Audition! Ages 8+ ”Not like the others“ performance project

An awesome opportunity for young dancers (8–17) to work with great choreographers, contribute ideas and perform in a new show!

Every year we run a creation and performance project for younger and less experienced dancers. This year’s is called Not Like The Others. It allows dancers to collaborate with choreographers and fellow dancers, develop creative and dance skills, and build confidence in a challenging yet fun environment. For many, it is a preparation for our Quantum Leap ensemble in later years. And plenty of older dancers are involved: challenging themselves, and inspiring younger ones.

Not Like The Others will be about difference: how similar are we really, and how much does it matter? You will help create a full-length dance work over six weeks with lots of other young dancers. It will be developed at QL2 Dance’s studios at Gorman Arts Centre, and performed at Theatre 3 in Acton. Continue reading

Restoring faith in the work: Eliza Sanders with “Pedal.Peddle”

ED: Eliza Sanders was part of many projects at QL2 before and during her studies at NZSD; and was the recipient of a Curated Residency at QL2 Dance in 2015.

“Hello world, here is my first ever blog entry. It’s long and rambly, as things by me tend to be. Although the idea of writing something people might read makes me feel sick, as usual, the things Ruth and Gary make me do tend to teach me a lot. This has been a very helpful process of reflection and self-evaluation as I try to find my feet as an independent dance creator.”

Eliza Sanders. PHOTO: Stephen A’Court.

Eliza Sanders, by Stephen A’Court.

I used the Curated Residency opportunity to produce and perform two shows of my new full-length solo work Pedal.Peddle. I created the work during the second half of 2014 while I was coming to the end of three years training at the New Zealand School of Dance. A few months before I returned to Canberra I premiered Pedal.Peddle in Wellington with the help of Battleground Productions.

For me, the purpose of this residency at QL2 was to learn about what it takes to produce and promote a show through my own production company, House of Sand, and to have the experience of remounting a work in a new space. I was also keen to bring what I had learned in my three years away back to Canberra, to share my experiences with the people who had supported me in my early training and my life before I moved.

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Youngest to oldest: Nasim’s QL2 journey

ED: Nasim Patel started with QL2 in 2011, and is now studying dance at VCA.

What QL2 has given me is more than dance training. QL2 taught me how to create, analyse, and how to free myself from critical thinking.

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I started with QL2 in 2011, in the junior project It’s All Good. I remember my first License to Move class, doubting myself every second beforehand but upon entering immediately felt at home. As soon as I left the studio, I told my auntie “I have to come back here.” I was hungry for a sense of what the company was giving me. More than just how to jump or roll or bend my legs in perfect alignment, it was a sense of working with others collaboratively and without restriction. The class was surrounded by boys I easily recognised as alternate versions of me, with varying degrees of experience. While working on It’s All Good, I realised how all the skills we were learning outside of class had assisted us, and the focus on creativity was clearly needed as soon as we were asked to create material within the project. Continue reading

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

Making their hearts sing: Ela & Jarrah at QL2

Why does Judy Knowles drive 100km each way to bring two children to QL2?

“I think most parents want nothing more than for their children to find happiness and fulfilment in life — to find what makes their heart sing.”

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“I have four children who all happen to have a deep connection to dance. It is a passion they all share and although within dance they have different interests, it is their primary creative outlet.

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Straddling transitions: a painter wants to sing, a sculptor wants to write poetry

ED: Dean Cross has been involved with QL2 for many years, as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Here he writes about his life as an artist, across multiple genres and media. Dean has an exhibition opening in Canberra, 25 February — more details below.

Dean (2nd from right) in QL2"s Quantum Leap , 2003

Dean (2nd from right) in QL2″s Quantum Leap , 2003

Once upon a time citizens had their place and fulfilled the needs of the community around them. The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker all had necessary skills passed from generation to generation, which were essential to the effective functioning of the village unit. Only very rarely did one stray from the path, and one did so at great risk to the social fabric. Fortunately however, that is not the world we live in today. Career is a fluid term, and none embraces this fluidity more so than artists.

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Soft Landing has consumed Tessa Broadby. What next?

EDITOR:  20/3/2014  – You can see Tessa and the rest of the Soft Landers in a showing and forum, Friday 21 or Saturday 22 March 2014 at QL2. Details here.

TessaAs I write this I am still completely consumed by the experience of Soft Landing. Because that is what my experience has been – consuming. Generally in a good way, but if not, in an interesting way.

When I arrived I was nervous. It had been a year since I’d graduated and while I’d been involved in a few projects over that year, I felt I was going into something totally out of practice – with both dancing and being involved in dance. That said…I was interested. Continue reading