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CONTACT - New Dance Work - Jack Riley & Artists

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Gorman Arts Centre - QL2 Theatre

55 Ainslie Avenue

Braddon, ACT 2612


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A new, exciting, highly creative contemporary dance work choreographed by Jack Riley in collaboration with talented artists that combine dance, live sound, lighting and costume design.

A unique and energetic performance that will be highly appealing audiences of art lovers and general public alike.

The performance seeks to express why our bodies yearn for understanding and community after the impact of personalized objects and technology. How can we return the power back to the body and find human connection?

Three dancers and an unknown figure are driven towards the dark
forces that lie within. Robert Downie's live score is a futurist dreamscape through which the dancers entwine and Andrew Treloar clothes them with an edge of fashion. Serpentine, relentless, encountering objects. Remove the mask. Contact.

7pm 9th June

7pm 10th June

55 Ainslie Avenue Braddon 2612 - Gorman house Theatre


Jack Riley

Jack Riley is a recent graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts VCA, BFA in dance. Jack is 22 years of age and has over ten years of contemporary dance experience and also acheived elite level success in the martial arts of Judo, representing Australia at National and International level. Jack began dancing with Quantum Leap Youth Dance Ensemble in Canberra, under the artistic direction of Ruth Osborne and worked with many established dance artists. After graduating from VCA Jack has laid a foundation in Melbourne as a performer and choreographer, presenting at popular events such as the Melbourne Fringe Festival, reflected in being nominated for best dance award for 2016. He also collaborated with Ruth Osborne on a commissioned work for the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. His performing career has led him to work with well renown artists such as Lee Serle, David rozetsky, and Jo Lloyd. He has recently finished working for Tasdance company on their new work Fragile Matter with Paul Blackman and Christine Gouzelis (Jukstapoz). Currently Jack is performing with the Australian Opera in their new production of the King Roger and in June he will be presenting his second full length work Contact at QL2 theatre Gorman house in Canberra. In the coming years Jack plans to continue his career in the performing arts and further investigate movement, choreography, art and consequently how they relate to the world.


Olivia Mcpherson

Olivia is a 2016 graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. Whilst at the VCA, Olivia performed in Singapore at the M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival 2015: Continuum Dance Exchange and travelled to France to participate in workshops at the Camping Festival, Micadanses and the Montpellier Dance Festival. Olivia presented her own work Render in the 2016 VCA danceON Season, and was awarded the Orloff Family Trust Scholarship for most outstanding in her graduating year at VCA. She also performed in Melanie Lane’s work, Remake, as part of Chunky Move’s Next Move program and in the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Most recently Olivia worked with Tasdance on the seasons of Fragile Matter, choreographed by Paul Blackman and Christine Gouzelis, and Brew, choreographed by the company ensemble and AD Felicity Bott.

Isabelle Beauverd

Isabelle Beauverd is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts, and a recipient of the Choreographic Development Fund Award. In 2015 Isabelle travelled to France to participate in workshops led by Joné San Martin, before being selected to perform in Singapore for the M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival. While at the VCA, Isabelle has worked with distinguished choreographers such as Sandra Parker, Lee Serle, Stephanie Lake, and Prue Lang. In 2016 she presented her work Bottom line at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and performed in Sandra Parker’s Human Version for Lucy Guerin’s ‘Pieces for Small Spaces’ program.

Sound Composition

Robert Downie

Robert Downie is a producer, sound designer and an artist. Downie has composed and performed in contemporary dance works at Inner Varnika Festival (2016), Strawberry Fields (2016) and Melbourne Fringe (2016), worked with blogs Munday and Youth Misinterpreted, composed scores for several short films including Lola (dir. James Carroll 2016) and Under the Table (dir. Max Walter 2015), and a number of theatre shows including Matrophobia! (Adelaide Fringe 2017). As Halvardan, Downie wrote a short graphic novel that is to be read while listening to an experimental music album, released in 2017. Currently Downie is making an EP with his band Hemm to be released with Smooch Records in mid 2017, and working with an engineer and sculptor to create music making robots.

Lighting Design

Candy Cooper

Candy is a young lighting designer just beginning to enter the professional world. She studied at the Victorian College of the Arts where she designed multiple shows, Candy has continued to build herself as an artist with some of her most recent credits including: 'Bottom Line' - Isabelle Beauverd (2016), 'i am Alive' - Jack Riley (2016), 'Three Blind Mice' - Mousetrap Theatre (2017) and 'When the rain stops falling' - Not The Worst Productions (2017). Candy completed an internship with Audio-Visual Artist Daniel Canogar in Madrid, Spain, this trip changed the way she holds herself professionally and has assisted in her design processes.

Costume Design

Andrew Treloar

Andrew Treloar is an interdisciplinary artist working between contemporary art, performance and fashion design. He develops his projects and hosts others in his purpose-built studio TRELOARLAND.

He completed a Masters in Fine Art by Research in 2014, studying interrelationships between training and conditioning practices in dance and sport to generate processes for making art works.

Andrew’s costume work for dance has included multiple works for Dancenorth, Rebecca Jensen’s Explorer, Shian Law’s Vanishing Point, and was nominated for a Green Room Award for Lillian Steiner and Leah Landau’s BUNKER.

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