Strange Attractor: “make-think-speak” runs June 19th – July 3rd in Canberra with dance and multidisciplinary artists; Liz Lea and Alison Plevey (ACT) with Shona Erskine, Loren Kronemyer and Daisy Saunders (WA), Matthew Shilcock (SA), Alice Dixon and William McBride (VIC).
The two-week residency incorporates a public program including an artist talk with facilitator David Pledger and two sessions of artist sharing’s, inviting audiences to engage in the creative working processes and participate in discussions.
Liz Lea (Canberra)
Liz is a performer and choreographer based in Canberra and NSW, directing Liz Lea Dance. She also directed Canberra Dance Theatre for 6 years, founding The GOLD Company of dancers over 55. 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 speciality is working with classical Indian dance and martial arts as a solo practitioner. Works 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, imprisoned alongside Nelson Mandela for 26 years. Liz founded the DANscienCE Festival, CSIRO Discovery, Canberra in 2013, and at QUT, Brisbane in 2015. In September and October 2016 her science education works will tour regional Queensland. Liz is currently working on a new company work with a cross cultural and science focus inspired by the stars – The Galaxy Project and a one woman show, RED, with solos commissioned from Martin del Amo, Kate Denborough and Vicki van Hout.
Alison Plevey (Canberra)
Alison is a dance and physical theatre artist, choreographer, teacher and site dance maker. Her work communicates contemporary issues, often with a political edge, and is driven by an interaction with non-traditional theatre environments. She is challenged to play across form, collaborating with artists and non-artists. In 2014 she received a Canberra Critic’s Circle Award for her ‘tour de force’ solo performance in Johnny Castellano is Mine. Her recent work includes Dancing with Drones with Starrs and Cmielewski, Heatwave at Sound and Fury Live Art Party, SPROUT for Future Earth Australia symposium and Autumn Lantern at Enlighten Festival. Alison is teacher and creator at QL2 Dance and Canberra Youth Theatre and co-producer of annual Canberran choreographic lab strange attractor. As Co-director of Bathurst (NSW) based dance and physical theatre company Lingua Franca with Adam Deusien she will present Unsustainable Behaviour at ArtLands regional arts conference in Dubbo in October 2016. Alison is currently working to develop the ‘Australian Dance Party’ creating powerful, political and playful new dance and multidisciplinary work in the political capital, Canberra.
William McBride (Melbourne)
William is a Melbourne-based performance maker working across mediums of dance, theatre, contemporary performance and live art. He works mostly collaboratively to devise work with other independent artists. His work foregrounds physicality, inventive writing and slippage between overt and covert personae. Recurring themes include: bodies, their hidden turbulences and potential for covert virtuosity; stuff and rubbish; sexuality and the information tide; aggrandising the small bits of modern lives. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation – Animateuring. His recent work “This is What’s Happening,” won Best Dance at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Awards, and was been nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Sound Design and an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance.
Alice Dixon (Melbourne)
Alice Dixon is a Melbourne based artist working across mediums of dance, contemporary performance, theatre and video. Her choreographic practice is currently an enquiry into form at the nexus of dance and theatre, with choreographic principles of rhythm, proportion and multiplicity applied to spoken text, thematic influences, character and relation, as well as to the moving body. Largely collaborative, her work is rigorous, engaged and personal, that listens widely and acts intuitively. A wry irreverence in her work denotes a playful, subversive approach to choreography, characteristic of her relationships with her artistic collaborators. Alice has performed in works by artists including Nat Cursio Co, Balletlab, One Step at a Time Like This, Reckless Sleepers (Bel/UK), Rob McCredie, Gabrielle de Vetri, Nebahat Erpolat and extensively with Opera Australia. Her performance work This is What’s Happening picked up the Best Dance Award at Melbourne Fringe 2015, was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Sound Design and has been nominated for An Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance.
Shona Erskine (Perth)
I am a Perth based dance artist engaging with the intersection of dance and psychology. With a deep interested in social narratives I am drawn to explore the context in which personal stories and experiences reside. My collaborative processes call strongly on my curiosity in people and personal stories. I have worked professionally as a contemporary dancer since graduating from the VCA and more recently as a choreographer.
My artistic relationship with choreographer Sue Healey now spans 1996 – 2015 including over 15 works and tours through Australia, New Zealand, Britain, and Japan. Most recently I worked on Sue’s ‘On View’ series that culminated in a major season at Carriageworks in 2015. Most recently I developed ‘White Matter’ as part of a 2015 Blue Room Theatre Season that started life as a 2014 Strut Dance SEED residency. ‘White Matter’ has been longlisted for a 2016 Australian Dance Award in the category Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance.
Daisy Sanders (Perth)
Daisy Sanders is an emerging dance artist currently based in Perth. She works rigorously and imaginatively in a creative physical practice which includes improvisation, responsive writing, expanding sensory awareness and body research. In 2014 and 2015 Daisy created dance theatre works ‘Status Room’ (The Blue Room Theatre) and ‘PACES’ (supported by KAGE as part of Dance Massive). Daisy aims, in her work, to provoke social questioning, immerse artists/audience in an embodied way and generate connectedness and joy. In April this year Daisy was an Artist in Residence at the Bundanon Trust, NSW. She is currently investigating speed and frequencies via the body, the edges between going and resting, questions about sustainable ways of moving, working and living.
Loren Kronemyer (Perth)
Loren is an internationally exhibiting artist from Los Angeles, California. Kronemyer’s work involves exploring across disciplines to pursue ideas of interspecies communication, ecological agency, and self-annihilation. She came to Perth in 2011 to work with the SymbioticA lab, and since then has worked with scientific institutions such as the Centre for Sleep Science, Centre for Integrative Bee Research, CELLcentral, and the WA Herbarium. Her artwork has been featured by Next Wave Festival, the Fremantle Art Centre, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Proximity Festival, and Perth International Arts Festival.
Matt Shilcock (Adelaide)
Matt is a South Australian based dance artist and 2nd Kyu in Budo Taijutsu and specialised weaponry, with a strength in adapting mobility aids to choreographic and weaponised use. His passion movement extends from his own accomplishments in transitioning from a fulltime wheelchair user to his current practices in dance, fitness training and martial arts.
Matt began performing professionally in 2009 and has since professionally engaged with companies across Australia including Murmuration Dance Theatre, No Strings Attached Theatre for Disability, Restless DanceTheatre, Kaldor Public Arts, and internationally with Mass Box (China), Touch Compass (NZ), Full Radius (USA), Candoco (UK), Independence (UK), FreeWill Theatre (HK) and the Van L Dance Company (UK).