Alison is a dance and physical theatre artist, teacher and performance maker based in Canberra and Central Western NSW. She is Party Leader of newly formed Australian Dance Party. Inspired by Canberra’s political culture, The Party communicates contemporary issues through the power and playfulness of the moving body. Recent works include NERVOUS, Strings Attached, Shake It and Autonomous. NERVOUS has been nominated for an Australian Dance Award.
Alison has created and performed broadly in Australia and internationally including ITS festival Amsterdam and Wirksworth Festival, UK. Recent solo projects include Adani Carmichael (In-SYNC, Canberra Theatre Centre 2017), HEATWAVE (Body As Material, Critical Path 2016) and Dancing with Drones (Performance Space, LiveWorks 2015). In 2014, she received a Critic's Circle Award for her 'tour de force' solo performance in Johnny Castellano is Mine at The Street Theatre.
Alison is committed to dance education and youth dance practice working closely with QL2 Dance as a teacher, choreographer and education manager. As co-director of Lingua Franca with Adam Deusien in Bathurst, she recently presented Unsustainable Behaviour at ArtLands Regional Arts Australia conference in Dubbo. Alison also collaborates with the CORRIDOR project in Cowra, currently developing The Shearer’s Ballet. Through her teaching and performance projects Alison is committed to utilising dance as a vital tool for social connection, communication and change.
More about Alison, alisonplevey.com
Adam is a theatre director with over 10 years’ experience in creating original narrative driven performance, vibrant adaptations of canonical texts and innovative contemporary physical theatre and dance. Graduating from Theatre/Media at Charles Sturt University, he spent two years with Zen Zen Zo Physical theatre touring and training with the company in Queensland, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. He returned to Bathurst in 2010 to study a Master of Arts Practice – Directing for the Stage graduating with Distinction in 2011. In 2012 he co-founded Lingua Franca Physical Theatre and works extensively with Local Stages, Bathurst Performing Arts Development Program, as a director, producer and dramaturge. In recognition of his contribution to the arts in regional Australia, in 2015 he was awarded the Arts NSW Regional Arts Fellowship, and in 2017 is continuing this work as Artistic Associate with the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. He has been a Lecturer in Theatre/Media at Charles Sturt University for seven years, teaching across theatre, writing and media production. Adam is currently part of the inaugural cohort of NIDA’s ground-breaking new MFA – Cultural Leadership, with his study supported by a scholarship from the Australian Federal Government.
More about Adam, www.adamdeusien.com