Matt Cornell

Matt Cornell (mattcornell.com) is based in the Asia-Pacific region and grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. He works through dance, choreography, sound, photography, and discussion (wombatradio.com.au) to deconstruct and question the arbitrary configuration of systems (especially cultural), and is passionate about overcoming cognitive bias... to ask better questions... to make redundant our malignant social narratives.

Matt’s recent projects include “I Learnt My Cultural Dance from YouTube”, the "GIF of Dance” and "The BLOKES Project” as well as recently publishing "Danced Together” and hosting “The Big Bounce”. Visit Matt Cornell | Choreographer for more details.

Matt has had the the extreme delight of working with Joshua Thomson (The BLOKES Project + Legs On The Wall), Angela Goh (New York and Helsinki tours), The Farm (and prior to that Gavin Webber's DanceNorth), Davis Freeman, Lisa Wilson @ Sydney Dance Company’s Opera House season, Shaun Parker Company (This Show Is About People & Happy As Larry), Strings Attached, Rimbun Dahun, Dance Makers Collective, Emma Fishwick, Tiffany-&-the-Curls, Style Impressions Krew @ Darwin Festival, Miranda Wheen (multiple shows + residencies at Dance4 and Bundanon Trust), TRACKS Dance Company and Courtney Scheu. Matt has been lucky enough to receive the 2011 Arts NT Young Achiever of the Year award, a danceWEB scholarship (2010) and an Australian Dance Award (as composer) for “Look The Other Way” by Cadi McCarthy & Laura Boynes.

He was a NFSA HipHop artist-in-residence, Legs On The Wall artist-in-residence for ‘OpenSource', an invited participant at the Ultima Vez Research Lab, and invited speaker at TEDx Darwin on “The Power of movement: Its affect on our state of being”.

Other adventures include making sound for dance film for extreme Sports DVDs, fine art/gallery installations and performing words and beats at Darwin Festival and ImpulsTanz festival lounge.

He has facilitated (in a teachers role) at P.A.R.T.S. & VCA, led technique class for companies including DanceNorth and Force Majeure and workshops at Dancehouse, QUT, WAAPA, NAISDA, The FARM, Ev and Bow, Brent Street, IDC, SDC PPY and many others.

Matt Cornell is an Australasian based artist who grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land.

He works through choreography, music, soundscore, photography, events, maps and discussion to generate better questions towards dissolving malignant social narratives, almost always collaboratively.

He is chronically busy with systems, especially cultural, and takes joy sorting arbitrary social-signalling constructs from the causal rituals that build, inform, define and maintain identity and community.

Anya McKee

Anya McKee is an independent contemporary dancer and choreographer based in Sydney Australia.

Anya has worked in contemporary dance, dance-theatre as well as some aerial dance. Over her career she has performed for Australia’s Sam Chester, Dean Walsh, Sara Black, Simone O’Brien, Caleb Lewis, Sue Healey, and the internationally renowned Kohzensha Butoh Company Artistic Director Yukio Waguri. She has also worked with Kate Champion’s Force Majeure, aerial dance company Strings Attached and recently intercultural dance-theatre company Marrugeku as part of research series Burrbgaja Yalirra.

Outside of her skills as dancer and choreographer, Anya also creates dance-film, screening at national and international festivals. She is also a Ren Xue Qigong teacher and works casually as a designer .

Whatever she is working on, projects that speak to the heart and inspire change are the most rewarding for Anya.

Anya is a contemporary dancer who has had the pleasure work for Kate Champion’s dance-theatre company Force Majeure, aerial dance company Strings Attached, Sam Chester, Dean Walsh, Sara Black, Simone O’Brien, Ross Ganf, Sue Healey, Kohzensha Butoh Company’s Artistic Director Yukio Waguri and Marrugeku. She also makes dance film and works as a designer on the side. www.anyamckee.com.au

Sophia Ndaba

Sophia is a graduate of the McDonald College of Performing Arts and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), qualified with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, 2010. Over the past 7 years she has worked across a broad spectrum of contemporary dance styles and practices. From bodyweather, dance theatre, site specific, community outreach, object and installation, commercial, dance film and various collaborations with live musicians and other multidisciplinary artists.

She joined Shaun Parker & Company in 2013 touring festivals nationally and throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East with productions Happy as Larry, TROLLEYS and AM I. Her credits also include productions by La Fura Dels Baus & Opera Australia, Ministry of Sound, Xerox, Force Majeure, Melanie Lane, Victoria Hunt, Britta Lieberknecht & Company, Martin Del Amo, and more.

Sophia is a founding member of the Dance Makers Collective, a group of independent dance artists in Sydney who (through the support of Arts NSW and Australia Council for the Arts) collaboratively choreograph and produce contemporary dance work. Her own choreographic works include: Found Lost (2011), Voiced (WAAPA 2012), Zeitgeist (Dance Makers Collective 2013) and TV commercials including Best & Less and Virgin Australia/The Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In 2017 Sophia joined electronic musician CLARK on the World Tour of his highly anticipated show, DEATH PEAK LIVE. Performing alongside dancer Kiani Del Valle, choreographed by Melanie Lane with lighting design by Brian Kelly.

2018 sees Sophia take the reins and rigorously continue developing her own choreographic practice. Works in development include ‘Groove Experiments’ (solo), Matrifocal (in collaboration with Evi Terzi & Maria Koltsida) and a new full length production by long time collaborators, Dance Makers Collective (to premiere in 2019/20).

Sophia works across a broad spectrum of contemporary dance styles and practices, from bodyweather, dance theatre, site specific, community outreach, object and installation, commercial, dance films and multidisciplinary art collaborations. She has worked with Shaun Parker & Company, La Fura Del Baus (Barcelona), Opera Australia, Ministry of Sound, Force Majeure and more. Sophia continues to develop her own choreographic practice, creating works independently and through Dance Makers Collective, as well as TV commercials and future works in collaboration with live musicians.

Katina Olsen

Katina Olsen is a proud Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri woman and also has Norwegian, German and English Ancestry. Katina’s choreographic interests interrogate her Indigenous cultural dance and story through various forms including theatre, moving sculpture, film and installation. She holds a BFA (Dance) from Queensland University of Technology and a Diploma in Dance from Queensland Dance School of Excellence.

Her choreographic highlights include movement direction for the ABC TV series Cleverman 2 and Walking into the Bigness (Malthouse), and collaborating with Dance Makers Collective on their Australian Dance Award nominated DADS and Instar as part of Big Dance in Small Chunks (Parramatta Riverside). In 2017 Katina choreographed Min Min for QUT’s graduating year for Dance 17 and worked with Indigenous youth artists on Digi Youth Arts Unsettle project, in collaboration with the Queensland Museum.

As a performer she has worked nationally and internationally with companies, choreographers and directors: Bangarra Dance Theatre, Force Majeure, Expressions Dance Company, Martin del Amo, Victoria Hunt, Vicki Van Hout, bwsene !nmotion Australia, Erth Visual & Physical Inc, Wesley Enoch, De Quincey Co, Frances Rings and Narelle Benjamin.

In 2011 Katina received a danceWEB scholarship at ImPulsTanz Vienna and in 2014 she received an Australia Council JUMP Mentorship with Philip Channells in disability inclusive dance, choreographic practice and community arts in Norway/Australia. In 2016, Katina was profiled by BlakDance at PAX/APACA and is one of their NEXT GENERATION Indigenous choreographers.

Katina has recently begun focusing on her own choreographic voice, and is now on the cusp of having her own body of work. This year alone saw the presentation of her solo works Yalu Dad and namu nunar at Festival 2018 as part of the Commonwealth Games. Katina has also been named as one of Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed Choreographers for 2018.

Katina Olsen - Wakka Wakka / Kombumerri choreographer.

Choreographic highlights include Yalu Dad and namu nunar for Festival 2018, Cleverman 2, Walking into the Bigness, and Dance Makers Collective’s DADS.

Katina created Min Min for QUT’s 2017 Graduation performance and is also one of Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed Choreographers for 2018.

Marnie Palomares

Marnie is an independent dancer and has performed extensively nationally and internationally. She has worked for Branch Nebula, Shaun Parker & Company, Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Force Majeure, Marrugeku, Antony Hamilton, Narelle Benjamin, Martin Del Amo, Sydney Theatre Company, Kristina Chan, Nigel Jamison, Garry Stewart, Jason Pitt, Bernadette Walong, Dean Walsh and Liz Lea. Marnie’s choreographic credits include works for Dance Makers Collective, Tasdance, Sydney Festival First Night (2009), Pulse8 Dance, Big W, Oral B and Virgin Australia TV commercials, ABC 2’s Giggle and Hoot, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards (2011), QL2 Centre for Youth Dance, Ev & Bow, Australian College for Physical Education (ACPE), Synergy Percussion, Ever After Theatre & Catapult Flipside Dance. She has been featured in TVC’s for SKII and Oral B and animations for PictureDRIFT. Marnie’s most recent works include Catapult’s Propel Residency solo Tissue Girl in collaboration with High Tea with Mrs Woo designers and dance film Home for Blacktown Arts Centre’s Balik Bayan Philippine art project. Marnie has taught movement and dance for numerous institutions including Parramatta diocese catholic high schools, Ev & Bow, Ettingshausens, Catapult Flipside, ACPE, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Shaun Parker & Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre

Marnie is an independent dancer and has performed extensively nationally and internationally. She has worked for Branch Nebula, Shaun Parker & Company, Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Force Majeure, Marrugeku, Antony Hamilton, Narelle Benjamin, Martin Del Amo, Sydney Theatre Company, Kristina Chan, Nigel Jamison, Garry Stewart, Jason Pitt, Bernadette Walong, Dean Walsh and Liz Lea. Marnie’s most recent choreographic works include Catapult’s Propel Residency solo Tissue Girl in collaboration with High Tea with Mrs Woo designers and dance film Home for Blacktown Arts Centre’s Balik Bayan Philippine art project.

Melanie Palomares

Melanie is an independent dancer and performer, secondary dance teacher as well as Vinyasa/Yin Yoga teacher. Since 2006, she has worked and performed for Shaun Parker & Company (Happy as Larry, Am I), Branch Nebula (Bush Sessions), Ghenoa Gela (Winds of Woerr), Force Majeure & Ghenoa Gela (Game of Seven), Taikoz & Digital Shamans (Origin of O), Jason Pitt (What remains, Oi), Bernadette Walong-Sene (Hiddenrevealed), Liz Lea (120 Birds, Inflight), Deborah Pollard & Paschal Daantos Berry (Within & Without), DirtyFeet Dance Collective, Kay Armstrong (Pulse8), Martin del Amo (Champions), Narelle Benjamin and Raghav Handa (Silent Trio Beats). She is also a founding member of Dance Makers Collective (Big Dance in Small Chunks, DADS).

Since 2011, Melanie has worked with Shaun Parker & Company touring throughout Australia, Europe, UK and Asia. She was also Rehearsal Director for The Yard, touring regionally from 2011-2015.

Melanie choreographed and performed solos for The Village Bizarre Festival Through the Windows, in The Rocks, Sydney (2014-2015).

More recent projects include Ghenoa Gela’s Fragments of Malungoka, which won the Keir Choreographic Award (2016), Dance Makers Collective Dads (2016), Martin del Amo’s Champions for Sydney Festival (2017), Home a film in collaboration with Marnie Palomares & Timothy Constable for the Balik Bayan Festival at Blacktown Arts Centre (2017), and Kristina Chan’s new work Mountain commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre (2018).

Melanie is an independent dancer and performer based in Sydney. She has worked and toured with numerous companies and independent choreographers including Shaun Parker and Company, Martin del Amo, Kristina Chan, Ghenoa Gela & Force Majeure, Taikoz & Digital Shamans, Liz Lea, Narelle Benjamin, Raghav Handa, Jason Pitt and Bernadette Walong-Sene.

Carl Sciberras

Carl Sciberras is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and producer from Western Sydney. Carl has a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Writing and Cultural Studies) from WAAPA and UTS respectively. Carl is currently on the Board of Riverside Theatres in Parramatta and is studying a Master of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership at NIDA.

In 2017 Carl was a participant in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program, in 2016 was awarded the City of Parramatta’s Creative Fellowship and in 2018 was presented a Highly Commended Award by the City of Parramatta’s Australia Day Awards Committee for his contribution to the arts in the region. Carl co-founded Flatline, a visual art and dance collaboration that creates performance, installation and art works that have been presented internationally, most recently in Malta as part of the Malta International Arts Festival, but also in festivals and biennials across Australia and Asia; and Dance Makers Collective, a Sydney-based dance company formed in 2012 whose most recent show DADS was shortlisted for the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance.

Carl’s works have appeared at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists (2015), Metro Arts (2015), Riverside Theatres (2017, 2014, 2013), First Draft (2015), Art Est (2014), The National Centre for Drawing (2013), BEAMS Festival (2015, 2014, 2013), White Night Melbourne (2014), Home Brew Festival (2012) and Sydney Fringe Festival (2012). From 2012-2015, Carl worked as the Marketing, Program and Education Coordinator at FORM Dance Projects where he ran Sharp Short Dance and Fast+Fresh Dance. Carl has also worked in administrative roles for Legs On The Wall (2018) and Ausdance NSW (2012). Carl has also worked on projects in production support roles for artists such as Craig Bary and Vicki Van Hout. Carl lectures at the Australian College of Physical Education and casually at other tertiary dance institutions such as the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Carl is a dance maker, performer, producer and teacher from Western Sydney. His works have been presented around Australia in theatres, galleries, museums and site-specific festivals, and in international festivals and biennales. Carl was a participant in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program (2017), was the City of Parramatta’s Creative Fellow (2016) and currently sits on the Board of Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.

Miranda Wheen

Miranda is a Sydney-based dancer who has collaborated with companies and choreographers throughout Australia and beyond. Her practice is rooted in contemporary dance performance and spans intercultural collaboration, improvisation, advocacy and choreography. She is an Associate Artist with Marrugeku and is currently touring their most recent works Cut The Sky, Le Dernier Appel and Burrbgaja Yalirra. She has performed with Stalker Theatre Company, Mirramu Dance Company, Martin Del Amo, Shaun Parker and Company, Restless Dance Theatre, Cadi McCarthy and the Tsai Jui-Yueh Dance Foundation in Taiwan, among others.

She was the Associate Artist on Martin Del Amo’s Champions, which won the 2018 Australian Dance Award for Independent Dance. Miranda is a founding member of Dance Makers Collective and directed their standout work DADS, which was shortlisted for a 2017 Australian Dance Award. She trained at Western Sydney University where she was awarded the Dean’s Medal and attained a First Class Honours at Macquarie University. In 2007 she studied at L'Ecole des Sables, the International School for Contemporary and Traditional African Dance in Senegal.

Miranda is an independent dancer based in Sydney. She has collaborated with companies and choreographers throughout Australia and internationally, including; Marrugeku, Martin Del Amo, Stalker Theatre, Shaun Parker and Company, Mirramu Dance Company, Dance Makers Collective and Restless Dance Theatre, among others.

Rosslyn Wythes

Rosslyn’s artistic practice encompasses performance, choreography, improvisation, teaching, yoga, Vipassana meditation and water colouring.

She is a graduate of WAAPA (where she received the Finely Award) and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (Austria). She has worked with Australian and European choreographers Jos Baker, Marta Coronado, La Fura Dels Baus, Rob McCredie, Carlee Mellow, Matthew Morris, Sue Peacock, Rakesh Sukesh, Dean Walsh, Tanya Voges, Flatline, DirtyFeet, Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre and Ultima Vez.

Rosslyn is a founding member of the Dance Makers Collective and spent a number of years directing a dance program at visual arts ALASKA Projects in an underground car pack in Kings Cross. The program WAY OUT toured to Crack Theatre Festival in Newcastle and Rosslyn received the Best Female Performer Award at Sydney’s Short + Sweet.

In 2017, she had the pleasure of performing the narrator role for Sidi Larbi Cheraouki’s piece Noetic at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. More recently, she presented Eco 1000 at Bathurst’s Artstate Festival, participated in Critical Path’s Central West Residency and will soon present a new collaboration with ceramist Holly Macdonald at Cunst-link in Brussels.

Rosslyn’s work has received the support of the Youth Regional Artist Scholarship (Create NSW), the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Australia Council for the Arts, Orange Regional Arts Fund and the Country Women’s Association.

Rosslyn’s artistic practice encompasses performance, choreography, improvisation and water colouring. She has worked with Australian and European choreographers Jos Baker, La Fura Dels Baus, Rob McCredie, Carlee Mellow, Matthew Morris, Sue Peacock, Rakesh Sukesh, Dean Walsh, Tanya Voges, Flatline, DirtyFeet and Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre.

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Sophia Ndaba Anya McKee Katina Olsen Melanie Palomares Carl Sciberras Miranda Wheen Matt Cornell Rosslyn Wythes Marnie Palomares