Audition registration — “Reckless Valour 2015”

Reckless Valour jpegs from old DVD artwork_a00EDIT: Audition is over — but if you missed the audition you might be able to audition through classes. Contact us!

Reckless Valour is our biggest project of 2015! A new group of Quantum Leapers will join existing members. You will be working with choreographers Jodie Farrugia, Fiona Malone, Rowan Marchingo, Natalie Cursio and James Batchelor.

Ten years on from its creation, we will redevelop and extend Reckless Valour with a new cast, creating dance theatre for everyone: challenging, entertaining and contemporary.

Reckless Valour is a moving tribute to young Australians in war. It pays homage to the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. It invites us to contemplate nationhood, service, and sacrifice; and to celebrate the power of young people to shape the future. Through this journey we are seeking connections between history and contemporary culture: what war means to Australians, especially young Australians.

Under the artistic direction of Ruth Osborne with dramaturg Paschal Daantos Berry, we are bringing back the original choreographers Jodie Farrugia, Natalie Cursio, Rowan Marchingo & Fiona Malone and composers Nicholas Ng, Warwick Lynch, Mark Webber and Luke Tierney. A new section will be created by James Batchelor, who was in the original cast and is now a successful contemporary choreographer.

“Reckless Valour seeks connections between history and contemporary culture: what war means to Australians, especially young Australians. It invites us to contemplate and celebrate the power of young people to shape the future. ”

Reckless Valour will be developed and performed by a cast of young people auditioned from Canberra and the region, as well as dancers from regional NSW and Thailand.

Classes are essential!

Everyone in our projects must regularly attend a substantial program of dance classes — at least several hours a week. Have a look at our classes program here — you probably want to be doing the Intermediate Program (3 classes/week) or Senior Program (4 classes week). If you are already doing solid technique classes elsewhere, ask (in writing) for a partial or full exemption from the Artistic Director.

Cost, payment plans, bursaries

This project is heavily subsidised — the total cost to you is $450 for Reckless Valour, including the project t-shirt. You then need to add the cost of classes.

We are non-profit, and aim to keep costs low. We offer bursaries to financially assist people where cost prevents you being in a project or program. To make an appointment to discuss this, please phone Ruth Osborne on 0418 943 857.

WHO: Ages 14-26, with some dance or gymnastics experience – the more the better!

DATES: Audition:  Sunday 15 February 2015.
Register now, and we will send you audition details.
Rehearsals: Sundays from March, and full time during school holidays.
Production week: Sunday 26 July — 1 August
(you will need to take time off school this week).
Performances: Canberra Playhouse, 29 July – 1 August

The audition will be in the form of a dance workshop. You don’t need to prepare anything. The aim is for you to have a good time, meet other dancers and perhaps get into Quantum Leap — in that order! 

If you haven’t emailed a photo of yourself to us yet, please do so this week before 5pm Thursday. Otherwise, please bring a copy of a photo with you to the audition on Sunday.
This will be attached to your application so we can recognise you.

AUDITION Date Sunday, 15 February 2015
Time Arrive before 12.30pm to register and be readyWorkshop time: 1pm–5pm
Venue QL2 Dance Studio (D Block, Batman Street side)Gorman House Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon
  • Comfortable dance clothes with fitted upper body (so we can see the body line). A fitted T-shirt is fine.
  • Bare feet are preferable
  • Remove all jewellery
Water Bring a bottle of water
Photo If you have not already given us one, bring a passport sized photo so we can recognise you.

The panel will make decisions about who will join Quantum Leap shortly after the workshop.  We will mail and email results of the audition. No results will be given by phone. 

Remember that we are looking for a variety of skills, so don’t be put off by others seeming to be more experienced in one form or another — just enjoy yourself and do your best in each section. I look forward to seeing you there, and thanks again for your interest.


(Questions marked with a * must have an answer.)

MAKE A MOVE (Primary)

Professional Learning for Primary Teachers


Seminar: Primary - Saturday 24thAugust, 10am-3pm (lunch included). TQI Accredited, 5 hours.

In School Workshop: Primary, 60-90 min workshop, week of 14thOct. Please select preferred date/times below.

Shows: Primary – ‘Power’ Chaos Project. Thursday 17th 1pm, Canberra Rep Society Theatre 3, ANU. (Student cost is $5)

School workshop available date/time (60-90mins):

Monday 14thOct: Morning Session, Middle Session, Afternoon Session

Tuesday 15thOct: Morning Session, Middle Session, Afternoon Session

Wednesday 16thOct: Morning Session, Middle Session, Afternoon Session

Thursday 17thOct: Morning Session

Friday 18thOct: Morning Session, Middle Session, Afternoon Session

As part of Make A Move you commit to attending, Chaos Project performance ‘Power’ at Canberra Rep Society Theatre 3, Thursday 17thOctober, 1pm and bringing a student group. Cost per student is $5.

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About Gary

Gary is General Manager at QL2 Dance, previously General Manager at the Australian Choreographic Centre which developed the approach to youth dance programs which forms the core of QL2's work. He is a recovering computer programmer and live sound engineer. He discovered social dance through contemporary dance.