Audition! 2017 Quantum Leap — “This poisoned sea”

AUDITION: Missed the audition? Keen to be in the project? Contact Artistic Director Ruth Osborne by email or phone 0418 943 857. Sunday 12 February (1–5pm) at QL2 Studio, Gorman Arts Centre.
Pre-registration is essential — fill in the form on this page! And arrive 15 minutes early.

This Poisoned Sea is QL2 Dance’s major project for the year for the Quantum Leap ensemble (ages 15+). Creative young people from in and around Canberra will form the ensemble, and collaborate with three choreographers. Celebrated West Australian choreographer Claudia Alessi will bring her extensive background in physical theatre; she will be joined by two QL2 alumni: Jack Ziesing (ex- Expressions Dance Company) returns; and Eliza Sanders brings an exciting new voice to contemporary youth dance.

They will work under the artistic direction of QL2 Artistic Director Ruth Osborne, with Pip Buining as DramaturgInternational visitors will also join the ensemble for the final weeks of the project.

This Poisoned Sea will be performed as a triple bill at the Canberra Playhouse in late July.


We will use the epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner as a launchpad to explore our sense of belonging and sense of responsibility; and examine what  climate change is doing to our beliefs. This Poisoned Sea will be epic, thoughtful and physical. Contemporary dance for all audiences. You can buy tickets already — and we haven’t started making it yet!

Ages 15-26, with a creative mind and dance or gymnastics experience.

AUDITION: 12 February (1–5pm) at QL2 Studio, Gorman Arts Centre.
Pre-registration is essential — fill in the form on this page! And arrive 15 minutes early.
Missed the audition? Keen to be in the project? Contact Artistic Director Ruth Osborne by email or phone 0418 943 857.

REHEARSALS: Sundays from March to June, two weeks in April and most of July — in school holidays for most students.

PRODUCTION: Canberra Playhouse, 25–29 July. (you will need to take time off school this week).

Classes are essential!

Everyone in our projects must regularly attend dance classes — either at QL2 Dance, or if you are already doing solid technique classes elsewhere, you can ask (in writing) for an exemption from the Artistic Director. Have a look at our classes program here.

Cost, payment plans, bursaries

This project is heavily subsidised — the total cost to you is $450, including the project t-shirt. You then need to add the cost of classes. We are non-profit, and keep costs low.

We offer confidential bursaries to reduce or remove costs if this prevents you being in a project. To make an appointment to discuss a bursary, please phone Ruth Osborne on 0418 943 857.

Audition format

The audition will be in the form of a dance workshop, including a warmup, learning some short sequences, and creative group work. You don’t need to prepare anything. We are keen to see young people with physical or perofrmance skills from other forms — eg gymnastics, or theatre, 

The aim is for you to have a good time, meet other dancers, and perhaps get into Quantum Leap — in that order! 

“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!” RUTH OSBORNE

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


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

Basic information about the dancer

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About the dancer’s guardians’s (parents or other) if the dancer is under 18

Photo. We will need a clear head or head-and-shoulders photo so we can identify you in the audition. This is not a glamour competition, and how you look in the photo is not part of the selection process.   We will email you so you can send the photo.  But we must have it before the audition!

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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.

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