SUPERCELL: Festival of Contemporary Dance was founded by Kate Usher and Glyn Roberts. Two colleagues who became friends over a shared love for Netflix’s documseries Chef’s Table and commiserating about Brisbane’s humidity. Both deeply love the arts and are passionate about exquisite contemporary dance. Joining forces they created Supercell with aspirations to generate critical mass around the exciting things happening with Dance in Queensland and, to work with the sector, artists and audiences to build a vibrant and respected festival that is quintessentially Brisbane.
The namesake of the festival comes from a catch phrase Australian media attribute to particularly nasty tropical storms. Referring to the collision of multiple particles to create a major widespread event of beauty, ferocity, spectacle and rejuvenation. That is a Supercell.
Sitting on Glyn’s balcony one summer evening in 2015, watching the storms roll in over the city and basking in the thick humidity and weird smell Brisbane gets right before the first crack of lighting, we were brainstorming names for our fledgling festival. A notoriously tricky thing we are jamming on words to not much success. Winds pick up, sky goes green, incoming hail! As the storm cells converge over Brisbane so do the elements of our festival. Storms can make one a bit silly and we began joking about referring to the festival as The Supercell Dance Festival.. Dance Supercell.. and well.. the name just stuck. So this is it: Supercell. Brisbane’s contemporary dance festival.
We shall as they say, be dancing with you in the summer rains!
Engaging, inspiring and connecting audiences and artists.
Central to each Supercell is the presentation of an acclaimed international artist or group. This artist will not only present their work, but will also facilitate workshops, lectures, and classes throughout the entirety of the festival. They will engage with the Supercell program and be a provocateur of thought, movement and art.
Supercell aims to commission a new work from a Queensland-based choreographer or company. Supercell’s local commission aims to dynamically and gently push our artists into new realms.
A key interstate company or artists will be invited to present and share their work at Supercell.
Queensland is home to three successful contemporary dance companies: Dance North in Townsville, Expressions Dance Company in Brisbane and The Farm on the Gold Coast. In addition to the contemporary companies, Brisbane is home to Queensland Ballet. All four companies will present works where possible and engage in the suite of workshop and lectures programs when available. Intertwined with these key companies is an incredibly vibrant and diverse Independent Sector of practicing artists.
WORKSHOP AND ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
A key component of the Supercell experience is an educational and participatory program. This will offer a variety of access points to ideas, artists and the festival experience with programming such as lecture series, behind the scenes opportunities, professional development activities, and at the crux of this, a workshop program. The workshop program is an opportunity for Supercell artists to share their diverse styles, skills and knowledge with professional contemporary dancers as well as the general public and dance enthusiasts. Workshops are designed to open the kinetic and physical experience for all those involved in the festival- artists and audiences alike. General Public workshops will be offered at a skill level and format considered for the ’non- dancer’.