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

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

The first sewing bee

On Sunday April 1st the gentle hum of sewing machines and over-lockers could be heard from outside the QL2 building. We had our first of two sewing bees, where we were making denim shorts, three-quarter pants and full-length pants to be worn in some of the ‘Me Right Now’ dance pieces. The dark blue denim pants will be worn with colour-blocked tops for the show.

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Welcome to the Blog!

Hello and welcome to the QL2 Blog!Rose headshot My name is Rose and I am the Costume Designer for Quantum Leap in 2012.

Our first production for the year ‘Me Right Now’ will be on from 9–12 May at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre. Through this site I will be blogging about the process of taking the performance to the stage, and you will be able to follow our progress as we move towards production week. We will be talking to the dancers and the people behind all the elements of the production so that you are able to get a great picture of what goes on here at QL2 Dance Inc. Continue reading