MEET THE AYDF2017 TEAM
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - AUSTRALIAN YOUTH DANCE FESTIVAL 2017
Adam Wheeler is a leading expert in working with young people. He has an invested interest in education and the development of Australian youth and emerging dance practice that spans over a decade.
Adam is a Stompin and Victorian College of the Arts alumnus. He is currently the Artistic Director of The Space Full Time courses and Yellow Wheel.
As a choreographer and dance artist, Adam has created, produced and performed in dance works with companies such as Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc, Tasdance, 2NDTOE, The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Yellow Wheel, Stompin, Steps, QL2 and Fling Physical Theatre. Other career highlights include performing in Opera Australia's The Ring Cycle, The Australian Ballet's Out There Project, directing Short+Sweet Dance Festival in Melbourne and Sydney, and developing a Contemporary System of Training for the Australian Teachers of Dancing.
Adam is committed to empowering young Australians through dance to be leaders and strongly encourages collaborations and partnership amongst young people. He is excited to be appointed as Artistic Director and to be working alongside the team at Ausdance Victoria to bring AYDF2017 to Melbourne.
Carly Sheppard is an emerging cross-disciplinary performance artist whose work negotiates across dance and theatre performance, sculpture, drawing, voice and installation. Often these forms feature interchangeably within a single work, housed within the foundation of the body moving.
Carly’s work predominantly explores the experience of being a part of the Indigenous diaspora of Australia; intersecting identities and the navigation of trans-generational inheritances, exploring the borders of ownership and autonomy, and the mapping of these shifting spaces and their interaction with changing social and cultural environments.
Some of Carly's work thus far include 'White Face' for Next Wave Festival 2014; 'Moving House' for Brown Cabs Scratch Series at Footscray Community Arts Centre 2015 and Womenjeka Festival at Footscray Community Arts Centre 2016; 'Nah Nuthin' for Pieces For Small Spaces at Lucy Guerin Inc, 2015; Dancer in 'Pulse' 2013 and Articulating Landscapes 2014, for Ochre Contemporary Dance Company; lead character 'Nella' and Choreographer for North West of Nowhere 2015 tour for Ilbijerri Theatre Company. Carly is an Alumni of the British Council's Accelerate Program, 2015. Carly is currently a dancer in Sand Song with Insite Arts.
Carly studied Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, VIC, Diploma of Careers In Dance at National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association, NSW, and Bachelor of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne, VIC.
GERARD VAN DYCK
Gerard Van Dyck is a Melbourne based dance artist. His training and performance experience includes dance, acting, slapstick, puppetry, motion capture and aerial flying.
Gerard co-founded KAGE with Kate Denborough 18 years ago, and has contributed choreography and performed in nearly all of KAGE’s award winning works.
In 2001, Gerard created his first solo work, The Collapsible Man, and clocked up 50+ performances through touring regionally and nationally. Currently, he is touring his second solo work, Picnic, through regional schools and centres of Victoria and South Australia. He has toured extensively with BalletLab and Polyglot Puppet Theatre, and worked with artists such as Nat Cursio, Danielle Micich, Eleventh Hour Theatre, Legs on the Wall, and desoxy Theatre.
Gerard has performed in music videos, directed circus and comedy, and provided dramaturgy for ballet. He is a highly sought after teacher of dance, partnering techniques and movement awareness across Melbourne. He has taught at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Federation University, WAPPA, Stamping Ground, Brave Studios, The Song Room, and at numerous high schools across Australia. Currently he teaches Physical Theatre at The Space Dance and Arts Centre.
A man of many trades, Gerard also co-hosts a regular dance segment on Triple R’s Smart Arts program, and is a dance panel member of the Green Room Awards Association.
Israel Aloni is an international independent choreographer, educator, guest performer and culture entrepreneur.
Israel studied dance at Bat Dor dance studios in Tel Aviv and Thelma Yellin School of the Arts, from which he graduated with honors in 2001. He then danced a vast repertoire by worldwide acclaimed choreographers with the Israel Ballet, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, “The Project” belonging to the Israel Opera, Odelya Kuperberg Dance Group and GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.
In 2013-2014, Israel was a guest artist with Sasha Waltz & Guests in Berlin, Germany.
Alongside his career as a performer, Israel has been choreographing, mentoring and teaching dance. He has worked with both professionals and students at higher education worldwide in independent structures as well as in institutions such as Regionteater Väst (SE) Norrdans (SE) Sasha Waltz & Guests (DE) NAROPA (US) and Sydney Dance Company (AU) to name a few.
As an independent choreographer, Israel has developed his own choreographic language which is also the core of his teaching method.
Israel Aloni is the Artistic Director of ilDance which he also co-founded with Lee Brummer in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Jack May is an independent choreographer, dance artist and educator. He started dancing at the age of 13, when his interest in freestyling created a number of opportunities for him to represent the ACT at national dance competitions.
In 2010, he moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in the performing arts and since then, started what he hopes to one day become an empire. 2015 saw Jack accomplish a life long dream – the opening of Momentum Arts Studios, his very own dance school. His passion for teaching and love for dance fused, to create a place where aspiring dancers of all ages can learn and develop their skills alongside a highly sort after Melbourne-based Choreographer.
Over the years, Jack has had an immense performing career, working on a number of large scale events such as the Footy Show Grand Finale Players Review, Australian Hip Hop Champs, Grounded, Short and Sweet Dance Festival, and many more. His choreographic achievements include co-choreographing a number of productions for contemporary company, Collaboration the Project.
As a dance educator, Jack was selected to teach at the Victorian Dance Festival in 2014 and 2016, assisted world-renowned choreographer, Erica Sobol, on her teaching tour in Guam, and taught workshops around Australia and most recently, in Japan. Jack believes his capacity to connect with students is his greatest strength. He loves working with people all ages and abilities, and strives to create a classroom environment where everyone feels comfortable to step outside their box and discover their own capabilities.
As a dancer, actor, choreographer, director, producer, and personality, Jason has covered more show business territory than most.
Jason’s music industry credits include Tina Arena, Kylie Minogue, Samantha Jade, Olly Murs, Human Nature, Bardot, John Farnham, Vanessa Amorossi, Bee Gees, Kate Cebrano, and Megan Washington. He also performed on the same bill as Whitney Houston and Frank Sinatra.
Jason choreographed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and Glasgow. Jason’s television credits include; Popstars, the Footy Show, the Midday Show, the TV Week LOGIE Awards, and The Kitchen Musical (Asia), So You Think You Can Dance Australia (judge from 2008 - 2010), Celebrity Apprentice, and Australia’s Got Talent.
Jason’s Musical Theatre credits include; Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, Fame, The Man from Snowy River, Hair, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Saturday Night Fever, Dancin’ Man, Dancin’ Dynamite and Hairspray.
Jason launched his own entertainment empire Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in 2008, which is currently the largest dance facility in the world. He has recently produced successful seasons of his own shows The Rhythm of Life, Razzle Dazzle, and The Humanimals at his world-first, mobile theatre venue; his “Cabaret Cathedral”.
Jo Lloyd is a Melbourne dance artists who works with choreography as a social encounter, revealing behaviour over particular durations and circumstances. A dance graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, over the past 15 years Jo has presented her work in gallery spaces and theatres in Japan, New York, Hong Kong, and locally in Dance Massive, the Biennale of Sydney, Live Works, Dark MOFO and Next Wave.
Recent projects include; Confusion for Three, Arts House (2015), All Our Dreams Come True created with Deanne Butterworth at BUS Projects (2016) and Mermermer created with Nicola Gunn for Chunky Move's Next Move commission (2016). Jo has performed in the works of choreographers Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move), Shelley Lasica, Sandra Parker, Prue Lang, Shian Law and Ros Warby. Other notable works include curating 24 HOURS at Dancehouse (2010) which was featured on the ABC, choreography for Nicola Gunn's Piece For Person And Ghetto Blaster, Ranters Theatre, Back to Back Theatre and for visual artist David Rosetzky's work Half Brother (2013), assistant to Alicia Frankovich (Framed Movements ACCA, Melbourne Festival 2014) and a durational piece within the work of Stephen Bram, with Nicola Gunn for Melbourne NOW at NGVI and Gertrude Contemporary (2014).
Jo has received several Green Room and Australian Dance Award nominations, two Asialink Performing Arts Residencies (with company Nibroll Japan 2004-5), the Dancehouse Residency (2008), and in 2016 she was Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc.
Jo has taught throughout Australia and overseas for Akram Khan, Jacobs Pillow, Hong Kong Academy, Bangarra, ADT, Dancenorth and regularly at Chunky Move, VCA and Lucy Guerin Inc and the Australian Ballet.
Over the past 18 years, Kristina Chan has performed throughout Australia, Canada, UK, USA, Asia, Israel and Europe working with; Force Majeure Australian Dance Theatre Garry Stewart, Chunky Move, Australian Ballet, Gideon Obarzanek, Lucy Guerin Inc, Stephanie Lake, Lisa Wilson, Sydney Theatre Company, Legs On The Wall, Tasdance, Narelle Benjamin, Anton, Tanja Liedtke, Victoria Chiu, Victoria Hunt and Martin del Amo.
Kristina premiered major solo work, A Faint Existence, produced by Force Majeure for Performance Space’s 2016 Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art. She choreographed Conform for Sydney Dance Company which premiered in Ludwigshafen Germany, followed by a season at Carrigeworks Sydney in 2015. She has made works for NAISDA dance college and Adelaide College of the Arts, and short solo works for Expressions Dance Company - Solo Festival of Dance and iOU Dance, a choreographic platform for NSW independent choreographers, which Kristina is the project manager.
Kristina has been awarded a Helpmann Award for her performance in Narelle Benjamin’s In Glass (2011) and two Australian Dance Awards for Tanja Liedtke’s Twelfth Floor (2006) and construct (2009).
Lee Brummer is an international guest teacher, choreographer and educator.
As a performer, she danced with the Bat Dor dance company (IL), The Emanuel Gat dance Company (IL) and with various independent choreographers across Europe. She has worked as choreographer's assistant in a variety of dance productions & musicals. Lee completed her BA-Dance and teaching degree at The Jerusalem Academy of music & dance and studied psychology, theatre and Pilates alongside her career as a dancer.
Lee has taught and worked with companies such as: DV8, Australian Dance theatre, Sydney Dance company, National Dance company Wales and Norrdans to name a few. Additionally, she teaches open professional training classes and at universities and schools worldwide. She has been choreographing her own work within different structures since 2010.
Lee is the Co-founder, associate director and choreographer at ilDance, an independent and international contemporary dance company and a production coordinating collective based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The company was founded in 2012, and initiates and produces original choreographic works, educational activities and other opportunities for practicing dance artists and dance enthusiasts.
Mariaa Randall is a Bundjalung and Yaegl woman from the North Coast of NSW. She resides in Bendigo and her work base is Melbourne. Mariaa is a Diploma in Dance graduate of NAISDA Dance College. She has also obtained a Graduate Research Certificate in Indigenous Arts Management, Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation and a Master in Animateuring (by Research) at the Victorian College of the Arts and Music (VCAM) in Melbourne.
Her most recent works include the premier of Divercity at Dance Massive 2017, HA LF a solo work, Poetry in Motion created in collaboration with 2nd year dance students at VCAM, Painting the dance; a danced installation and choreographing Jacob Boheme’s solo work Blood on the Dance Floor.
Mariaa has worked on Tanderrum as female choreographer and Artistic Director. Tanderrum is a welcoming festival of song, dance, trading and cultural exchange that opens the Melbourne Festival.
Mariaa continues to teach, dance and make movement with others as an independent artist.