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 Founder and Party Leader of Australian Dance Party which began in 2016. She is an award-winning dance and physical theatre artist and performance maker. Core to her practice is youth dance, initiating multiple projects in her home town of Bathurst/Central West with her collaborator Adam Deuisen (Lingua Franca) and working closely with QL2 Dance as a choreographer, teacher and education manager since 2010. She has a conceived of over 30 projects in the ACT and Regional NSW largely driven by place and playfully inspiring thinking, action and change around urgent issues of our time through the universal communicator – the moving body.

Olivia Fyfe

Olivia grew up in Canberra, training at the Canberra Dance Development Centre and QL2 Dance. She went on to study at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Taipei National University of the Arts, graduating in 2010. Olivia has been dancing with Australian Dance Party since it’s beginning performing in: ‘Nervous’, ‘Shake It’, ‘Autonomous’, ‘TWO’, ‘Mine!’, ‘Weave Hustle and Halt’, ‘Water Tight’, ‘Powering the Dance’, ‘Situate’, ‘ENERGEIA’ and ‘From The Vault’. She is also a member of CO.LAB cross-disciplinary creative practice. Alongside performing Olivia teaches and choreographs at Lisa Clark Dance Centre, Radford Dance Academy as well as Canberra’s Youth Dance Company QL2 Dance.

Ryan Stone

Ryan graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2017. He was a member of LINK Dance company in 2018, performing works from Richard Cilli, Tobiah Booth-Remmers, Ori Flomin and Michael Whaites across Australia and Europe. He joined Australian Dance Party in 2019 and has performed Soul Defenders, Wasted, Come to the Party, Escape to Plastika and the award winning From the Vault. He performed in ADP’s recent tour of Mine in Brisbane for Supercell. Ryan collaborated with Alana Stenning, premiering their work, Mulch at Festival of the Forest. He was also a collaborator in House of Sand’s first development of That Was Friday in 2020.

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Levente Szabo

Levente is from Hungary, where he studied gymnastics at an early age and later on classical ballet at the Hungarian Dance Academy. He worked in multiple national theatres in his birth country before moving on to contemporary dance, where he has explored the possibilities in Europe as free lance dancer. In early 2019 he moved to Australia where he continued dancing and teaching. Settling down in Canberra he was lucky to meet ADP and the gorgeous artists with whom he had the chance to work with in Symbiosis.

Patricia Hayes Cavanagh

Patricia began properly training in contemporary dance at 15. At QL2, Patricia was able to expand her knowledge and understanding of dance, herself, and the world that she lives in. Graduating year 12 in 2018, she went on to complete her Advanced Diploma in Elite Performance at Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year in 2020. Since returning to Canberra, she began an internship with QL2 and Australian Dance Party to further develop her artistry and practice. She has held a rehearsal assistant role in QL2’s senior production of ‘Rebel’, and with ADP Patricia has worked alongside many of their developments and rehearsals as an intern.

Ashlee Bye

Ashlee is a mover, maker, performer and educator with a Bachelor of Dance from the VCA and a Diploma of Comprehensive Pilates Instruction from Polestar Pilates.  An alumna of QL2 Dance, Ashlee has performed and presented work across Australia and New Zealand, worked with Australian Dance Party, Liquid Skin and Mirramu Dance companies, and received support from Australia Council for the Arts, The Yarra Ranges Council, Dancehouse, Creative Partnerships Australia, ArtsACT and Ausdance ACT. Ashlee’s artistic interests include improvisation and site-specific performance and her work often experiments with playful, non-traditional modalities as a means to immerse her audience into concepts of place, communication and memory. She celebrates collaboration and the communicative potential of human movement to transform space and speak to diverse audiences.

Jake Silvestro

A multi-disciplinary creative Jake Silvestro has carved a career in multiple art forms since 2010. Performing as an acrobat and directing physical theatre his work is grounded in visual arts and his passion for immersive creative experience. Jake has a reputation for his dynamic, explosive, and exciting fusion of styles that prioritise themes of empathy, joy and narrative exploration. Jake has worked with the internationally successful Circus OZ, CIRCA, The Flying Fruit Flies Circus, Casus, Company 2, Dislocate, Australian Dance Party and G.O.P, amongst others. After graduating from the ANU School of Art and Design, Jake founded his own company, Poncho Circus, based in Canberra. Jake produced and toured physical theatre productions from 2012 – 2017 with this collective. In 2020 Jake has returned to his independent practice with the creation his first solo show ‘December’, that explores his various artforms as a reflection on the impacts of the 2019/202 bushfire crisis. Jake’s work has been supported at the state and private level with funding from ArtsACT, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre, CAPO, Gasworks Arts Park, the Flying Fruit Flies, Hothouse Theatre and more.

Eliza Sanders

Eliza is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, actor and graduate of The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD). She is the co-artistic director of House of Sand. Eliza has created work on NZSD, QL2 Dance and Footnote Dance Company – the second time in collaboration with James O’hara. She has performed with Body Cartography, Australian Dance Party, The World of Wearable Art, Battleground Productions and Java Dance Theatre. Eliza is a certified Countertechnique teacher and was a key artist for the QL2 Make a Move program. Eliza was an international artist at Transformation Dance Festival Montreal in 2017 and her film M.G.W.H premiered at the F.O.R.M Festival in Vancouver 2016. In 2019 she danced for 24 hours straight in the durational epic ‘All (H)ours’. Eliza believes deeply that everyone can and should dance.

Alex Voorhoeve

Having strayed from a traditional musical education which offered Alex the opportunity through work with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra to embrace and enjoy some of the most sublime music the human experience has created, the politically and socially amplified turmoil of today’s existential dilemmas lured him into exploring alternative forms of expression using the versatility of his electric cello and the adoption of visualisation techniques as explored in Discovery-Familiarisation-Recognition. The past few years has seen an evolving participation in fringe cabaret and contemporary arts productions and performances with the Australian Dance Party, Ample Sample including a wildly psychedelic Kids Opera co-written by Tim Bevatt and a cadre of creatively uninhibited 12 year olds.

Andy McMillan

Andy’s ‘Doppel’ project is a blend of sounds, art & dancing; intricate and psychedelic with a focus on deep, earthy grooves, hypnotic rhythms, luscious soundscapes and twisting melodies. Touring festivals, clubs and the spaces in between around Australia & abroad, his productions are influenced in equal parts by the unique textures of life in Australia, the surging sunset to sunrise sounds of global electronic music as well as everything in between jazz, metal and hip hop to the blues.

Melinda Smith

Melinda Smith is a poet, editor, teacher, arts advocate and event curator, living and writing in the ACT, on Ngunnawal Country. She is the author of eight poetry books, a former poetry editor of The Canberra Times, and a previous winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for poetry. Melinda has enjoyed a long collaborative relationship with the ADP, first joining their ongoing CO.LAB practice in 2017. She provided improvised spoken word accompaniment for CO.LAB performances ‘Which Weigh’ (Canberra Obscura: Metropolis, July 2017) and ‘Incellour’ (Haig Park Bubble, October 2019), and has co-developed a scripted dance + spoken work with Ryan Stone for the ADP’s ‘Symbiosis’ (2020-2021).  

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