Immerse Labs


IMMERSE is a series of labs led by a practising professional contemporary dance artist each with a focus on a particular physical and creative inquiry. It is an initiative of Australian Dance Party and QL2 Dance responding to a need for more professional development opportunities, employment and connections within the ACT dance community. We have already seen promising artists' collaborations arising from the labs.

Immerse enables an environment for professional dance artists to explore, test and discover, connect and network, and explore new ways of working/moving. The aim is to dig a little deeper into a process or approach, extending the creative curiosities and physical development of movers and makers in the ACT.

Open to professional performing artists and makers across disciplines with an interest in physical performance/choreography, tertiary students, and QL2 senior students. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Immerse labs are held at QL2 Dance, Gorman Arts Centre.

Previous Lab artist include: Alice Lee Holland, Amrita Hepi, Ashlee Bye, Debora di Centa, James Batchelor, Kath Papas, Lucky Lartey, Liz Lea, Matt Shilcock, Melanie Lane, Rhiannon Newton and Sara Black.

  • Cost: $20-60 approx.
  • Where: QL2 Dance Theatre at Gorman Arts Centre.
  • Enquiries: call the QL2 office (02) 6247 3103, email

Upcoming Lab


Since 2019 Alisdair has been experimenting with situational dance works led by autonomous computer programs that guide performers using text generation and computer speech. Join Alisdair as he guides dance participants through a series of his experiments as a means to ask greater questions about the role of dancers, dance makers and artificial intelligence in the context of his performed improvisational contemporary dance method. 

Date: Thursday 18 January 

Time: 6pm-9pm

Recent Labs



Spider webbing, sensation, space, and weight

Alice’s movement practice has been succinctly focused as well as broad and open, at different times during her career. Recently she has been exploring the threads that link this practice, from “the dancing” to “the dance”. This lab shared some of this slow burn research.




Audio and Image Description for dance.

Liz looked at the fundamental principles of description and worked with some images as well as two short dance films as a practical exploration.


Matt Lab Photo only


Matt's lab focused on his practice: Alchemia Exteriores. A profound journey of personal transformation through the art of dance, influenced by occidental alchemy. The system's organisational structure draw inspiration from the alchemical hierarchy of elements, providing a solid and intuitive foundation for Matt's creative method.

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