How does an independent artist maintain a healthy lifestyle?

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.

Alison Plevey, Independent Artist (Canberra, Bathurst)

Alison Plevey, Independent Artist (Canberra, Bathurst)

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 Plevey (with Lingua Franca co-director, Adam Francis) after rehearsal at the AIS.

Alison Plevey (with Lingua Franca co-director, Adam Francis) after rehearsal at the AIS.

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.

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About Jamie Winbank

Jamie Winbank is a dance artist, choreographer and dance teacher based in Canberra. Originally from Young, NSW Jamie has trained and studied at The Sydney University, NIDA and WAAPA (Bachelor of Arts – Dance). He has choreographed “couch” with Kelly Beneforti for Dance On The Edge, “The Wrong Way Down A One Way Street” for National Capital Ballet and most recently“sonder” for Short + Sweet Dance and was the conceiver and director of the interactive roving improvisation “Everyday Play” for the 2014 Art Not Apart Festival. Jamie has been involved with QL2 Dance for over ten years, having been a member of its youth ensemble Quantum Leap and now currently works there as Tour Manager and Assistant to the Artistic Director for the company’s “Boundless Tour” to Bangkok, London and Glasgow.

Jamie was a guest panelist at “The Next Gen”, a youth arts forum hosted by Belconnen Arts Centre; the movement director for Canberra’s first major fashion festival, FASHFEST; Assistant to the Artistic Director for the 2013 Australian Dance Awards; Technical Manager for CSIRO’s DANscienCE Festival; co-conceiver and co-producer for “Strange Attractor” a dance event showcasing independent dance practice in Canberra and has been a Board Member (Student Representative) at WAAPA and currently a Board Member for AUSDANCE ACT. Jamie is a National Trainer and Presenter for Les Mills Asia Pacific and International DVD Presenter for Les Mills Sh’bam.

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