CO.LAB — physical research and creative investigation

After a busy year with performance projects, Strings Attached, Nervous and Versailles, Australian Dance Party is this year running a new weekly program focusing on creative practice and collaborative process, supported by QL2 Dance.

Janine Proost and Gabe Comerford in development of ‘Strings Attached’, August 2016

“CO.LAB” which will run on Fridays 10am-4pm at QL2 Dance Studio is:

“a space for invited professional dance artists and creative collaborators to engage in physical research, artistic exchange and processes experimentation.”

Beginning with thematic proposals or ‘jumping-off-points’ that I offer, artists follow their interests and deepen their personal and group creative investigations. These sessions may inform the development of new creative projects, methodologies and future performance endeavours of Australian Dance Party.

This approach is driven by a need to creatively engage and grow our professional dance connections, and practice cross arts collaborative skills. Young and emerging artists —including selected QL2 alumni and tertiary graduates — will also be invited to fuel dance careers for young Canberra artists.

As initiator of this program I am eager to see and experience the developments from this lab contribute to an engaged performing/dance community, extending, questioning and practicing not yet imagined.

Week 3 of CO.LAB: jamming with musos from Ample Sample

Australian Dance Party is in its second year as company in residence at QL2 Dance. I thank the staff and board for their support in enabling CO.LAB to emerge. — Alison Plevey

sprouting new energy for new projects…

Ed: Alison Plevey is the recipient of  a Curated Residency at QL2 to support several projects across the whole of 2016.

“It has been an energised start to 2016, with many projects on the go in the studio and out. During Canberra’s busy arts festival time I have worked collaboratively with awesome local artists creating ‘Autumn Lantern‘ for Enlighten and ‘Sprout‘ for Art, Not Apart amidst commencing QL2 classes and ‘Connected’ Quantum Leap at the Playhouse rehearsals.

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Autumn Lantern at Enlighten Festival, was a joy to create and perform amidst a handful of great artists; violinist Michael Liu, dancers Olivia Fyfe, Debora Di Centa and Susanna Defraia and guitarist Tyson Jones. The costumes had us dipped head to toe in white and trimmed with illuminating hooped skirts — a huge component for the success of this piece. Thanks to Hemmi and Tanya Voges! Continue reading

Audition! “Connected” with Quantum Leap 2016

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Quantum Leap at the Canberra Playhouse in 2015

[ED: The audition on 21 February was great!  If you missed out and are keen to participate, contact Artistic Director Ruth Osborne on director@QL2.org.au)]

Connected 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 renowned choreographer Kristina Chan and the ‘Lingua Franca’ physical theatre makers Alison Plevey and Adam Deusien, under the artistic direction of QL2 Artistic Director Ruth Osborne. International visitors will also join the ensemble for the final weeks of the project. Continue reading

Jam session: Alison, David, Jacob. Impression, Comparison, Perspective.

Jam session with Jacob Lehreh and David Corbet, 21 Sept 2015

Alison: Following Precipice Improvisation festival, which I was fortunate able to catch a glimpse of in the final performance Sunday afternoon, I chatted with David and Jacob who were keen to engage in more of an extended practice together while they were here in Canberra. Something they do every thre months. They invited me in to be part of it, and particularly as outside eye to their ongoing performance improvisation practice.

impro 3We began with an old tool called the underscore developed by Nancy Stark Smith a way to enter into, develop and reflect on an improvisation. We danced for an hour. It was reinvigorating to engage with the two gents on the floor, and to notice my own body and mind respond to the process. I enjoyed being a soloist, a partner, a voyeur, amongst the tangle of limbs and the island of space.

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“ALL THE THINGS” — 3 shows only, 16 & 17 October

TICKETS AT THE DOOR one hour before each show. Online & phone bookings are closed.

Last 2 shows 3pm & 6pm,  limited seats.
Theatre 3, Acton ACT.

How important are ALL THE THINGS anyway?  New contemporary dance. Young people creating amazing things with professional contemporary choreographers.
Created by choreographers Joshua Lowe, Alison Plevey and Jamie Winbank under Artistic Director Ruth Osborne with our junior ensemble (ages 8–16).

Here they are in development:

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Audition registration — ALL THE THINGS

Update: the audition was held Sunday 16 August. If you missed the audition, and are desperate to do the project, contact us: admin@QL2.org.au

The audition will be in the form of a dance workshop.  Your aim in the workshop should be to have a good time, stay relaxed, meet other dancers and perhaps gain entry into this project (in that order!)

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How does an independent artist maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Independent artists lead extraordinary lives. One day they might be in schools running an education project, the next day they’re literally running around the Australian Institute of Sport rehearsing a new work. Alison Plevey caught her breath for a few moments after rehearsal and explained to Health Promotions Officer, Jamie Winbank, how she maintains her healthy lifestyle.

Alison Plevey, Independent Artist (Canberra, Bathurst)

Alison Plevey, Independent Artist (Canberra, Bathurst)

Do you have a favourite meal that keeps you going throughout rehearsals?
For lunch I like a ham, cheese and salad wrap/sandwich. I like to have snacks throughout the day. I might have a biscuit, or small piece of cake as treat. For dinner I love a good homemade pizza with heaps of vegetables. Other favourite meals include a Lamb, Olive and Fetta salad or pasta with lots of vegetables and with chorizo sausage. Continue reading