sprouting new energy for new projects…

Ed: Alison Plevey is the recipient of  a Curated Residency at QL2 to support several projects across the whole of 2016.

“It has been an energised start to 2016, with many projects on the go in the studio and out. During Canberra’s busy arts festival time I have worked collaboratively with awesome local artists creating ‘Autumn Lantern‘ for Enlighten and ‘Sprout‘ for Art, Not Apart amidst commencing QL2 classes and ‘Connected’ Quantum Leap at the Playhouse rehearsals.

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Autumn Lantern at Enlighten Festival, was a joy to create and perform amidst a handful of great artists; violinist Michael Liu, dancers Olivia Fyfe, Debora Di Centa and Susanna Defraia and guitarist Tyson Jones. The costumes had us dipped head to toe in white and trimmed with illuminating hooped skirts — a huge component for the success of this piece. Thanks to Hemmi and Tanya Voges!

As a roving, dancing, music performance which encircled the Parliamentary Forecourt, we responded to the space, sound and light, triggering each other to move, play, react much like adaptation in seasonal changes. Passing by the watery paths and landscaped design we had incredible moments with audience lighting their curious faces, re-imagining this political space and inviting audience interaction in artistic play.

‘Sprout‘ is a new iteration of a solo work I created a few years ago called ‘construct her’ which develops dialogue around our need to build and design nature in our life. Here I aim to expose the delicate, symbiotic relationship between humans and nature that is often lost. Do we nurture and find a place for nature in our urban, concrete and digital vortex or do we smother it with what we perhaps wrongly perceive as more important? What will you sprout?

Art, Not Apart Festival hosted this guerrilla garden chaos on the roadway in front of the Palace Electric Cinema and was performed wonderfully by Olivia Fyfe and Debora Di Centa. We are also presenting ‘Sprout‘ at You Are Here Festival 14th and 15th April.

Alongside these projects, I have been working to develop a dance and interdisciplinary performance company. Today I moved into a studio office space at AGAC to establish a bit of a base for my practice as a creator, performer, producer and teacher. I am driven to ignite new projects that utilise the strengths of local performing artists, create new work that interacts with our quirky spaces and engage in cross art form and cross sector collaboration to reflect contemporary issues and stories.

As year long resident at QL2 dance as part of the ‘Curated Residency’ program I thank QL2 Dance staff and board for their support in providing valuable space and time to research, create, test, rehearse these new works and supporting my company development processes.

I look forward to the meetup youth dance gathering alongside QL2’s ‘Connected’ intensive developments involving Lingua Franca Dance Theatre in April and Dance Week adventures ahead in May.

2016 you are a beast!

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About Alison Plevey

Alison is an award-winning choreographer and dance and physical artist based in Canberra. Her practice spans youth dance and theatre, education, cross-disciplinary collaborations, festival commissions, solo research and arts industry development in regional NSW and the ACT. Alison holds a first class honours degree from WAAPA. She is a member of The Childer’s Group, an independent arts advocacy group in Canberra. Recent works include ‘Mine!’ (ACT National Science Week 2017), ‘Nervous’ at Mount Stromlo Observatory, and ‘Strings Attached’ at New Acton, ‘Dancing with Drones’ (Performance Space LiveWorks 2015), ‘Shake It’ (Art, Not Apart Festival 2017), ‘Autonomous’ (You Are Here Festival 2017), ‘Sprout’ (Art, Not Apart Festival 2016), ‘Heatwave’ (Dance on the Edge 2016), ‘Johnny Castellano is Mine’ (The Street Theatre 2014), ‘WORK IT’ (Art, Not Apart and You Are Here Festivals 2015). Alison is Co-Director of dance and physical theatre company Lingua Franca with Adam Deusien. Based in Bathurst they create visceral original performance engaging professional, emerging and community artists. Their recent work ‘unsustainable behaviour’ was presented at the Regional Arts Australian Conference, ArtLands Dubbo 2016). Alison is Leader of new Canberra company Australian Dance Party, driven by her ongoing study of dance as a universal communicative medium and a powerful practice for humanity to experience, debate and celebrate. The Party is an evolution of her work as a solo artist and inspired collaborations with diverse artists in Canberra. She aims to build the sustainability of professional dance in our political capital and legitimise the role of the arts in our contemporary context.