SUPERCELL is founded by Kate Usher and Glyn Roberts.
Kate works for Metro Arts as their Associate Producer, is an ex-contemporary dancer, a dance researcher and formerly on the Ausdance Queensland Management Committee 2010 - 2016.
Glyn is Creative Producer at La Boite Theatre Company and this year’s curator of Brisbane Festival’s Theatre Republic.
Kate and Glyn recently attended the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Gwangju, South Korea.
The Atelier brings together emerging festival managers to engage with ideas and explore the future of, the goals for, and the importance of culturally, socially and artistically important festivals. Leading the Atelier are some of the worlds leading figures in international art festivals.
From this experience Kate and Glyn gained a global network of peers and mentors along with a plan to found a new festival for contemporary dance in Brisbane.
They aim to contribute to the city and the state’s vibrant dance scene by opening up a place for Brisbane to engage with its national and international counterparts year after year.
Dr Graeme Murphy, AO
“I am aware that dance is becoming a condiment, sprinkled on festivals to add flavour and zing - so the concept for a dedicated dance festival seems long overdue and in fact, feels ‘inevitable’.
Well considered and comprehensive, the proposal makes clear the broad benefits to choreographers, dancers and audiences. Most importantly, it addresses the over-riding health of our national cultural identity and our perceived place in international dance.
Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane offers such promise of cohesive communal involvement, such possibilities of attracting the broadest international interest but above all, a great potential to become a springboard for much needed change – a catalyst for a new wave of innovative dance that will counter any concepts of homogenised torpor and blandness.
Only a brave holistic and well-supported program such as this proposal, so clearly & cleverly outlined, will re-invigorate and excite existing audiences and encourage an army of new followers.
Brisbane, fast becoming Australia’s cultural hub, is the perfect location for this event.
Build this festival and they will come – DANCING.”
Aside from Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane, which he runs with Kate Usher, Glyn is currently Creative Producer at Brisbane's acclaimed La Boite Theatre Company and Curator of Brisbane Festival's Theatre Republic program. He is also co-founder and former Creative Director of multi-award winning theatre company MKA: Theatre of New Writing.
Glyn holds a BA from Monash University and an MA from the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2015 Glyn was named one of the Queensland’s 50 best and brightest in QW magazine.
Kate Usher is a Brisbane based Producer. Kate graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2008 with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance), a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration in 2009 and a Masters in Creative Production and Arts Management in 2011, where her thesis 'The Business of Dance: Identifying the Skills and Knowledge for becoming a Self Producer' was awarded the grade of High Distinction.
Kate has recently taken up the position of Associate Producer at Metro Arts working across all art forms in contemporary performance. Prior to this Kate worked at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in the Arts Programming team, where she worked on numerous projects such as: in-theatre performance, commercial projects, large scale events and bespoke festivals.
With her freelance producing practice, Kate has also worked for Woodford Folk Festival, La Boite Theatre Company, Brisbane City Council and Artslink. Kate is a keen advocate for Independent Dance and was a member of the Ausdance Queensland management committee 2010 - 2016. Furthermore, Kate still enjoys rolling and flying in a good contemporary class.
festival program manager
Currently an associate producer at QPAC, Emily comes from a rich history of working in festival organisations engaged in a programming and operational context.
Emily holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Federation University and a GradDip from Latrobe University.
En Rui Foo
Born and raised in Singapore, En Rui graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) from Queensland University of Technology in 2015 and was awarded the Patricia MacDonald Scholarship to pursue her passion for the Arts further.
En Rui has a keen interest in understanding the promotion of dance creation and the business aspects of the art form whilst retaining its artistic integrity. Apart from her dance practice, En Rui currently works at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in the Arts Programming team and is producing Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane alongside Kate and Glyn.
Previously a project-based community marketing coordinator at Expressions Dance Company, En Rui also held positions in public relations, marketing and technical writing while living in Singapore.
You can trust En Rui to be on Pinterest conceptualising her future home, watching a Chinese martial arts movie, at the gym, or even on an adventure up the mountains during her free time!
Maddie is a Brisbane based writer and production stage manager. She graduated from the Queensland University of Technology and undertook further training under the Australian Theatre for Young People as a mentee writer. Maddie has stage managed for The Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company, Grin + Tonic Theatre Troupe, Imaginary Theatre, The Queensland Poetry Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and many other companies across Queensland. Maddie has also written plays for Digi Youth Arts, The Australian Theatre for Young People and the Festival of Australian Student Theatre.
Assistant Production Manager
Matt is a producer, facilitator and aspiring director of innovative contemporary performance.
Production credits include roles as Producer: the Architects of Sound (Brisbane Festival 2016), Crack Theatre Festival 2015; Associate Producer: Motherboard Productions (World Theatre Festival 2016), Stage Manager: Imaginary Theatre (Out of the Box Festival & ASSITEJ International Summer Festival 2016), Dead Puppet Society (IPAY 2015), Metro Arts (Awkward Conversation 2014). Matt has also worked in curatorial roles including as Co- and then Artistic Director of the Festival of Australian Student Theatre between 2014-2016.
Marketing & Development Advisor
Over 15 years Anna has worked in creative, communications and project positions for private, government and non-profit organisations spanning the media, community and cultural industries. Most recently, Anna joined an e-commerce business as Marketing Manager to ensure the Gen-beyond doesn't have it all over her in years to come! Having originally majored in Art History and Theory at Sydney University, her love of arts and cultural experiences and their importance in our daily life, cities and homes, motivates her to work on amazing projects like SUPERCELL.
DR ANJA ALI-HAAPALA
ENGAGEMENT & EVALUATION CONSULTANT
Dr Anja Ali-Haapala is an audience researcher and dance practitioner. She specialises in enrichment programs in the dance industry, and recently completed a PhD on the topic of open rehearsals with Queensland University of Technology. Central to Anja’s audience research work is listening and giving agency to the audience voice, and positioning audiences as authorities of their own theatrical experiences. Anja has worked closely with The Australian Ballet (Melbourne), Sydney Dance Company, and Expressions Dance Company (Brisbane), and has presented and published her findings internationally. Anja holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with First Class Honours (2011) from Queensland University of Technology.
FOH & Volunteer Coordinator
Felix Palmerson is an emerging contemporary dance artist. Born in Melbourne, Felix will complete her final year of a BFA Dance Performance degree at QUT in 2017. In early 2016, Felix travelled to Europe to participate in various dance workshops and observe companies. Having participated in many choreographic projects in both Melbourne and Brisbane including performing for Yellow Wheel and Project Y youth dance companies, QAGOMA, QUT events, Brisbane Festival, Expressions Dance Company, Jacqui Carroll’s Ballet Cabal and in Phluxus2 Dance Collective’s ‘IndepenDANCE’ project. Felix has created for 2High Festival and the DIY Festival as well as for Blue Roo Theatre Company and THAT Production Company.
Glen is the current Finance Officer at Positive Solutions Pty Ltd and Board Connect Inc. He has ten years of experience working within arts related financial analysis and has been a passionate advocate for the arts for much longer. He currently sits as the Treasurer of the non-profits Playlab Inc (devoted to developing, presenting and publishing playwrights) and Supercell Inc (a new festival of contemporary dance to hit Queensland next year). Previously he was the Business Manager at La Boite Theatre Inc where he was a key in the financial operations, planning and performance, ticketing and general operations of the company. He has also worked in a financial capacity at Brisbane Festival.
A well respected artist, Lizzie has a wealth of dance experience as performer, choreographer, director, teacher, arts administrator and researcher. Recognised as an outstanding female dancer, Lizzie’s sixteen year performance career (including eight with Expressions Dance Company and four with Leigh Warren and Dancers) has seen her perform major roles, both at home and abroad, in works by some of the world's best choreographers. As an independent she’s choreographed works for the likes of Expressions Dance Company (EDC), Royal Academy of Dancing, Noosa Long Weekend Festival and the South Australian Children's Ballet. As Co-Creative Director of Prying Eye, she has worked with Zaimon Vilmanis on collaborations including the spellbinding “White Porcelain Doll” (2014), “Resurfaced” - Brisbane Festival (2012) with Feet Teeth, and "Lady Electronica Live" - Judith Wright Centre (2012) with Donna Hewitt. As a teacher, Lizzie has taught for professional dance companies and leading dance institutions both in Australia and overseas. In addition, Lizzie is founder of Brisbane Dance Artists Hub for independent dance artists and a founding member of Pro Dance Classes Brisbane. She has also worked as an administrator/IT assistant for the Northern Australian Regional Performing Arts Centre’s Association and manager of the Brisbane cultural bar, Room 60. As well as being the Secretary of the Management Committee of Supercell, Lizzie currently continues a Master of Arts (Research) at QUT, is Co-Creative Director of Prying Eye, Rehearsal Director for EDC, and Program Consultant for Ausdance Queensland.
Marnie Karmelita is a performing arts curator and international arts producer with 20 years’ experience working for arts festivals and arts venues, both in Australia and the United States.
Marnie is currently Head of Programming at New Zealand Festival where she heads up a team that delivers the main biennial festival, the annual Wellington Jazz Festival and the biennial Lexus Song Quest. Prior to joining the Festival, she was Programming Director at Brisbane Powerhouse leading major special projects and festivals as well as the Programming team. In the United States, she was responsible for developing and leading an annual multi-artform program reflecting contemporary arts practice at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Director of Programming of Caroline Performing Arts.
In Australia, she held roles at Black Swan Theatre Company, followed by six years at the Perth International Arts Festival where she oversaw four annual festivals as Program Manager.
Throughout her career, she has worked with professional and community artists across a range of artforms, delivering projects from small-scale intimate theatrical experiences to large-scale outdoor free events. Companies include Sydney Theatre Company (Australia), Nederlands Dans Theatre, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra (Russia), The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma (USA), Martha Graham Dance Company (USA), Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (USA), SITI Company (USA), Les Ballets C de la B (Belgium), Maly Drama Theatre – Theatre of Europe (Russia), Headlong Theatre (UK) and Royal de Luxe (France).
Alana is currently the Development Coordinator at Queensland Theatre Company. Previous to this Alana worked in development and marketing for La Boite Theatre Company, Artslink and PlayLab. Alana holds a BA from the University of Queensland where she undertook postgraduate studies in Dance Theory receiving first class honours. Alana also continues to perform and is part of the ensemble group, Oscar Theatre Company.
Desmond Sweeney is a lawyer. He is a barrister and previously a partner of Herbert Smith Freehills, solicitors. He has been a member of the boards of Force Majeure and Playwriting Australia, where he chaired the Finance Committee. He areas of specialty include corporate governance, finance and risk management. He has a keen interest in contemporary dance and believes we need more opportunities to showcase contemporary dancers and choreographers in Australia so that more people have a chance to see the best dance on offer.
Susan’s Financial Services career spans over 30 years having worked for both CBA and Westpac. Susan joined Westpac Private Bank, Brisbane in 1997 and has held a number of roles including Executive Assistant, Credit Analyst and Manager Private Bank before becoming an Executive Manager, now Private Banker.
Prior to this, Susan was a Personal Banking Manager in Westpac Consumer Banking.
Susan has held a number of diverse roles within the organisation, including launching the first Banking Centre in Queensland; established to provide customers with a lending and investment centre outside of standard banking hours.
Personally, Susan has a strong interest in the Arts and was previously President, Queensland Friends of The Australian Ballet.
Amy Hollingsworth is a multi-award winning dancer and director, based in Brisbane and described by the UK Observer as one of ‘the most compelling and intelligent dancers on the world stage’.
Born and raised in Australia, Amy was classically trained at The Australian Ballet School and danced as a leading dancer in companies such as Rambert Dance Company, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Peter Schaufuss Balletten, Bonachela Dance Company, Michael Clark Company, Hofesh Shechter Company, George Piper Dances and Sydney Dance Company (SDC). With an international performance and creative career spanning from large-scale classical ballet to independent contemporary dance, film and pop music, Amy is a highly versatile director of dance with a strong, passionate, musical and emotionally resonant creative voice. Her work in direction and education draws from her background and breadth of experience, and is as diverse as the companies that engage her to coach and mentor. Her achievements are many, but most notably she was a founding member of Bonachela Dance Company and, as the Assistant Director, was instrumental in its creation and subsequent growth.
She then excelled in her role as Dance Director for SDC, where she assisted many of the company’s recently commissioned and world-renowned guest choreographers. Her skills in choreographic development, eye for detail and in coaching excellence from the award winning dancers have been widely noted and critically acclaimed. Her role in SDC was pivotal to the creation and development of the company's prolific education program.
Amy went on to direct, mentor and choreograph through her own company Bespoke Movement, specialising in performance excellence, optimal physicality and the nurture of creative genius. Amy simultaneously engaged with Expressions Dance Company (EDC) as Rehearsal Director, during which she worked on the company’s signature work 7 Deadly Sins as well as Black, the inaugural collaboration with Guangdong Modern Dance Company. She also assisted with the curation of EDC’s Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive.
Over the last year, Amy has choreographed 5 new creations, two of which were for Queensland Ballet - Cadence, Interrupted and Flux.
As of 2016, Amy is the Ballet Mistress and Creative Associate at Queensland Ballet.
Born in Mordialloc Victoria, Bradley is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people who are from the area which extended from around Singleton in the Hunter Valley through to the Warrumbungle Mountains in the west and up through the present-day centers of Quirindi, Tamworth, Narrabri, Walgett, Moree, Lightning Ridge and Mungindi in New South Wales, to Nindigully in South-West Queensland.
As a child, Bradley trained under Vivienne Dunn before going on to The Australian Ballet School, graduating in 1990. Bradley then joined the Hong Kong Ballet with performance highlights including roles in Paquita, Spectre de la Rose, Troy Games and Tales of Hoffmann.
In 1991, he moved across to Sydney Dance Company (SDC) under the direction of Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon, performing the full company repertoire to great acclaim. During his time with SDC, he toured extensively both in Australia and internationally, including tours to the United States, Europe, China, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand and South America. Bradley was later appointed to the role of Deputy Dance Director in 2008 and then Dance Director in 2009.
Bradley subsequently joined Dancenorth as Rehearsal Director in 2010 and worked on main stage productions including The Cry, Black Crows, MASS, Fugue, Abandon, A Fall from Grace, [sic] and Allegories which was a collaboration with Queensland Ballet and Expressions Dance Company for Brisbane Festival 2012.
Bradley's credits also include reproducing Graeme Murphy’s Sequenza VII for New Zealand School of Dance; starring as Mr. Mistoffelees in Really Useful Group; Seoul & Co touring production of Cats in South Korea 2003/04; performing in Worldwide Tour Company’s Aida and Garry Stewart’s THWACK. In early 2010, along with Brett Morgan, he also reproduced Free Radicals for the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts final graduation. Within the same year, Bradley travelled to New York City to reconstruct Underland on Stephen Petronio’s Company, a work originally created on him in 2003.
Being a recipient of numerous awards including Best Male Dancer at the Green Room Awards 2003, Australian Dance Awards 2003, Mo Awards 2004 and in 2009, named in Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Sydney, Bradly is highly respected in the dance industry and currently holds the position as Head of Dance at the Aboriginal Centre of the Performing Arts (ACPA) in Brisbane.