Contributors

Our contributors—the talented people who research and write about dance—their work champions innovation, creativity and diversity in dance.

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Stephanie Lake View Full Bio

Melbourne based choreographer and dancer, Stephanie Lake, graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2000 and worked with Lucy Guerin, Chunky Move and BalletLab before performing and touring extensively to festivals worldwide. She is an award-winning choreographer with commissions from companies including Sydney Dance Company and Chunky Move. Stephanie has made several large-scale public dance works involving nearly one thousand participants, worked on several music video clips including Unashamed Desire, Missy Higgins and worked in collaboration with artists Robin Fox and David Rosetzky. In 2013 Lake presented DUAL at Dance Massive and will premiere A Small Prometheus at Melbourne Festival as well as a new commission from Chunky Move. She is currently honorary Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc.

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Janet Lansdale View Full Bio

Janet Lansdale is Emeritus Professor, University of Surrey, UK, where she was formerly Head of Performing Arts, and Research Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK. She has published five books on conceptual issues in dance, dance analysis, dance history and interpretation in dance.

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Patrick (Lucky) Lartey View Full Bio

Lucky is a Sydney-­based dancer and choreographer, originally from Ghana, West Africa. Lucky’s work draws on his traditional culture of rhythm and dance as well as his understanding of contemporary movement practices. Lucky’s dance and choreographic practice looks for ways to negotiate what it means to draw on a rich history of traditional dance while innovating within a contemporary context. His methodology for developing dance work focuses on the collaboration between live percussion music and movement and is often informed by themes of social justice and the reinvigoration of past cultural forms such as cultural games and social activities. Lucky’s works include Calabash (2012, 2013) Meeting Point (2013, 2014), Long Walk, which debuted at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015 and Jamestown, which premiered at Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals 2015. As a dancer Lucky has worked with contemporary and cultural artists such as Annalouise Paul as part of Mother Tongue and Marrugeku and Stalker Theatre’s project Listening to Country Dance Lab. In 2015, Lucky was invited as part of Critical Path’s Facilitated Program to participate in the 2015 FACETS program at Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in Bangalore, culminating in a performance of the work at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015. As part of the program, Lucky got to work with nine other choreographers and a team of international mentors including International Choreographer Philippe Saire, Curator and Media Artist Margie Medlin, Director and International Choreographer Jayachandran Palazhy, Lighting Designer Jonathan Roberts, and Sound Engineer Martin Lutz. Lucky then performed Long Walk to a Sydney audience as part of Critical Path’s Interchange Festival 2015. In Sydney, Lucky has been part of choreographic labs and residencies including: at DirtyFeet Choreographic Lab (2014), Campbelltown Arts Centre, Dance and Education Program Mentorship (2013 and 2014), and Blacktown Concession Residency, Blacktown Arts Centre (2014). Lucky has also taught, choreographed and performed as part of a number of community cultural art and development projects including Dancing in Harmony at STARTTS and Dance Africa Dance, which have focused on showcasing the artist talent of the African community in Sydney. In 2013 and 2014, Lucky has also received a number of nominations and awards as part of the Celebration of African Australians National Awards for the Best Contemporary Dancer and The Most Outstanding Troupe of the Year. Lucky is the founder and Director for the TUUMATU Creativity, Dance and Music Festival an annual event hosted in every December in Accra, Ghana—a Festival seeking to celebrate local talent and bring independent artists together.

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Shelley Lasica View Full Bio

Shelley Lasica has been making and performing dance in Australia and abroad over the past 25 years. Her work, which is often located in non-theatre spaces, includes solos and ensembles, and is firmly based in a discourse that seeks to engage dance with other visual and temporal art forms. In Australia Shelley’s work is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.

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Larry Lavender View Full Bio

Larry Lavender is Professor of Dance and Faculty Fellow in the Lloyd International Honors College at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Larry teaches courses in choreography, dance history and criticism, creativity theories and practices, and animal studies in the arts.

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Valerie Lawson View Full Bio

Valerie Lawson is a journalist and author, and one of Australia’s leading dance writers. She was the foundation editor of Good Weekend, arts editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, dance writer for the Herald for 15 years and dance critic for The Australian Financial Review. She has written articles for the souvenir programs of the Australian Ballet and many visiting dance companies. Valerie was awarded a BPhil (Hons) in dance history from Durham University in 2002, and in 2012 was the Nancy Keesing Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales where she researched the dance collections of the library.

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Garry Lester View Full Bio

Garry Lester, PhD, works in the field of movement-based performance practice and education, with more than 35 years experience as a teacher, choreographer, performer and academic. He is a descendant of the Wonnarua people of the Hunter Valley and has recently worked as Traditional Indigenous Dance project officer for ArtBack NT and as principal writer for the NAISDA Dance College course reaccreditation process. His articles have been published widely in 'Brolga—an Australian journal about dance', and his monograph, ‘Regarding Margaret Barr’ is awaiting publication.

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Nina Levy View Full Bio

Nina Levy is a freelance writer and teacher who also lectures in dance history at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She is co-principal of Classical Dance Studio, a private dance school in Perth. A graduate of the University of Western Australia and WAAPA, Nina is a former director of Buzz Dance Theatre, and became communications manager for Ausdance WA in 2007 and more recently online editor of Dance Australia magazine’s website. Her reviews and articles appear in Dance Australia and the West Australian.

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Julie-Anne Long View Full Bio

Julie-Anne Long is an award-winning independent dance artist based in Sydney. Since graduating from the Victorian College of Arts in the early 1980s she has performed and choreographed on a wide range of projects with companies such as Human Veins, One Extra, Theatre of Image, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Bell Shakespeare Company, Open City and Dance Works. From 1991 to 1996 Julie-Anne was Associate Artistic Director of One Extra Company with Artistic Director Graeme Watson. She has worked in a variety of dance contexts as mentor, dramaturg, curator and producer including Acting Director of dance research organisation Critical Path (2006/2007) and Dance Curator at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2009/2010). Julie-Anne was awarded an Australia Council Dance Fellowship in 2007, which encompassed research, development and the realisation of a body of work entitled 'The Invisibility Project'. Julie-Anne has a PhD from University New South Wales and is currently Lecturer in Dance and Performance in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University.

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Ann-Maree Long View Full Bio

Ann-Maree Long is currently working towards her passionate dream, of a career based around the performing arts in literature. She is a descendant of the Butchulla tribe of Fraser Island and possesses a deep passion for Indigenous art and culture. Ann-Maree is currently in her third year of studies at QUT within the Creative Industries faculty. She is majoring in Dance Studies and Journalism, Media and Communication with the intention of graduating to become an Arts writer for First Nation and/or non-Indigenous artists around the globe. Ann-Maree is currently working as an intern for BlakDance Australia Ltd, in order to obtain new skills to aid her further in identifying herself and others as proud First Nation Australian artists.

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Brian Lucas View Full Bio

Brian is a Brisbane-based performer, choreographer, director and writer. Trained in both dance and theatre, he has a reputation for creating and performing provocative, powerful and intelligent works that bridge the divide between the two forms. In addition to his solo practice, Brian has worked with many of Australia’s most well-known performance makers. He was a recipient of a two-year Fellowship from the Australia Council and was President of Ausdance National until September 2016. He was Associate Director of QL2 Dance, where he has facilitated the Soft Landing mentoring program. Until 2011 he was a member of the Dance Board of the Australia Council.

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