DRAMATURG – Kate Shearer
Kate has worked for twenty years for a wide range of arts, education and community organisations across theatre and festival direction, arts management and education. She has a broad range of skills across performance making, programming/ commissioning, operational, communications and leadership. She is currently Artistic Director of Seeing Place Productions – a cross-artform, site-specific performance company on the Gold Coast where she has created Time Capsule, a physical theatre work staged in a series of empty shops (funded Arts Qld, RADF 2015); co-wrote and directed All Aboard! a children’s theatre work created on and off the G:Link Light Rail (2016 Bleach* Festival commission) and in 2017 she wrote and directed the large-scale multi-media work, Plunge at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre (funded Arts Qld, RADF). In 2017, she also directed Swallow by Stef Smith at Metro Arts, Brisbane. Both Plunge and Swallow were nominated for 2017 Matilda Awards with Swallow winning two awards for acting. Prior to moving to the Gold Coast, from 2010-2012, Kate was Artistic Director/CEO of the Big West Festival (a multicultural festival in Melbourne’s inner west). Her 2011 Festival comprised 67 projects, 815 artists, 2000+community participants across 26 locations over 12 days. She was responsible for the commissioning and development of 30+ new works, including large-scale community cultural development projects, intercultural music and dance projects, site-specific interdisciplinary works, school residency projects, a season of new contemporary theatre (with festival commission Taxi winning 2 Green Room Awards), 17 visual arts exhibitions and 5 literary events. From 2006-2010, Kate was Artistic Director of Jigsaw Theatre Company, a professional touring theatre company for young audiences. There she commissioned and created 7 new theatre works, wrote 3 scripts and directed 3 other existing work with her productions being characterised by cross-artform collaborations, including large-scale multi-media works and strong physical performances. Her work undertook 13 tours across Australia including to: the Come Out Festival, Castlemaine State Festival, the Adelaide Festival Centre, the Victorian Arts Centre, Kings Street Arts Centre Perth, the Canberra Theatre Centre and into schools in regional and remote NSW, VIC and the ACT, winning two Canberra Critic’s Circle Awards for Theatre and a nomination for a 2008 Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Award. Other companies Kate has worked for are: Union House Theatre (University of Melbourne), Almeida Theatre (UK), Jersey Arts Centre(UK),Castle Theatre (UK),On Giants’ Shoulders Theatre, Queensland Theatre, La Boite Theatre and World Interplay. When Kate is not directing, she provides arts consultation services to the arts and community sectors in Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast and teaches in the Theatre Department of the University of New England, where she is completing a Masters of Philosophy on site-specific practice.
COLLABORATOR / PERFORMER – Ashleigh White
Ashleigh is an emerging contemporary dancer and performer whom is based in, Gold Coast, Australia. Ashleigh received her Bachelor of Arts (Dance) from The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), after graduating at the end of 2012. In 2015 Ashleigh co-founded the Gogi Dance Collective alongside Alicia Min Harvie and Viviane Frehner. Since then Gogi Dance collective has created two sight specific works, The Closet Activist (Bleach Festival 2016) and Quiet by Nature (Bleach Festival 2017 and 2018), and one major dance film entitled Gogi. Ashleigh most recently performed in Everybody NOW’s new work YES, We Dance! as a part of Bleach Festival and the Commonwealth Games Festival 2018 program. As an independent artist, Ashleigh continues to explore her curiosity towards improvisation and how this influences the creation of choreography, in her first development of a new work Bowls Club in 2020. Ashleigh continuously is investigating, discovering, creating work and developing a unique way of thinking is essential to her practice and creating a long career in the arts.
COLLABORATOR / PERFORMER – Alicia Min Harvie
Alicia is an early career independent contemporary dancer, performer and maker based on the Gold Coast. Alicia spent her first Bachelor investigating a Theological perspective of Arts and Contemporary Culture and her second Bachelor training in Dance Performance (Adelaide College of the Arts). Since graduating, she has worked with numerous independent artists, directed several independent works, has been a recipient of The Choreographic Futures Award. Alicia has performed in Time Capsule (Seeing Place Productions), worked on the creative development of Quarantine (The Farm), You Should be Dancing (Brisbane Festival) Down the Rabbit Hole (NYID David Pledger & Bleached Arts). Alicia is a collaborator with Viviane Frehner and Ashleigh White from Gogi Collective an Independent group of dancers based around Gold Coast and Lennox Heads. Together they recently debuted a film called Gogi and created site-specific physical theatre work, Quiet by Nature, in which the audience watch performances on pontoons from floating seats (also known as kayaks) for the 2018Commonwealth Games.
COLLABORATOR / PERFORMER – Viviane Frehner
Swiss born Viviane Frehner started her training at the Zurich Dance Theatre School and continued her studies at the Amsterdam Art School, where she graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in contemporary dance. After graduating she moved to Germany for her first contract with Dance Company Nanine Linning. In 2011 Viviane embarked onto one year of freelancing, doing different small dance projects with independent choreographers from Holland, Switzerland and Germany. In 2013 she started a one year Solo contract in the dance ensemble at the Theatre Heidelberg, Germany. In 2014 she moved to Australia where she has been involved in projects as a performer, director and choreographic assistant for dance pieces at Bleach Festival 2016 and 2017, Artstate 2017, Crack Theatre Festival 2017 and for dance company The Farm. She has co-director and performed in Quiet by Nature as part of the Commonwealth Games 2018 in collaboration with Bleach Festival. She also is the producer her own short dance film GOGI which screened in national and international film festivals in 2017 and 2018. Her recent work in progress 15 Ross Street has played in different backyards and has also been crafted into a short film and recently a creative development for her new work Patterns a body of work involving Walking Scores and incorporates a musical score created from two intertwining, diatonic and repetitive sequences.
COLLABORATOR / PERFORMER – Geraldine Balcazar
Geraldine Balcazar is a movement artist with a background in research, durational and improvisational practices. She is now Gold Coast based and has performed in Lines in the Sand: (re)making contact by Meredith Elton, Quiet By Nature and IRIS by the Gogi Dance Collective. Her choreographic work has been presented at Bangarra Dance Theatre and supported by Bundanon Trust, Imagine Platform and Brianna Kell. She is a Sydney Dance Company Teaching Artist touring yearly with the company’s National Tour. Her practice has been influenced by her interactions and training with Simon Borg Olivier, Bianca Machliss, Clive Sheridan, Marina Abramovic & Lysney Pilsner, Tino Sehgal, Xavier Le Roy & Scarlet Yu, Alice Cummins and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. In late 2018 she received an Emergent Producer Placement through the City of Gold Coast to work with Supercell Dance Festival 2019. She is currently collaborating with Tammy Zarb and Meredith Elton.
COLLABORATOR / PERFORMER – Pru Wilson
Pru Wilson began her dance training on the Gold Coast Australia as a youngster in all genres of dance. On completion of Secondary School she moved to Melbourne to complete a Diploma in Dance Performance & Associate Musical Theatre along with a Diploma in Photography. Finishing her studies, she continued performing and teaching in Melbourne until moving to London in 2015. Whilst residing in the UK she was a member of Boy Blue Entertainment & House of Jazz. Choreographed Art Lover Ground & Manelogui Summer Show (Saint Bazeille, France) and was also Company & UK Tour Manager for UnTitled Dance Company. Pru has adjudicated, judged and taught dance throughout Australia and internationally – London, France, Ireland, Japan, Italy, Phillipines & Scotland and was a faculty member at Europe’s largest dance studio – Studio 68. Pru’s performance credits include – YT Dingo’s “Wicked Rest” music video, Dancer’s Delight (UK), World of Dance (UK), Show & Prove (UK), Hotstepper (UK), PJD Showcase (Rome, Italy), Freaky Art Show (Paris, France) Guy Sebastian’s ‘Gold’music video, Art vs Science ‘Higher’ music video, LA & Sydney Carnival, Melbourne Underground, ‘Wild Eagles Fly Alone’ with Redback Dance Co and Sole Symphony Hip Hop Crew. Since her return to Australia Pru has been working in multiple facets of the arts – choreography, producing product dance videos, dance photography/videography, project management, adjudicating and guest teaching.
COMPOSER – Guy Webster
Guy is a composer, sound designer, sound artist and music producer working across the mediums of theatre, dance, circus, sound art, installation and new media. His broad body of work has featured in theatres, festivals and galleries throughout Australia, Japan, Europe, UK, USA and China. While his live performances have seen him share the stage with the likes of Beth Orton, Ed Harcourt, Powderfinger, The Cruel Sea, Mad Professor and Sarah Blasko he maintains a strong connection with community through a range of projects working with people of all ages and backgrounds to facilitate storytelling in all its forms. Guy trained and worked as a dancer & choreographer early in his professional career while developing his practice as a composer and musician. He has since worked on many theatre & dance productions with companies and independent artists including Qld Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Bleach Festival, La Boite Theatre Company, Shake & Stir Theatre, The Brisbane Festival, Dance North, Bleach Festival, Backbone Youth Arts, State Library of Qld, Shock Therapy Productions, Jute Theatre Company, Out of the Box Festival, Lisa O’Neill, Goat Track Theatre, Stella Electrika, Wilde Applause & Red Shoes. Guy is also a core and founding member of the new media performance and installation group, The Transmute Collective (1998-2009), whose work, Intimate Transactions received an honorary mention in the 2005 Prix Ars Electronica and featured in numerous galleries including ICA (London), National Art Museum of China (Beijing), The Performance Space (Sydney) and ACMI (Melbourne) & BIOS (Athens). Some of his latest work includes original music and sound for Constellations – Qld Theatre, Blackrock – La Boite Theatre Company, George’s Marvelous Medicine 2018 National Tour – Shake and Stir Theatre Co, Quiet By Nature – Bleach Festival 2018, The Rising – Circus Corridor and Welcome To Sameville – Shock Therapy Productions. Guy’s compositions utilize traditional vocal and instrumental works combined with field recordings and original instruments to create new immersive theatrical experiences.