On Course is a choreographers’ project for tertiary students: to develop your artistic voice, leadership, and audience relationship. You get an opportunity to develop a short work, with two public performances. QL2 Dance will support you: by timetabling choreographers, dancers, time, rehearsal space and performance venue; with production and marketing; and by challenging and guiding you. On Course is for students at university or university-level courses (including equivalent courses overseas, and NAISDA). You can be in any year. A panel will select the participating choreographers from the applications received.
On Course is a great opportunity to break out of the constraints of study, to work in a non-assessed, critical but supportive environment. You can develop and test choreographic and theatrical ideas and processes; and work with dancers and choreographers from around Australia to build your dance network. Continue reading →
‘Hot to Trot’ is a mentored project for young choreographers and dancers, giving you an opportunity to choreograph or dance in a short work with support in all aspects of the application process and choreographic process. It is an invaluable experience to develop as a dance-maker and/or performer. You will not only receive mentoring support, but also publicity, administrative support, and rehearsal and performance venues.
This project is open only to dancers that were in ‘Filling the Space’, and those in the QL2 Pre-Tertiary and Senior Programs.
‘Two Zero’ is a celebration of 20 years of QL2 Dance’s Quantum Leap ensemble.
Photo by Lorna Sim
QL2 Dance’s Quantum Leap is an award-winning contemporary youth dance ensemble, based in Canberra. Quantum Leap presents original, thoughtful and challenging productions that excite their audiences.
The 2018 production TWO ZERO will continue QL2 Dance’s track record of creating new, powerful dance theatre performed by young people, for all audiences. Celebrating two decades of youth dance from Canberra’s Quantum Leap contemporary youth dance ensemble, and looking at the next 20. A long time − where will we be? Does looking back help us imagine the future? Does looking forward 20 years help us be in the present? 20 years ago the first Quantum Leap ensemble was brought together: to learn, to create, to perform. They are now all over the world, many doing great things in dance, and many others taking that unique experience into other things. Now we are bringing back alumni as choreographers to consider both the past and the future − to create a brand new work with a brand new Quantum Leap ensemble, as well as revisiting highlights from Quantum Leap over the years. What will Quantum Leap dancers be doing in 2038?
Canberra Theatre Playhouse. August 9 – 11
Book your tickets from https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/two-zero-by-quantum-leap/
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.
‘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 →
One show only! 5PM 17 APRIL — Two young contemporary dance ensembles: the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, drawn from all across that wild northern land; and Quantum Leap: dancers auditioned from Canberra and region. 10,000 miles apart. 16,000 kilometres.
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
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.