Join award-winning choreographers/dancers Kyle Page and Amber Haines from Queenslands very own DanceNorth.

 Image by Amber Haines

Image by Amber Haines

Masterclass with Dancenorth

Join award-winning choreographers/dancers Kyle Page and Amber Haines for a masterclass designed for dance professionals and tertiary students.

Kyle is Artistic Director and Amber Associate Artistic Director for acclaimed contemporary dance company Dancenorth, based in tropical north Queensland. This is a rare opportunity to experience firsthand their unique and collaborative approach to creating and developing contemporary dance.

The session will run for 1.5 hours and will begin with a focus on energy cultivation, followed by exercises in somatic integration of mind and body.

Delve into the physical ethos of this visionary company as Kyle and Amber lead you through some of the practices they incorporate when choreographing new work. Experience the journey of breaking the bounds of convention and exploring the realm of constant curiosity.

DATE: Friday 16 February

TIME: 8:30 - 10:00AM

LOCATION: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

PRICE: $15*

*plus transaction fee of $5.95

 Image by Amber Haines

Image by Amber Haines

Kyle Page – Artistic Director

Kyle Page is an Australian director, choreographer and performer. Throughout his career he has performed in 17 countries and collaborated with renowned choreographers including Meryl Tankard, Garry Stewart, Lucy Guerin, Gideon Obarzanek, Gavin Webber, Ikuyo Kuroda, Antony Hamilton and Stephanie Lake.

At seventeen Kyle was already a professional dancer with Dancenorth Australia and just ten years later in December 2014 he returned to Townsville to assume the role of Artistic Director of the company. He has co-directed three full-length works for Dancenorth alongside his wife and long-time collaborator Amber Haines, including Syncing Feeling, Spectra and Rainbow Vomit. Kyle recently directed Tectonic, a large outdoor installation work presented as part of the 2017 Strand Ephemera.

In 2013 Kyle and Amber received an Asialink residency and spent three months in Varanasi, India. In 2015 the pair took part in the prestigious Arctic Circle Residency, sailing a barquentine tall ship around Svalbard for three weeks. In 2017 Kyle and Amber spent four weeks at the Aajuna Artist Residency in Qaqortoq, Greenland. In 2015 Kyle was awarded the coveted Australian Institute of Management 30 under 30 and was listed as one of North Queensland’s top 50 most influential people.

In 2016 he was chosen to participate in the Australia Council’s Arts Leaders Program, recognized as the AIM Emerging Leader of the Year for the North / Far North Queensland Region and was again listed as one of the top 50 most influential people in North Queensland.

Kyle was recently awarded a 2017 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and has recently been announced as a member of the creative team working on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Kyle has been named as a Segment Director and will co-choreograph alongside Amber Haines.

 Image by Amber Haines

Image by Amber Haines

AMber Haines - Associate Artistic Director

Amber  is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Dancenorth.

In 2006 Amber attained a Bachelor of Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts graduating with the Mary Orloff Prize for Most Outstanding Dancer. Since then she has worked with many of Australia’s most acclaimed companies and choreographers including Chunky Move / Gideon Obarzanek, Australian Dance Theatre / Garry Stewart, Lucy Guerin Inc / Lucy Guerin, Stephanie Lake and Tracie Mitchelle. She has performed throughout Australia, Europe, United Kingdom, North, South and Central America, Canada and Japan.

Amber is a multi-award nominee for both the Australian Dance Awards and The Heplmann Awards for Best Dance Performance by a Female. Amber and Kyle Page, her partner and long-time collaborator, have co-directed three full-length works for Dancenorth including Syncing Feeling, Spectra and Rainbow Vomit. These works have been performed across Australia including major international arts festivals - Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival, OzAsia Festival and MOFO.

Their works have received numerous award nominations from both the Helpmann Awards and the Australian Dance Awards. In 2013/14 Amber and Kyle spent three months in Varanasi, India on an Asialink residency and in 2015 they spent three weeks onboard a Barquentine Tall Ship sailing around Svalbard as part of the prestigious Arctic Circle Residency.

Amber is also an emerging photographer, creating the majority of photographic material for Dancenorth.

DanceNorth would like to acknowledge: Australia Council for the Arts, City of Townsville, Queensland Government & Tim Fairfax Family Foundation