Power to the body in ”Contact“ by ex-Leaper Jack Riley

Ed: Jack Riley has received a Curated Residency from QL2 Dance to support presentation of “Contact”.
Our bodies yearn for understanding and community. We live in a world powered by our personalized objects and technology. How can we return the power back to the body and find human connection? We invite you to view our investigation into athletic serpentine movement and our relationship to objects”
“Three dancers and an unknown figure are driven towards the dark
forces that lie within ourselves. Robert Downie’s live score is a futurist dreamscape through which the dancers entwine. Andrew Treloar clothes them with an edge of fashion. Serpentine, relentless, encountering objects. Remove the mask. ”

Jack Riley and artists present CONTACT.
7pm 9 and 10 June
QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
55 Ainslie Avenue Braddon 2612 
Jack Riley
Jack Riley is a recent graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), with a BFA in dance. At age 22 he has over ten years of contemporary dance experience. He is influenced by his specialised training in elite competitive Judo, where he represented Australia at national and international level. Jack began dancing with Quantum Leap youth dance ensemble under artistic director Ruth Osborne, where he had the opportunity to work with many established dance artists. He has laid a foundation in Melbourne choreographically and as a performer. He has presented work at the Melbourne Fringe festival multiple times and was nominated for “Best dance” in 2016. He also collaborated with Ruth Osborne on a commissioned work for the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. His performing career has led him to work with artists such as Lee Serle, David Rozetsky, and Jo Lloyd. He recently worked for Tasdance on their new work Fragile Matter with Paul Blackman and Christine Gouzelis (Jukstapoz). Currently he is performing with the Australian Opera in King Roger. He has received a Curated Residency at QL2 Dance (Canberra) in June, where he is presenting his second full length work Contact. In the coming years Jack hopes to further investigate movement, choreography, art and how they relate to the world.
Olivia Mcpherson
Olivia is a 2016 graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. Whilst at the VCA, Olivia performed in Singapore at the M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival 2015: Continuum Dance Exchange; and travelled to France to participate in workshops at the Camping Festival, Micadanses and the Montpellier Dance Festival. Olivia presented her own work Render in the 2016 VCA danceON Season, and was awarded the Orloff Family Trust Scholarship for most outstanding in her graduating year at VCA. She also performed in Melanie Lane’s work, Remake, as part of Chunky Move’s Next Move program and in the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Most recently Olivia worked with Tasdance on the seasons of Fragile Matter, choreographed by Paul Blackman and Christine Gouzelis, and Brew, choreographed by the company ensemble and AD Felicity Bott.
Isabelle Beauverd
Isabelle Beauverd is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, and a recipient of the Choreographic Development Fund Award. In 2015 Isabelle travelled to France to participate in workshops led by Joné San Martin, before being selected to perform in Singapore for the M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival. While at the VCA, Isabelle has worked with distinguished choreographers such as Sandra Parker, Lee Serle, Stephanie Lake, and Prue Lang. In 2016 she presented her work Bottom Line at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and performed in Sandra Parker’s Human Version for Lucy Guerin’s ‘Pieces for Small Spaces’ program.
Sound Composition
Robert Downie is a producer, sound designer and artist. He has composed and performed in contemporary dance works at Inner Varnika Festival (2016), Strawberry Fields (2016) and Melbourne Fringe (2016), worked with blogs Munday and Youth Misinterpreted, composed scores for several short films including Lola (dir. James Carroll 2016) and Under the Table (dir. Max Walter 2015), and a number of theatre shows including Matrophobia! (Adelaide Fringe 2017). As Halvardan, Downie wrote a short graphic novel that is to be read while listening to an experimental music album, released in 2017. Currently Downie is making an EP with his band Hemm to be released with Smooch Records in mid 2017, and working with an engineer and sculptor to create music making robots.
Lighting Design
Candy Cooper is a young lighting designer just entering the professional world. She studied at the Victorian College of the Arts where she designed multiple shows. Some of her most recent credits include Bottom Line – Isabelle Beauverd (2016), i am Alive – Jack Riley (2016), Three Blind Mice – Mousetrap Theatre (2017) and When the rain stops falling – Not The Worst Productions (2017). Candy completed an internship with Audio-Visual Artist Daniel Canogar in Madrid, Spain. This trip changed the way she holds herself professionally and has assisted in her design processes.
Costume Design
Andrew Treloar
Andrew Treloar is an interdisciplinary artist working between contemporary art, performance and fashion design. He develops his projects and hosts others in his purpose-built studio Treloarland. He completed a Masters in Fine Art by Research in 2014, studying interrelationships between training and conditioning practices in dance and sport to generate processes for making art works. Andrew’s costume work for dance has included multiple works for Dancenorth, Rebecca Jensen’s Explorer, and Shian Law’s Vanishing Point. He was nominated for a Green Room Award for Lillian Steiner and Leah Landau’s BUNKER.
 Jack Riley and artists present CONTACT
7pm 9 and 10 June
QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
55 Ainslie Avenue Braddon 2612
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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.