FORCE MAJEURE (NSW)
Led by Artistic Director Danielle Micich, Force Majeure produces critically acclaimed dance theatre works.
Using its trademark blend of text and movement, the company produces original dance theatre works reflecting Australian life in all its diversity, by exploring and questioning contemporary culture, using intelligence, humour and insight.
A resident company at Carriageworks, the organisation has set the standard for movement based theatre in Australia. Since its inception in 2002, Force Majeure has produced and presented major works with Adelaide Festival, Belvoir, Melbourne Festival, Sydney Festival, Sydney Theatre Company, Lyon Biennale de la Danse, Place des Arts Montreal, Dublin Theatre Festival and Seoul Performing Arts Festival.
Force Majeure is committed to supporting the development of dance theatre in Australia, and enables emerging dance theatre performers, choreographers and directors to flourish. The organisation has nurtured the independent dance careers of Kristina Chan, Ghenoa Gela and Byron Perry.
ATLANTA EKE (Vic)
Atlanta Eke is an Australian dancer and choreographer working internationally. Formally educated at Deakin University, Atlanta has been a performer and creator, presenting her experimental work throughout Australia in a variety of formats.
In 2010, Atlanta received a DanceWEB Europe scholarship and was mentored by artist Sarah Michelson. She went on to perform for French choreographer, Sidney Leoni in Undertones at Tanz in August, Berlin, and Swedish choreographer, Marten Spangberg’s Page 74 at ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna. In the same year, Atlanta performed throughout Europe with artists Xavier Le Roy, Maria Hassabi and Christine de Schmitt, in Jan Ritesmas’ Oedipus My Foot, as well as participated in Allianz-The Agora Project (Performing Arts Forum).
Recent works include Miss Universal, presented at Chunky Move and Gertrude Contempory, Death Of Affect, presented at Alaska Projects and Underbelly Arts Festival, and Body Of Work – recipient of the 2014 Inaugural Keir Choreographic Award, and has since toured Dance Massive 2015, Dark MoFo 2015 in Hobart, Les Plateaux de la Briqueterie Paris 2015, and Adelaide Festival 2016.
PHILLIP ADAMS BALLETLAB (Vic)
Since launching with Amplification (1999) through to recent solo performance encounter After (2015), Adams and company PHILLIP ADAMS BALLETLAB have demonstrated a fearless trajectory, radically exploiting tradition to stimulate new dance and performance languages between art forms.
PHILLIP ADAMS BALLETLAB has performed in leading festivals and venues in Australia, North and South America and Asia; and undertaken residencies at pivotal art centres in Germany, Canada, Mexico, USA, Croatia, Luxembourg and Turkey. We are the leading advocates for queer-orientated practice and performance.
PHILLIP ADAMS BALLETLAB has made seventeen works debuting with Amplification in 1999, then creating Upholster (2000), Ei Fallen (2001), The Self-Encasing Trilogy (2002-3), Nativity (2003), Incarnation (2004), Fiction (2004), Origami (2006), Brindabella (2007), Axeman Lullaby (2008), Miracle (2009), Above/Lamb (2011), Aviary (2011), And All Things Return to Nature Tomorrow (2013), Live With It: We all have HIV (2014), Kingdom (2015) and After (2015).
SHAUN PARKER AND COMPANY (NSW)
Shaun Parker & Company is an award-winning dance company based in Sydney, and has created major festival dance works including AM I, Happy As Larry, The Yard, Blue Love, This Show is About People, Tenebrae III, Divine Harmonies, and the outdoor family and children’s works SPILL, TROLLEYS and TUT.
The Company is led by choreographer Shaun Parker, who worked as a dancer and counter-tenor over 17 years with companies such as Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre, Kate Champion’s Force Majeure, Chunky Move, Sydney Theatre Company, Sasha Waltz (Berlin), Jan Fabre (Vienna), Company ALIAS (Geneva) and Meredith Monk (New York).
The Company has be awarded several Australia Dance Awards, Green Room Award, Shirley McKechnie Award for Choreography, Argus Angel Award (UK), Bearer of Hope Award (Germany), Banksy Award (NZ) and the NSW Premier’s Creative Achievement Award in 2015.
AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE (SA)
Australian Dance Theatre is Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary dance company, committed to creating dance that is intellectually and artistically compelling.
Since 1999, ADT has been under the artistic direction of Garry Stewart, recipient of the inaugural Australia Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and named as one of the world’s fifty most influential choreographers. Under Stewart’s leadership, ADT has developed an unrivalled repertoire, renowned for its distinctive movement vocabulary and large-scale contemporary dance works inspired by imagination and technical innovation. The company has an impressive history of collaborating with artists from a wide range of cultural domains and media such as robotics, photography, architecture, 3D graphics and video.
As Australia’s most internationally toured dance company, ADT is a cultural ambassador for contemporary Australian dance, performing to over 250,000 people worldwide since 2001 at some of the most prestigious theatres in the world.