Jack is back: work ethic & creativity in “Not like the others”

ED: Jack Riley is one of three choreographers working on QL2’s “Not like the others”, which has shows at Theatre 3 in Canberra 13-14 October 2017.  Tickets: Book now TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR from 30 minutes before each show until sold out.  Don’t be late!

“I have been involved with QL2 for a number of years now as a dancer and now have the pleasure of returning to make a section of the work in the Chaos project. I danced myself  at QL2 from 2009 to 2013, performing in both junior and senior projects.

‘Its such a rewarding experience to be able to make a work with such talented dancers and young artists.’

Since then I have been studying at the Victorian College of the Arts, completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. I graduated last year (2016), and have begun dancing in projects in Australia and creating and presenting my own work in both Melbourne and Canberra.

I was asked to choreograph for Not like the others in the middle of the year and could not have been more happy about it. The opportunity to make work with the company where I began dancing was very enticing. Working with the 47 young dancers has been an incredibly fulfilling experience. The standard of work ethic and talent in the room was a pleasant surprise. There are a number who could go very far in dance — it will be exciting to keep our eye on over the next couple of years.

‘Their discipline and creativity is incredible to be a part of, and seeing their confidence and dancing ability grow is just as important as the level of work we are creating.’

Making the work has been more efficient than I had expected and has been enjoyable and rewarding. I hope people come to the show to see the high standard of dancing and choreography throughout the whole work, and support the great work QL2 continues to do for the Canberra community. I would like to thank Alison Plevey, Ruth Osborne, Gary Barnes and QL2 for the opportunity to contribute to Not like the others.


Not like the others:  A new 1-hour contemporary dance work, developed in collaboration with the QL2  junior ensemble (ages 8–16) plus some older, experienced dancers. Created by QL2 Dance’s Acting Artistic Director Alison Plevey with choreographers  Steve Gow and Jack Riley. Read more…

4 performances only

13 & 14 October 2017
6pm Friday, 3pm & 6pm Saturday
+ school matinee 1.00 Friday
Theatre 3   3 Repertory Lane, Acton ACT
$20 full | $15 conc | $12 under 15
(Fees apply for online & phone bookings)
Tickets: Book now TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR from 30 minutes before each show until sold out.
Don’t be late!

Ruby’s new hat: not like the others

ED: Ruby has been with QL2 Dance since 2014 – in almost every project. Now she is doing work experience as Assistant to the Artistic Director for QL2’s “Not like the others”, which has shows at Theatre 3 in Canberra 13-14 October 2017. Tickets: Book now TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR from 30 minutes before each show until sold out.  Don’t be late!

“I have participated in QL2 Dance’s  ‘Chaos’ project for the past 3 years, although this year due to injury, I’ve had to step out of the dancing role, and into a new one. Over the past two weeks, I’ve assisted Alison and the other choreographers during the Not Like the others rehearsal intensive as an outside eye. I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside everyone throughout the creative development process, without having to perform in the theatre during production week.

 

I’ve witnessed the evolution of the show from a new angle, different to everyone else. Throughout rehearsals, I’ve been “not like the others”. When I was one of the dancers on stage, I’ve never seen the entirety of a show before and how it’s created. Stepping back and observing how the choreographers work their magic and piece everything together, I have learnt how intricate and detailed it is to make a full length, one hour show. Having the opportunity to be another set of eyes for the choreographers, I’ve been able to give them a second opinion and suggest ideas that have been incorporated into the work.

Being one of the older dancers in the chaos project, I’ve stepped up as a leader to help the younger ones in the past, but this year I’ve had to do this more than ever whilst assisting Alison and Steve during the Junior and Intermediate rehearsals. Giving my full attention to the other kids, rather than focusing on my own role in the show was a new experience in learning to be responsible for everyone else.

“Giving my full attention to the other kids, rather than focusing on my own role in the show”

Previously, I haven’t been able to completely get to know everyone in the cast due to the rehearsal times for each section, but this year by attending everyone’s rehearsals and helping all the choreographers I’m closer to the entire group and I know everyone individually.

This year, I’ve also had the chance to work with the volunteers who help with costumes, ticket sales and everything else that needs to get done. Being a dancer, we focus more on creating and developing the movement and ideas for the show; but by helping with the behind the scenes jobs, it gave me a greater understanding of the amount of energy put in for this production to become a reality.

I’ve had a first hand view into how hard all the dancers, choreographers and volunteers have worked to make this production come to life. The dedication and time that everyone gives to create such an energetic and meaningful show is outstanding to witness and I’ve gained so much from being part of the process, in a different role to what I am used to. Although I’m not on stage with all my friends this year, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy all the other benefits, and more, from being apart of the process to create Not like the others.”


Not like the others:  A new 1-hour contemporary dance work, developed in collaboration with the QL2  junior ensemble (ages 8–16) plus some older, experienced dancers. Created by QL2 Dance’s Acting Artistic Director Alison Plevey with choreographers  Steve Gow and Jack Riley. Read more…

4 performances only

13 & 14 October 2017
6pm Friday, 3pm & 6pm Saturday
+ school matinee 1.00 Friday
Theatre 3   3 Repertory Lane, Acton ACT
$20 full | $15 conc | $12 under 15
(Fees apply for online & phone bookings)
Tickets: Book now TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR from 30 minutes before each show until sold out.
Don’t be late!

“On Course” 2017: choreographic project for tertiary dance students

APPLY: Online form here

On Course is a choreographers’ project for tertiary students: to develop your artistic voice, leadership, and audience relationship. You get an opportunity to develop a short work, with two public performances.  QL2 Dance will support you: by timetabling choreographers, dancers, time, rehearsal space and performance venue; with production and marketing; and by challenging and guiding you. On Course is for students at university or university-level courses (including equivalent courses overseas, and NAISDA). You can be in any year. A panel will select the participating choreographers from the applications received.

On Course is a great opportunity to break out of the constraints of study, to work in a non-assessed, critical but supportive environment. You can develop and test choreographic and theatrical ideas and processes; and work with dancers and choreographers from around Australia to build your dance network. Continue reading

Australian Dance Party with QL2 dancers ‘weave, hustle and halt’ at the NPG

Australian Dance Party with dancers of QL2 ‘weave, hustle and halt’ at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Alison Plevey: “As I take up reins this week at QL2 Dance as Acting Artistic Director, I bounce into the office and out onto the street to perform a quirky new work I have created working closely with the National Portrait Gallery. The piece is a reflection of the extraordinary exhibition Dempsey’s People: A folio of British Street Portraits currently showing until 22 October 2017.

Continue reading

Organised chaos: the joy of difference in “Not like the others”

QL2’s latest performance is: “Not like the others”.  Book now TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR for a A new 1-hour contemporary dance work, developed in collaboration with the QL2  junior ensemble (ages 8–16) plus some older, experienced dancers. Created by QL2 Dance’s Acting Artistic Director Alison Plevey with choreographers  Steve Gow and Jack Riley.

“Fitting in. Standing out.
Working together. Stepping forward.
The power of many. The power of one.
The joy of difference.”

4 performances only

13 & 14 October 2017
6pm Friday, 3pm & 6pm Saturday
+ school matinee 1.00 Friday
Theatre 3   3 Repertory Lane, Acton ACT
$20 full | $15 conc | $12 under 15
(Fees apply for online & phone bookings)
Tickets: Book now TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR from 30 minutes before each show until sold out.
Don’t be late! Continue reading

Alison steps into Ruth Osborne’s “big shoes”

Ed: In September and October 2017, QL2 Dance’s Artistic Director Ruth Osborne heads to the UK on a Churchill Fellowship, to “…research youth dance programs focused on career pathways, mentorship and creative collaborations.”   While she is gone, Alison Plevey will be Acting Artistic Director of QL2 Dance.

ALISON: Later this week I step into some big shoes. The shoes of a woman who I greatly admire and who has been a significant influence and mentor — in my work in youth dance, as an independent artist and now company director.

As Ruth, our “national treasure”, embarks on her prestigious adventures across the United Kingdom, I reflect on the excitement, the butterflies, and the great honour it is to fill these shoes as Acting Artistic Director of QL2 Dance.

I met Ruth back in 2010 when she journeyed to my home town Bathurst to see no planet b, my first full length work since graduating from WAAPA, which I created with nine young artists from the Bathurst region supported by Local Stages BMEC. She immediately took interest and encouragement from the work I was doing here to develop youth dance practice and from there our mentoring, working and friendship relationship has flourished.

After participating later in 2010 in QL2’s Soft Landing — a transformative program for tertiary dance graduates — I continued my connection with QL2 as rehearsal assistant and Assistant to the Artistic Director across many junior and Quantum Leap projects. Opportunities to work alongside Ruth and Gary to ignite new programs including our education program Make A Move, as well as choreographing and manageing QL2 projects amidst my own works, has been formative and crucial development for my confidence and ability in building an arts career. Although I was never a Quantum Leaper, I feel like I am somehow more fortunate to have such important and committed connections to the company.

Like Ruth, I feel the importance of dance: its presentation, its participation, and its power to positively shape who we are and the world around us. As Director of a new company, Australian Dance Party, supported by QL2 Dance as Company in Residence, I hope to provide links between youth dance activity and building a strengthened professional dance community in Canberra. This ongoing partnership is vital and untameably exciting for dance in our blossoming city!

Taking up the reins to lead QL2, an organisation which forms and transforms so many people (young and not so young), is a great responsibility. I will no doubt be challenged, yet grow, cherish and enjoy every moment. I can’t wait!

Thank you to Ruth, Gary and the QL2 Board for confidence in me to step into these shoes. I only hope I can fill them… just with some new socks! And…as I jump around the studio with 48 young dancers for the upcoming junior project Not like the Others, I wish Ruth the trip of her lifetime. Bon voyage Ruth, we will whirlpool in your honour.