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.

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 
Choreographer
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.
Dancers
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
Tickets at Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/contact-new-dance-work-jack-riley-artists-tickets-33272134851

2017 class programs: develop, dance, create, strengthen

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TERM 2 2017: Wednesday 26 April to Friday 30 June 2017
NB no classes 24, 25 April.
Public holiday Monday 12 June (Canberra Day)

Want to enrol?

Just call us on 02 62473103 or email admin@QL2.org.au.

We have programs of regular classes for junior (8+) through to pre-professional dancers. They prepare you for other programs at QL2, and for tertiary level courses. Prices, paid per term, start at $14.50 per class, with big discounts as you do more classes making it less than $7 per hour for the highest program. Each program has a set schedule of classes, from one to six per week. Click below for program details, frequently asked questions and information about our teachers.

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Programs

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Virtuosic repertoire to simple decisions: Tanja Liedtke’s legacy continues

In January 2017, QL2 was honoured to host a Tanja Liedtke Foundation “Inspiring Dance” workshop. The Foundation’s purpose is to preserve the artistic legacy of Tanja Liedtke — “one of the shining lights of Australian contemporary dance”, to support the development of contemporary dance theatre and foster Australian/European artistic connections.

The workshops are delivered by dancers who worked with Tanja, continuing the legacy of her work and working methods. The participants were wide-ranging, including young professionals, university dance students, and members of our Quantum Leap ensemble. Three of the partipants have written about their experience: local professional Alison Plevey, final year university dance student Alana Stenning, and Quantum Leap dancer Patricia Hayes Cavanagh. [PHOTOS: LORNA SIM]

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Alison: As a working artist, teacher and producer, I revel in any opportunity to engage in physical research, dance making and personal reflection. But this is something special.

The Tanja Liedtke workshops enabled not only a deepening and a playful approach to the questioning, training and rigour of being a dance artist, but enabled timely reflective time through the vehicle of dance.

Established and cherished artists and long time collaborators of Tanja, Amelia McQueen and Kristina Chan led the three days, creating a space and proposing exercises that are what they describe as ‘a continual evolution of the influence that Tanja has impressed on them as artists and as people.’

Joined by young QL2 dancers, Quantum Leap alumni, and fellow professional artist Jamie Winbank we all began a practice of awareness to body and more potently to mind. From virtuosic repertoire from Tanja Leidke’s ‘Construct’ to open improvisations that focus on the simple decisions of how we choreograph space, we all threw ourselves in to crack open new ideas of what dance can be for us and for audience.

A fave moment: I found myself bringing a bike helmet into the studio and using it as a choreographic catalyst.

In my third year participating in this workshop, I thought it perhaps might get repetitive. But the organic growth of both Amelia and Kristina’s approach — bringing to the table what interests them now — has enabled a similar evolution for us as participants inside it.

The workshop concluding with an informal witnessing of ‘practiced’ ideas a generous way to further share the incredible legacy of Tanja’s work and life.

Thank you to QL2 Dance, The Tanja Liedtke Foundation, Amelia and Kristina for their commitment to this workshop program. It is an enriching experience for young, emerging and established artists of Canberra who so rarely receive these opportunities.

Alison Plevey: alisonplevey.comaustraliandance.party | www.linguafrancadancetheatre.com

Patricia: The Tanja Liedtke workshop was an incredible experience, unique in many ways but comfortingly familiar in others. With the ever charming help of Kristina Chan, whose way of working was very fluid but physically demanding, and the thought-provoking Amelia McQueen, whose questions and speeches inspired everyone to think deeper and explore further, the three-day workshop opened up new ways to think, create, and explore movement in a way I had never considered before. Always mentally challenging, and at times very physically challenging, the Tanja Liedtke workshop was a unique experience unlike anything I have ever done. The film shown changed my view of the way in which people can work. Seeing the very first rehearsals for “Twelfth Floor” in the theatre where we were watching the film, and the interview that took place just a few seats to my right, many years ago, gave me an incredible insight into the history and connection of Tanja Liedtke and QL2, and made me so much more grateful for the experience that I was having.

Alana: I first did the workshop in 2014, the first time that QL2 hosted it. Since then I’ve moved cities to start tertiary dance and it has still always stayed with me as one of the most valuable experiences in my dance education. This time, the workshop fell right at the very beginning of my final year of tertiary dance and it was probably the best way to have started a full on and stressful year. As always Amelia and Kristina challenged more than just my physical ability but also my mind: challenging the heavily ingrained ways of thinking of my tertiary institution, and reminding me that dance and thought on dance exist beyond my university bubble. Tertiary dance can be all-consuming, and being exposed to different approaches is the most refreshing experience and sometimes the most challenging. Through the workshop, I wanted to challenge myself to get things “wrong” — or even to question if there is a “wrong”. Sometimes the greatest learning comes from failing, or the most interest comes from exploring things differently to how you “should”. Being in an open and respectful space gave us all the room we needed to do these things. In such a competitive environment as tertiary dance failing or not being “perfect” is not an option to you. When you have boxes to check off on an assessment sheet or a solo that you’re fighting for against ten other talented and amazing dancers, getting it wrong or pushing yourself beyond your limits doesn’t feel like a viable option. What I got most from the workshop this year was whether this is the best way for me to really be learning? Do I simply want to be “the best” or do I want to continue to learn and find interest in my practice? Working with Amelia and Kristina is always an invitation to try something new and think a different way and I will never cease to be grateful for their wisdom and openness.

Audition! 2017 Quantum Leap — “This poisoned sea”

AUDITION: Missed the audition? Keen to be in the project? Contact Artistic Director Ruth Osborne by email or phone 0418 943 857. Sunday 12 February (1–5pm) at QL2 Studio, Gorman Arts Centre.
Pre-registration is essential — fill in the form on this page! And arrive 15 minutes early.

This Poisoned Sea is QL2 Dance’s major project for the year for the Quantum Leap ensemble (ages 15+). Creative young people from in and around Canberra will form the ensemble, and collaborate with three choreographers. Celebrated West Australian choreographer Claudia Alessi will bring her extensive background in physical theatre; she will be joined by two QL2 alumni: Jack Ziesing (ex- Expressions Dance Company) returns; and Eliza Sanders brings an exciting new voice to contemporary youth dance.

They will work under the artistic direction of QL2 Artistic Director Ruth Osborne, with Pip Buining as DramaturgInternational visitors will also join the ensemble for the final weeks of the project. Continue reading

“Hot to Trot”: New. Short. Young. Contemporary. Dance.

New short works by Canberra’s own new young choreographers from QL2’s Quantum Leap ensemble.

Physical, thoughtful, serious, fun.

Milly Vanzwol, Caroline de Wan, Ruby Ballantyne, Jason Pearce, Natsuko Yonezawa, Ursula Taylor, Tahi Atea, Gabriel Sinclair, Patricia Hayes Cavanagh, Shantelle Wise-McCourt.

Mentor & Producer: Ruth Osborne

7pm 26 & 27 November 2016
QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon

Tickets: $15, $10.
Online: https://www.trybooking.com/242475 (30c fee)
Or at the door, from 30 minutes before each show till sold out.

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7pm 26 & 27 November 2016
QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon

Tickets: $15, $10.
Online: https://www.trybooking.com/242475 (30c fee)
Or at the door, from 30 minutes before each show till sold out.

“On Course” 2016: choreographic project for tertiary dance students

APPLY: Online form hereOn Course 2016 is a mentored choreographers’ project for tertiary students. It is an opportunity to choreograph, develop and present a short work, with two public performances.  A panel will select the participating choreographers from the applications received. QL2 Dance will support you by timetabling choreographers, dancers, time and space; mentoring; publicity; administrative support; rehearsal space and performance venue.  On Course is for students at university or university-level courses (including NAISDA, NICA, and equivalent courses overseas). You can be in any year.

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

You can read reviews of On Course 2015 here and here. And below are some photos by Lorna Sim.

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