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UNSUSTAINABLE  BEHAVIOUR to feature at  Regional Arts Conference - ArtLands Dubbo, October 2016


Lingua Franca Dance Theatre are excited to announce their involvement in the conference presenting  their latest full-length work, 'unsustainable behaviour'.


Using the performing body pushed to extremes as a symbol for how humanity is exceeding the limits of a sustainable civilisation, unsustainable behaviour is a quirky, high impact look into our possibly disastrous future.


Lingua Franca’s style of blending exceptional physicality with text and voice makes unsustainable behaviour a potent, contemporary provocation.


When: 27-30th October 2016

Conference website:

Lingua Franca explore ALL OUR MIGHT with Quantum Leap Ensemble


Lingua Franca are this year engaging with QL2 Dance - Quantum Leap ensemble for their Canberra Theatre Playhouse production 'Connected'.

The company will work with the young artists to develop  'All Our Might', a dance, film  and theatre work which interrogates  perceptions  of strength in a today's context.


Driven by their stories the work integrates  challenges personal, 'adult' and popular culture representations and expectations of what it is to be 'strong'.

Is strength more than force, dominance and aggression?  Do we value the philosophies and behaviours that embrace grace, vulnerability, empathy and generosity?


When: July 27th -30th, 2016

Tickets: Canberra Theatre Centre


Making art WORK


WORK IT is a dance and multimedia performance by Lingua Franca Dance & Physical Theatre, Caitlin Welch and Yohan Strauss.

Through place, movement, video and live audio WORK IT investigates the relationship between our work, identity and what we value. It reveals the daily rituals and spatial dynamics of the workplace that connect us in a fragmenting society.

Performer: Alison Plevey
Cinematographer/video mixer: Caitlin Welch
Sound/DJ: Yohan Strauss
Dramaturge: Adam Deusien

Art, Not Apart Festival, 2015
You Are Here Festival, 2015
WORK IT is supported by artsACT, QL2 Dance, Art, Not Apart Festival and You Are Here Festival.

unsustainable behaviour development


In December 2014 Lingua Franca undertook a first stage development of their newest performance endeavour, USB or unsustainable behaviour. A piece inspired by the book 'A Short History of Progress' by Ronald Wright and documentary 'Surviving Progress' by Scorsese. We aim to question progress as the defualt ideology of our current society and the human instinct that has perhaps driven us this way.


The ten day development supported by BMEC and Local Stages in Bathurst enabled us to work with an incredible team of artists including Joseph Simons, Leeke Griffin, Jordan Wong as well as designer Anne Marie Dalziel and lighting designer Becky Russell.


The process and in progress showing/forum with invited audience revealed many ineresting findings and provoked further research and experimentation leading into full development in November 2015. We look forward to working with Kate Champion as our mentor and in building co-producing partnerships with The Street Theatre.

CLIQUE into gear


Our youth and emerging artist performance work CLIQUE in collaboration with Cowra's UNITED FUSION kicks off development in September/October for performance in November in Bathurst and Cowra.


We are excited to engage with over 20 young artists from across the region in the devleopment of this exciting site specific work exploring the dynamics and characteristics of the group or collective.



Bathurst Crago Mill, November 15th and 16th

Cowra Breakout Site, November 21st and 22nd


This project has been supported by the Regional Arts Fund.


FREE Dance and Physical Theatre Workshops + Auditions

Lingua Franca are joining forces with and Cowra's United Fusion to hold dance and physical theatre workshops for to kickstart their new performance project, CLIQUE!, for the second half of 2014. Project directors, Alison Plevey and Adam Deusien (Lingua Franca) and Alison Buckley (United Fusion), will draw from their experience in the integration of contemporary dance, physical theatre and the creation of new work to inspire young artsits to develop their skills and creativity.


Participant’s are invited to audition for CLIQUE! at the end of the workshops. If selected the young artists will experience a professional creative development and production of a new site specific work to be performed in Cowra and The Crago Mill in Bathurst.


CLIQUE ! examines the nature of 'the collective', juxtaposed by an exploration of isolation, socially, emotionally and as regional young people - even geographically. The work asks; How does it feel to be part of a group? Why do we hunger to be a part of a collective? Is it better to be an individual or do you risk isolation?


What: Dance & Physical Theatre Workshops + CLIQUE Audition (optional)

Who: Young dancers and actors of the Bathurst Region (ages 14yrs+) and Cowra Region (ages 12yrs+)


Bathurst Workshops:

Saturday July 5th, 10am - 4pm & Sunday July 6th, 10am - 1pm, BMEC

Bathurst Audition: Sunday July 6th, 2pm - 4pm, BMEC

CSU Students Workshop/Audition:

Saturday 26th July, 10am - 4pm, W9 CSU Bathurst

Cowra Workshops/Audition:

Sunday 3rd August, 1pm - 6pm, Cowra High School.


To register or for more information, email or call  0400 387 643

The project was made possible with support from BMEC and Local stages and by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports sustainable cultural development in regional, rural and remote Australia to give artists and communities better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts.

Photography by Peter Gumpert

Workshops in January!!!


Alison and Adam invite you to 3 days of fun, physical and creative workshops for dancers and theatre performers aged 13yrs+.

The workshops build on contemporary dance technique, including partnering, floor work, improvisation with an integration of physical theatre training including Suzuki and Viewpoints. The workshop will have a strong artistic and creative focus with Adam and Alison guiding task based creative processes.

So get moving and investigating your creativity!!!

When: Tuesday 7th - Thursday 9th January, 9:30am - 1pm
Where: Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Cost: $25 per day or $65 for 3 days.
To book: call- 0400387643, or email-



Winding UP at the end of the year


November and December have been busy for Lingua Franca.


Alison performed a new solo 'Lachlan' in Short + Sweet Dance Festival, Canberra, receiving two awards, Most Outstanding Choreography and Best Female Dancer. She also performed in Adelina Larsson's No Place in Canberra and undertook a two week residency at Bundanon presenting a development showing at QL2 Dance. See her blog: 100,000 frames for more.



Adam recently presented a rehearsed readng of Collete F. Keen's verbatim script The Death of Kings at Melbourne Theatre Company with exceptional reviews. The play is set to be shown at the Sydney  Mardi Gras in mid February 2014. Adam has also been active in initaiting the development of a gala peice for Catapult Festival, mentored by David Clarkson of Stalker. Alison will join the process in mentoring emerging Bathurst performers in early February for performance of this work at the festival in April.


Minimal Effort  with Joseph Simons




Adam and Alison performed in the first ever Minimal Effort  with Joe Simons over the weekend. Two improvised shows enthused full audiences at the recently opened Fire Station Arts Centre in Dubbo.


It was fantastic to perform in the Dubbo community and experience their engagement with this quirky and the out of the ordinary concept. Oh what fun we had! check out some pics here.


Big thanks to Joe for the invitation to perform with him and to Alicia at Orana Arts for her facilitation of the evening.


right behind you in Canberra


Fresh from their tour to the UK, Lingua Franca perform their new dance theatre work Right Behind You in Canberra.


This original work is a physically charged take on modern love, scripted from tales of real life love and loss and inspired by the ancient Greek myth of the lovers Orpheus and Eurydice.

Performed by Lingua Franca Co-directors, Adam Deusien (Bathurst) and Alison Plevey (Canberra/Bathurst), Right Behind You combines physical theatre, contemporary dance and verbatim theatre, with original music composed by Hamish Lane (Sydney).


When: 24th-26th October, 8pm

Where: QL2 Dance Inc, A Block, Gorman House Arts Centre Braddon, ACT

Tickets: $15

Bookings: or 0400387643





Lingua Franca's International Premiere!


Alison, Adam and Hamish  toured to the UK in September with the pavillion project performing Right Behind You as a part of the Australian Double Bill at the Wirksworth Festival.


During their ten day presence in Derbyshire, Alison and Adam connected wth local artists of Wirksworth and Derby performing at the Opening Festival Party, performed at with the Depositree installation in the local Blacksmith's shop and undertook a residency at Deda to engage with local company 'Adaire to Dance'.


Photography by Chris Webb

Photography by Adam Robertson

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