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 worked for Tasdance, having choreographed and delivered their Education Performance Project Bright Spark (2013) and Alter (2014) as well as their DanceNET program in schools (2013). He was the recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts Early Career Residency with Tasdance. 

In 2014 Joshua was an Asialink Resident and spent time working in Sumatra with Institut Seni Indonesia, returning in 2017 to perform his solo Black Words in Golden Speech for the Festival Langgam Tari II. In 2015 Joshua choreographed commissioned works for QL2 in Canberra, Festival of Voices in Hobart, and Frankston Arts Centre as a part of the Anywhere Festival, as well as serving on the Arts Tasmania (Organisations) and Australia Council for the Arts (Dance) funding panels, and as a young leader in Dark MOFO's Hothouse program. 2017 saw Joshua choreograph new major work for DRILL, Cold Omens, which was recently awarded Best Production and Best Design at the 2018 Tasmanian Theatre Awards. www.joshualowe.com.au

 

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.


PREVIOUS GUEST ARTISTS

BEC JONES
GUEST CHOREOGRAPHER

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.

 

James Batchelor
Guest Choreographer

James Batchelor is an award-winning choreographer and performer working internationally. He has worked with choreographers and companies including Antony Hamilton, Stephanie Lake, Sue Healey, Prue Lang, Chunky Move and Tasdance. His works combine movement and visual arts, using performance as a tool to inspire critical thought and re ection on the contemporary world. His debut full-length work ISLAND won a Green Room Award and Canberra Critics Choice Award in 2014. METASYSTEMS has toured extensively in Australia, Thailand, France, Italy and China. He has been commissioned on two occasions for the biennial Keir Choreographic Award and last year completed a two- month residency at sea studying remote sub-Antarctic islands. His latest work DEEPSPACE premiered in Dance Massive and he is currently developing a new work in Melbourne commissioned by Chunky Move.

James trained in Canberra with the QL2 Quantum Leap Ensemble and later in Melbourne as a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts.