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.”
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’s most recent position was with Metro Arts as their Associate Producer 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.
Glyn is the newly appointed Artistic Director of Castlemaine State Festival in regional Victoria. A co-founder and Curatorial Consultant for Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane, Glyn works alongside Kate Usher to curate and strategise for the longevity of this bespoke festival. Past positions have included 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.
Emily joined the Supercell team in 2016 when on a trip to Brisbane and reminiscing with Kate and Glyn on their time together at the Atelier in Gwangju, was convinced to champion the fledgling festival with its co-founders. Before developing the inaugural Supercell, Emily has worked in the performing and cultural arts sector for over 10 years. As a keen advocate for community projects and social justice advocacy lead Emily to experience a wide variety of engagement and participation in the arts. Former positions include Producer for Brisbane Festival, Associate producer at QPAC, Programming Coordinator for Melbourne Festival as will as gigs with Comedy Festival and the Fringe Circuit.
Emily holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Federation University and a GradDip from Latrobe University.
Emily Wells is a proud Kamilaroi woman, born and bred on the Sunshine Coast. As an emerging arts manager, Emily is passionate about the endless opportunities of live entertainment and extremely excited about beginning her journey with Supercell and developing her independent dance producing skill set. Emily holds a Certificate 4 in Performing Arts from the Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts and will soon Graduate in December 2017 with a Bachelor of Entertainment Industries from QUT.
Emily is currently working as the Creative Producer of Digi Youth Arts' multi-arts project, unsettle, which allows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to respond to the cultural landscape of mainstream institutions through street art, theatre, film, visual art, dance and music. Emily also has particular interest and experience in events, festivals and arts organisations such as La Boite Theatre Company, Caloundra Music Festival, Jungle Love, and RAW Showcases. Emily cannot wait to continue producing meaningful projects within Brisbane and the wider Australian entertainment industry.
Emily’s position with Supercell is kindly supported by Brisbane City Council and a Creative Sparks 2016-2017 grant.
Maddie is a Brisbane based writer, youth arts facilitator and production stage manager. Since graduating from the Queensland University of Technology (BFA Drama and DipEd Senior Years), Maddie has been forging a career that focuses on the development of new contemporary work and theatre for young people. In 2015 Maddie trained with the Australian Theatre for Young People as a mentee writer, and is currently a resident Young Playwright at Queensland Theatre. As Playwright: Cooladdi (ATYP), Food Fight (ATYP), The Parable People (FAST). Contributing Writer: The Children’s Monologue’s (Digi Youth Arts). Dramaturg: England (Matt Seery, Nathan Booth and Metro Arts), The Show Must Goon (Four Stripes, Adelaide Fringe), As We Come Undone (QUT). Production Manager: Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance, Cargo Club (Metro Arts and Centre for Australasian Theatre), The Voice in The Walls (Imaginary Theatre). Stage Manager:Blue Bones (Playlab), The 7 Stages of Grieving (Grin + Tonic, Queensland Theatre). Assistant Stage Manager: Medea (La Boite Theatre Company), Black Diggers (Queensland Theatre, Brisbane Festival).
Dr Anja Ali-Haapala
Research and Evaluation Consultant
Anja is an audience researcher and dance practitioner. 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. Through her audience research projects, Anja has worked closely with The Australian Ballet (Melbourne), Sydney Dance Company, Expressions Dance Company (Brisbane), and Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane, and has presented and published her findings internationally. Anja’s dance practice crossing making, performing and teaching across stage, street theatre and film projects in community, school, tertiary and professional settings. Anja is also the co-chair of the Early Career Researchers Community – Dance, an international network for emerging dance researchers to develop networks and skills. In 2016, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) awarded her a PhD on the topic of spectator-dancer relationships during open rehearsals. Anja also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with First Class Honours (2011, QUT). www.ali-haapala.com.au
Marketing and Development Coordinator
Stephanie completed a Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries in 2017 majoring in advertising and communications in the arts (QUT), as well as holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dance Performance graduating in 2004 (QUT) . 2017 saw Stephanie expand her practice into arts marketing putting her skills in graphic design, film editing and website design and management into effect working closely with the Independent Arts sector and freelance commercial contracts. Joining Supercell in 2017 as the Marketing and Development Coordinator is an exciting opportunity to consolidate her academic knowledge whilst working on a major project refining her expertise and expanding her experience in Communications.
In addition to her new endeavors in Arts Marketing, Stephanie keep close to creativity and contemporary dance maintaining a practice as a Brisbane dancer and choreographer. Over the last 15 years Stephanie has worked and trained in Australia and UK focusing on the intersection between dance, theatre and installation works. Most recently Stephanie was part of Supercell 2017 as a dancer performing in “They Gather” choreographed by Bridget Fiske & Joseph Lau, as well as being able to present her work “Unconsciously Done” as part of the INDEX program. She has also performed and choreographed for Bleach* Festival, Outcast Performing Arts, Lucid Dance Company and other independent artists.
Volunteer Coordinator and Artist Liaison
Felix is originally from Melbourne and currently lives, works and calls Brisbane home. Felix is an emerging contemporary dance practitioner and choreographer, having just completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) at Queensland University of Technology in 2017. With a keen interest in the arts ecosystem Felix volunteers for events and festivals building a portfolio of skills across performance making and producing. Balancing Art and Business, Felix works in the Visitor Services team at the Brisbane Powerhouse and is also dedicated to her daily dance class. In 2017, Felix was a part of the inaugural team for Supercell Dance Festival’s as the Volunteers Coordinator and is very excited to be back in 2018 taking up the position of Volunteers and Artist Liaison.
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. Previously he was the Business Manager at La Boite Theatre Inc, and has also worked in a financial capacity at Brisbane Festival.
Lizzie is a a performer, choreographer, director, teacher, arts administrator and researcher.
Lizzie has performed with Expressions Dance Company and Leigh Warren & Dancers. As an independent artist she’s choreographed works for Expressions Dance Company, 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 White Porcelain Doll (2014), Resurfaced - Brisbane Festival (2012) with Feet Teeth, and Lady Electronica Live - Judith Wright Centre (2012) with Donna Hewitt.
As well as being the Secretary of the Management Committee of Supercell, Lizzie is a Rehearsal Director for EDC and Dancenorth, and Professional Development Consultant for Ausdance Queensland. This year she was awarded a Master of Arts (Research) for her thesis - Seeing the chameleon: Barriers to making dance work for independent dance creators in Brisbane.
Desmond 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.
Amy trained at The Australian Ballet School and danced as a leading dancer in 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.
Amy was Dance Director for Sydney Dance Company and was part of the creation and development of the company's education program. Amy went on to direct, mentor and choreograph through her own company Bespoke Movement.
Amy is Rehearsal Director with Expressions Dance Company, she worked on the company’s work 7 Deadly Sins and Black. She also assisted with the curation of EDC’s Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive.
Amy has choreographed 5 new works, 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.
Bradley is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people. He trained at The Australian Ballet School, graduating in 1990. Bradley then joined the Hong Kong Ballet performing roles in Paquita, Spectre de la Rose, Troy Games and Tales of Hoffmann.
In 1991 he joined Sydney Dance Company under the direction of Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon. During his time with SDC, he toured extensively both in Australia and internationally. Bradley was appointed to the role of Deputy Dance Director in 2008 and then Dance Director in 2009.
Bradley 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 currently holds the position as Head of Dance at the Aboriginal Centre of the Performing Arts (ACPA) in Brisbane.
Meg founded Mad Dance House 15 years ago. MDH is a staple of the Brisbane community introducing dance to literally thousands of adults and servicing many great dancers. Many dancers have started their training at MDH (or have had their fire for dance re-ignited) and have gone on to wonderful careers in dance. Meg loves that MDH is part of a massive global dance family with interstate and international teachers visiting regularly. Meg is a fully qualified Ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance but likes to be known as simply a dance lover and ambassador.