BOLD Festival is a new event in Canberra, designed to celebrate the legacy and impact of professional and community dance in all cultures. It is a platform for the work of older and still-practicing artists as a way to explore healthy ageing, the health impacts of creativity and the cross-generational exchange of ideas and practice.
Across four days, BOLD 2017 brought together dance artists from a wide range of areas, cultures and countries, and through talks, performances, films and revivals of historic works, we explore their legacies, experiences and careers evolving with age.
Taking Flight is the name of a show I created for the National Library of Australia in 2012.
It was fitting to reuse the name and reform parts of the work and costumes for a new piece that we created in 2 days (!) at QL2 Studios. I am thrilled to have had a Curated Residency to work with Olivia Fyfe, Susanna Defraia and Jamie Winbank.
Kathrada – 50/25 is an evening of dance and music to pay homage to Ahmed Kathrada and his dedication to freedom for all. The performances mark the 50th Anniversary of the imprisonment of Ahmed Kathrada alongside Nelson Mandela for his stance against apartheid. 2014 also marks the 25th Anniversary of his release. The performers include Liz Lea, Bobby Singh, Jenni White, Mahesh Radhakrishnan and Troupe Olabisi. Performances 18th and 19th October at Gorman House Theatre, Canberra, Australia.
Liz says:“Pozible Pozible Pozible… and yes it should be but fear and brain drain have kept me form launching this project until now. Bit like my tax really. Why the wait? What a great opportunity that QL2 and Creative Partnerships have afforded us! Dive in! Jump on It! go get it! Continue reading
Liz Lea is in residence at QL2, creating and rehearsing InFlight for premiere on the 31 May.
“One of the big challenges has been working out how to present a theatrical experience at the National Library of Australia (NLA) lecture theatre that surprises and delights the audience as well as paying homage to the historical material we are working with. As the theatre is not equipped with extensive lighting and is small is terms of a regular theatre space I was concerned as to how we achieve this. The theatre is also heritage listed, so there is a limit to what we can build.
So, when you cannot make a space bigger – make it smaller. This is why I am a dance maker and not an economist…
I decided we needed to build a life size small plane in the space. Simple.
Liz Lea talks about her latest project
Poster is out!
I am currently in Residence at QL2 creating and rehearsing my new work InFlight for premiere on the 31 May. I am lucky enough to have artsACT funding and a Grant of Space from QL2 Dance and four fabulous dancers from Canberra and Sydney. Miranda Wheen, Alison Plevey, Marnie Palomares and Melanie Palomares. Continue reading
I have been running a series of Dance and Science workshops with Inspiring Australia based at CSIRO Discovery.
In the first lecture on 2 February, I talked at CSIRO about the research into the Red Tailed Black cockatoo, and the choreography being developed with Tammi Gissell for her solo Magnificus Magnificus. We previewed the work at the launch of the Centenary of Canberra Indigenous program, and will also present at Dance Massive. QL2 Dance have supported the work with a grant of space in August last year, and also some days this year which has been wonderful. The work premieres alongside my solo Kapture in October at The Street Theatre as part of their Made in Canberra season. Continue reading