Independent artists lead extraordinary lives. One day they might be in schools running an education project, the next day they’re literally running around the Australian Institute of Sport rehearsing a new work. Alison Plevey caught her breath for a few moments after rehearsal and explained to Health Promotions Officer, Jamie Winbank, how she maintains her healthy lifestyle.
Do you have a favourite meal that keeps you going throughout rehearsals?
For lunch I like a ham, cheese and salad wrap/sandwich. I like to have snacks throughout the day. I might have a biscuit, or small piece of cake as treat. For dinner I love a good homemade pizza with heaps of vegetables. Other favourite meals include a Lamb, Olive and Fetta salad or pasta with lots of vegetables and with chorizo sausage.
What do you do during intensive rehearsals or while on tour?
I try to mostly do the same where possible. I do increase carbohydrate intake, particularly if I’m expending a lot of energy in rehearsals. I up the intake of protein, like beef and fish. A can of tuna, salad greens with tomato, avocado and crackers (vita wheat) is the best quick meal for me.
How do you keep healthy while dancing long hours?
I keep healthy by eating a good breakfast, mainly containing yoghurt, muesli and fruit. Throughout the day I eat fruit , nuts, dried fruit for snacks in breaks to keep energy high – these are easy to access and pack. I try to get lots of sleep, (at least 8 hours) and allow enough time for warm up and cool down (baths, massage and stretching). I also drink water, heaps of it! But most importantly, I give myself a treat; I don’t deprive myself of things I crave, but always in moderation.
Alison grew up in Dorrigo and Bathurst NSW and after completing her studies at WAAPA (BA Dance – Honours, LINK Dance Company) she was drawn back to the regions where she has since developed a diverse creative and performance practice. She works as a freelance performer, with a primary interest in site specific dance. Prior to establishing Lingua Franca with Adam in 2012, she worked extensively in Bathurst, delivering workshops and directing youth dance works ‘No Planet B‘ and ‘Talk2Me‘ from 2007-2011, realising the importance of engaging and inspiring young regional performers and experimenting with her own creative potential. Alison is a recipient of the Australia Council’s ArtStart grant enabling the continued development of Lingua Franca continuing to create new and innovative works in Bathurst and beyond. Alison also maintains a strong connection to Canberra, working as Education Officer and contemporary technique tutor at QL2 Dance, as well as performing in works by local choreographers Liz Lea and Adelina Larsson. Additionally she lectures at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, as Subject Co-ordinator of Movement Education and Dance.