Ashleigh (she/her) is a dancer, choreographer, producer and community arts facilitator. She uses the body as the central tool for creation, alongside text, object and space, creating works that balance darkness and fear with light, hope and reflection. Ashleigh uses movement as a vehicle to spark empowerment, celebration and change, encouraging active witnessing by audiences and participants.
In 2020, Ashleigh was a performer with GUTS Dance (Mpartnwe, Arrernte Country) for the regional Australian tour of The Perception Experiment and the Darwin Festival presentation of Dance: A Short Homage. She has been a choreographic collaborator for their large-scale education project Alice Can Dance since 2018.
She regularly performs in the work of other artists including Liesel Zink, Prying Eye (AUS), Companyia AGITART | Roger Fernandez Cifuentes, Grace Euna Kim (BCN), Denada Dance Theatre (Spain/UK), Jamaal Burkmaar Dance for the Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase, James Wilton Dance, Ben Wright and Frauke Requardt (UK).
Michael Smith is an artist working within contemporary dance, dance-theatre, film and installation. Delving into themes across gender, fantasy, queerness, ‘role playing’ and paradise, Michael’s work questions the traditional roles of audience and space - traversing active participation and audience as allies.
Michael is currently an artist with The Farm, a dance-theatre company based on Kombumerri and Yugambeh land. He has also worked for companies and organisations such as STRUT Dance (DecaDance, Ohad Naharin), QAGOMA (William Forsythe's 'Fact of Matter', Nick Caves 'HEARD') and Opera Australia (King Roger).
Michael's choreographic work has been shown across Brisbane Festival, Dance Massive, Ars Electronica (Austria), TanzZiet (Berlin), AGITART Figueres Festival MOU (Spain), Japan Media Arts Festival, STRUT Dance, Metro Arts, Sunshine Coast Arts Prize and South Bank Corporations 'Flowstate'. In support of Michael’s emerging choreographic practice, he is currently a recipient of the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Fellowship (2019-2020), enabling opportunities across Europe and Israel.
Daniele is a participatory artist, art therapist and producer, with a strong focus on socially engaged art making practices. She creates artistic works that draw from direct experience and storytelling, using verbatim, documentary, contemporary and embodied performance practices.
Liesel Zink is an award-winning socially-engaged artist who develops and presents work around Australia, Asia and Eastern Europe. She is a choreographer, producer, dramaturge and facilitator. I’m interested in the body in shifting environmental, social and political landscapes, as well as how we can use the arts to instigate meaningful and important dialogue.
Anna is a Brisbane based sound designer, composer and audio engineer with a palate for experimental, acousmatic works and surround sound composition. Her vast background in classical music and technology-based sound art result in musical concoctions from the traditional and contemporary worlds.
Jenni works as a contemporary dance artist collaborating, performing, choreographing, teaching and rehearsal directing. Driven by the personal, political and transformational forces of embodied practice, she is passionate about understanding and questioning pre-existing societal structures and desires genuine connection and discourse from and within art.
Chloe Ogilvie is an Yamatji Nhanda woman based in Perth where she graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (2015). Chloe works mostly as a lighting designer but has crossed over into other areas such as Production Management and Event Coordination.
Jessica is a theatre writer, director and designer currently working in Brisbane, Australia. She has experience in writing, directing, production and art design, constructing sets, props and costumes as well as dance teaching and choreography.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands and sea on which we create, perform, live, and work. We pay our respects to all First Nations peoples and their elders past, present and future. We recognise and honour their unique connection to place, community and movement. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Ashleigh Musk | Michael Smith. 2020.