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.

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

APPLY: Online form here

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.

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Australian Dance Party with QL2 dancers ‘weave, hustle and halt’ at the NPG

Australian Dance Party with dancers of QL2 ‘weave, hustle and halt’ at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Alison Plevey: “As I take up reins this week at QL2 Dance as Acting Artistic Director, I bounce into the office and out onto the street to perform a quirky new work I have created working closely with the National Portrait Gallery. The piece is a reflection of the extraordinary exhibition Dempsey’s People: A folio of British Street Portraits currently showing until 22 October 2017.

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Organised chaos: the joy of difference

QL2’s latest performance is: “Not like the others”.  Book now for a new 1-hour contemporary dance work, developed in collaboration with the QL2  junior ensemble (ages 8–16) plus some older, experienced dancers. Created by QL2 Dance’s Acting Artistic Director Alison Plevey with choreographers  Steve Gow and Jack Riley. 

“Fitting in. Standing out.
Working together. Stepping forward.
The power of many. The power of one.
The joy of difference.”

4 performances only

13 & 14 October 2017
6pm Friday, 3pm & 6pm Saturday
+ school matinee 1.30 Friday
Theatre 3   3 Repertory Lane, Acton ACT
$20 full | $15 conc | $12 under 15
(Fees apply for online & phone bookings)
Tickets: Online at Canberra Rep
or phone 62571950.
Tickets also available at the door from 30 minutes before each show until sold out. Don’t be late!

Not like the others is suitable for all ages, although parents of very young children should note that it will include loud sounds and music, and times where audience quiet is required.
No video or photography is allowed during the performances.


The Choreographers:

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 from WAAPA. Recent works include ‘Mine!’ (ACT National Science Week 2017), ‘Nervous’ at Mount Stromlo Observatory, and ‘Strings Attached’ at New Acton, ‘Dancing with Drones’ (Performance Space LiveWorks 2015), ‘Shake It’ (Art, Not Apart Festival 2017), ‘Autonomous’ (You Are Here Festival 2017), ‘Sprout’ (Art, Not Apart Festival 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 Acting Artistic Director of QL2 Dance in September–October 2017.

Jack Riley is a recent VCA graduate. He is influenced by his training in elite competitive Judo, where he represented Australia at international level. Jack began dancing at QL2 Dance with Quantum Leap under Artistic Director Ruth Osborne, where he worked with many established dance artists. He has presented work at the Melbourne Fringe festival multiple times and was nominated for “Best dance” in 2016. He also worked under Ruth Osborne on Building Elvis, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. His performing career includes work with 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). He has performed with the Australian Opera in King Roger. In June 2017, he received a Curated Residency at QL2 Dance (Canberra), where he presented his second full length work Contact.

Stephen Gow is a teacher and dancer trained in hip hop, contemporary and acrobatics. After multiple seasons of dancing with QL2 Dance’s Quantum Leap, as well as being a prominent dancer within the hip hop community, he moved to Sydney to work commercially. He has worked with international and Australian artists including Taylor Swift, Psy, Jason Derulo, Timomatic, Ricki Lee and more. Stephen has represented Australia on numerous occasions, most notably winning at World of Dance New York in 2010, and as a Finalist at R16 World Bboy Championships held in Korea in 2013 and 2014. After working with Nick Power on Compartmentalised In Hong Kong in collaboration with Unlock Dancing Plaza, he went on to develop Nick Power’s Cypher in 2013. He has since toured the sold-out show to the Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Festival, Tanz Im August in Berlin, URB Festival and Oulo in Finland.


4 performances only

13 & 14 October 2017
6pm Friday, 3pm & 6pm Saturday
+ school matinee 1.30 Friday
Theatre 3   3 Repertory Lane, Acton ACT
$20 full | $15 conc | $12 under 15
(Fees apply for online & phone bookings)
Tickets: Online at Canberra Rep
or phone 62571950.
Tickets also available at the door from 30 minutes before each show until sold out. Don’t be late!

Not like the others is suitable for all ages, although parents of very young children should note that it will include loud sounds and music, and times where audience quiet is required.
No video or photography is allowed during the performances.


 

Alison steps into Ruth Osborne’s “big shoes”

Ed: In September and October 2017, QL2 Dance’s Artistic Director Ruth Osborne heads to the UK on a Churchill Fellowship, to “…research youth dance programs focused on career pathways, mentorship and creative collaborations.”   While she is gone, Alison Plevey will be Acting Artistic Director of QL2 Dance.

ALISON: Later this week I step into some big shoes. The shoes of a woman who I greatly admire and who has been a significant influence and mentor — in my work in youth dance, as an independent artist and now company director.

As Ruth, our “national treasure”, embarks on her prestigious adventures across the United Kingdom, I reflect on the excitement, the butterflies, and the great honour it is to fill these shoes as Acting Artistic Director of QL2 Dance.

I met Ruth back in 2010 when she journeyed to my home town Bathurst to see no planet b, my first full length work since graduating from WAAPA, which I created with nine young artists from the Bathurst region supported by Local Stages BMEC. She immediately took interest and encouragement from the work I was doing here to develop youth dance practice and from there our mentoring, working and friendship relationship has flourished.

After participating later in 2010 in QL2’s Soft Landing — a transformative program for tertiary dance graduates — I continued my connection with QL2 as rehearsal assistant and Assistant to the Artistic Director across many junior and Quantum Leap projects. Opportunities to work alongside Ruth and Gary to ignite new programs including our education program Make A Move, as well as choreographing and manageing QL2 projects amidst my own works, has been formative and crucial development for my confidence and ability in building an arts career. Although I was never a Quantum Leaper, I feel like I am somehow more fortunate to have such important and committed connections to the company.

Like Ruth, I feel the importance of dance: its presentation, its participation, and its power to positively shape who we are and the world around us. As Director of a new company, Australian Dance Party, supported by QL2 Dance as Company in Residence, I hope to provide links between youth dance activity and building a strengthened professional dance community in Canberra. This ongoing partnership is vital and untameably exciting for dance in our blossoming city!

Taking up the reins to lead QL2, an organisation which forms and transforms so many people (young and not so young), is a great responsibility. I will no doubt be challenged, yet grow, cherish and enjoy every moment. I can’t wait!

Thank you to Ruth, Gary and the QL2 Board for confidence in me to step into these shoes. I only hope I can fill them… just with some new socks! And…as I jump around the studio with 48 young dancers for the upcoming junior project Not like the Others, I wish Ruth the trip of her lifetime. Bon voyage Ruth, we will whirlpool in your honour.

Reviewers and the cast are talking about “This Poisoned Sea” — last 2 shows.

Ed: This Poisoned Sea was on at Canberra Playhouse — 27- 29 July 2017

Why see it?  Reviewier Len Power at Canberra Critics’ Circle:

“…thoughtful in its intent and electrifying and entertaining in its execution.”

“This is QL2 Dance’s most cohesive full length show yet.”

“The choreography throughout is clear in its intent, dramatic and often dreamlike, and always beautiful to watch.  The dancers attack the work with enthusiasm and perform with a discipline and preciseness over a continuous seventy minute running time that is awe-inspiring.”

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