Kate Usher | CURATOR
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 dance artist, creator, producer and community arts facilitator. She aspires to build unique artistic projects with a particular interest in site-specific performances, street arts, audience engagement, festivals and collaborative projects.
After graduating from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) in 2012, Ashleigh moved overseas and completed a Postgraduate Diploma of Contemporary Dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) in 2013 and a Postgraduate in Production and Cultural Event Management at the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2016.
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 and collaborations with international partners. Ashleigh has also worked with international companies/choreographers including Grace Euna Kim (BCN), Jamaal Burkmaar Dance, Denada Dance Theatre (Spain/UK), James Wilton Dance, Ben Wright and Frauke Requardt (UK).
Returning to Brisbane in 2018, Ashleigh is currently working as a Producer with Ausdance QLD and as an artist and community arts facilitator with GUTS DANCE (Central Australia).
Liesel Zink | PRODUCER
Liesel Zink is an award-winning choreographer with an international practice. She creates large scale site-specific work and is currently interested in the socio-political body in shifting landscapes. Liesel received the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for her public space work The Stance which has been presented at Sziget Festival Hungary 2017, Ansan Street Arts Festival South Korea 2017 and multiple cities around Australia. 2018 saw Liesel choreograph a new dance and science collaboration ‘Inter, gallery performance work Balloons & Granite and join Force Majeure as a lead artist for their development and presentation of FLOCK. She’s also been commissioned to choreograph works Tasdance, Expressions Dance Company and LINK Dance Company.
As a producer Liesel is interested in using artistic process to facilitate cultural exchange. She produces her own work both within Australia and overseas, is currently working with Performing Lines as the touring producer for Amrita Hepi’s A Call To Dance and is co-producing Michael Smith’s ‘Cowboy’ with The Farm.
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.
Alana Sargent | 2019 Marketing and Communications Officer
Alana completed her dance studies at the New Zealand School of Dance from 2008 to 2010. In her graduating year, she was offered an apprenticeship with Sydney Dance Company (SDC), which was sponsored by Foxtel and featured in a docuseries. Alana became a full-time company dancer in 2012 and performed with SDC for four years, during which time she worked with numerous internationally renowned choreographers, including Jacopo Godani, Andonis Foniadakis, Alexander Ekman, Emanuel Gat and Stephanie Lake.
Alana moved to Expressions Dance Company in 2016, and was recently nominated for ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’ in Dance Australia’s Critics’ Choice Survey for 2018.
Alongside her position as a company dancer, Alana has creative involvement behind the scenes, in the role of costume designer. Her design portfolio, which began with Sydney Dance Company’s 2015 season of New Breed, includes Liesel Zink’s Inter at Flowstate, EDC’s Propel and Converge, and Craig Davidson’s Parts per Million for Queensland Ballet’s BESPOKE season.
In 2018, Alana entered a new phase of her career when she took on a role as the social media assistant at EDC.
Felix Palmerson | VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR AND ARTIST LIASON
Felix Palmerson is from Melbourne but currently lives, works and calls Brisbane home. Felix is a performer, maker and teacher who graduated a scholarship and university medal recipient from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance). In 2018/19, Felix completed and reviewed ‘The Basics of Teaching Artistry’ through Kadenze.
Felix has performed and choreographed for international festivals including Ars Electronica (Austria) and Beijing Dance Festival (China), as well as many Australian events: Brisbane Festival; Woodford Folk Festival; Festival 2018 (Commonwealth Games); Anywhere Theatre Festival; Out of The Box; Valley Fiesta; Mad Dance House’s ‘HYPE Night’ and 2High Festival. Most recently, Felix has been working as a dance artist for director, Angela Chaplin, and Common People Dance Project (Neridah Waters).
In addition to performance, Felix regularly models for photographer, Michael Blamey; tutors at QUT; teaches at Mad Dance House; works as photography and sales assistant at Dance Exposure; and works in the Brisbane Powerhouse’s Visitor Services team. Felix’ experience in various aspects of the arts industry has developed a varied portfolio of skills and a passion for learning new things.
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 Sweeny | 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