“On Course” 2017: choreographic project for tertiary dance students

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On Course is a choreographers’ project for tertiary students: to develop your artistic voice, leadership, and audience relationship. You get an opportunity to develop a short work, with two public performances.  QL2 Dance will support you: by timetabling choreographers, dancers, time, rehearsal space and performance venue; with production and marketing; and by challenging and guiding you. On Course is for students at university or university-level courses (including equivalent courses overseas, and NAISDA). You can be in any year. A panel will select the participating choreographers from the applications received.

On Course is a great opportunity to break out of the constraints of study, to work in a non-assessed, critical but supportive environment. You can develop and test choreographic and theatrical ideas and processes; and work with dancers and choreographers from around Australia to build your dance network.

If you don’t want to choreograph, but want to dance in someone else’s work, please also put in an application.

Below are some photos from last year’s On Course, by Lorna Sim.

On Course is about choreographic development — for you and the dancers — and we encourage you to consider the work that you create in the context of a paying public audience.

You need to be ready for challenge and change: to welcome engagement, critical feedback and performance notes throughout, from Alison Plevey as Provocateur, and from Ruth Osborne as Artistic Director. As Producer, Ruth will also where necessary make the final call on what goes in front of the audience.

You need to commit to the full process and time: an initial group workshop, six rehearsals of 3 hours, choreographers meetup, in-progress showing, tech rehearsals, performances, and debrief. Costumes, props, lighting and other resources need to be kept to a minimum: there are many works and not a lot of time. If your university commitments mean you can’t be here in the first week — contact us!

Your work can be up to 8 minutes: no longer.  It may be a reworking or extension of an original composition made for uni or elsewhere, or a new piece you develop here.

If you have dancers who want to come to Canberra to work with you, that’s great! Depending on your request, we may allocate other tertiary students or senior dancers from our Quantum Leap pre-tertiary ensemble. We expect that you will also be available to work as a dancer in another piece. Some dancers are asked to be in many pieces, so we have final say on who is in which group, and any changes.

This is a highly subsidised project — the only direct cost to you is a $60 registration fee if you are accepted. You will need to cover your own accommodation and travel costs.


  • Submission deadline 16 October 2017
  • Notice of acceptance 31 October
  • Project meeting and workshop Sunday 3 December
  • Rehearsals/development Monday 4 December – Thursday 14 December
  • Choreographers meetup Thursday 7 December
  • In progress showing to each other – Monday 11 December
  • Technical rehearsals 15-16 December
  • Performances Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December at the QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
  • Choreographers debrief Sunday 17 December
  • If your university commitments mean you can’t be here in the first week — contact us! Email QL2 Dance, or phone — 02 6247 3103


We will do a massive juggling act to try to satisfy everyone’s requests for dancers, without creating a totally crazy schedule for anyone. To make this process easier, we expect you to be available for any of the time slots listed below. Your rehearsal schedule will include six 3-hour time slots for your own work; and another six 3-hour time slots for each work you are dancing in. 

So, the time commitment for choreographers is:

  • the introduction workshop,
  • 18 hours per piece
  • choreographers meetup
  • in-progress showing to each other
  • technical days and performances
  • debrief
Sunday 3 December
(Project meeting and workshop; choreographers & dancers)
Monday 4 December – Friday 8 December &
Mon 11 – Thursday 14 December
9am – 12pm
12.15pm – 3.15pm
3.30pm – 6.30pm
6.30pm – 9.30pm
Friday 15 December — TECH
(everyone required)
11am – 9pm
Saturday 16 December —
TECH, dress run, performance
(everyone required)
9am – 8pm
Sunday 17 December —
Choreographers debrief
Notes, run, performance (everyone required)


2pm – 8pm

If you are not available on a particular day or at a particular time, you must tell us.

If you need to speak to me directly, please phone or email

Please submit your application online by 16 October 2017. The panel will assess your application quickly and contact you by the end of October.

Alison Plevey — Acting Artistic Director, QL2 Dance
I can be reached by email at QL2 Dance, or on 02 6247 3103

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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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