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.

Organised chaos: the joy of difference in “Not like the others”

QL2’s latest performance is: “Not like the others”.  Book now TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR for a 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 1.00 Friday
Theatre 3   3 Repertory Lane, Acton ACT
$20 full | $15 conc | $12 under 15
(Fees apply for online & phone bookings)
Tickets: Book now TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR from 30 minutes before each show until sold out.
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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. Continue reading

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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“This Poisoned Sea” — in the choreographers‘ words

Want to find out more about THIS POISONED SEA? Here the choreographers Claudia Alessi, Jack Ziesing and Eliza Sanders give you an insight into how they worked with the dancers, the ideas, and the text.

THIS POISONED SEA: performances
Thursday 27 – Sat 29 July 2017 at 7pm
+ 29 July at 2pm
Schools matinee Friday 28 July 10.30am
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QL2 shortlisted for Australian Dance Award

Ed: Update 25/9/17 — congratulations to Cadi Macarthy and Catapult Dance  (The Flipside Project), winners of the category.

We are very pleased that the QL2 Dance production Connected  has been shortlisted for a prestigious Australian Dance Award.  Connected is a triple-bill of diverse pieces, created in collaboration with the dancers of QL2’s Quantum Leap ensemble by renowned choreographers Sara Black, Kristina Chan, and Alison Plevey and Adam Deusien from physical theatre company Lingua Franca.

Connected investigates “the power that connections can have on the individual, and provides a unique reflection of our own lives – connecting out to those looking in. It explores connections through our skin, connections with the natural world, and how strength and empowerment affect our connections with each other.” Continue reading

Can we un-poison the sea? “This Poisoned Sea” 27-29 July

Ed: THIS POISONED SEA was performed at Canberra Theatre Centre, 27 – 29 July 2017.

“WITH MY CROSS-BOW, I SHOT THE ALBATROSS”

And so QL2 Dance’s Quantum Leap ensemble uses The Rime of the Ancient Mariner as a launchpad to explore belonging, ownership, and responsibility. Do we have an albatross to lead us out of trouble?  Can we un-poison the sea?

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