CO.LAB — physical research and creative investigation

After a busy year with performance projects, Strings Attached, Nervous and Versailles, Australian Dance Party is this year running a new weekly program focusing on creative practice and collaborative process, supported by QL2 Dance.

Janine Proost and Gabe Comerford in development of ‘Strings Attached’, August 2016

“CO.LAB” which will run on Fridays 10am-4pm at QL2 Dance Studio is:

“a space for invited professional dance artists and creative collaborators to engage in physical research, artistic exchange and processes experimentation.”

Beginning with thematic proposals or ‘jumping-off-points’ that I offer, artists follow their interests and deepen their personal and group creative investigations. These sessions may inform the development of new creative projects, methodologies and future performance endeavours of Australian Dance Party.

This approach is driven by a need to creatively engage and grow our professional dance connections, and practice cross arts collaborative skills. Young and emerging artists —including selected QL2 alumni and tertiary graduates — will also be invited to fuel dance careers for young Canberra artists.

As initiator of this program I am eager to see and experience the developments from this lab contribute to an engaged performing/dance community, extending, questioning and practicing not yet imagined.

Week 3 of CO.LAB: jamming with musos from Ample Sample

Australian Dance Party is in its second year as company in residence at QL2 Dance. I thank the staff and board for their support in enabling CO.LAB to emerge. — Alison Plevey

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About Alison Plevey

ALISON PLEVEY 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, BA – Dance, 2009 from WAAPA. Recent works include Dancing with Drones (Performance Space LiveWorks 2015), SPROUT (Art, Not Apart and You Are Here Festivals 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. She is driven by her ongoing study of dance as a universal communicative medium and a powerful practice for humanity to experience, debate and celebrate. The Autsralian Dance 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. Alison Plevey dance & physical theatre artist, teacher, performance maker. 0400 387 643 australiandance.party linguafrancadancetheatre.com alisonplevey.com