Australian Dance Party | Artists
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The Party engages exceptional dance artists, musicians/composers, physical theatre artists and designers whose passions and skills drive each unique project.

We connect with scientists, academics and everyday people or communities who contribute skills and perspectives to develop multilayered new work that speaks to what we say, how we feel and move, now.

Alison Plevey

Alison is an award winning choreographer and dance and physical artist based in Canberra. Her practice spans youth dance and theatre, education, cross disciplinary collaboration, festival work, solo research and arts industry development in regional NSW and the ACT. Alison holds a first class honours degree, BA – Dance, WAAPA. She is a member of The Childer’s Group, an independent arts advocacy group in Canberra.

Her solo projects have included Dancing with Drones (Performance Space, LiveWorks 2015), SPROUT (Art, Not Apart and You Are Here Festivals 2016), Heatwave (Dance on the Edge 2016), Johnny Castellano is Mine (The Street Theatre 2014), WORK IT (Art, Not Apart and You Are Here Festivals 2015).

Alison is founding director of Lingua Franca with Adam Deusien based in Bathurst. Alison continues to collaborate with the company to create visceral original physical theatre performance engaging professional, emerging and community artists.

As initiator and leader of Australian Dance Party she is driven by her ongoing study of dance as a universal communicative medium and means to experience, debate and celebrate. The Party is an evolution of her prevalent choreographic work and inspired collaborations with diverse artists in Canberra. She aims to build the sustainability of professional dance in our in Canberra and bring dance into our experience and expression of this contemporary context.

Olivia Fyfe

Olivia grew up in Canberra, training at the Canberra Dance Development Centre and QL2. She was accepted into the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and during her second year undertook a six-month exchange at the Taipei National University of the Arts. Over the years Olivia has been fortunate to perform professionally with: Fiona Malone, Cathy Young, Adelina Larsson, PVI Collective, Stella Electrica, Cadi McCarthy and Company, Strange Attractor, Jamie Winbank, Alison Plevey and Australian Dance Party. As a Canberra based artist, Olivia performs as a freelance dancer as well as teaching at QL2 Dance. Olivia is Administrator & Project Manager at Ausdance ACT, Rehearsal Manager for Youth Dance Fest and Rehearsal Assistant at QL2. As a committed Party artist, Olivia has performed in Vote 1 Dance, Dinner Party, Nervous, Shake It, Weave Hustle and Halt. This year she will create and perform In a Flash at the NPG, Moving to ZERO and ENERGEIA.

Alana Stenning

Alana is a recent graduate of Adelaide Centre of the Arts with a Bahcelor of Creative Arts in Dance. Here she worked with Erin Fower, Gabrielle Nankivell, Kialea Nadine-Williams, Jo Stone and Peter Sheedy. In her third year she created her first full length work involving dance, theatre and multimedia “How Bout Them Apples” for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Before commencing university, Alana trained in contemporary dance at QL2 Youth Dance Company under Ruth Osborne where she worked with many renown choreographers and developed her own interests in choreography and dance film making. At QL2 she toured and performed in Bangkok, London and Glasgow with a work created by James Batchelor.

Since graduating, Alana has moved back to Canberra to continue working with Australian Dance Party for In a flash, Moving to ZERO and ENERGEIA. She seconded with the Party for Autonomous in 2017 at You Are Here festival. She will continue to explore her own creative interests in dance theatre and film.

Eliza Sanders

Eliza is a dancer and creator originally from Canberra, Australia. She graduated from The New Zealand School of Dance in 2014. Upon graduation Eliza launched House of Sand with her brother Charles: a director, dramaturge and producer based in Sydney. Eliza has created 4 full-length works for House of Sand which won ‘Most Promising Emerging Company’ at the NZFringeAwards2016. Her solo shows Pedal and Castles have toured Australia and New Zealand. Eliza’s short film M.G.W.H premiered at the F.O.R.M festival in Vancouver Canada in 2016. Eliza has been commissioned to create works on The New Zealand School of Dance, Footnote Dance Company NZ and the QL2 in 2017. She retrined to Transformation Dance Festival Montreal as an invited international artist in 2017 and is a Key Artist on the Make A Move Program working with primary teachers (Australian Curriculum: The Arts). Eliza collaborates with The Party when back home in Canberra. In 2017 she performed in Shake It, Seamless and Hyper Real at the NGA and will collaborate and perform in ENERGEIA November 2018.

Steve Gow

Steve trained in hip hop, contemporary dance and acrobatics. After multiple seasons of dancing with QL2 Dance and Quantum Leap, he has gone on to work with international and Australian artists including, Taylor Swift, Psy, Jason Derulo, Timomatic, Ricki Lee, Nick Power and more. Stephen has returned to Canberra and works as tutor, choreographer and Assistant to the Artistic Director at QL2 Dance and teaches at Project Beats. He bring his unique contemporary break dance style to The Party. He has collaborated with Australian Dance Party to create work for Hyper Real (NGA, Dec 2017), Art Not Apart Festival ‘Water Tight‘ (March 2018) and ‘powering the dance’ (Belconnen Arts Centre, May 2018). Catch him later in 2018 in the Party’s full length work ‘Energeia‘.

Jessica Ausserlechner

Born in the ACT, Jessica was trained at the National Capital Ballet School and Quantum Leap Dance Ensemble. After completing her Bachelor in Dance in 2011 from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, she had the pleasure of dancing throughout Australia and Internationally, including performing in numerous productions with the West Australian Ballet Company including ‘Giselle’, ‘Serenade’ and ‘Taming of the Shrew’. Currently residing in Canberra, Jessica works as a Dance Educator and has recently completed her post-graduate in Art History and Curatorship at the Australian National University. In 2016/17 she performed in Sound and Fury ‘Live. Art. Party. Rock it’ and ‘Cold. Winter. Hot. Party’ and Australian Dance Party’s Dinner Party. Jessica currently works as Program Producer at the National Gallery of Australia.

Liz Lea

Liz Lea is a a performer and choreographer based in Canberra and NSW, directing Liz Lea Dance. Liz was based in Europe for 20 years and worked for the Royal Opera House, Ranjabati Sircar, Imlata, Sankalpam, English National Opera and English Bach Festival. Her specialty is working with classical Indian dance and martial arts as a solo practitioner.

Liz Lea Dance projects include 120 Birds, InFlight, Magnificus Magnificus inspired by the red tailed black cockatoo for Indigenous dance artist Tammi Gissell and Kapture, inspired by Ahmed Kathrada. Future works include The Galaxy Project, in collaboration with Mount Stromlo and a new one woman show, RED.

She directed Canberra Dance Theatre for 6 years, founding The GOLD Company over dancers over 55, commissioning 14 internationally recognised choreographers. Liz founded the DANscienCE Festival, a meeting of dance and science which ran at CSIRO Discovery, Canberra in 2013, at QUT, Brisbane in 2015 and will run in NSW in 2017. In September and October 2016 her science education works toured regional Queensland. Liz has performed with The Party in Strings Attached and continues to be a close collaborator particularly in the intersection of dance, science and community.

Gabriel Comerford

Gabriel Comerford is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology & a founding member of MakeShift Dance Collective. As a collaborator & performer he has worked with a wide range of choreographers & companies including: Dancenorth, Expressions Dance Company, Tami Dance, The Danger Ensemble, Prying Eye, Phluxus2, Lisa Wilson, Liesel Zink & The Farm.

He has performed in feature works, as well as in several festivals including Brisbane Festival, Anywhere Festival, Melaka Art & Performance Festival, Australian Performing Arts Market, Dance Massive & Bleach Festival. As a choreographer, teacher & mentor he has worked with: QL2 Dance, The Empire Theatre, Dirty Feet, EDC, QUT, La Boite Theatre, Pro Dance Classes Brisbane & MeetUp Dance Festival Canberra.

He has a particular interest & investment in sharing the power of movement & dance to inspire, transform & empower.

Michelle Norris

Michelle has been involved in dance and theatre performance in Canberra for the past 15 years, and is passionate about the potential for professional dance in Canberra. Michelle is trained in ballet and contemporary dance at Queensland University of Technology. She has been involved with Canberra’s QL2 Dance as a dancer, choreographer and now board member. Michelle’s musical theatre roles include Rumpleteaser in Free Rain’s CATS and Hedy La Rue in Phoenix Player’s How to succeed in Business without Really Trying. In 2016/17, Michelle worked with the Sound and Fury ensemble, presenting original short works – Empty Skies and Withering Eggs and Australian Dance Party’s Dinner Party, Vote 1 Dance and Shake It.

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