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 Musk is a Brisbane-based dancer, creator and producer. After graduating from the Queensland University of Technology (Australia) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) in 2012, Ashleigh moved overseas where she completed a Postgraduate Diploma of Contemporary Dance at the University of Kent / Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds, UK) in 2013 and a Postgraduate in Production and Cultural Event Management at the University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) in 2016.
Alongside her work in producing and arts management, Ashleigh has also worked with various international companies and choreographers. She has choreographed for and performed in festivals throughout the world, including the Guandong Modern Dance Festival (China, 2011), 2High Arts Festival (Australia, 2011), Sismógraf (Spain, 2016), Swallowsfeet (UK, 2016) and Ripollesdansa (Spain,
For the past five years, Ashleigh co-founded and implemented a cultural project in Figueres, Spain, using dance as the main art form but which also expanded into other disciplines including circus, music, theatre and installations/digital art. The project, AGITART, involved various lines of work: an annual international festival, educational and audience engagement projects, a touring dance company, programming for the city theatre and collaborations with various cultural key stakeholders in Spain.
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, 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.
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
Alana Sargent | 2019 Marketing and Communications Officer
Alana graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2010. In her third year of training she was offered an apprenticeship with Sydney Dance Company sponsored by Foxtel, who chronicled her experience as a dancer into a documentary. This led to a full time position in 2012. Alana performed with the company for four years working with numerous choreographers including Jacopo Godani, Andonis Foniadakis, Alexander Ekman, Emanuel Gat and Stephanie Lake. Her performances included Rafael Bonachela’s Frame of Mind, which won ‘Best Choreography in a Dance Work’ and ‘Best Dance Work’ at the 2015 Helpmann Awards. Alana joined EDC as a company dancer in 2016. She is also a costume designer, and has created costumes featuring in Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed, Liesel Zink’s Inter at Flowstate, EDC’s Propel and Converge and most recently for Craig Davidson’s Parts per Million for Queensland Ballet’s BESPOKE season. In 2018 Alana started to transition to a career in the digital world, beginning with taking the role as Social Media Assistant at Expressions Dance Company.
Stephanie Pokoj | 2018 MARKETING OFFICER
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.
Felix Palmerson | VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR AND ARTIST LIASON
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.
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