QL2 shortlisted for Australian Dance Award

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We are very pleased that the QL2 Dance production Connected  has been shortlisted for a prestigious Australian Dance Award.  Connected is a triple-bill of diverse pieces, created in collaboration with the dancers of QL2’s Quantum Leap ensemble by renowned choreographers Sara Black, Kristina Chan, and Alison Plevey and Adam Deusien from physical theatre company Lingua Franca.

Connected investigates “the power that connections can have on the individual, and provides a unique reflection of our own lives – connecting out to those looking in. It explores connections through our skin, connections with the natural world, and how strength and empowerment affect our connections with each other.”

The annual Australian Dance Awards (ADAs) recognise and honour professional Australian dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to dance. The full shortlist in all categories is available here.

We would like to congratulate all the shortlisted artists, especially Canberra artists Liz Lea and Phillip Piggin. Winners will be announced at the 2017 Australian Dance Awards in Melbourne on 24 September.

What moves the “Connected” cast — and why you should see it.

add-as-button-200pxConnected was on at Canberra Playhouse, Wednesday 27–Saturday 30 July.

Wondering why the project is important, even if you can’t get to see it?  Let’s hear what some of the dancers have to say. Or you can find out more about the show here.

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When I was very young, I was the most uncoordinated child ever! My parents enrolled me in a local ballet school, hoping it would help with my coordination. To this day it has done nothing for my coordination. However, in exploring different styles of dance I have found something I am incredibly passionate about. At QL2 the talent is outstanding, the creativity within the youth ensemble is unbelievable. It feels wonderful to be able to create work and collaborate with such passionate people. It’s an experience that I have never seen anywhere else. We aren’t taught steps at QL2, we are taught to be confident in what we make and we are continuously given opportunity to excel.

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See Quantum Leap in “Connected”: messages, strength and action

add-as-button-200pxQL2 Dance’s renowned Quantum Leap ensemble in “Connected” at Canberra Playhouse: a triple-bill of diverse pieces, created in collaboration with the dancers by renowned choreographers Sara Black (Chunky Move, Punchdrunk), Kristina Chan (ADT), and physical theatre company Lingua Franca (Brisbane Powerhouse, Wirksworth Festival UK.)

Connected investigates the power that connections can have on the individual, and provides a unique reflection of our own lives – connecting out to those looking in. It explores connections through our skin, connections with the natural world, and how strength and empowerment affect our connections with each other.

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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