STAFF

JOSHUA LOWE
Artistic Director

Joshua is a Tasmanian born dancer, choreographer and producer. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (Bachelor of Dance, 2011), Joshua is regularly engaged as a choreographer for professional, youth and community-based works.

Joshua formed youth dance company DRILL in Tasmania in 2007, and as Artistic Director has produced and choreographed numerous major works and educational programs for the company since then. In 2014 Joshua was awarded both the Bokprint Arts & Cultural Development Award and The Premier's Young Achiever of the Year Award, and in 2010 the Regional Arts Australia Volunteer Award for Outstanding Contribution for his work with DRILL. In 2017 DRILL became an incorporated association led by its new Board.

In 2018 Joshua was also appointed as the new Artistic Director of Melbourne's pre-professional dance company, Yellow Wheel, after working as the founding Company Manager since 2012.

Joshua has been engaged for numerous teaching positions, residencies and as a commissioned choreographer, independently and for organisations such as Tasdance, Festival of Voices and QL2 (Canberra). He has performed numerous times for Dark MOFO, including Hermann Nitsch’s work, 150.Action.

In 2014 Joshua was an Asialink Resident and spent time working in Sumatra with Institut Seni Indonesia, learning traditional dance forms, lecturing in contemporary dance, and creating a new work, Hamba/Thrall. He returned in 2017 to perform his solo Black Words in Golden Speech for the Festival Langgam Tari II, which was then again performed at a part of Moonah Moves in Hobart, 2018.

In 2019 Joshua is working across numerous projects including SIMULCAST for Dance Massive, The Stance for Ten Days on the Island, major seasons for DRILL and Yellow Wheel, and will take part in the Australia Council for the Arts Future Leaders Program. www.joshualowe.com.au

 

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Cathryn Gurrin
General Manager

Cathryn has been a long-time program officer at Arts Tasmania where she has worked with a wide range of artists and organisations. She was a board member of Musica Viva Tasmania for seven years, where she managed the operations of their annual subscription season, as well as being treasurer. She also had a stint as Operations Coordinator for Ten Days on the Island. Before that, Cathryn managed over 100 concerts a year at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. Cathryn holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Queensland and a Certificate IV in Entertainment. She completed the orchestral management school held by Youth Music Australia (now the Australian Youth Orchestra) and played in three of their national performing programs as a horn player.

ANGELA BARNARD
Artistic Associate

Angela is a Hobart-based dance artist and teacher. In 2005 she graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Creative Arts in dance and photography and in 2006 from QUT with a Graduate Diploma in Education.

Angela has performed with a number of local companies and independent artists such as Stompin, DRILL, Kickstart Arts, SPACE Dance, Chris Love and The Phonics as well as presenting her own choreographic works. Since 2007 she has taught TCE Dance at a number of schools including Guilford Young College, Hobart College, Claremont College and New Norfolk High, and has choreographed for numerous school musicals. From 2009-2012, Angela was a choreographer for the Hobart Chargers Cheerleaders and was an accredited cheerleading coach at Southern All Stars Cheer and Dance.

Angela has been working with DRILL as Artistic Associate since 2013 and choreographed for Radical Kid (2015), All Your Worth (2015), Trash This Place (2016) and NEON, upcoming in 2019.


CURRENT ARTISTS

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Liesel Zink
CHOREOGRAPHER (THe Stance 2019)

Liesel Zink is an award-winning Australian choreographer whose practice centers around politics and social psychology. She creates large-scale dance and sound works in busy urban spaces, conducting social experiments amongst the busy flow of pedestrian traffic while exposing artistic process and practice to new and extensive audiences.

Liesel received the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for her project The Stance. The work also featured in Australia Council for the Arts 'Connecting Australians' research paper into participation in the arts in Australia.

Exploring the choreography of bodies in protest, Liesel’s public space work The Stance has been presented in Hungary for Sziget Festival 2017, South Korea for Ansan Street Arts Festival 2017Sydney for Liveworks Festival (Performance Space NSW)Hobart for Salamanca Moves TASLaunceston for Junction Arts Festival TAS, and Brisbane for both the Australian Performing Arts Market and Slipstream Festival (Metro Arts QLD), and in Perth with Co3 Youth. It is soon to be presented in Hong Kong in 2019.

2018 has seen Liesel create a new dance and science collaboration Inter and begin development of a new large scale gallery performance work Balloons & Granite. She also was a lead artist in the creation of Force Majeure's new site-specific work FLOCK. www.lieselzink.com

Felicity Bott
CHOREOGRAPHER (Education Programs 2019)

Felicity has worked in professional contemporary dance since 1989 as company dancer,
independent artist, commissioned choreographer, Artistic Director and CEO. She has 20 years’ experience at the helm of four different not-for profit arts organisations in Western Australia; Ausdance WA (2013-2015), Buzz Dance Theatre (2003-2009), STEPS Youth Dance Company (2000-2003), the Contemporary Dance Centre (1998-2002); and most recently in Tasmania at Tasdance (2015-18). In both Tasmania and Western Australia she has worked with teams to enliven cities, towns and communities through a wide range of cultural activities, performance, music, visual art, installation design and public art.

National nominations and awards include 6 Helpmann Award nominations and an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education. She is a 2007/8 Churchill Fellow and in 2009 was the recipient of the Department of Culture and the Arts’ prestigious Creative Development Fellowship in Western Australia. In January 2015, Felicity was selected for the Australia Council for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Development Program in Sydney. She is profiled in both editions of Rachel Power’s Creativity & Motherhood; The Divided Heart, a series of interviews with successful female artist-mothers (2008 & 2015).

Most recently she has been working independently as a dance artist (choreography, performance, film); dance educator; and festival artist liaison for MONA FOMA. Since November 2018, her studio base Deep Room has been at 65 Murray Street, Hobart, a developing inner-city hub for designers, architects, music producers, performing artists and physical therapists.

HAnnah Vermeulen
CHOREOGRAPHER (Junior Company)

Hannah is a Hobart-based dance artist, holding a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania. After performing with youth dance company DRILL periodically since 2007, in 2018 she began leading the company’s work in schools and co-choreographed Cybernetic for the DRILL Junior Company 2018.

Hannah started R.A.D classical ballet at a young age and gained her teaching qualifications and Distinction in Advanced level. She was selected to travel to China in 2005 to perform for audiences in Guangzhou. Hannah is a qualified Personal trainer; having run her own PT business in Brisbane for 5 years and has competed in multiple Fitness Modelling Competitions. She has also been in a short film for the MyState Film Festival, Tasmanian Road Safety advertisement campaign and worked for MONA, performing as a part of the Dark Mofo and Mona Foma festivals.

JAALA Jensen
CHOREOGRAPHER (NEON 2019)

Jaala Jensen is a Tasmanian born independent choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker, currently residing in Melbourne. She began performing and making in youth companies DRILL and Yellow Wheel, before graduating from The Space School of Performance Arts in 2015, with a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance).

Since graduating, she has been involved with preprofessional collective, YW2, in which she choreographed a short work ‘Lavinia. Her Spoke. And I.’, and has since produced and choreographed two full-length works across 2016 and 2017, ‘Forgive Me Athena, I Chose the Beast’ and ‘Delia’s Idea’, and a collection of short works along the way.

In 2018 Jaala directed her focus to herself as a performer, and began developing a solo practice. She created two solo works, ‘Goddess Sophia’ as a part of the Moonah Moves Festival, Tasmania, and ‘Headless Reggae’ from her time as an Artist in Residence with Unity Space. She has recently performed in, ‘FRAGMENTAL’ by Chris Chua, ‘DYEL’ by Jacinta Martorella and Melbourne Fringe’s Best Dance Award recipient, ‘SONOS’ by Aimee Schollum.

Jaala has an interest in working with youth companies and is currently employed as a choreographer for DRILL’s 2019 season, working with the company across a two-year development period. She also collaborated with the Moonah Moves Festival as a mentor, running contemporary dance workshops and classes, and working closely with young Tasmanian artists to aid them in their own choreographic works.

Jaala is currently studying a Bachelor of Film at SAE Institute Melbourne. www.jaalajensen.com


PAST ARTISTS

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James Batchelor
Choreographer (METASYSTEMS 2017)

James Batchelor is one of Australia’s leading young choreographers. His work is known for its visual clarity, architectural sensitivity to space and rhythmic playfulness. Movement is hypnotically focused and detailed drawing audiences into a contemplative and imaginative realm. His practice is collaborative, spanning mediums of dance, film, music and sculpture. The result is highly original and immersive performances of impact and scale that resonate with diverse audiences internationally.

James’ mission as an artist is to make work that inspires curiosity. To shift assumptions, widen awareness and create possibility. He strives to find ways that dance can be a conversation, collaboration and exchange with other disciplines and communities. In 2016 James was an artist in residence on a two-month expedition to the sub-Antarctic Heard and McDonald islands. Since this experience, there has been a particular focus in his work on the intersection of science and arts.

James trained at the Victorian College of the Arts graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts (Dance) in 2012. Over the last five years he has generated an extensive body of work in Australia including commissions from Chunky Move (REDSHIFT), Dance Massive (DEEPSPACE), Dancehouse (ISLAND), Keir Choreographic Award (METASYSTEMS, INHABITED GEOMETRIES) and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. (SMOOTH TRANSLATION).

His international work is focused mainly in Europe and Asia having presented in Paris (La Briqueterie), Versailles (Plastique Danse Flore), Luxembourg (Trois CL), Bassano del Grappa Italy (B.motion), Bangkok (Creative Industries) and Chongqing China (501 Artspace). In 2018 he will travel to the UK (Birmingham International Dance Festival, Dance 4 Nottingham, Hackney Showroom London, Arnolfini Bristol), Bassano del Grappa Italy (B.motion), Rome (Balletto di Roma), La Briqueterie Paris (Les Plateaux), Finland (Lonely in the Rain), Groningen The Netherlands (Jonge Harten), Riga Latvia (Homo Novus) and Brugge Belgium (December Dance).

As a performer he has worked with internationally renowned choreographers such as Iván Pérez, Anouk van Dijk (Chunky Move), Antony Hamilton, Prue Lang, Stephanie Lake and Sue Healey.
www.james-batchelor.com.au

BEC JONES
CHOREOGRAPHER (Dance Nexus 2016)

Bec completed a Bachelor of Dance Performance degree at Adelaide College of the Arts, having her professional debut in third year traveling to perform in the Holland Dance Festival with Leigh Warren and Dancers. Bec then went on to dance for Leigh Warren’s company for five years collaborating with artists including Prue Lang (Forsythe company), Frances Rings (Bangarra Dance Theatre) and perform in Jiří Kylián’s Dream Time – with assistance from Nederlands Dans Theatre rehearsal director Elke Schepers.

Throughout her time with Leigh Warren and Dancers, Bec toured with the company to perform in major international festivals including WOMADelaide, The Oz Asia Festival, The Adelaide and Brisbane Festivals in Australia, collaborated with the State Opera of South Australia and Victorian Opera on the wonderful Maria De Buenos Aires, and most recently, the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival.

Passionate for teaching and community based involvement Bec regularly lectures contemporary technique in some of Australia’s most highly regarded tertiary institutions, including Adelaide college of the Arts, (BA Dance) Gravity Dance (cert 5) and Queensland University of Technology.

Most recently Bec has performed with Tasdance as a company dancer for their 2015 and 2016 seasons.