About Gemma Dawkins

Gemma is an emerging dancer/choreographer who makes messes and metaphors. As a dance maker, she has been the recipient of awards (most outstanding choreography, Short Sweet + Dance Sydney 2010), residencies (Fresh Ground 2011, Ausdance QLD Bell Tower and Brisbane Front 2011), and support (ArtStart 2011, QUT/QL2 sponsorship 2009). She was mentored by choreographer Clare Dyson in 2011, as a part of the JUMP Mentoring program, and through this mentorship created work which enjoyed a sell-out season in the 2012 Brisbane Festival. As a performer Gemma has toured nationally and internationally, including performances at Spain’s ACT Festival and China's Guangdong Modern Dance Festival. She attended Anouk Van Dijk’s summer intensive in Amsterdam in 2010, studied improvisation in Barcelona with Ted Stoffer, and undertook QL2’s Soft Landing in 2011. She has appeared in independent projects including Garry Stewart’s film Collision Course, The National Gallery of Australia’s Backstage at the Ballet Russes, and in Brisbane Festival’s Under the Radar 2011. Gemma is currently Sydney-based, most recently working with independent choreographers to create 'WAY OUT: Dance at Alaska', a site-specific work in an underground Kings Cross carpark. In 2013 Gemma appeared in the Dirty Hercules filmclip for singer Ngaiire, a short film for fashion label Ellery, performed at Strange Attractor (Canberra), and danced for Tanya Voges (Moving Forward, Museum of Contemporary Art, DirtyFeet residency, and Blacktown Arts residency Retracing Steps) and Anya McKee (Ausdance NSW residency for Fit To Shift). She has also been working as a choreographer and movement advisor for advertisements and film clips. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) – with Distinction (QUT) Bachelor of Arts (Dance) Honours (WAAPA/LINK Dance Company)

Walking and falling: moved to tears

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Brisbane-based dancer Caitlin MacKenzie makes a yearly pilgrimage to Canberra, her hometown, usually with an extra dancer or two in tow. This year the occasion coincides with the remounting of QL2’s 2005 work Reckless Valour, which was the very first QL2 project Caitlin participated in as a young dancer, and one that she still cites as one of the most significant and special projects of her artistic career. Continue reading