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Rhiannon Newton

Rhiannon NewtonRhiannon is an Australian dancer and choreographer. Ongoing themes in her work include repetition and the study patterns that give rise to change and stasis within the body and our world. Rhiannon has been commissioned by Dancehouse Melbourne for Housemate 2018 (We Make Each Other Up) and Dance Massive 2017 (Bodied Assemblies). Her works have been presented nationally and internationally in contexts such as Brisbane Festival, The Powerhouse: Festival 2018, Firstdraft Exhibitions Program, Eyes Wide Festival, Metro Arts, Nagib On Stage (SL), Tanzhaus Zurich (CH), Performing Arts Forum (FR) and Movement Research at the Judson Church (USA). She has developed her practice in residencies throughout Australia, Europe and the USA and been a part of international exchange programs involving Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia and Singapore.

Rhiannon works as a collaborator/performer with artists such as Mette Edvardsen, Elysa Wendi, Martin Del Amo, Amrita Hepi, Benjamin Forster, Rosalind Crisp, Paea Leach and Brooke Stamp for Biennale of Sydney, Kunsten Festival (BE), Sydney Festival, Next Wave, the Keir Choreographic Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre and Tanzfabrik Berlin. Rhiannon has recently been appointed a caretaker of ReadyMade Works Sydney, is the current Create NSW Emerging Performing Artist Fellow and was a Dancehouse 2018 Housemate artist in residence.

 

Adelina Larsson

Adelina Larsson Adelina is a Swedish/Australian choreographer, curator, producer, performer and educator. She trained at DOCH, Stockholm and CODARTS, Rotterdam. Since moving to Australia in 2007 she has choreographed and performed for performing arts companies presenting at Melbourne International Arts Festival, Federation Square, Sydney Opera House, The State Theatre Centre of WA, Australian Institute of Sport, The Canberra Theatre Centre, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), The Lock Up, Newcastle and Fremantle Arts Centre. Adelina has worked with creative director, Scott Rankin and BighART arts and social change company since 2014, David Pledger, Not yet it’s difficult (NYID), STRUT Dance, LINK Dance Company and artists like Yumi Umiumare, Rhiannon Newton, Trevor Jamieson, Paschal Daantos Berry, Natalie Cursio and Margie Medlin.

Between 2014-2016 she lectured choreography and contemporary dance techniques at Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts. She was commissioned to create three works for the dance program. She is the founder and director of Strange Attractor — an interdisciplinary lab that offers infrastructure for artists to experiment and undertake artistic research. Adelina became Associate Artist of Big hART Arts and Social Change Company in 2015 working nationally on Big hART projects, contributing to creative direction with a range of interdisciplinary skills. She is currently Associate Artist at Critical Path Choreographic Centre.

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The Board

Dr Justine Shih Pearson (Chair)

Justine Shih PearsonTrained originally in theatre design at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Justine has worked in the field for nearly twenty years, developing a particular interest in intercultural and interdisciplinary practices. She has collaborated on over thirty productions across film, new media, and live performance; and her design work has been presented in Australia, the UK, US, Canada, Europe and SE Asia. Justine works closely with independent artists in particular, supporting critical discourse around practice. She has worked in leadership positons in the arts industry as producer of ReelDance (2007-2009) and actig director of choreographic research centre Critical Path (2012-2013; 2015).

Justine holds an MA (New York University) and PhD (University of Sydney) in performance studies. She has taught in the areas of interactive and mediated performance, dance and movement theory, and performance and cultural practice at the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and Macquarie University.

Dr Julie-Anne Long (Secretary and former Co-Director)

Julie-Anne LongJulie-Anne is an award winning dance artist and academic. She holds a PhD from the UNSW titled Walking in Sydney Looking for Dancing: an auto-ethnographic mapping of the place of independent dance (2010) and an MA (Hons) in Performance UWS Nepean The Leisure Mistress Dances: an investigation of a practice where fact and fiction collide (1999). Since graduating from the Victorian College of Arts in the early 1980s she has performed and choreographed on a wide range of projects with companies such as Human Veins, One Extra, Theatre of Image, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Bell Shakespeare Company, Open City and Dance Works. From 1991–1996 Julie-Anne was Associate Artistic Director of One Extra Company with Artistic Director Graeme Watson. She has worked in a variety of dance contexts as mentor, dramaturg, curator and producer including Acting Director of dance research organisation Critical Path (2006–07) and Dance Curator at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2009–10). She is currently a lecturer in Dance and Performance at Macquarie University.

Linda Luke (Board Member)

Linda LukeLinda has been a dancer and performance maker for over 15 years. Her work aims to deepen sensitivity and excavate the subtle undercurrents we experience in relationship to self, each other and the environment. Linda has made a number of solo dance pieces and her most recent work, Still Point Turning premiered at Melbourne Festival, 2014. Since 2004, Linda has been a dancer for Sydney based dance company, De Quincey Co. Linda teaches movement at University of Wollongong for the BA Performance degree. lindaluke.blogspot.com

Su Goldfish (Board Member)

Su GoldfishSu Goldfish is the manager of the UNSW Creative Practice Lab and the producer of performance and media works for the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales.

Recent and current projects are: THE LAST GOLDFISH, a documentary about her father and his lost family. Co-producer for UNSW of three William Yang documentaries, MY GENERATION, BLOOD LINKS and FRIENDS OF DOROTHY all of which screened on the ABC and in film festivals. Writer and director of the short creative documentary: TRACE, a journey to remember the ghostly connections between the past and now. Shortlisted for the Fisher's Ghost Award, screened in a number of film festivals locally and internationally and in the Museum of the History of National Socialism — Cologne. Writer and director of Ciao Meow, the story of a lost cat which won the Queer Pet project award at the Mardi Gras Film Festival and screened at the Torino Film Festival. Su has been working for over 25 years in varying capacities as a performer, writer, set maker, carpenter, builder, filmmaker and producer.

 

ReadyMade Works was founded by Samantha Chester in 2013, a theatre and dance maker, performer and educator, she has been activating spaces for artists for the past 15 years. She is currently a Lecturer in Movement at WAAPA and is passionate about affordable space for artists.