Kate Usher | FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
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. A big believer in ‘life-long learning’ Kate is working through an MBA at Queensland University of Technology researching trends in the Cultural Economy. Kate is currently the Executive Director of Ausdance Queensland, the states peak body for dance advocacy and support. Prior to this Kate held the role of Associate Producer at Metro Arts working across all art forms in contemporary performance, Producer at World Science Festival Brisbane, and her formative years were spent with 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. Projects dear to her heart are Out of the Box festival for Children and QPAC’s International Series. 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.
Ashleigh Musk | PROGRAM MANAGER
Ashleigh is a Brisbane-based dance artist, creator, producer and community arts facilitator. After graduating from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) in 2012, Ashleigh moved overseas and while working as a practicing artist, choreographer and producer throughout the UK and Spain she also completed two postgraduate diplomas in contemporary dance and cultural event management and production. In 2013, Ashleigh co-founded AGITART: Figueres es mou (Spain), a cultural project consisting of an internationally-recognized annual festival, audience engagement projects, a touring dance company, theatre programming and collaborations with international partners. Alongside her work in arts management, Ashleigh has also worked with international companies and choreographers, including Grace Euna Kim (BCN), Jamaal Burkmaar Dance for the Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase, Denada Dance Theatre (Spain/UK), James Wilton Dance, Ben Wright and Frauke Requardt (UK). She has choreographed for and performed in festivals throughout the world, including the Guandong Modern Dance Festival (China), 2High Arts Festival (Australia), Sismógraf (Spain), Swallowsfeet (UK) and Ripollesdansa (Spain).
Returning to Brisbane in 2018, Ashleigh is currently Program Manager with Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance, working as a performer and community facilitator with GUTS Dance - Central Australia (Alice Springs) and Liesel Zink (Brisbane), alongside creating her own projects.
Emily Wells | PRODUCER
Emily Wells is a proud Kamilaroi woman and a passionate creative, born and raised on the Sunshine Coast. Emily is a keen producer and performer whose creative practice spans diverse roles and art forms but particularly focused in theatre, events, festivals and non-for-profit arts organisations. Having recently graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Entertainment Industries with Distinction, Emily is passionate about supporting creatives, empowering our youth and strengthening the visibility of Indigenous knowledges, perspectives and practice in the Australian arts sector. Emily is currently working as a Producer with BlakDance and Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance and sincerely thanks the ever-growing network, particularly the strong Indigenous women, who continue to support her growth as an Indigenous Producer.
Felix Palmerson | VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR AND ARTIST LIASON
Felix Palmerson is a Brisbane-based contemporary dance performer, maker and teacher. After growing up and completing her early dance training in Melbourne with Yellow Wheel Contemporary Youth Company and West Pointe Ballet Academy, Felix went on to graduate a scholarship and university medal recipient from Queensland University of Technology’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) in 2017.
Felix has performed and choreographed for international festivals including ELEKTRA (Montreal); Ars Electronica (Austria) and Beijing Dance Festival (China), as well as many Australian events:Robotronica; The Big Red Bash; Woodford Folk Festival; Festival 2018(Commonwealth Games); Anywhere Theatre Festival and Out of The Box among others. Most recently, Felix has been working as a freelance dance artist for Steph Hutchison; Angela Chaplin; Common People Dance Project (Neridah Waters); Phluxus2 Dance Collective and The CrackUp Sisters.
In addition to performance is involved in photography; academic tutoring and research; teaching; and visitor services at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Felix’ experience in various aspects of the arts industry has developed a varied portfolio of skills and a passion for new experiences.
Dr Anja Ali-Haapala | RESEARCH AND EVALUATION CONSULTANT
Dr Anja Ali-Haapala is a dance researcher and practitioner. Anja’s research work focuses on how people engage with dance as audience members and recreational dancers. She has undertaken projects on the topics of open rehearsal spectatorship, contemporary dance audience motivations, ballet for seniors, and youth dance. Through her research projects, Anja has worked with Expressions Dance Company, Queensland Ballet, QUT Creative Industries, Sydney Dance Company, and The Australian Ballet. Her findings have been presented and published internationally, and have had tangible impact on the Australian dance industry.
Anja’s dance practice focuses on community teaching and promoting the joy in dancing. She has also taught in school, tertiary, corporate and private dance training contexts. Anja’s teaching credits include Phluxus2 Dance Collective, Raw Dance Company, Queensland Ballet, QUT Dance, and schools across Brisbane, North Queensland, and Great Southern (WA). Anja was awarded her PhD in Creative Industries in 2016 and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (First Class Honours) in 2011 by QUT.
Dr Graeme Murphy, AO | SUPERCELL ADVOCATE
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.”
Amy Hollingsworth | CHAIR
Artistic Director, EDC
Glen Player | TREASURER
Finance Officer and Playwright
Jade Ellis | SECRETARY
Company Manager, EDC
Glyn Roberts | COMMITTEE MEMBER
Artistic Director, Castlemaine State Festival
Desmond Sweeney | COMMITTEE MEMBER
Barrister and Arts Advocate
Emily Sweeney | COMMITTEE MEMBER
Associate Producer, Next Wave Festival
Jacqueleen Brown | COMMITTEE MEMBER
Principal Marketing and Events Officer, Trade and Events Queensland
Adam Humphries | COMMITTEE MEMBER
State Government and Universities Leader, Virgin Australia