QL2 was honoured to host a Tanja Liedtke Foundation “Inspiring Dance” workshop in September. The Foundation’s purpose is to preserve the artistic legacy of Tanja Liedtke — “one of the shining lights of Australian contemporary dance”, to support the development of contemporary dance theatre and foster Australian/ European artistic connections.
The workshops are delivered by dancers who worked with Tanja, continuing the legacy of her work and working methods. 20 dance artists participated, mostly young members of our Quantum Leap ensemble (aged 15-18), plus young professionals. 5 of the partipants — Caroline, Natsuko, Nasim, Jessica and Ruby — reflect on the experience. [PHOTOS: LORNA SIM]
Touring around nationally and internationally with one of Australia’s busiest and most sought after contemporary dance companies takes its toll on a dancer’s body. Luke Currie-Richardson from Bangarra Dance Theatre (and ex-QL2 dancer) spared a few moments from his busy schedule to chat with Health Promotions Officer, Jamie Winbank about how he maintains his healthy lifestyle.
Luke Currie-Richardson, currently with Bangarra Dance Theatre (2013)
Do you have a favourite meal that keeps you going throughout rehearsals? For lunch, I like to eat a garden salad and fruit salad – the mix of fruit and vegetables gives me the energy boost to get through the afternoon rehearsals. For dinner I tend to eat salads and fish (Atlantic Salmon is my favourite) or pasta to regain energy and protein stores lost throughout the day. Continue reading →
Jess Smith and Amanda Lee are two dancers in this years’ Quantum Leap project Me Right Now. I caught up with them both after one rehearsal to get some insight into their thoughts and feelings about the show, its themes and what they think about dance itself.
Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal is one of the 4 choreographers of Me Right Now. She is a freelance dance artist from New South Wales, and has extensive performing experience, starting in her high school years at the Newtown Performing Arts School. This gives her a particular understanding of the group of young female dancers she is working with in Canberra for her piece in Me Right Now “All to get her”. She has created and toured works in Australia, the US, Taiwan, Europe, and New Zealand, and it’s her first time choreographing for Quantum Leap. I catch up with Jade at the Bungendore Woodworks Cafe as she gives me a snapshot of where her work is up to mid-way through her intensive rehearsal period.Continue reading →