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ANTI-GRAVITY

Chunky Move

ANTI-GRAVITY

Chunky Move constantly seeks to redefine what 
is or what can be contemporary dance in an ever-evolving Australian culture. Our work is diverse in form and content encompassing productions for the stage, site specific, new-media and installation work. Led by internationally acclaimed Choreographer Anouk van Dijk, the Company’s multi-tiered programming initiatives nurture and underpin a strong and vibrant dance culture in our home city of Melbourne and create critically acclaimed and popular productions of scale for presentations nationally and internationally.

 

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Deepspace

James Batchelor

Deepspace

James Batchelor is a performer, choreographer and filmmaker from Canberra. His works combine movement and visual arts, using performance as a tool to inspire critical thought and reflection on the contemporary world. As a freelance performer, James has worked with some of Australia’s most renowned companies and independent artists such as Chunky Move (Aorta and It Sounds Silly), Tasdance (Luminous Flux), Sue Healey (Inevitable Scenarios), Antony Hamilton (Black Project 2) and Prue Lang (Spaceproject).

 

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Creature

József Trefeli

Creature

József Trefeli is an award winning performance artist. József completed his dance studies at Melbourne University’s Victorian College of the Arts with a BA in Dance.  Accomplished in contemporary and classical dance, musical theatre, singing, tap and traditional Hungarian dance; József draws on these skills to create his contemporary dance work. In his eight years with Alias Compagnie, Geneva József created roles that challenged and charmed critics and audiences worldwide. On 6 continents, 40 countries, and over 120 cities, József has achieved critical acclaim for his many and varied dance performances and numerous choreographic works. The diverse range of styles in which József choreographs include contemporary dance, cabaret, theatre, musical comedy, and opera.

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Noise Quartet Meditation

Lilian Steiner

Noise Quartet Meditation

Lilian Steiner is a Melbourne-based dancer and choreographer whose practice utilizes the inherent intelligence of the active body as the primary tool for creating wholly encompassing visual, sonic and kinesthetic experiences.  Lilian’s choreographic projects include The Call to Connect – Voyager Recordings (Lucy Guerin Inc.’s Pieces for Small Spaces,
2012), Meditation (Melbourne Now, NGV, 2014), Noise Quartet Meditation (2014), BUNKER (2015, in collaboration with Leah Landau) and her most recent and ambitious work Admission into the Everyday Sublime (Next Wave Festival, 2016). Noise Quartet Meditation received the Green Room Award for Concept and Realisation as well as a nomination for the Shirley McKechnie Award for Choreography. BUNKER received a Green Room Award nomination for Design (spatial and costume).

 

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Split

Lucy Guerin Inc

Split

Lucy Guerin Inc is an Australian dance company established in Melbourne in 2002 to create and tour new dance works. Renowned for the skill and originality of its small group of performers, it is a flexible organisation dedicated to challenging and extending the art of contemporary dance.  The Company is committed to the exploration of everyday events and the redefinition of the formal concerns of dance. 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. Crucially, this is always a choreographic exploration, striving for visual, emotional and physical revelations that could not be generated or communicated in any other artform than dance.

 

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Aeon

Lz Dunn

Aeon

Lz Dunn works with performance, movement, sound, video, other people, places and participatory processes to think about ecologies, ‘nature’, queerness and ways we can live. Lz is also an Artistic Associate with Aphids. Lz grew up in regional Queensland and now lives in Melbourne.  In 2016 Lz is developing Aeon, a listening movement through public space that connects bird flocking with queer ecology. With collaborators, Lawrence English, Shian Law and Lara Thoms, Aeon is being developed through Mobile States and has had development presentations at Melbourne’s Arts House, Brisbane Powerhouse, Castlemaine’s Punctum, Adelaide’s Vitalstatistix and Hobart’s Salamanca Moves festival. In each location local artists contribute as co-performers to adapt and localise the project. Aeon will premiere in Melbourne in 2017. In late 2016 Lz will present a new solo performance for Lucy Guerin Inc P4SS.

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Divercity

Mariaa Randall

Divercity

Mariaa Randall is a Bundjalung/Yaegl woman from the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. She is a graduate of the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College’s Diploma in Dance. She has more recently obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation and a Master in Animateuring (Cross-Modal Performance) from the Victorian College of the Arts and Music (VCAM) in Melbourne.

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If It’s All In My Veins

Martin Hansen

If It’s All In My Veins

Martin Hansen is a 2014 graduate of the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin. Martin was a finalist in the 2016 Keir Choreographic Awards and in collaboration with Ania Nowak, he was the Housemate Research Resident at Dancehouse, Melbourne in 2014 and premiered A Queer Kind of Evidence at Tanztage, 2015. Martin presented Monumental at Tanznacht 2014, PACT Zollverein, Semper Oper Dresden and Ballhaus Ost. With Kareth Schaffer, Martin developed and performed in Other Dreams, an artistic tour of Gropiustadt, B-Tours Berlin 2015. Martin has performed with Tino Sehgal, Sebastian Mathias, Christoph Winkler, Jeremy Wade, Sebastian Blasius, Ligia Lewis, Laurie Young, among  others.

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Tiny Slopes

Nat Cursio Co

Tiny Slopes

NAT CURSIO creates choreographies, curated programs and developmental platforms under the umbrella Nat Cursio Co. Her work has been presented in Taipei, Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Limerick (IRE) and around Australia and she has participated in and been invited to contribute to dance and cross-disciplinary projects across Australia, Asia and Europe. Nat makes performances in theatrical, site-responsive and domestic settings often concerned with the act of noticing: situations where we might notice ourselves and each other in ways that are not always prominent in daily life, where the work can act as both an escape from and a return to the world in which we live. Vulnerability, resilience and hope are recurrent themes and her ongoing interest in our delicate ecosystems and in environmental conservation results in artistic work that exerts a decidedly low carbon footprint and is adaptable for space and context.

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Between Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុងតូច

Nick Power

Between Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុងតូច

Nick Power is a Sydney based b*boy and choreographer. He is one of the leading hip hop dance artists in Australia, working professionally for the past 17 years.  Since starting out in Brisbane running his own dance space Nick has nurtured young and emerging dancers through workshop projects with organisations including Contact Inc, Stylin Up Indigenous hip hop festival and Schools Spectacular.  He has worked extensively in regional centres and in the remote Indigenous community of Lajamanu on the Milpirri project.  Over the past 20 years he has curated grass roots, medium and large scale hip hop dance events working with some of Australia’s most significant venues and festivals including Carriageworks, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival and Brisbane City Council.

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Piece For Person and Ghetto Blaster

Nicola Gunn

Piece For Person and Ghetto Blaster

NICOLA GUNN is a Melbourne-based performer, writer, director and dramaturg. Since 2001, she has been making works that blend performance, art and anthropology to explore the fragility of the human condition with subversive humour. Her artistic practice is committed to institutional critique, social engagement and generating works that activate the public sphere by questioning old ways of being or proposing new ones. She uses performance to reflect critically on its place in theatres, to examine power relations in existing organisations, and to consider the relevance and social function of art itself. The starting process is often a written text or idea imagined responding to a self-generated impulse to tell a story or explore a form. She draws mainly from her experience to create autobiographical fiction.

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Stellar Project

Prue Lang

Stellar Project

After graduating from VCA, Prue joined Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre. In 1996 she moved to France to work with Choreographic National Centre in Angers (Bouvier/Obadia), Compagnie Cre-Ange in Paris, as well as creating her own independent projects. In 1999 she began an important collaboration with William Forsythe as a leading soloist and choreographer of the Frankfurt Ballett and The Forsythe Company. She created five original works for the company, which also toured independently.

 

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Deep Sea Dances

Rebecca Jensen

Deep Sea Dances

Rebecca Jensen is a New Zealand-born Melbourne based artist, dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Rebecca graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (BA Dance 2009).  Rebecca was a DanceWEB Europe scholarship recipient in Vienna 2015. She has received Next Wave Kickstart 2013 in collaboration with Sarah Aiken, PACT Vacant Room residency Sydney 2014, Artshouse Culturelab residency in collaboration with Luke George and Natalie Abbott. She is an Australia Council ArtStart, Ian Potter Cultural Trust travel grant and Motherboard Australia Korea cultural exchange recipient.

 

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Bodied Assemblies

Rhiannon Newton

Bodied Assemblies

Rhiannon Newton is a Sydney based dancer and choreographer. Her practice concentrates on the relationship between the live-ness of dance and processes of repetition, problematising how a dancing spirit meets economies of production and authorship.  Her works have been presented at the Judson Church (USA), Dancehouse, Nagib On Stage (SL), Brisbane Festival, Metro Arts, Strut Dance and the PACT Centre for Emerging Artists. She has developed her practice in artist residencies throughout Australia, Europe and the USA, including Critical Path, Bundanon Trust, FORM Dance Projects, Movement Research (USA) and Tanzhaus Zurich (CH), among others.

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Small Details

Sandra Parker

Small Details

Melbourne based choreographer Sandra Parker is the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Dance Board Fellowship and a Centenary Medal for Services to Australian Society and Dance. Recent projects include the in-progress showing of ‘Gender/Power Composition IV’ with NY artists Kris Grey and Maya Ciarrocchi, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space, NY, 2015; work-in-progress presentation of ‘Small Details’, Dance Massive Open Studios, 2015; ‘Three Angles’ (2014), an interactive single-channel video installation, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; ‘Three Frames’ (2013), two video channels, sound, live performance, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, US; ‘The Recording’ (2013), live performance, Dance Massive, 2013; ‘Document’ (2011), Dancehouse, Melbourne; ‘Transit’ (2010), Horti Hall, Melbourne, 2010, Melbourne Festival 2012, Faits d’hiver, Paris, 2013…

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Vanishing Point

Shian Law

Vanishing Point

Shian Law is a Melbourne-based performance artist who regularly works as a performer, collaborator, choreographer in the context of dance, trans-media performance and live-art intervention.  Shian has worked closely with choreographer/mentor Jo Lloyd and trans-media artist Thea Baumann (Metaverse Makeovers, APHIDS), as well as Phillip Adams, Deanne Butterworth, Mikala Dwyer and Brooke Amity Stamp.

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Cockfight

The Farm

Cockfight

We are: A group of like-minded artists who enjoy collaborating together and share a deep love of art both high and low.  We create: Physical performances that show the fragility and strength of the human condition.  We aim: to defy expectations including our own. Our work: Ranges from traditional theatre and dance to outdoor installations, film and immersive theatrical experiences. Our philosophy: Springs from years of friendship and working relationships. It combines common histories, outside influences, shared fascinations, competitiveness, a desire for meaning in movement, bruised egos, common goals, teamwork, age, youth, desire and relentless creativity.

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TANGI WAI… the cry of water

Victoria Hunt

TANGI WAI… the cry of water

VICTORIA HUNT is a Sydney-based director, dancer, choreographer and image maker. Her tribal affiliations are to Te Arawa, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Kahungunu Maori, English, Finnish and Irish. Victoria is a founding member of De Quincey Co since 1999, performing in over 40 productions. She has toured with De Quincey Co, MAU, Legs On The Wall, Marrugeku and is co-curator of The Weather Exchange since 2007.

Since 2003 Victoria has created performance work in collaboration with other interdisciplinary/intercultural artists. Her major solo Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka premiered at Performance Space in 2012, was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Female Performer in Dance and toured to the UK and Canada. Hunt’s most recent work Tangi Wai…the cry of water premiered at Performance Space, LIVEWORKS Festival, Carriageworks in 2015 and was nominated for Australian Dance Award, Helpmann Award and FBiSMAC award.

Alongside her choreographic practice Victoria has taught extensively since 2001 and is currently supporting a number of emerging artists to develop their body-based hybrid performance practices. Victoria was awarded the Rex Cramphorn Theatre Fellowship from Arts NSW for 2016-17.

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