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

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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“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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Almost there! Boundless opens Wednesday

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The dancers have been at the theatre since Sunday morning, getting the three pieces into shape for the Canberra Playhouse under the guidance of Artistic Director Ruth Osborne and her assistant Alison Plevey.  So much bigger than working in the studio at Gorman House! Just about ready for costumes after the long haul of plotting lights and video with Guy Harding. Continue reading

Cyclic life, banana DNA, and dance without symbols: “Boundless” 30 July – 2 August

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Getting it ‘just so’ in the studio. Costumes still to come!

Dancers and choreographers have been working hard — some since January —  to develop Boundless.  Have you got your tickets?  Book now at Canberra Ticketing. The three works in Boundless have been created in collaboration with this year’s Quantum Leap ensemble, including dancers who featured in last year’s critically acclaimed performances of Hit the floor Together. 

Eight of this year’s dancers have just returned from a tour to Bangkok — where they performed one of the pieces, Cinders, to two packed houses at Chulalonkon University — and then the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow.Four dancers have come on exchange from Bangkok Dance, completing a fantastic exchange supported by the Australia Thailand Institute.

"Cinders" on stage in Bangkok

“Cinders” on stage in Bangkok

Another of the pieces, Samsara, features a group of over-55 dancers from Canberra Dance Theatre’s Gold ensemble, bringing a mature voice to a piece reflecting on the cycle of life.

And Danielle Micich’s The bigger picture features a banana. Because we share 50% of our DNA with a banana!

Quantum Leap is QL2 Dance’s auditioned, selective youth dance ensemble, for dancers aged 15-26, making passionate contemporary dance for all audiences. They work together to create sophisticated productions that wrestle with big ideas. And you can see them at Canberra Playhouse! Continue reading