About Dean Cross

DEAN CROSS lives and works in Sydney, Australia. He works across the sculptural and pictorial fields; activating, de-constructing and re-contextualising thought, social constructs and space. Dean was born and raised on Ngambri country, however his ancestral roots lie within the Worimi Nation.

Straddling transitions: a painter wants to sing, a sculptor wants to write poetry

ED: Dean Cross has been involved with QL2 for many years, as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Here he writes about his life as an artist, across multiple genres and media. Dean has an exhibition opening in Canberra, 25 February — more details below.

Dean (2nd from right) in QL2"s Quantum Leap , 2003

Dean (2nd from right) in QL2″s Quantum Leap , 2003

Once upon a time citizens had their place and fulfilled the needs of the community around them. The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker all had necessary skills passed from generation to generation, which were essential to the effective functioning of the village unit. Only very rarely did one stray from the path, and one did so at great risk to the social fabric. Fortunately however, that is not the world we live in today. Career is a fluid term, and none embraces this fluidity more so than artists.

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Dean Cross talks about “dstrctns”


my name is dean cross. quantum leaper. although i am not performing with the company, i am still involved as a choreographer, choreographing for next year’s centenary project.

currently though i am in the studio here in canberra working a research and development phase for my new work dstrctns. i am working with an incredible team of rhiannon spratling, robbie curtis, jessie hoeschel and another ex-leaper james batchelor.

we have been busy having a lot of conversations, converting those into dance and then questioning what they are worth. it is an absolute luxury having the time and space to indulge creativity in this way.

so far so good and i now know less about what i am doing then when i started. but something is telling me that isn’t such a bad thing. i don’t know when ill be back in the studio, but i do know that after leaving this week it wont be soon enough.

so ill take this opportunity to publicly thank QL2 for this Grant of Space, and the continuing list of opportunities and possibilities they have presented me.