11 Apr ‘14

Canberra Dancers in National Festival

published on 11 April 2014


Eight young Canberra contemporary dancers have been selected from QL2 Dance’s “Quantum Leap” ensemble and are in Renmark, Adelaide for a national week-long intensive dance event — The Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF) run by Ausdance. They will represent Canberra at the festival, and later this year, in Bangkok and then at the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow.

Aged 16-19, they have worked with choreographer James Batchelor to create Cinders, which incorporates live dance, screen projection and an original score by Melbourne based composer, Morgan Hickinbotham. Cinders will be presented in a showcase in Renmark, then an expanded version will appear in July at Canberra Playhouse, as part of QL2 Dance’s season Boundless.

They worked at QL2’s home at Gorman House Arts Centre for two weeks full time in January with Batchelor, who is returning to Quantum Leap where he started his contemporary dance 13 years ago.  He is now an award-winning independent dancemaker based in Melbourne.

QL2 Artistic Director Ruth Osborne says “We are very excited to meet young dancers from around Australia with a passion for creating and performing. We believe dance is much more than cool moves and learning steps. This festival we will bring together and challenge these amazing, creative and passionate young people, and celebrate the work they create and perform.”

Ruth with  volunteer Tour Manager Jamie Winbank will be meeting with other youth dance leaders. And of course, in the background, are the ever ready volunteers: driving for 10 hours, making meals, and all the other invisible work that makes these trips possible. This includes the Director of Ausdance ACT, joining with other Ausdance staff from across Australia.

The Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF) is the nation’s original dance festival for young people presented by Ausdance. AYDF Renmark SA, 2014 will connect local, state, and national youth dance communities in the Riverland, through an exciting program of master-classes, workshops, rehearsals, talks and performances. Young dancers aged from 15-26 will work with working with leading dance artists from around the country. The AYDF is a non-competitive, affordable, culturally inclusive, regional event. The week long intensive includes a dance for screen program, showcase performances and an outdoor riverbank promenade dance work created for the local community.

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