Australian Dance Party | Artists
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The Party engages exceptional dance artists, musicians/composers, physical theatre artists and designers whose skills are demanded by each unique project of the company’s diverse program.

We aim to draw on scientists, academics and everyday people or communities 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 collaborations, festival commissions, solo research and arts industry development in regional NSW and the ACT. Alison holds a first class honours degree, BA – Dance, 2009 from WAAPA. She is a member of The Childer’s Group, an independent arts advocacy group in Canberra.

Recent works include 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 Co-Director of dance and physical theatre company Lingua Franca with Adam Deusien. Based in Bathurst they create visceral original performance engaging professional, emerging and community artists.

As Party Leader she is driven by her ongoing study of dance as a universal communicative medium and a powerful practice for humanity to experience, debate and celebrate. The Party is an evolution of her prevalent work as a solo artist and inspired collaborations with diverse artists in Canberra. She aims to build the sustainability of professional dance in our political capital and legitimise the role of the arts in our contemporary context.

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 will tour regional Queensland.

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.

Janine Proost

Janine Proost is a dancer/choreographer. She graduated from Codarts (Rotterdam) and LCDS (London). Since 2009 she has worked in theatre, site-specific, interactive, and improvisational projects, with artists such as Sarah Aiken & Rebecca Jensen, Luhndahl & Seitl, Adelina Larsson, PVI Collective, The Trumpetcreepers, Deep Soulful Sweats and Mirramu Dance Company.

Janine’s choreography (incl. Fancy Sounding Dress ‘10, The Fist ‘11, Situation ’12, Potential ’14) has been presented in The Netherlands, England, Denmark and Australia.

She is currently exploring the integration of her yoga, tantra, voice and dance practices.

Victoria Lees

You may have seen some temporary string sculptures on beautiful trees around Canberra.  This, crochet creations, drawings, paintings, and powerful video are the work of Victoria Lees. She has a holistic philosophy incorporating theory, experience and practice behind her installations.

She started creating Temporary String Sculptures in 2009 after finishing Master of Philosophy (ANU) and has become a full-time artist. The Party is delighted to be working with her on Strings Attached, the debut show at Nishi Playhouse.

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. Recently, Olivia has broadened her horizons as: Administrator & Project Manager of Open Class for Ausdance ACT, Rehearsal Manager for Youth Dance Fest, Rehearsal Assistant at QL2.

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 Quantum Leap Youth Dance Ensemble in 2017. She will be returning 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).

Jack Riley

Jack Riley is a recent graduate of VCA, BFA in dance. Jack is largely influenced by his elite level success in the martial arts of Judo, representing Australia at National and International level. Jack began dancing with Quantum Leap Youth Dance Ensemble in Canberra, under the artistic direction of Ruth Osborne and worked with many established dance artists. Jack has  presented at popular events such as the Melbourne Fringe Festival and was nominated for best dance award for 2016. His career has led him to work with artists such as Lee Serle, David Rozetsky, and Jo Lloyd. Early this year Jack worked for Tasdance on their new work Fragile Matter with Paul Blackman and Christine Gouzelis (Jukstapoz). Jack this year presented his own work Contact at QL2 Theatre, Canberra and later Melbourne Fringe. Jack has performed in ADPs Autonomous at You Are Here Festival and Seamless upcoming in October 2017. He plans to further investigate movement, choreography, art and consequently how they relate to the world.

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, 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.

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 she performed in Sound and Fury ‘Live. Art. Party. Rock it’ and ‘Cold. Winter. Hot. Party’ and Australian Dance Party’s Dinner Party.

Artists Featured in The Party imagery on are:

Debora Di Centa

Holly Diggle

Nasim Patel

Ryan Stone

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