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Hobart’s youth dance company DRILL presents NEON, an immersive contemporary dance work by local young movers.

AUGUST 14TH - 17TH, 2019

A collision of dance and science, NEON is a concoction of three new works inspired by the chemical elements, taking place during the International Year of the Periodic Table. Three choreographers, alongside the cast of seventeen, have examined how our understanding of science and the physical makeup of our reality is reflected in human experiences.


NEON is a completely free-roaming experience featuring musical scores created by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and an explosive design of light and colour. You are given the power to experiment with how you watch and listen to each of the three works, which are performed simultaneously on loop.

As a part of National Science Week, NEON also offers a range of fun, scientific experiments, games and competitions for you to try out prior to the performance. 

Capacity is strictly limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Support DRILL this EOFY with a tax-deductible donation!

🎁 The end of financial year is upon us, so it’s a fantastic time to make a fully tax-deductible donation to support DRILL! 🎁

We need your help to make sure we can keep running programs like Dance Nexus in schools, as well as our company performances. Your donation will ensure these programs remain low-cost and accessible to all young people.

Every little bit counts! Click here to find out more and donate before June 30th! 🐡 

Dance Nexus Performance

Check out some pics from the performances of Dance Nexus 19! Now in its fifth year, the program connected choreographer Felicity Bott and six scientists from University of Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the Royal Hobart Hospital with five schools to create dance works about science. The cast of 100 students performed to a total audience of 706 people over three shows! A huge thank you and congrats to all involved!

👕 designs by Joshua Lowe
📸 by Katie Palmer Photography & Angela Barnard

DRILL is looking for a General Manager


Application Information

Nine-month contract, with the option to become an ongoing position, subject to securing funding. “Permanent”, part-time. Commencing July 2019.

DRILL is Hobart’s contemporary youth dance company, and is the primary provider of contemporary dance engagement opportunities for young people in southern Tasmania.

DRILL is run by a small team consisting of a full-time Artistic Director, part-time General Manager, and casual tutors, choreographers, technicians and project staff, who are engaged as required.

The General Manager works in close partnership with the Artistic Director to lead and manage the organisation, contributing to and implementing our vision, planning and programming, and supporting excellent governance. The General Manager’s focus is management of people, facilities, resources and finances; including marketing, and sourcing funding. The Artistic Director’s focus is artistic leadership, program design and implementation, creative development, mentoring, and relationships with stakeholders. They report jointly to the Board of DRILL.

The major workload of the position is strategic, management and administrative; but as a member of a small team there will also be requirements to perform day-to-day operational duties when necessary; and opportunities to exercise other skills of the appointee where this is efficient and effective — eg, design, web, technical, IT. 

Working hours are flexible within operational requirements. The appointee is required to work evenings and weekends at various times throughout the year.

DRILL reserves the right to appoint a person who has not applied. DRILL also invites persons who have an exceptional capacity but may not meet all selection criteria to apply and who would be appointed at a lower level with some support provided.

Closing date for applications is 21 June 2019. Interviews are expected be held from 24 June 2019.

For informal discussion about the position, please contact Joshua Lowe at or on 0408 660 748.

Click here for the full position description and selection criteria.

Dance Nexus and Moving East 2 begin!

This week we are starting rehearsals for TWO more education programs, Dance Nexus in Glenorchy and Moving East 2 in Clarence!

Across the two programs we are connecting 12 classes with 12 professional scientists, who will be working with the students and choreographers to help make a work about their research and practice. Our Glenorchy schools will be working with choreographer Felicity Bott and a huge mix of scientists, while Clarence is led by choreographers Hannah Vermeulen, Joshua Lowe and Tullia Chung-Tilley, alongside scientists from IMAS and the Australian Antarctic Division.


Angie Jackson from the Royal Hobart Hospital’s Microbiology and Serology Departments spent a lesson at Kempton Primary, sharing how she analyses samples for bacteria, parasites, fungi and viruses, helping to diagnose infections. Definitely not your usual dance class! 

We were also lucky to have Guy Williams from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies join us at Warrane Primary for Moving East 2. Guy is a polar oceanographer who works with the ocean currents and their interaction with sea ice and Antarctic ice shelves. He brought in some of his equipment to show students how him and his team measure the ice while they’re down in Antarctica. Over the next nine weeks the students will be interpreting and learning about this information by using it to choreograph their own dance piece to be performed at World Games Day on June 30th

Moving East at the Clarence Plains Harvest Festival

It’s been a pretty huge week for DRILL after presenting The Stance last week for Ten Days on the Island, starting rehearsals for our major season NEON last night, and today presenting the performance of Moving East, after working for five weeks with six primary and secondary classes! 

This project, choreographed by Felicity Bott, drew its inspiration from Dust by Dancenorth, which toured to Hobart for Ten Days on the Island. Students explored some of the core inquiries of Dust, including things in their lives they inherit, and how they choose to deal with those. They also used their own set of black boxes, similar to the ones designed by Liminal Studio.

DRILL was so happy to support senior company member and Bayview Secondary College alumnus Jarrod Pearson, employing him as intern to work alongside Felicity to deliver the project.

After five weeks of rehearsals the students from South Arm, Rokeby and Clarendon Vale Primary Schools, and Bayview Secondary College came together to perform for audiences at the Clarence Plains Harvest Festival, this year held in Clarendon Vale.

Those with keen eyes will have noticed each school’s custom designed shirt, made to represent the different structures that were made throughout the piece.

Moving East was made entirely possible by funding from the Clarence City Council, and was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.

Check out the video preview below by PRISM Media House!

Wrapping up The Stance!

And just like that it’s all done and dusted! Thank you to everyone that came out to witness and share in The Stance. A huge congrats to our powerful dancers and to superstars Liesel Zink, Gabriel Comerford and Mike Willmett! 🙌🏻

Also check out the review of all things dance in Ten Days on the Island from Dance Australia, including The Stance by DRILL:…/ten-days-on-the-island

To relive the action, watch the awesome trailer below made by PRISM Media House!

The Stance is here!


This monumental dance and sound performance investigates the choreography of bodies in protest. Performed across Australia, Asia and Europe, this latest iteration will interweave the voices of young Tasmanians into movement and sound, creating a powerful and moving experience. An ensemble of Tasmanian dancers will occupy public space and perform to live music transmitted through wireless headsets.

Inspired by recent protests led by young Australians, The Stance questions what it means to put your body on the line for something you believe in. Both highly political and physically demanding, this imposing act of endurance channels the history of public protest and recent acts of global activism.

The Stance has been created by Brisbane-based choreographer Liesel Zink and in 2019 will be a part of Ten Days on the Island.

Audiences are invited to view the work at any point during the two and a half hour duration.

10AM TO 12:30PM


Join the cast of NEON!

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DRILL's next major dance work with young people, NEON, is here and we're looking for dancers aged 14 to 30 to join the cast.

DRILL creates new, site-specific contemporary dance works with local young movers, including Radical Kid (2015), Trash This Place (2016) and Cold Omens (2017), all winners of the Tasmanian Theatre Award for Best Production.

NEON is three 20-minute pieces, choreographed by Joshua Lowe, Angela Barnard and Jaala Jensen, each one in response to one of the chemical elements from the Periodic Table. All dancers in the company will be performing in all three works, which are performed simultaneously and looped three times, with the audience roaming the venue and deciding on which work to watch, and in what order. The musical score for NEON has been created by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

The cast of NEON have worked throughout 2018 on a creative development, and will come back together in 2019 to finish creating and then perform the work. We have a limited number of open places in the company for new dancers, and encourage those who are passionate about contemporary dance and performance to register!

We're looking for scientists!


Are you a scientist based in Hobart? Come and volunteer with DRILL! We are looking for professionals to share their scientific practice with school students and help us make contemporary dance pieces for our combined schools program, Dance Nexus!

Hobart’s youth dance company DRILL provides a range of projects to support young people dancing and moving. Dance Nexus has been running annually with a relatively consistent group of schools in Glenorchy and the Southern Midlands since 2015. It employs a choreographer to work with up to 25 students at the selected schools, to create short dance pieces around a common theme. These are then performed together in a combined performance day.

In previous years the themes have included connection, environmental awareness, and the natural elements. 2019 follows on from 2018’s theme of fusing scientific learning and dance. DRILL will connect each school with a professional scientist, who will assist the choreographer and students to create a piece in response to their practice.

Rehearsals in schools are between April 22nd and June 6th, and the final performances will take place in the theatre at Montrose Bay High School on June 7th. 

We’re looking for scientists who are interested in sharing their practice/research/work with our choreographer and one class of participating students, and assisting them to create a dance piece about their field of work. This will consist of a few meetings with the choreographer and one or two 1-hour lessons with the students. The exciting part of this project for you is you get to see your work interpreted and performed using dance, gain some community exposure, and it's a great teaching tool for these young students.

You can see the highlights from last years project here:

If you’re up for a fun project, or know someone who is, contact DRILL Artistic Director Joshua Lowe at! 👩🏻‍🔬