areas of activity: Community Workshop Education
Program, Youth Ensemble and Touring Company.
Lorcan Hopper in Salt. Photo: Sam Oster
Lisa Wilson Projects
Lisa Wilson creates distinctive and original
performance works which layer striking visual
design, powerful yet intricate physicality and an
overall sense of the human condition.
Lisa Wilson and Timothy Ohl in Lisa Wilson’s Lake. Photo: Fen-Lan Chuang
More than dance. Not quite theatre. Not
circus, or poems, or dreams, but like
these ... Kage strike out for new ground;
innovating and reconceiving dance theatre
to draw humour, humanity and pathos
from the physicality of human bodies.
Henna Kaikula in Forklift. Photo: Heidrun Lohr
Francesca ‘La Chica’ Grima in Gypsy Pathways. Photo: Nicola Palmieri.
Celebrating the epic nature of the great gypsy
migration, Gypsy Pathways delves into the rich and
diverse cultures that the Romani people brought
with them, with their kathak traditions from India,
and encountered and integrated with their own,
during their travels through Persia (now Iran) and
Makeshift Dance Collective. Photo: FenLan Photography.
MakeShift is an independent, Brisbane-based
collective of dancers and choreographers who
create art that moves, grounds, arrests, reflects
The dance industry has unique insurance
needs, and we have developed a dance
insurance product to meet them. The
Ausdance insurance scheme provides cover
for all types of performance and dance
QL2 in Landscape (2006). Photo: ArtAtelier
Deluge (Australia/Korea dance collaboration). Photo: Rick Clifford.
Jeremy Neideck (Motherboard Productions, QLD)
is a director, performance artist, dancer, and
composer with a strong focus on transcultural
practices and exploring the convergence
of extreme physicality with extended vocal
Madeleine Eastoe in Manon. Photo: Paul Scala
The Australian Ballet
Versatility, technical excellence and a warm, friendly
style are the trademarks of The Australian Ballet;
qualities that have earned both critical and audience
acclaim. For over five decades The Australian Ballet
has been the defining the face of ballet in our country.
BalletLab aims to create groundbreaking
contemporary dance-based works that stimulate and
engage audiences, develop choreographic practice,
propose new national and international presentation
models and provide education opportunities for the
next generation of Australian dance artists.
Aviary. Photo: Jeff Busby
Rebecca Youdell in Terrestrial Nerve. Photo: Russell Milledge.
Collaborating with project teams of
interdisciplinary and visionary artists,
Bonemap creates immersive art and
performance with an emphasis on process
Confrontation as a catalyst for change is explored
by choreographer Gareth Belling in his powerful
collaboration with Collusion Music and Susan
Hawkins. Set within the stark frame of a house, the
work uncovers wounded hearts filled with hope amid
the strewn remnants of relationships.
Gareth Belling and Rachael Walsh in Transient Beauty, choreographed by Gareth Belling. Photo: David Collins
De Quincey Co
De Quincey Co is committed to the
development and empowerment of artists
engaged in Bodyweather and body-
based performance. The company strives
to generate and inspire an environment
of exchange and discussion around the
performing arts and related disciplines.
Dale Thorburn ‘MistMan’ in De Quincey Co’s Inner Garden. Photo: Wendy Kimpton
The National Dance Forum is an
event for the whole dance sector.
Choreographers, dancers, independent
artists, artistic directors, educators,
researchers and dance producers meet
to discuss and explore the unique
qualities of dance as an artform and why
we choose it as our mode of expression,
communication or storytelling.
Coming again in 2015!
Sue Peacock and Stephan Karlsson in Sprung, choreographed by Sue Peacock. Photo: Christophe Canato. The NDF is a project of the Australia Council for the Arts and Ausdance National.
Six Women Standing in Front of a White Wall (dance/theatre installation). Photo: Silas Brow
Artistic Director Chenoeh Miller (Motherboard
Productions, QLD) is creating a new kind
of theatre—a ‘theatre of love’—that uses
philosophy, emotional intelligence and biology
to make performance that truly connects with
audiences and inspires them to make change.
Multiverse by Garry Stewart. Australian Dance Theatre in collaboration with Deakin University Motion.Lab. Photo: Bradley Axiak
Constantly in demand for its innovative
productions, ADT is Australia’s most active touring
dance company. Garry Stewart has been the
Artistic Director for 11 years and his distinctive
choreography demands enormous versatility and
strength from its dancers, who practice martial arts,
breakdance, gymnastics, contact improvisation and
Claire Marshall’s Slowdive is a unique theatre
experience transforming traditional theatre spaces
into a night club—complete with a functional bar and
door wench. Exploring the agendas of the DJ’s, the
bar staff, the club owner and punters, Slowdive is a
strangely compelling view of a good time going bad in
SlowDive by Claire Marshall. Photo: Grant Marshall
Shaun Parker & Company creates
critically acclaimed dance productions
which are renowned for their integration
of stimulating choreographic forms,
arresting musical scores and theatrical
AM I. Photo: Branco Gaica
Bangarra is a dance company that embraces,
celebrates and respects Australia’s Indigenous
people and their culture. Under the artistic direction
of Stephen Page since 1991, Bangarra has emerged
as Australia’s only national premier Indigenous
performing arts company.
Deborah-Brown and Leonard Mickelo in Terrain. Photo: Greg Barrett
10 – 16 April 2014
Young dancers from across Australia are
getting ready to invade Renmark in the South
Australian Riverland for the 2014 Australian
Youth Dance Festival (AYDF). Supported by
the Australia Council for the Arts and Country
Arts SA, the AYDF enables young dancers to
participate in a program of classes, screenings,
performances and workshops. First held in
1997, the festival has a strong regional focus
and looks to engage young people from across
The 2014 AYDF is presented Ausdance SA. Dancer: Oshay Everus, Riverland Youth Theatre. Photo: Italo Verdure
Prying Eye work collaboratively with artists from
many different art forms to create live contemporary
performance works that are visually rich, resonantly
sensory and beautifully simplistic. Technology gets
carefully crafted to integrate with the work so that the
content of the work gets effectively revealed to the
Elizabeth Vilmanis in White Porcelain Doll. Photo: Ryadan Jeavons.
Creating socially conscious, boundary bashing
and beautifully abstract stories, told through the
transforming complexities of contemporary dance,
Phluxus2’s recent work de-generator, a post
apocalyptic dance installation, is currently available
Lucy Ingham and Alexander Baden Bryce in de-generator, choreographed by Nerida Matthaei. Photo: Josh Fraser
Dancenorth: regionally based, nationally
respected and internationally desired. Located
in Townsville amidst the picturesque tropical
north of Australia, Dancenorth is proud of
producing quality dance in a regional setting.
The company has a strong local presence and
a commitment to making art that a global
audience wants to see.
Mass, choreographed by Raewyn Hill. Photo: Bottlebrush Studios
BlakDance Australia Ltd is a performing
arts company which advocates for
Indigenous contemporary dance in
Australia with the vision to contribute
significantly to the cultural landscape of
Robert McGuiness. Photo: Victoria Morphy
Australia is home to a diverse range of
dance creators, performers and artists
who are renowned for their energy and
tand take risks. Discover more of this
rich cultural dance experience in Shaping
the Landscape—Celebrating Dance in
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producers through the Australian Dance
Lisa Griffiths in Sue Healey’s In Time. Photo: Alejandro Rolandi
I think Australian dancers have a certain energy,
attack and enthusiasm that set us apart. We are a
particularly physical culture.
Australian dancers and
choreographers are dynamic and
articulate in body, mind and spirit.
Educating, inspiring and supporting
the dance community in reaching its
potential as a dynamic force within
local, national and international
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