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Artists

The Party engages exceptional dance artists, musicians/composers, physical theatre artists and designers whose passions and skills drive each unique project. We also 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 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.

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/Critical Path 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. Together they create visceral original physical theatre performance engaging professional, emerging and community artists.

Driven by her ongoing study of dance as a universal communicative medium and means to experience, debate and celebrate, she founded Australian Dance Party in 2016.

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 collaborated in the creation and performance of Vote 1 Dance, Dinner Party, Nervous, Shake It, Weave Hustle and Halt, Water Tight 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  renown choreographers and developed 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 seconding with The Party for Autonomous in 2017 at You Are Here festival, Alana has moved back to Canberra to continue creating and performing with us in In a flash, Water Tight, Move to Zero and ENERGEIA.  She continues 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 Move to Zero micro video campaign in 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 brings his unique contemporary break dance style to The Party. He has collaborated with Australian Dance Party to create work for Hyper Real (National Gallery of Australia), Art Not Apart Festival ‘Water Tight‘ and ‘powering the dance’ (Belconnen Arts Centre) and the Party’s full length work ‘ENERGEIA‘.

Ryan Stone

Ryan Douglas Stone recently completed his honours research at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. There he collaborated with and performed the works of Richard Cilli, Michael Whaites, Ori Flomin, Tobiah Booth-Remmers, Scott Ewen, Christine Gouzelis, Paul Blackman, James O’Hara, Balasz Busa, Isabella Stone and Bernadette Lewis.

During honours, he toured several of these works to Europe and the East Coast as a part of the LINK Dance Company, performing in Amsterdam, Montpellier, Marseille, Sydney and Melbourne. He also understudied and performed in Co3’s WA Dance Maker’s season, choreographed by Chrissie Parrot, Unkempt Dance and Richard Cilli.

In 2018 he was awarded the Feilman Foundation Pathways to Excellence Scholarship to participate in Maxine Doyle’s Masterclass workshop and performed in Perth’s Fringe Festival as a dancer in Syndicate, a new performance collective.

Ryan has previously seconded with the Australian Dance Party in a creative development and is now a Party Member.

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