Can we un-poison the sea? “This Poisoned Sea” 27-29 July



And so QL2 Dance’s Quantum Leap ensemble uses The Rime of the Ancient Mariner as a launchpad to explore belonging, ownership, and responsibility. Do we have an albatross to lead us out of trouble?  Can we un-poison the sea?

Artistic Director Ruth Osborne says “This Poisoned Sea will be epic, thoughtful and physical. The choreographers and dancers have set off from this epic, archaic text to find their own truths, their own stories of our place in the natural world. And to make a compelling contemporary performance.”

Created by celebrated West Australian choreographer Claudia Alessi; ex- Expressions Dance Company Jack Ziesing; and Eliza Sanders, a new voice to contemporary dance and theatre.

Contemporary dance for all audiences.

What reviewers said about previous productions:

“…a finely realized work …clear in its purpose and entertaining at the same time. The young dancers performed these works with great enthusiasm, discipline and skill”
Len Power, ArtSound FM

“…tight in execution… energy, strength, and grace surprising in dancers so young.”
John P. Harvey, Stage Whispers

“a compelling example of the use of dance to illuminate difficult themes.”
Bill Stephens, CityNews

…and audience members:

“This was a quality performance. Beautiful and delicious to be immersed in. I was surprised at the quality and sophistication of the choreography. I would have liked to see it twice…”

“Athletic. Dramatic. Modern. Contemporary. Simple yet complex. Tight. Committed. Impressive…I could go on and on…”


THIS POISONED SEA: performances

The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre
Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 July at 7pm + 29 July at 2pm
School matinee Friday 28 July 10.30am

Single: $32 Under 27: $26
Concession: $20 (child/student/unemployed/pensioner)
Groups: full $26, U27 $22, concession/child $18 (min 8)
Family: $20 (min 6 tickets, max 2 adults)

Audition! Ages 8+ ”Not like the others“ performance project


An awesome opportunity for young dancers (8–17) to work with great choreographers, contribute ideas and perform in a new show!

Every year we run a creation and performance project for younger and less experienced dancers. This year’s is called Not Like The Others. It allows dancers to collaborate with choreographers and fellow dancers, develop creative and dance skills, and build confidence in a challenging yet fun environment. For many, it is a preparation for our Quantum Leap ensemble in later years. And plenty of older dancers are involved: challenging themselves, and inspiring younger ones.

Not Like The Others will be about difference: how similar are we really, and how much does it matter? You will help create a full-length dance work over six weeks with lots of other young dancers. It will be developed at QL2 Dance’s studios at Gorman Arts Centre, and performed at Theatre 3 in Acton. Continue reading

2017 class programs: develop, dance, create, strengthen


TERM 3 2017: 
Senior and Pre-Tertiary programs: Monday 31 July to Friday 22 September 2017
All other programs: Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September 2017

Want to enrol?

Just call us on 02 62473103 or email

We have programs of regular classes for junior (8+) through to pre-professional dancers. They prepare you for other programs at QL2, and for tertiary level courses. Prices, paid per term, start at $14.50 per class, with big discounts as you do more classes making it less than $7 per hour for the highest program. Each program has a set schedule of classes, from one to six per week. Click below for program details, frequently asked questions and information about our teachers.

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QL2 shortlisted for Australian Dance Award

We are very pleased that the QL2 Dance production Connected  has been shortlisted for a prestigious Australian Dance Award.  Connected is a triple-bill of diverse pieces, created in collaboration with the dancers of QL2’s Quantum Leap ensemble by renowned choreographers Sara Black, Kristina Chan, and Alison Plevey and Adam Deusien from physical theatre company Lingua Franca.

Connected investigates “the power that connections can have on the individual, and provides a unique reflection of our own lives – connecting out to those looking in. It explores connections through our skin, connections with the natural world, and how strength and empowerment affect our connections with each other.”

The annual Australian Dance Awards (ADAs) recognise and honour professional Australian dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to dance. The full shortlist in all categories is available here.

We would like to congratulate all the shortlisted artists, especially Canberra artists Liz Lea and Phillip Piggin. Winners will be announced at the 2017 Australian Dance Awards in Melbourne on 24 September.


Your tax deductible donation to QL2 directly helps young people

We rely on your philanthopic donations to do our work with young people.

Every year we receive donations from individuals and companies, from $5000 a year from some, down to a few cents on top of a ticket price. Every one makes a difference. Donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

QL2 Dance is a non-profit organisation, developing the next generation of dancers and dance-makers for over 10 years. Donations and sponsorship make up around 10% of our income.

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They boldly went — legacies, experiences and careers

Ed: QL2 Dance supported Liz Lea in developing and producing the BOLD Festival, including a Curated Residency providing studio space and time, and the QL2 Theatre as a public venue.

BOLD Festival is a new event in Canberra, designed to celebrate the legacy and impact of professional and community dance in all cultures. It is a platform for the work of older and still-practicing artists as a way to explore healthy ageing, the health impacts of creativity and the cross-generational exchange of ideas and practice.

Across four days, BOLD 2017 brought together dance artists from a wide range of areas, cultures and countries, and through talks, performances, films and revivals of historic works, we explore their legacies, experiences and careers evolving with age.

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Thinking, making, sharing: Australian Dance Party at work

Ed: Australian Dance Party (ADP), brainchild of Alison Plevey, is Company in Residence at QL2 Dance. QL2 supports ADP with space, resources, advice and mentorship; and ADP engages with young people in our programs in mumerous ways.

The Party has been out and about, here and there, dancing up concoctions of all kinds these past few months, in what has been a huge festival season for Canberra. Though a little exhausted, both physically and creatively, I am continually motivated and energised by the opportunity to bring my ideas, thoughts and concerns to the fore through the dancing body – its honesty, playfulness and vulnerability. In this tough funding climate I am encouraged and driven to think, to make and share with our Canberra community. Continue reading